I woke up early this morning to the wonderful Spring sound of birds twittering outside the window. It made me think about how many birds are in Sweden, and what are the most common?
There are an estimated 140 million birds in Sweden, consisting of 275 different species, and numerous subspecies. The vast majority of these are migrating birds that nest in Sweden. Around 25 species pass through Sweden on their way to nesting sites on the Siberian tundra. Birds exist all over Sweden, from the southern-most coast of the country to the northern glaciers.
So what are the most common bird species? Interestingly, I’ve never heard of the first one on ornithologist Richard Ottvall’s list:
1) Lövsångaren – 16.4 million (Willow warbler)
2) Bofinken – 16.8 million (Chaffinch)
3) Rödhake – 7.6 million (Robin)
4) Kungsfågel – 6 million (Goldcrest)
5)Talgoxe – 5.2 million (Great tit)
6) Trädpiplärke – 4.8 million (Tree pipit)
7) Bergfink – 4.2 million (Brambling)
8) Taltrast – 2.8 million (Thrush)
9) Koltrast – 3.6 million (Blackbird)
In the winter, the Great Tit, the Pilfink (Sparrow) and the Gråsiska (Redpoll) are the most common. In my garden, the Domherre (Bullfinch), the Skata (Magpie), the Gulsparv (Yellowhammer) and the Kaja (Jackdaw) are frequent visitors. Maybe it’s one of them I can hear? Being close to the harbour, I also hear the hungry screech of the seagulls.
One thing this small piece of research has made me realise is how little I know about birds. We are outnumbered by them 14:1, and yet I pay little attention. Maybe I should buy a book and some binoculars and head out into the countryside?