On the Hunt for Joy: Sit in the Sunshine

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Sit in the Sunshine.

One photo came to mind almost instantly when I read the prompt for week 4 of the challenge. After that it was simply a case of finding a couple more photos to go with it.

A Dunnock sitting in the sun in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. Its feathers are fluffed up because it’s sunbathing which is why it came to mind so quickly.

Sunbathing Dunnock.


A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel sits in the sun having just emerged from its burrow in the spring. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Feeding Ground Squirrel.


An American Red Squirrel sitting in the sun on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Six Word Saturday: Where Did I Leave My Nuts?

CFFC: Spring Scenes

When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes


A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Richardson's Ground Squirrel in the spring.


A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.

A male Common Merganser amongst ice on Lake Huron

A Photo a Week Challenge: Brown

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Brown.

This is a male Brown-headed Cowbird feeding on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in the spring.

The common English name for the species comes from the male who has an iridescent black body and a brown head and for the species habit of foraging on the ground following grazing species such as cattle. The grazing animals disturb insects which are caught by the birds.

The species is a brood parasite, the females lay their eggs in the nests of other species. These species can be as wide ranging as Hummingbirds to Raptors.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Brown

Male Yellow Warbler

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow.

I thought about some of the bird species that have Yellow in their common English names. Here’s a male Yellow Warbler photographed at Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, the southern most part of the Canadian mainland.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow

October Squares: Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel

This is my contribution for day 13 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge and a shot I delayed posting until the thirteenth.

For day 13 I give you a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel in the spring looking for some fresh grass to eat. Taken near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

October Squares: Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel