Here are some photos taken by reader James Blilie’s 12-year-old son Jamie, using a Canon Powershot SX530 HX camera. All were photographed in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. James’s captions are indented, but young Jamie gets the photo credits.
A nest of barn swallows (Hirundo rustica), including the nestlings gaping at the approach of Mom or Dad:
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis):
House wren (Troglodytes aedon):
Green heron (Butorides virescens), showing its long neck extended.We usually have at least one pair nest in the trees around our pond every summer.
White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) on a suet bag:
A rare sight here in our area: A Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes):
And ospreys (Pandion haliaetus). We have these nesting on a light standard with a nesting platform on top every summer in the park directly across the pond behind our house. These are taken of one of the ospreys perched in an Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) in the park. We frequently see them fly just above our house with fish (or once a flicker) gripped in their talons. We have seen them take fish from our pond directly behind our house. Quite a sight!
From Chetiya Sahabandu, we get two photos of Toque Macaques (Macaca sinica) taken in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, where the species is endemic.