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Tree Swallow

Flora and Fauna Friday: Tree Swallow

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), a member of the swallows and martins family found in the Americas.

This individual was photographed at Isaac Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario last spring. The species traditionally nests in tree cavities but will use nestboxes. There are several areas at Isaac Lake with groups of nestboxes for them.

This is also a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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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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Tree Pipit

Flora and Fauna Friday: Tree Pipit

A Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) singing in a tree on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

The species is a summer visitor to the U.K. spending winter in sub Saharan Africa.

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week and a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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White Birds

A selection of white birds and birds with white in their common English names for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White prompt.

Saturday Bird: Snowy Owl
A Snowy Owl on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo/Saturday Bird
White-breasted Nuthatch, Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect
American White Pelican, Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada
Saturday Bird: Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan portrait, Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.
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Mammals and Birds

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

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
Red Fox in a hay meadow in Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing
Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends
Richardson’s Ground Squirrel in the spring, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada
CMMC: Blue-Green
Male Common Kingfisher at Swanley near Nantwich, Cheshire, England.
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Male and Female

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Male vs Female prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Male and female American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The foreground bird with the straighter bill is the male.

One Word Sunday: Company

A male Eurasian Blue Tit feeding the female during incubation. Photographed using a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

April Squares: Spinning Like Tops

Female and male Wilson’s Phalarope on Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. The more colourful bird in the foreground is the female. In the Phalarope family of birds the males incubate the eggs and as a result have more subdued plumage for camouflage.

April Squares: Doing It on Top of a Rock

Male and female Common Terns mating on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

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Shiny Common Grackle

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

Portrait of a male Common Grackle on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in early spring.

CFFC: Shiny