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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.


Red – From Large to Small

This week Patti gave use the prompt From Large to Small for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise
Red cloud.
Throwback Thursday: Old Nuffield Tractor
Red tractor ploughing.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
Red Fox.
One Word Sunday: Colour
Red Maple leaf.
Weekly Topics

Male Common Linnet

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Linnet (Linaria cannabina), a member of the finch family.

The species breeds in Europe, the western Palearctic and North Africa. It is partially resident although northern and eastern birds move south for the winter.

The species is in serious decline in Europe with a population decrease of 62% since 1980.

The red breast on this bird makes it a male. It was photographed bathing in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England in early spring.

Saturday Bird: Male Common Linnet
Weekly Topics

Male Orange Tip Butterfly

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is a follow-up of sorts to last week’s post, Bluebells.

This is a male Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) feeding on Bluebells in a cottage garden at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Found throughout Europe and temperate Asia, in the U.K. it is another sign of spring. The female does not have the orange tip on the forewing.

Friendly Friday: Re-imagine Orange
One Word Sunday


A nature photographers dirty mobile hide (blind) 35 years ago.

My contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Ugly.

CFFC: Anything to do with cars and trucks
Weekly Topics

Common Hazel flower

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is the second part of my posts on the Common Hazel (Corylus avellana).

Last week my post was about the male Common Hazel catkins that produce the pollen to fertilise the female flowers.

This week my post is about the female flowers. The flowers are tiny, the entire bud in this photo is approximately the size of the head of a match. The red styles that form the visible part of the flower are 1 to 3 mm long.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Hazel
Weekly Prompts


This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Waiting.

April Squares: On Top of the Ice
Waiting for the ice to melt.
One Word Sunday: Homophone
Waiting for the paint to dry.
One Word Sunday: Company
Waiting for the eggs to hatch.
Wordless Wednesday: 18th November 2020
Waiting for the rain to start.