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Becky's Squares

Bright Sunset

This is my day 9 contribution to Becky’s April Squares on the theme of Bright.

Five Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset.

October Squares: Five of a Kind
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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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Weekly Topics

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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One Word Sunday

Spring

This is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday prompt Spring.

After a few days of spring like weather winter returned last Friday.

However, that hasn’t stopped the summer birds appearing. We had at least half a dozen Dark-eyed Juncos around the yard on Friday.

One Word Sunday: Spring
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Photo Challenges

Black-capped Chickadee

This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Words that contain CH or CK prompt.

Black-capped Chickadee contains one CH and two CK.

CMMC: Words that contain Ch or Ck
Black-capped Chickadee taking flight in winter.
CMMC: Words that contain Ch or Ck
Black-capped Chickadee checking the sky for a predator in summer.
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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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Weekly Topics

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