My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge is two photos this week. The prompt is Babies which got me thinking about bird species with young.
That made me think of two very different species that nest in tree cavities and will also use nest boxes.
This is a Common Merganser, a larger species of duck that needs a large tree cavity or nestbox. As soon as the eggs hatch the female carries the young to the water in her bill.
These are Eurasian Blue Tits. There are two adults feeding recently hatched young in a nestbox. Unlike the Common Merganser these young are born naked. It will be approximately 21 days before they have grown flight feathers and can leave the nestbox.
Throwback Thursday travels back 14 years. I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario for the sunrise. I don’t remember what the sunrise was like but I did find a small group of juvenile Red Knot on the shoreline. Having hatched a few months previously they were heading south for the first time.
I spent some time with them, after a while they were comfortable enough to feed, bathe, preen and sleep in front of me.
This individual is feeding amongst the rocks on the shoreline.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles, Curves and Arches.
An Eastern Garter Snake curves in the grass while swallowing a Northern Leopard Frog.
This is my sideways look at the A Photo a Week Challenge: Hands.
Having watched a variety of Squirrels, Ground Squirrels and Chipmunks feeding it often makes me think of humans eating corn on the cob.
My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.
A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.
A feeding Whooper Swan surrounded by blue water.
How do some bird species sense food in mud or sand underwater. A juvenile Red Knot feeding on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The bird had stopped off on its way south for the winter.
My contribution to One Word Sunday: Sense.