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Past Squares #22

October Squares: Seven of a Kind

Seven Of A Kind

Seven young Great Tits in a specially constructed nestbox at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

I spent a week looking at this photo on the contents page of the Radio Times without recognising it as one of mine.

A look back at some of my personal favorite square photos from previous months of squares. Some were popular, some not so popular at the time.

This was a post in Kind Squares Month and is my day 22 contribution to Becky’s October Squares on the theme of Past Squares.

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Throwback Thursday

Leaving the Nest

My Throwback Thursday post this week is a young Eurasian Blue Tit leaving the nestbox.

I documented the complete nesting cycle using a specially constructed nestbox in spring 1987. 10 of the 11 young leave the nestbox in the early morning. The 11th youngster left the nestbox early the next morning.

Throwback Thursday: 4th June 2020

The ninth youngster leaving the nestbox, only two left.

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Throwback Thursday

The eggs have hatched

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

The eggs have hatched and both adults are busy feeding hungry young.

Weekly Prompts: Story
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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 Topics

Tree Swallow

My Saturday Bird this week is the Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).

A migratory member of the swallow family found in the Americas. The species nests either in isolated pairs or loose groups, in both natural and artificial cavities.

This individual is perched on a tree swallow nestbox, one of a group of eight in the area. The nestboxes are number allowing ornithologists to study the breeding success of the group of birds.

The species is one of the most highly studied birds in the world but there are still aspects of their behaviour that biologists can’t explain.

Saturday Bird: Tree Swallow
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CFFC

Natural Light vs Man Made Light

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Natural Light vs Man Made Light prompt.

Two photos of a Eurasian Blue Tit, one illuminated by natural light and the other illuminated by an electronic flash.

Saturday Bird: Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit on a frost rimmed twig, Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
Throwback Thursday: 28th May 2020
Adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
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Throwback Thursday

Egg laying

My Throwback Thursday post this week is continuing my look back at the nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit I documented in 1987.

The nest is lined and the cup of the nest is formed. Now the female is in the nestbox early each morning laying an egg.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning