The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Shiny.
My initial ideas involved ice as winter seems to be dragging on in this part of Ontario.
I then started thinking about some of the bird species with iridescent plumage and thought of the male Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) that should be arriving in Ontario soon. They’re quite a colourful species in the right light although not very popular with some people who feed the birds when they descend in large flocks.
A portrait of a male Common Grackle on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in the spring.
First, a Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus). Normally an occasional winter species for us but we had large numbers last winter and we’ve still got a dozen or so around this spring. They’re an irruptive species meaning numbers vary from year to year as the birds follow food sources.
Next, a Turkey Vulture soars overhead while I waited for an uncooperative Baltimore Oriole.
Finally a female Common Grackle searching for a meal in the yard. An often overlooked species, a lot of people regard them as a nuisance around their bird feeders. I rather like them although I don’t have a lot of shots of the species.