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Northern Redbelly Snake

Flora and Fauna Friday: Northern Redbelly Snake

A somewhat different Flora and Fauna Friday post from me this week. A simple record shot of a snake I found sunning itself on a gravel road on a walk last Saturday afternoon.

This is a Northern Redbelly Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata), a nonvenomous species found in parts of Eastern North America.

This individual is about two thirds grown. Not much bigger than a pencil it got quite belligerent when I tried to get it to move off the road to stop it getting run over. Eventually it got the message and moved off the road. Two vehicles had a go around me while I was trying to get it off the road.

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American Red Squirrel

Flora and Fauna Friday: American Red Squirrel

My Flora and Fauna Friday subject this week is the American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Alternative common English names include Pine Squirrel, Chickaree and North American Red Squirrel.

This individual was photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in summer.

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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

CMMC: Contains the letter U

A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. A popular summer visitor to Ontario with their arrival a sign that summer is close.

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week was chosen because it won’t be long before the Hummingbirds will be heading south for the winter.

I selected this photo of the species because it’s a personal favourite which was published in a calendar a couple of years ago.

It’s also a slightly late contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: August Alphabet must have two M’s in the word prompt.

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Tree Swallow

Flora and Fauna Friday: Tree Swallow

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), a member of the swallows and martins family found in the Americas.

This individual was photographed at Isaac Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario last spring. The species traditionally nests in tree cavities but will use nestboxes. There are several areas at Isaac Lake with groups of nestboxes for them.

This is also a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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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.

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Tree Pipit

Flora and Fauna Friday: Tree Pipit

A Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) singing in a tree on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

The species is a summer visitor to the U.K. spending winter in sub Saharan Africa.

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week and a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

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Great Blue Heron

Flora and Fauna Friday: Great Blue Heron

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) found across much of North and Central America in suitable habitat.

This windblown individual was photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario in summer shortly after sunrise.