“Hey, there’s water down there, but how on earth does one reach it?”
On Saturday afternoon, on my way back from town, I sat for a while to rest by the fountain in the old cemetery. While I was sitting there, a whole flock of these birds came swooshing down to explore. They were very small, and kept their distance (to me) and did not sit still for long. My first thought was “sparrows” but then I noticed how colourful they were. So I just kept zooming in and taking lots of pictures, hoping some would come out good enough for me to compare with my bird book when I got home.
When I did, I arrived at the conclusion they must beEuropean siskin – Grönsiska
(Carduelis spinus / Spinus spinus)
Quite common here in southern Sweden according to the book (and Wiki) but I can’t remember seeing them before. Maybe they were just travelling through… They were still there on Sunday morning, though. Not at the fountain, but elsewhere around the cemetery. We were back to rainy weather again then, but I went for a walk around the cemetery anyway.