Monday, March 23, 2015

Appearing, Disappearing and Ever Present

With the season change comes new, but familiar visitors to the yard.

 The Common Grackle comes in hoards from the south.
There were 40 or more in the yard this morning.
 
The European Starlings make an appearance in large numbers.
They are present year round, but rarely venture into our area until early spring.
 
Many feeder regulars will stop showing up frequently.
The Black-capped Chickadee is also a year rounder,
but we see less of them as the weather becomes warmer.

The Dark-eyed Juncos will soon fly further north for the summer,
and won't be seen again until late fall.
 
The ever present Black (and Grey) Squirrels continue to come for the goodies.
This guy is moulting.
 
 
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49 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

scruffy looking fellow! love your birds! beautiful shots!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, your birds are SO beautiful -- and so are your captures of them!! You are the best!! Love that mangy looking little squirrel!! He does need a new coat for sure!! Hope you have a great new week, Karen!!

Nancy J said...

Shiny feathers, like our starlings. and his coat will moult totally soon, thinner for the hot summer. He is lovely.

Frank said...

Glorious sheen on that Grackle. Starlings have come back to our feeders but only in very limited numbers.

David Gascoigne said...

When viewed in the right light, a Common Grackle is about as uncommon as it gets!

RedPat said...

I think the squirrels must be a bit cold today since they all seem to be in the same state of disrepair!

Elephant's Child said...

Love your birds - but my heart goes out to your mouldy moulter.

Linda W. said...

Nice bird shots! That poor squirrel looks like he's had a rough day.

Adam Jones said...

The Grackle looks like a very spectacular bird, but I feel sorry for that poor squirrel.

Drita Harris said...

nice photos! I love the grackle! one of my favorite birds!

Karen S. said...

Wow he sure is, he looks road worn! My birds around here this morning were singing a mean tune, they didn't like our 10 inches of snow any more than I did!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Great to see old friends visiting and oh that squirrel looks like he had a rough winter.

Stephanie said...

The squirrel looks worst for wear with his fur. Great shots!

Fun60 said...

The iridescence of the grackle's feathers is quite special.

Jeanne said...

love the brilliant colors you have captured so well in this grackle! Lovely shots!

Jim said...

Marvellous.

maryaustria said...

These birds are amazing! The first ones shimmering colors are fascinating!Gorgeous photos!

mick said...

A great variety of creatures - bird and squirrels - visiting your feeder. I especially like the little black-capped Chickadee. Your photos all show beautiful detail.

ladyfi said...

Such gorgeous shots.

Lukasz W said...

Great pictures!

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Great photos! love how the colors of the darker birds show up in photos that seem to be missed by the naked eye. have a blessed week.

fredamans said...

I love the prisms of color in the grackles' feathers!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Of course, the birds are super, but that image of the squirrel is phenomenal. I've never seen a molting squirrel before.

Leora said...

Such beautiful photos - so crisp! So my juncos will probably be leaving as well. I've enjoyed their stay.

Bob Bushell said...

Lots and lots of the best birds you have taken. The Squirrel is moulting, poor thing.

Felicia said...

wonderful selection of images.

Nette Cecilia said...

Lovley birds ,Nette

Andrea Priebe said...

Ah yes, I have the same flocks of spring visitors plus a huge flock of male redwing blackbirds (the females show up in a few weeks). They showed up last week and then it snowed again and it is cold again. I always feel for the birds when it gets like this. Our Chicadees tough it out here through the summer even though they have to contend with the bully birds. They don't seem to be intimidated by them. Great pictures, Karen ...

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fun that you get to see the seasonal changes right there at home. Although your yard and feeders are as good as a lot of nature parks! Wonderful portraits of all the birds... and well, the squirrel isn't quite as gorgeous as they usuallly are, but 'tis the season. And I can still see his personality shining through.

Phil Slade said...

I rather like the grackles Karen. I know they don't get the best press in Canada but their iridescent plumage when seen well is just beautiful. The Starling too is somewhat underrated but your chickadee pictures really stands out today.

Judy said...

I have tried numerous times to post the following comment. I see no evidence of it. So for the last time:

Karen's Haven. That must be what the birds decided among themselves you have to show up with such regularity and in such numbers,

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful photos. That little Chickadee is just adorable.

Rambling Woods said...

Loved all the photos especially the cute little dee..I have grackles here too..loud along with the red-wings..Michelle

Rebecca said...

Great photos! - Even the scrappy guy going through a molt... :)

Carletta said...

Your photos are gorgeous!
I rather like that the different varieties come and go with the seasons. A chance of getting to know each a little better.

Margaret Adamson said...

Egrets bird shots but that Squirrel looks pretty scruffy.

NC Sue said...

I've never noticed that starlings have spots? I suppose I've not seen them close up. None come to our feeders. We have finches, sparrows, wrens, nuthatches, cardinals, bluebirds, titmice, and a variety of woodpeckers.
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Les... said...

Wonderful pics! Love the grackle "pose" :) you caught that spring sunlight on all the birds plumage beautifully and your squirrel is sure having a bad hair day!! :) excellent work, well done!! *VBSi*

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I love to see the birds as they come south! Squirrel looks rough

Carver said...

Great shots of the birds and squirrels. Your shots are always so clear and capture the details of the animals.

Linda said...

The birds look great but... that is one ugly squirrel!

EG CameraGirl said...

That poor squirrel losing fur when the weather is so changeable!

Valerie said...

The metallic-looking colours on the plumage of the Grackle are stunning, and that fluffy Chickadee is so cute. Thanks for sharing, Karen. Happy weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, gorgeous collection of images and birds.. Happy Friday!

Wally Jones said...

Terrific series of photographs to underscore that Spring is here!

Thank you for sharing.

Stewart M said...

Love the metallic blue in the tea dog the grackle - looks like that squirrel will suffer a bit if there are any late frosts!

cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

You have a yard full of pretty birds. That poor squirrel looks like he's had one too many Saturday nights on the town. LOL! Have a great weekend!

psychelyn said...

You have very pretty visitors. I bet they are so glad to find what you've got to offer.

Gail Dixon said...

Glad to know the squirrel is molting--I thought something was wrong with the poor thing. Even though the Grackle is considered a pest by most, I think they are beautiful, especially when captured in the right light, as your photo proves. Very nice set!