Autumn migration is well underway on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.
We had an influx of Sparrow species on the Friday of week 40 so I set up in the yard on Saturday morning despite there being thick cloud with light rain at times.
Here is an adult White-crowned Sparrow with an immature in the background. In the spring the adult migrated to the far north to breed in brushy areas of the taiga and tundra. It’s now heading south for the winter and could travel as far south as central Mexico. The immature bird in the background will have hatched from an egg a few months ago and is heading south for the first time.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is The Food of Love.
I gave this some thought and then remembered this photo. It shows a fairly common piece of behavior for various species of Grebes that researchers and scientists have yet to fully explain.
The photo shows an adult Great Crested Grebe feeding one of its breast feathers to two of its young. One theory suggests this behavior is an aid to digesting their food by protecting their stomach from sharp fish bones. Another theory is that the feathers help the birds form pellets of undigested fish bones allowing them to regurgitate the pellets.
The Daily Post one word prompt is Bubble.
An American White Pelican surrounded by bubbles. The Pelican is one of a group fishing in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan. There is a sluice gate to regulate the water level in the marsh which is causing the bubbles in the water.
The horn on the Pelicans bill shows it is a breeding adult.
The nest is nearly finished. One of the final stages is lining it with soft material. This is normally items such as feathers, hair and wool.
In this photo one of the adult Eurasian Blue Tits is adding lining to the nest.
The Daily Post one-word prompt is Inchoate.
An adult Great Tit drops into a nestbox with some moss at the start of nest building.
I am already posting about a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit nesting so I thought I would change species for the one-word prompt.