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Male Common Merganser

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) a member of the duck family. It is known as the Goosander in Europe.

With an off white body and black head with a green gloss this is a male. Females are mostly grey with a reddish brown head.

Photographed in early April close to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. There is still the remains of the winter ice on the lake.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Hints of Spring
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Male Orange Tip Butterfly

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is a follow-up of sorts to last week’s post, Bluebells.

This is a male Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) feeding on Bluebells in a cottage garden at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Found throughout Europe and temperate Asia, in the U.K. it is another sign of spring. The female does not have the orange tip on the forewing.

Friendly Friday: Re-imagine Orange
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A Refrozen Colpoy’s Bay

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

Late winter and early spring of 2018 saw Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario going through a series of freeze and thaw cycles. Each time I went down there conditions had changed.

In this photo taken at dawn on the 30th March 2018 the bay had refrozen.

Travel Tuesday: A Refrozen Colpoy's Bay
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Male Red-winged Blackbird

My Saturday Bird this week is the Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). The species is found in most of North America and much of Central America.

Northern populations are migratory heading south for the winter. This is a male singing to proclaim his territory and attract a mate having just arrived in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring.

One Word Sunday: Inspiration
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Bluebells

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) a bulbous perennial plant.

Found in Atlantic areas from north western Spain to the British Isles. The plant is associated with ancient woodland and is regarded as a sign of spring. This display of Bluebells was photographed on a woodland section of Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Bluebells
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Blue Hour Ice

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

Another visit to Colpoy’s Bay, this time a couple of days after the spring equinox. The ice on the bay has changed again. A week or so previously it had been more uneven and mostly snow covered.

Travel Tuesday: Blue Hour Ice
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Female Purple Finch

My Saturday Bird this week is a continuation of last week’s post. This is a female Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) in spring.

Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in a year when the species hung around after winter and bred.

Saturday Bird: Female Purple Finch