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Old 04-29-2015, 07:41 AM
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Wonderful pictures, Star!
Thank you for the lovely tour -- I enjoyed every bit of it and appreciate you taking the time to not only post your pictures but write the excellent commentary explaining the areas as well.
I feel like I've had a vacation too (except I didn't get to eat any cake )

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Great pictures, thanks for the tour! I love the secret door one, the hinges on the door are great.
My husband's brother lives in Germany, your pictures make me think I should go for a visit.
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Yes I read every word. Absolutely beautiful pictures. I am supremely jealous. My GG Grandparents came from Heidelberg and I would so love have been able to go to Germany to see where they came from. I just drooled over the beautiful buildings and scenery.
I'm glad you enjoyed! Thank you, and you should definitely look in to going to Germany! It's a beautiful country
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I loved that thread! I went to Germany for vacation 6 years ago, in Cologne and stayed in Leverkusen. I am amazed by that country, I love the sightseeing and their culture! That's why I learnt the german language! I am planning to go again one day..
Thanks for sharing those amazing pics (I am jealous!) and for all the information!
Thank you so much, Despina! I know some German from staying there, but I love the language and culture as well and would love to learn more someday.
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Your European starling is a plain old Common Blackbird cock. Sorry! Our choice of wild birds is a bit boring most of the year.

Your chickadee is a great tit (chickadees are North American birds that don't live in this part of Europe, but they are loosely related). She's probably a hen, though I can't see her breast band well enough to be 100% certain.

From your picture, the titmouse is a (Eurasian) nuthatch (again, titmouse is a North American bird that doesn't occur here); should also be a cock; they're somewhat famous for their ability to walk vertically DOWN trees.
Haha, all of these were just guesses anyway. While I was there, I looked at a bird book and the only one I can identify for sure is one called a Blue Tit, which is none of these birds so I had no idea Thank you so much for telling me, I love the European birds.

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Wonderful pictures - and now I'm soooo hungry after the cake one!! My favourite were the birds though 😃
Thank you so much! I really do miss my cake for lunch! After getting back to the States, I had the worst sweet tooth at lunch time!
I'm glad you liked the bird pictures, I thought you would

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This is great, you're an awesome tour guide! Thanks for sharing your wonderful vacation pics with us!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that we also have the same coloured taxis here in my country and it's true most of them are Mercedes Benz.
All taxi cabs in Portugal used to be dark green and black in colour, but some years ago they changed for that cream colour.
Since they also have them in Germany, maybe it was some rule made by the European "big bosses in charge" to have the standardized cream colour.
Thank you, Ana It's wonderful you enjoyed seeing my pictures, and that's hilarious about the taxis. It was probably an executive decision so people ride the taxis more, since they're fancy Well, over here they are, anyway. In Europe, the normal sedan is a Mercedes Benz

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Great pictures, awesome vacation!
Thank you Dee, glad you liked them
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Wow....excellent pic's....Makes me want to go check it out...

Thank's for sharing, and for the commentary, some of which gave me a chuckle to start the day...
Haha, you're welcome. I'm glad it made you laugh, Randy! You should definitely go sometime, it's absolutely lovely

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Nice photos and I believe your right that the one bird was a type of chickadee
Haha, that was my best guess! But AlterEgon says it's a Great Tit Who knew!

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Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Gaby! You're quite welcome, I'm so pleased you enjoyed

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Wonderful pictures, Star!
Thank you for the lovely tour -- I enjoyed every bit of it and appreciate you taking the time to not only post your pictures but write the excellent commentary explaining the areas as well.
I feel like I've had a vacation too (except I didn't get to eat any cake )
Thank you, Deb!
You're quite welcome for the quick vacation! I'm ever so glad you enjoyed it, and I'll send over a piece of thick, fluffy chocolate cake, two warm piece of apple coffee cake, two creamy slices of Black Forest cake, a delicious slice of chocolate liqueur cake, some cinnamon spice cake, a piece of cheesecake, some orange chiffon cake and a fruit and custard tart. Hopefully I can fit all of it in the box, but the good thing is that "If it fits, it ships, at a low flat rate." Incidentally, those are all cakes I had while I was there, in the right amount of slices, so you can feel right at home. Except in Germany.
I probably forgot a flavor...
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I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay!

Blue **** are super pretty, but out of all the various **** we have the ones I see least often.

Blackbirds get quite tame. A few nest in my parents' garden, and the cocks tend to follow my mother around when she's doing any gardening to pick worms right out of the soil she loosened. They'll collect food literally inches from where she's working. The hens are generally a bit shyer (they are a dull brown with a brown-ish beak, so easy to tell apart). Still, there's one pair that always nists in the rafters over my mother's terrace, right over where she likes to sit and read in summer. We suspect it's their way of staying somewhat safe from magpies (which are notorious for raiding blackbird nests). For obvious reasons, she's less than enchanted with having a bird nest right above her favorite spot .

