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Wide Open Spaces

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the big wide open spaces prompt.

I was considering a couple of approaches to the prompt before realising that there was one obvious choice, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt
A section of frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small
A section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area at sunset in the autumn, Saskatchewan, Canada
One Word Sunday: Ice
Frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise. Taken near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Weekly Prompts: Surface
A section of Last Mountain Lake at sunset in the autumn, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Female Red-winged Blackbird

My Saturday Bird this week is a female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) and is a follow up to my Saturday Bird two weeks ago which was a male Red-winged Blackbird.

I waited two weeks to post the female because the males normally arrive some time before the females. This allows the males to set up territories before the females arrive.

This female was photographed in central Saskatchewan in the spring.

One Word Sunday: Inspiration
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Rusty

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rusty or Decayed prompt.

I thought of two very different photos taken many years apart.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

A rusty tin roof on an abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A rusty license plate being used to reinforce a splitting railroad tie being used as a fence post near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Male Red-winged Blackbird

My Saturday Bird this week is the Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). The species is found in most of North America and much of Central America.

Northern populations are migratory heading south for the winter. This is a male singing to proclaim his territory and attract a mate having just arrived in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring.

One Word Sunday: Inspiration
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Hole and Whole

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hole or Whole prompt.

Weekly Prompts: Hole
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel emerging from a hole.
Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends
A whole Richardson’s Ground Squirrel.
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Cosmic Photo Challenge

First Hints of Spring

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: First Hints of Spring prompt.

It was snowing hard when Dale posted the prompt so my contribution is from my archives.

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

Two hints of spring, a male Orange Tip Butterfly feeding on Bluebells in Cheshire, England.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

A hint of spring, ice on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada breaking up during the spring thaw.

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A hint of spring, a recently arrived male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing to proclaim his territory in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Hints of Spring

A hint of spring, a male Common Merganser swimming amongst ice on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario, Canada during the spring thaw. The Common Merganser is known as the Goosander in Europe.

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White-breasted Nuthatch

My Saturday Bird this week is continuing series of bird species photographed in winter.

This is a White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) photographed in Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada at the same time as my recent Pine Grosbeak and Evening Grosbeak posts.

A resident of woodlands across North America. The species is non-migratory with adults normally staying on their territory year round.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo/Saturday Bird