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Tree Swallow

Flora and Fauna Friday: Tree Swallow

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), a member of the swallows and martins family found in the Americas.

This individual was photographed at Isaac Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario last spring. The species traditionally nests in tree cavities but will use nestboxes. There are several areas at Isaac Lake with groups of nestboxes for them.

This is also a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Flora and Fauna Friday: Eurasian Tree Sparrow

My Flora and Fauna Friday subject this week is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus). The species is found across most of temperate Europe and Asia.

This individual was photographed emerging from a nest cavity in an apple tree at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. There is mistletoe growing on the apple tree above the entrance to the nest.

This is also a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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Tree Pipit

Flora and Fauna Friday: Tree Pipit

A Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) singing in a tree on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

The species is a summer visitor to the U.K. spending winter in sub Saharan Africa.

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week and a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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Great Blue Heron

Flora and Fauna Friday: Great Blue Heron

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) found across much of North and Central America in suitable habitat.

This windblown individual was photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario in summer shortly after sunrise.

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Colpoy’s Bay at Dawn

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

Colpoy’s Bay at dawn on the 3rd June 2018.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at dawn
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Great Crested Grebe

My Saturday Bird this week is the Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), a follow-up of sorts to last week’s post, the Horned Grebe.

A widely distributed species found across Europe and the Palearctic as well as parts of Africa and Australia. Known for their elaborate courtship display. These birds are performing the head waving part of the display.

Throwback Thursday: 19th March 2020
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Horned Grebe

My Saturday Bird this week is the Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus).

Known as the Slavonian Grebe in Europe it is a small member of the Grebe family. The global population has declined by 30% over the past 30 years while the North American population is down 79% and it is now considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

This individual was photographed on a cattle watering hole in Saskatchewan, Canada in spring. The reflections on the water are a mixture of corral fence and stacked straw bales.

CMMC: Silver or Gold