European Goldfinch feeding on Teasel.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a European Goldfinch feeding on seeds in a Teasel head. The seeds are a popular food source for the birds and the plant is grown to attract them by some people.

Teasel heads were used as a natural comb for the nap on wool in the past.

Goldfinch feeding on Teasel.

Week 40. White-crowned Sparrows.

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.

White-crowned Sparrows on autumn migration.

Feeding upside down.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Upside Down.

I was considering a variety of subjects and photos. Then I  thought about the Nuthatch family of birds. They will walk down a tree trunk or branch head first just as easily as walking up one.

That got me thinking about the suet feeders we have. They’re upside down to discourage Blue Jays and Grackles while allowing Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Chickadees to use them.

So a male Hairy Woodpecker feeding upside down.

Feeding upside down.

Grey in grey.

This week’s Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

This is a juvenile Grey Heron photographed at a reservoir in south Cheshire. The water level was low with mud in front of the hide and there was a thick fog blanketing the area. The Grey Heron spent some time wandering around the mud before hunkering down and looking grumpy.

This is a copy of a Kodachrome slide, it hasn’t been desaturated or converted to monochrome although I did bring out the film grain when editing the shot.

Sitting in the fog.