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Greylag Goose

My Saturday Bird this week is a portrait of a Greylag Goose (Anser anser).

This individual was photographed in the mid 1980s when most of the Greylag Geese in the U.K. were feral birds associating with Canada Geese and other wildfowl species. Recent population numbers for the species across Europe show a dramatic increase, possibly due to climate change affecting their migration patterns.

The bird is at “The Mere” on the edge of the town of Ellesmere in Shropshire, England in winter.

Saturday Bird: Greylag Goose
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Common Hazel flower

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is the second part of my posts on the Common Hazel (Corylus avellana).

Last week my post was about the male Common Hazel catkins that produce the pollen to fertilise the female flowers.

This week my post is about the female flowers. The flowers are tiny, the entire bud in this photo is approximately the size of the head of a match. The red styles that form the visible part of the flower are 1 to 3 mm long.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Hazel
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Cracked Ice at Sunrise

For Travel Tuesday I am continuing my look back at some of the overlooked photos from the 52 week photo project I did in 2018.

Cracked ice along the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline shortly before sunrise in late February.

Travel Tuesday: Cracked Ice Along the Shoreline
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White-breasted Nuthatch

My Saturday Bird this week is continuing series of bird species photographed in winter.

This is a White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) photographed in Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada at the same time as my recent Pine Grosbeak and Evening Grosbeak posts.

A resident of woodlands across North America. The species is non-migratory with adults normally staying on their territory year round.

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Common Hazel catkins

This week my Flora and Fauna Friday post is part one of a two part post.

These are Common Hazel (Corylus avellana) catkins, the male flowers that produce the pollen that pollinate the Hazelnut producing female flowers. Photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. The catkins and flowers are produced in late winter or early spring before the leaves appear.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Hazel catkins
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Frozen and Snow Covered

My Travel Tuesday post this week is continuing my look back at some of overlooked photos from the 52 week photo project I did in 2018.

A frozen and mostly snow covered Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise in mid February 2018.

Travel Tuesday: 16th February 2021
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Horned Lark

My Saturday Bird this week continues my look back at species photographed in Saskatchewan in winter.

This is the Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris). It is known as the Shore Lark in Europe due to the species being found on coastlines in winter.

This individual was photographed feeding on wheat stubble near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in winter. Photographed through an open vehicle window on a -30°C morning.

Saturday Bird: Horned Lark or Shore Lark