The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is The Beauty of Spring.
One thing I always look forward to each spring is the arrival of the various bird species that head north to breed in the summer.
So here’s a selection of recently arrived summer migrants from the U.K. and Canada.
First, a Sedge Warbler photographed at Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. One of many warbler species that arrive in the U.K. in the spring.
Next a male Yellow-headed Blackbird in Saskatchewan, Canada proclaiming his territory having recently arrived for the summer.
Finally, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak recently arrived in Ontario, Canada for the summer.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Best of the year shot?
This has caused my some problems. As I have been doing a 52 week photo project this year do I pick one of my weekly picks? Another option is one of my 2018 shots that has been published elsewhere.
Then I discovered that some of the shots published elsewhere I was considering had been used in various posts during 2018. One had been a weekly pick and another had been a Wordless Wednesday post.
In fact I hadn’t decided which photo I was going to use when I started this post. Actually putting some of this down has helped me make a pick.
I’m going with my pick for Week 29. A bird in the rain.
Published in this blog on July 22nd it’s also the month of September in a 2019 birds calender and shows a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.
Sunday of week 29 started off dry until I set the camera up in the yard. Within 10 minutes it was spotting with rain and 15 minutes after that it was raining. It’s still raining as I write this post, I don’t think it’s stopped since it started.
We really needed the rain, it’s been so dry around here this summer the leaves are coming off the trees.
To the photo, it’s a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario on a wet Sunday afternoon.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Say What You See.
This made me think of some of my Instagram posts where I compared a species common English name to a photo of the species and give it a checkmark when they match.
Rose-breasted ✔ Grosbeak ✔ (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
A bit of a tongue in cheek response to the Daily Post one word prompt Archaic.
The photo was taken two weeks ago using a 10 year old camera, archaic by current standards. And the camera was by far the newest piece of equipment used, the lens is 29 years old and the tripod is 22 years old.
A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) The bird is in shade with sunlight on the background.
A couple of photos I was considering for week 20 of my 52 week photo project.
I’ve been photographing a few summer visitors recently, filling in some gaps in my files.
A female Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus).
A male Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) eating Grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. Not as colourful as some of the males that were around but this one is hanging around.
I had a few photos under consideration for week 18 of my 52 week photo project. I spent some time one morning out in the yard photographing some of the birds. A mix of winter visitors still with us and some recently arrived summer visitors. All while being swarmed by Black Flies that are now out. I only got one Black Fly bite which is good as I am allergic to them.
First, a recently arrived summer species, a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I say young male because it’s still showing traces of its juvenile plumage.
Second, a winter species that is still with us. A Pine Siskin, one of a dozen or more still hanging around.