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Male American Goldfinch

This week my Saturday Bird is the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis). In this case a summer (breeding) plumage male.

It is a migratory member of the finch family found from southern Canada in the summer to Mexico in the winter.

January Squares: Up #31
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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Some Spring Birds

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: New life emerging prompt.

There’s very little sign of spring around this part of Ontario at the moment, we got snow last Thursday.

So I decided to go with a small selection of of bird species that have started appearing on spring migration.

Saturday Bird: Pine Siskin

A Pine Siskin in spring. They stopped off in autumn on their way south and again on their way north in spring.

January Squares: Up #31

A male American Goldfinch. We had a couple of American Goldfinch on and off over winter but suddenly the male is getting his bright yellow breeding plumage.

January Squares: Up #26

A Chipping Sparrow. The first of the New World Sparrows to arrive this year. The first species is usually the Song Sparrow but I still haven’t had one this spring.

One Word Sunday: Spring

A Dark-eyed Junco. The first Juncos arrived a week or so ago and there was still at least six here at the weekend.

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Rusty

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rusty or Decayed prompt.

I thought of two very different photos taken many years apart.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

A rusty tin roof on an abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A rusty license plate being used to reinforce a splitting railroad tie being used as a fence post near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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January Squares: Up #31

Up on top of a branch.

This is my day 31 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up. A big thank you to Becky for another fun month of squares.

A male American Goldfinch looking Up checking for a predator while standing Up on top of a branch.

January Squares: Up #31
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Looking to the sky

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look to the skies prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before going in a different direction.

Rather than the camera looking to the sky I decided to go with a small selection of birds and mammals looking to the sky.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Silent Sunday: 29th March 2020
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid
A Raccoon.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A male American Goldfinch.

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Nosy

I thought of a couple of photos on reading the One Word Sunday prompt Nosy.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Being watched by a Coyote near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the winter.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

Being spied on by a male American Goldfinch near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the summer.

 

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Peek-A-Boo

Welcome to my second Travel Tuesday.

I spent part of the summer of 1995 in Saskatchewan, Canada shooting nature and travel photos for a couple of U.K. photo agencies.

I was photographing a small group of American Goldfinches feeding on weed seeds in a ditch when I noticed this male peeking around the fence post at me. The old Saskatchewan license plate someone had nailed to the fence post to stop it splitting further made it both a travel and a nature photo.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020