Some birds from week 21.

First, a Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus). Normally an occasional winter species for us but we had large numbers last winter and we’ve still got a dozen or so around this spring. They’re an irruptive species meaning numbers vary from year to year as the birds follow food sources.

A spring Pine Siskin.

Next, a Turkey Vulture soars overhead while I waited for an uncooperative Baltimore Oriole.

Looking for something to eat.

Finally a female Common Grackle searching for a meal in the yard. An often overlooked species, a lot of people regard them as a nuisance around their bird feeders. I rather like them although I don’t have a lot of shots of the species.

A spring Common Grackle.


The young are growing fast.

The young Eurasian Blue Tits are growing fast, their feathers develop quickly and the birds are getting bigger, they’re starting to fill the nestbox.

In this photo one of the adults is about to enter the nestbox with another caterpillar for the young.

I count nine young in this shot so some are hidden.

A caterpillar for the young.


A sunrise from week 21.

Sunday morning of week 21 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I was accompanied by a few hundred mosquitoes, I had to clone out dozens of them from some of the photos as they hovered in front of the lens.

Some light mist over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment before the sun came up. Some nice ripples.

Mist on Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

The sun is above the horizon and shining through the mist over the water.

Sunrise through mist.


Keeping the nest clean

In this photo one of the adults is removing a fecal sac from one of the young. The young produce these fecal sacs which the adults can remove from the nest and drop some distance away. This helps keep the nest clean and helps hide it from potential predators.

Eurasian Blue Tit in nestbox.

Cosmic Photo Challenge

In the country, two barns.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is In The Country.

Having grown up in the country in Cheshire, England the first thing that sprang to mind was the old barns you see in the countryside in Canada. A lot of the old barns in England have been converted into accommodation for people.

These two barns are local to where I live now. Both are still in use, one for storage, the other is still being used for cattle. Both were taken around sunrise, my preferred time for photography.

Old barn in mist at sunrise.

An old barn at sunrise.

52 week photo project

Week 21. Ontario’s Provincial Flower.

There’s a good show of White Trilliums on the South Bruce Peninsula this spring. The White Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario.

The photo was taken on an afternoon walk over the Victoria Day long weekend, know as the May 2-4 weekend. I was going to title the post ‘a group of White Trilliums and a solitary yellow Dandelion’ but decided that was a bit rambling.

Ontario's Provincial Flower.

Weekly Photo Challenge

Twisted Tern

A Tern twisting in flight while fishing over a pool near Isaac Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario this morning.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Twisted.

Twisted Caspian Tern.