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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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Cosmic Photo Challenge

First Hints of Spring

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: First Hints of Spring prompt.

It was snowing hard when Dale posted the prompt so my contribution is from my archives.

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

Two hints of spring, a male Orange Tip Butterfly feeding on Bluebells in Cheshire, England.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

A hint of spring, ice on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada breaking up during the spring thaw.

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A hint of spring, a recently arrived male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing to proclaim his territory in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Hints of Spring

A hint of spring, a male Common Merganser swimming amongst ice on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario, Canada during the spring thaw. The Common Merganser is known as the Goosander in Europe.

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Becky's Squares

January Squares: Up #16

Riding Up on top.

This is my day 16 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

Two young Common Merganser riding Up on top of their mothers back.

January Squares: Up #22
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Throwback Thursday

Female Common Merganser with young

This week Throwback Thursday is traveling back 13 years to August 2007.

This is a female Common Merganser with young on Lake Huron near the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. This was a very late brood, the young wouldn’t have long to grow and prepare to head south for the winter.

 

Throwback Thursday: Female Common Merganser with young

 

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Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: All in a Row

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday: All in a Row  photo challenge.

A row of ducklings behind a female Common Merganser on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada in the late summer.

Ducks in a row.

 

A row of Double-crested Cormorants fishing where the Saugeen River flows into Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Friendly Friday: All in a Row

 

A row of restored veteran commercial vehicles on display at a steam rally in Cheshire, England.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Transport

 

Rows of Snow Geese flying to roost at sunset in the autumn at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Friendly Friday: All in a Row

 

A row of trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.

 

A row of American White Pelicans fishing in a channel where a marsh drains into Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.

 

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CFFC

CFFC: Spring Scenes

When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

 

A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Richardson's Ground Squirrel in the spring.

 

A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.

A male Common Merganser amongst ice on Lake Huron

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Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Common

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Common.

My first thought was of the various species of flora and fauna with Common in their common English names.

A female Common Merganser with young on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Ducks in a row.

 

A Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.

Eye of the frog.

 

A pair of Common Tern mating on a boulder in Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

mating Common Terns

 

A male Common Kingfisher photographed in Cheshire, England.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Back Catalog