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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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Throwback Thursday

The eggs have hatched

My Throwback Thursday post this week is returning to the nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit I documented in 1987.

The eggs have hatched and both adults are busy feeding hungry young.

Weekly Prompts: Story
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CFFC

Natural Light vs Man Made Light

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Natural Light vs Man Made Light prompt.

Two photos of a Eurasian Blue Tit, one illuminated by natural light and the other illuminated by an electronic flash.

Saturday Bird: Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit on a frost rimmed twig, Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
Throwback Thursday: 28th May 2020
Adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
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Throwback Thursday

Forming the cup of the nest

My Throwback Thursday post this week is continuing my look back at the nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit in 1987.

In this photo one of the adults, probably the female, is forming the cup of the nest prior to starting egg laying.

Throwback Thursday: 15th April 2021
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Throwback Thursday

Nest Building

My Throwback Thursday post this week is traveling back to spring 1987.

I spent part of the spring documenting the nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit.

In this photo one of the adult birds is bringing moss for the nest. It appears that one bird prefers moss and the other dried grass. It also appears that each bird builds one side of the nest.

One Word Sunday: Speciality
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CFFC

Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds prompt.

With nearly 40 years of bird photography in my archives I decided to go with one photo from each decade.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Twist

1980s. An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

1990s. Male and female American Avocets in summer (breeding) plumage on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. An immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

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CBWC

Monochrome Flight

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything that Flies prompt.

CBWC: Anything in Flight
An immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds
Gulls over Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.
Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds
Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.
CBWC: Anything in Flight
An impression of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.