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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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Lens-Artists

Memorable Times

Amy’s prompt for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: It’s A Wonderful World got me thinking about some of the memorable times behind a camera.

One Word Sunday: Whatchamacallit

Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise, one of those mornings when the whole sky was interesting.

Saturday Bird: Common Kingfisher

Sitting in a canvas hide (blind) a few feet from a Common Kingfisher.

Throwback Thursday: 18th March 2021

Interesting ice formations on Lake Huron at sunset during the spring thaw.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Twist

Documenting the complete nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit using a specially constructed nestbox.

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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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CFFC

Male and Female

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Male vs Female prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Male and female American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The foreground bird with the straighter bill is the male.

One Word Sunday: Company

A male Eurasian Blue Tit feeding the female during incubation. Photographed using a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

April Squares: Spinning Like Tops

Female and male Wilson’s Phalarope on Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. The more colourful bird in the foreground is the female. In the Phalarope family of birds the males incubate the eggs and as a result have more subdued plumage for camouflage.

April Squares: Doing It on Top of a Rock

Male and female Common Terns mating on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

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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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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