In the great tit, the black neck ring is narrower and more evenly shaped in the hen, and the breastband also narrower and often interrupted or at least showing speckles of body color around the middle, which I think I can see in your photograph, but if you have others you might be able to see it better.

(Nuthatch cocks and hens mostly look the same but the males are a bit darker in color).
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I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay!

Blue **** are super pretty, but out of all the various **** we have the ones I see least often.

Blackbirds get quite tame. A few nest in my parents' garden, and the cocks tend to follow my mother around when she's doing any gardening to pick worms right out of the soil she loosened. They'll collect food literally inches from where she's working. The hens are generally a bit shyer (they are a dull brown with a brown-ish beak, so easy to tell apart). Still, there's one pair that always nists in the rafters over my mother's terrace, right over where she likes to sit and read in summer. We suspect it's their way of staying somewhat safe from magpies (which are notorious for raiding blackbird nests). For obvious reasons, she's less than enchanted with having a bird nest right above her favorite spot .

In the great tit, the black neck ring is narrower and more evenly shaped in the hen, and the breastband also narrower and often interrupted or at least showing speckles of body color around the middle, which I think I can see in your photograph, but if you have others you might be able to see it better.

(Nuthatch cocks and hens mostly look the same but the males are a bit darker in color).
I see you know tit birds! I posted a thread a while ago with pictures of European birds, take a look
https://talkbudgies.com/other-birds/2...reece-no2.html
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Oh pretty, pretty, pretty, Despina!
LOL, I just now noticed that apparently the forum does not like the plural of tit. Oh my.

Local wildlife and local birds are actually part of the elementary school curriculum here, and I've always found it quite exciting to be able to name and identify gender of the birds I see outside, so I never forgot. (Also, my grandpa is a bird person and can imitate many of their calls).
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I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay!

Blue **** are super pretty, but out of all the various **** we have the ones I see least often.

Blackbirds get quite tame. A few nest in my parents' garden, and the cocks tend to follow my mother around when she's doing any gardening to pick worms right out of the soil she loosened. They'll collect food literally inches from where she's working. The hens are generally a bit shyer (they are a dull brown with a brown-ish beak, so easy to tell apart). Still, there's one pair that always nists in the rafters over my mother's terrace, right over where she likes to sit and read in summer. We suspect it's their way of staying somewhat safe from magpies (which are notorious for raiding blackbird nests). For obvious reasons, she's less than enchanted with having a bird nest right above her favorite spot .

In the great tit, the black neck ring is narrower and more evenly shaped in the hen, and the breastband also narrower and often interrupted or at least showing speckles of body color around the middle, which I think I can see in your photograph, but if you have others you might be able to see it better.

(Nuthatch cocks and hens mostly look the same but the males are a bit darker in color).
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Oh pretty, pretty, pretty, Despina!
LOL, I just now noticed that apparently the forum does not like the plural of tit. Oh my.

Local wildlife and local birds are actually part of the elementary school curriculum here, and I've always found it quite exciting to be able to name and identify gender of the birds I see outside, so I never forgot. (Also, my grandpa is a bird person and can imitate many of their calls).
Aha, good to know! It's really cool you know so much about wild birds in your country, I know tons from here but they aren't very international, apparently
I did notice that! I guess the forums want to keep things "clean"!

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I see you know tit birds! I posted a thread a while ago with pictures of European birds, take a look
https://talkbudgies.com/other-birds/2...reece-no2.html
I remember that thread, Despina! Such gorgeous pictures
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Yes It's better to keep things clean Alteregon! I posted another thread about wild birds earlier, in the winter it's this: https://talkbudgies.com/other-birds/2...fe-greece.html I love wild birds and we also learn about them in school (I personally don't remember anything) but there are a few talented photographers here who do an amazing job!

Thank you Starlingwings! I am planning to make a thread on every season! It's the opposite for me here, I know about European birds and nothing about the American ones
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Wow, you've managed to give us all of Deutschland on this post! So fascinated with all the Bavarian architectural, cultural, culinary, and scenic wonders you've shown us.

But of all the flavorful visual feast you've given us, this post seems to lack one important ingredient which I was really craving...WHERE'S THE STARLINGWINGS IN EACH FRAME??
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Wow, you've managed to give us all of Deutschland on this post! So fascinated with all the Bavarian architectural, cultural, culinary, and scenic wonders you've shown us.

But of all the flavorful visual feast you've given us, this post seems to lack one important ingredient which I was really craving...WHERE'S THE STARLINGWINGS IN EACH FRAME??
Haha, well, almost Glad you liked them!
Now, Nick, who's going to take the pictures if I'm in all of them? They certainly don't take themselves, you know.
I am in one, actually. The Beethoven house one: I'm the silly sausage in the blue coat and bun
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