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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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Photo Challenges

“Blackbird”

This is my very late contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – All You Need Is Love prompt.

I admit I had forgotten about the challenge until seeing the contribution from Cee Neuner.

Blackbird is a song on The Beatles White Album.

A small selection of Blackbirds.

January Squares: Up #11

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.

One Word Sunday: Inspiration

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

Male Common Blackbird.

One Word Sunday: Inspiration

Female Red-winged Blackbird.

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Becky's Squares

January Squares: Up #11

Singing Up in spring.

This is my day 11 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing Up to proclaim its territory and attract a mate near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

January Squares: Up #11
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Photo Challenges

Looking to the sky

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look to the skies prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before going in a different direction.

Rather than the camera looking to the sky I decided to go with a small selection of birds and mammals looking to the sky.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Silent Sunday: 29th March 2020
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid
A Raccoon.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A male American Goldfinch.

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Lens-Artists

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spring

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spring.

For the month of July the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge has the theme of seasons. I decided to go with a theme for each season, one bird photo, one scenic photo and one flora and fauna photo.

 

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A displaying male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing to proclaim his territory in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Ice on Lake Huron at sunset during the spring thaw. Photographed near the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

Two signs of spring in Cheshire, England, the Orange Tip Butterfly is one of the first butterflies to appear in the spring. This male Orange Tip Butterfly is feeding on Bluebells, another sign of spring.

 

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Weekly Topics

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Welcome to the first in what will probably be a regular feature, Saturday Bird.

This is a male Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) photographed in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the summer. Their breeding habitat is Cattail marshes where they nest in colonies, often sharing the habitat with Red-winged Blackbirds.

It is one of the New World blackbirds and is not related to the Eurasian Blackbird.

 

Saturday Bird: Yellow-headed Blackbird

 

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CFFC

CFFC: Sense of Hearing

My idea for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing quickly came to mind. Waking up in the spring to various birds singing and calling to proclaim their territories made it an obvious choice.

In the spring the males of lots of bird species are proclaiming their territories by singing and calling. As much as humans may enjoy hearing some of these songs they’re doing it to let rival males know they’re claiming the area as their territory and to attract a female.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

A European Robin proclaims the area as his territory, Faddiley, Cheshire.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird proclaiming his territory in Saskatchewan.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

A Tree Pipit singing from the top of a tree on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire.

 

One Word Sunday: Inspiration

A male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming his territory in Saskatchewan.