Saturday, March 29, 2014

Signs Of Spring?

Awwww, look at that ear!
Poor Stoney Braveheart has been in a tussle! More than likely from a courtship fight.
I think the ear notch just adds to his charm!

The goldfinches are "yellowing up".

The snow is melting, and it's a mess under the feeders!

 The grackles have arrived in hoards, but I don't mind.
They clean up a lot of that "under feeder" mess. 

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53 comments:

That Someone said...

Happy Birthday Angel! I hope Stoney got to kiss that girl!

Rambling Woods said...

Happy Birthday..... Many many more...hugs

Indrani said...

Clear sharp pics> Beautiful spring shots!

Andaje said...

Happy Birthday Karen :)

Nancy J said...

Many hugs and all good wishes for tomorrow, Saturday. Dear Stoney, all he needs is a lady to love. Have a great, with sunshine and laughter, happiness galore. Fond hugs, Jean.

Mascha said...

Lovely series! You have so nice birds in USA...
Happy birthday :-)
Wish you health, happiness and sunshine

David Gascoigne said...

It's wonderful to see the goldfinches regaining their nuptial plumage.

eileeninmd said...

i love your sweet Goldie! And the Grackle shot is awesome..Thank you for linking up with Saturday's Critters! Have a happy weekend!

Robyn said...

Neat set of shots, Karen. I noticed the ear right away. Love the feather colors you captured.

The grackles around here are black and like dog food.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos. Poor Stoney Braveheart! I hope the fight was worth it. We haven't seen a grackle or blackbird here yet. Too much snow. Have a great weekend Karen.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Karen;
Wow, great photographs♡♡♡ I'm still amateur about birds,learned finch but had not learned grackle yet. They must have big appetite p;)

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

TexWisGirl said...

stoney braveheart: chicks dig scars. :)

and to you, sweet karen, a very happy birthday!

eileeninmd said...

ps, Happy Birthday, Karen!

Janet Shaw said...

Wow! Your photos are lovely! The colors really are beautiful.

Linda W. said...

Excellent shot of that little squirrel! Super-cute!

Sylvia K said...

Happy Birthday, Karen!!! Hope you have a wonderful day and weekend! I do LOVE your captures for the day -- of course, I always do! I agree, Stoney Bravehearts ear notch does add to his charm! One of my squirrel has a bare spot down his back, but it doesn't seem to slow him down any! Your birds are so beautiful and colorful!!

Rajesh said...

Very lovely.

carol l mckenna said...

Happy Birthday and beautiful photos of signs of Spring ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol

lina@happy family said...

Happy birthday Karen.
Enjoying your shots as always.
Poor ear but still has cute face:)

The Artful Diva said...

Have a great weekend - I enjoyed reading your post and your photos are fantastic.

Andy said...

You have all the right signs for spring.

Adam Jones said...

Hooray! Can't wait for Spring to arrive, and that Squirrel looks so cute.

Elephant's Child said...

I am very, very familiar with that 'under the feeder' mess.
Stony Braveheart looks like he needs an earring to go with that pirate charm.

SquirrelQueen said...

Happy Birthday!
I love the pose Stoney Braveheart is giving you. He is one fine looking fellow even with his tattered ear.

Ela said...

I love all your pictures but my favorite is the first.
Have a happy Sunday :)

Ela said...

Happy Birthday !!!!

Phil Slade said...

I like the grackle picture Karen. The iridescent plumage reminds me of a Starling but the grackle is more handsome.

Pat said...

Cute animal characters around your place. Stony reminds me of my buddy, Notch.

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh, poor Stoney.
Our stray kitty came home with the exact same thing a few weeks ago. :-(

Happy Birthday, Karen, and have a wonderful weekend!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful shots! Stoney Braveheart is adorable.

RedPat said...

That ear must be sore! Happy Birthday!

Deb @ Homespun & Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Saw one grackle ( I THINK ) this morning but as soon as I got closer to check he flew away.

Love your shots! :)

VioletSky said...

Your photos are so crisp! I love how the grackle's colours shine

HOOTIN ANNI said...

The colors on the grackle...wish I could wear the same and look as good.

Poor Stoney...but, still cute as a button!

HansHB said...

Gorgeous post!

Carole M. said...

each of these photographs Karen, is a winner

DeniseinVA said...

Happy, Happy Birthday :))) Wishing you much joy on your special day and in the years to come. Love your photos and my goodness, that ear does add character :)

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday! That last shot is a gorgeous looking bird. Love the other shots too!

Les... said...

Happy Birthday Hon !!! *VBS*

Great Pics as always, you sure caught some lovely color in the plumage! *S*

So much food spilled by the birds, squirrels hey? the parrots here are the same but there is always someone down on the ground to clean up *S*

As for Stoney, the little warrior seems to be saying "Bah, you should see the other guy!!" *LOL*

Linda said...

Great photos! I'm tired of the grackles that have been swarming my feeders. They spill even more seed than the squirrels!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Karen. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. love the squirrel and goldfinch

Stewart M said...

The grackle is a great shot - but the tattered ear is a winner too.

I miss the snow - but I do understand that you can have too much of a good thing.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Anni said...

...thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot this weekend. Hope your morning is filled with the songs of birds and relaxing and having an all 'round good day.

Diane said...

Lovely shots!

Debbie said...

i know those grackles are such a pain but do you see all that color and purple!! beautiful!!

Mama Zen said...

Poor little squirrel!

Me said...

Poor Stoney. Kind of gives him more character than he already has. Great birdy shots too.

Gail Dixon said...

Your bird shots rival any major publications' output. I'm really in awe of that grackle. Wowweeee!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful critter shots Karen! Love your goldfinch since this is one bird that I rarely get to see :)

Bob Bushell said...

Awe, the poor squirrel, I've seen them like them, it's not too bad. And I do love the Grackles, superb.

Dianne said...

Poor Braveheart's ear ... He doesn't seem one bit perturbed. Gorgeous captures as always Karen.

Our photos said...

Beautiful pictures !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Stoney does look a little the worse for winter wear, but it does just add to his charm. I didn't think about grackles coming in handy for cleaning up the ground -- (we don't have them in Oregon, so never had them around when I fed birds). They are a lot prettier than the starlings we did have there (and starlings just chase away the songbirds so we hated them).