Ghiandaia all’attacco!

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La Ghiandaia (Garrulus glandarius),   Närhi  in finnico,  e’ un volatile che risiede stabilmente nei boschi della Finlandia,  anche in inverno.  E’ molto timida e paurosa e,  pur essendo di taglia piu’ grande del merlo,  si avvicina di rado e con molta circospezione alle case di noi umani.  (Vien persino da chiedersi a che cosa le servira’ quel suo bellissimo piumaggio colorato,  se sta sempre nel folto dei boschi…ma tant’è!)

Questa nelle foto,  particolarmente coraggiosa,  pur di assaggiare il delizioso grasso delle nostre palle,  si e’ appesa con tutto il suo corpaccione alle strutture destinate agli uccellini piccoli:  la fame ha avuto il sopravvento.

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Parafrasando indegnamente Dante e il suo conte Ugolino,  direi:  “Piu’ che ‘l timor pote’ ‘l digiuno”.

(Le foto sono state scattate attraverso i vetri della mia finestra).

Daredevil Jay.     The Jay is a beautiful,  colourful bird that lives permanently in the forests of Finland. (At last we meet someone who does not migrate!)  Even though it is bigger than a blackbird,  it is a very shy animal and visits human gardens seldom and in all carefulness.  (Actually,  I even wonder sometimes:  why those lively feathers if it stays mostly in the deep forest?  Nature is amazing…)

The Jay in the photos was instead quite fearless:  it wanted to taste our fat balls and grabbed on with its big body to a metal structure made for very small birds.  The food was too good to resist…

Allow me to paraphrase Dante in the Divine Comedy upon his meeting with Count Ugolino:  “Piu’ che ‘l timor pote’ ‘l digiuno”   that is:  “Hunger was stronger than fear”.

(Photos were taken through my window panes).

 

Linked to:  Eileen’s Saturday Critters.  Sue’s Image-in-ing.


16 thoughts on “Ghiandaia all’attacco!

  1. Hello, your Jay is beautiful. I like it’s colors and markings. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks for your visit and comment too. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

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