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Greylag Goose

My Saturday Bird this week is a portrait of a Greylag Goose (Anser anser).

This individual was photographed in the mid 1980s when most of the Greylag Geese in the U.K. were feral birds associating with Canada Geese and other wildfowl species. Recent population numbers for the species across Europe show a dramatic increase, possibly due to climate change affecting their migration patterns.

The bird is at “The Mere” on the edge of the town of Ellesmere in Shropshire, England in winter.

Saturday Bird: Greylag Goose
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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.

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Horned Lark

My Saturday Bird this week continues my look back at species photographed in Saskatchewan in winter.

This is the Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris). It is known as the Shore Lark in Europe due to the species being found on coastlines in winter.

This individual was photographed feeding on wheat stubble near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in winter. Photographed through an open vehicle window on a -30°C morning.

Saturday Bird: Horned Lark or Shore Lark
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Snow Bunting

My Saturday Bird is continuing my recent theme of birds in winter. This week’s species is the Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis).

It is an arctic species with a circumpolar arctic breeding range. The species heads south in the autumn to winter in northern temperate zones. Interestingly they migrate at night using the earth’s geomagnetic field to navigate.

This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The birds plumage is partially camouflaged against the partially snow covered wheat stubble. Photographed through an open vehicle window on a bitterly cold morning. It was -35°C if I recall correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Snow Bunting
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Male Evening Grosbeak

This week for my Saturday Bird I am continuing my recent theme of birds photographed in Saskatchewan in winter.

This is a male Evening Grosbeak (Hesperiphona vespertinus) a member of the finch family. This individual was photographed in Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Eastern Saskatchewan, Canada in winter. There’s some light snow falling around the bird. It was around -25°C which is probably why the bird is warming one leg in its feathers.

The species is found in coniferous and mixed forest across a large part of southern Canada and western mountainous areas of the U.S. and Mexico. The species migration is very variable traveling as far as the southern U.S. some winters.

Saturday Bird: Evening Grosbeak
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Female Pine Grosbeak

My Saturday Bird this week is the Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator), a large finch with a long tail.

The species breeds in the far north of North America and Eurasia. It is an irruptive species meaning numbers can vary greatly if the birds move south for the winter. Often absurdly tame allowing close approach they will land within a few feet of an observer.

This is a female photographed in light snow at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada in the winter. Males are pinkish red and gray.

Saturday Bird: Pine Grosbeak
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Common Redpoll

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea). It is also known as the Mealy Redpoll.

This bird is a male due to the reddish tinge on the breast. The amount and brightness of the red on the breast can vary enormously. Photographed from a portable hide (blind) while it searched for wind blown seeds on a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Common Redpoll