One of the wonderful things that I like about living in Netherlands is the existence of animals be it birds, ducks and swans that freely roam the ground looking for food and happily swimming in the canals. I am a "kampung" girl and I love nature and greens. I did not expect to find it here in Amsterdam and The Hague, but I was pleasantly surprised.
I have lived in 3 places now and even in the centre of Amsterdam, ducks and swans are easily spotted. Even the canals have fish in them. I had seen a big fish, at least a foot long and longer than the ducks, unfortunately it was a dead fish floating in the water and that was how I know how big it was, because the ducks were feeding on it. At one time, at my previous house in Amstelveen, I spotted and managed to capture a picture of a hedgehog (it had spiky things like a porcupine). Can you imagine that... it was not a wooded area at all, there was only a little bush and I walked by the place everyday to the school and to the supermarket.
Here at my current house, I like to watch for birds and wild rabbits. The birds are always there in my garden looking for food. There are red robbins, green robins and the normal brown ones. There are pigeons and also black birds with white wings. This black and white birds look like "burung gagak" to me. At one time there were a lot of bright green birds, at least 25 of them (yes I tried to count) and these birds were sitting on the tree right in front of the kitchen window. The amazing thing is I was sure they were parrots because of the beaks. I could be wrong of course, afterall what do I know about birds anyway, but they sure looked like one. I saw them for a few days, then they dissappeared, maybe they were migrating somewhere.
|Red robin - picture courtesy of Mr Google|
The red robins at the house are not as bright as this one though :D It is very difficult to get pictures of them, they are very wary of the slightest movement.
|Yellow robin - from Mr Google|
But the ones at the house look more bright green rather than yellow.
Hoping to entice them to make a nest around our house we bought this bird house a few months back and hang it on the apple tree. I have seen them going in and out but they never stay put. Every once in a while, we put leftover bread or biscuit for them.
DS putting pieces of biscuits in the bird house a few days ago, hoping to entice them to make a nest. We haven't given up yet.
|The bird house|
And look who has come calling today........
|A white pussy cat is paying a visit !!!!|
No wonder the robins do not want to stay there..... As much as I would love to get my hands on your white fur (for the right reason, mind you...), don't you dare come close to my birds again...