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2021

Sunrise Display

A backlit male Red-winged Blackbird displaying at sunrise on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario yesterday morning.

2021: Displaying at Sunrise
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Throwback Thursday

Feeding during incubation

My Throwback Thursday post this week is returning to the story of the nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit I documented in 1987.

The eggs are laid and the female has started incubating them. Here the male is feeding the female during incubation.

One Word Sunday: Company
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Weekly Prompts

Ruby

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Ruby.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro
A Ruby-tailed Wasp, Hatherton, Cheshire, England
Saturday Bird: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
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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
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CFFC

Shiny Common Grackle

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny prompt.

Portrait of a male Common Grackle on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in early spring.

CFFC: Shiny
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Male American Goldfinch

This week my Saturday Bird is the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis). In this case a summer (breeding) plumage male.

It is a migratory member of the finch family found from southern Canada in the summer to Mexico in the winter.

January Squares: Up #31
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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Some Spring Birds

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: New life emerging prompt.

There’s very little sign of spring around this part of Ontario at the moment, we got snow last Thursday.

So I decided to go with a small selection of of bird species that have started appearing on spring migration.

Saturday Bird: Pine Siskin

A Pine Siskin in spring. They stopped off in autumn on their way south and again on their way north in spring.

January Squares: Up #31

A male American Goldfinch. We had a couple of American Goldfinch on and off over winter but suddenly the male is getting his bright yellow breeding plumage.

January Squares: Up #26

A Chipping Sparrow. The first of the New World Sparrows to arrive this year. The first species is usually the Song Sparrow but I still haven’t had one this spring.

One Word Sunday: Spring

A Dark-eyed Junco. The first Juncos arrived a week or so ago and there was still at least six here at the weekend.