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Flora and Fauna Friday

Sunbathing Comma

This week’s Flora and Fauna Friday post is a Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) sunbathing in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

The butterfly gets its common English name because the reverse side of the hindwings has a white spot usually in the shape of C that resembles a comma. It’s found across Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Sunbathing Comma
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Weekly Photo Challenge

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?

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Sunbathing Dunnock

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Comfortable and Cozy.

I had my post almost finished before changing my mind about which photo I was going to use and starting again. The only part of the first version to survive is the opening sentence with the link to the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Thinking about the challenge a second time got me thinking about summer, warmer weather and the sun, probably because we had been under snow squall warnings and extreme cold warnings for a lot of last week. That made me think of this photo of a sunbathing Dunnock (Prunella modularis) in Cheshire, England.

The bird is obviously comfortable and cozy in the warm sun.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

If you’re wondering what my initial pick for this challenge was it was this photo.