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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Award & Recent Yard Birds

Many thanks to Michelle for this award. I'm supposed to tell you 7 things I love;
1. Charles.
2. Nature (being in, listening to, watching, photographing, etc.)
3. Water (being in, listening to, watching, photographing, etc.)
4. Painting (& other forms of creativity.)
5. Funky, colored-glass things (my collection's starting to get out of hand.)
6. Chicken (no food is more perfect.)
7. Coca-Cola (I am, unfortunately, an addict.)
Now I'm supposed to pass this on to 7 others. Since most of my art-blog friends don't "do" awards, I'm going to break this rule. And now for some recent yard birds...

Carolina wren.

American goldfinch.

Pine siskin.

American crow. (They only come down to the yard when they have chicks, so I know they're nesting nearby.)

Red-winged blackbird.


Chrissy said...

Good to see all your birds. Like you say, they are very similar but with a few differences. The crows look the same everywhere then! LOL
Are your wrens quite small? it is hard to guage from photo's. Love the exhibition pics btw, a lovely collection.

Donnetta Lee said...

Sweet, sweet little birds. Hope they are living peacefully and protected. Enjoyed the "7" things. I'm with you on almost all the points. Fun! D

mon@rch said...

Wonderful and I love your C Wren and Siskins!

Teresa Silverthorn said...


JR's Thumbprints said...

I like the American goldfinch photo best.

Doson said...

#6 & #7 No chicken & No cola :D
I can't go with that for me.
BTW You've a cleaner crow..
I haven't seen tidy & cute crows out here. Beautiful

Lisa said...

OMG ~ such beautiful bird photos!! Just stunning . . . I really love the one of the crow drinking, especially.

Charles Gramlich said...

Incredible shots.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Awesome bird picks, Lana!!! I hadn't seen that wren before.

I'm having trouble posting...hope this goes through.

Hugs, JJ

Glennis said...

What a lovely selection of birds you have in your yard. You have capyured them so well too.

earthtoholly said...

All the birdies are so beautiful...that siskin is interesting. I don't think I've seen one before. All very nice shots!

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey lovely Lana,
Your photography keeps blowing me away! Love your list -- mine also includes all forms of soft drinks, glass objects (particularly love witch balls), and definitely chicken (in my case fried almost always). And I love that you put Charles first -- how many marriages can say that?! Not many, I think.

Britta Coleman said...

I like your 7 things. I have a short "5 Things I did this Weekend" on my blog if you want to drop by.

Lovely photos, as always.

Avery DeBow said...

I put up a goldfinch feeder a couple of weeks ago and moped by the kitchen window, waiting for their arrival. Now they've descended in droves. I'm constantly filling the feeder so they can occupy all the perches. The cats love them, though (inside cats only, no bird-murder going on).

Steve Malley said...

Lovely, lovely birds. Since it'll be a couple weeks before I can get free for another birdwalk, your photos are a fine substitute...

laughingwolf said...

super shots as always, lana... thank you :)

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Nice photos, Lana, especially the wren! Already nesting birds down there, huh? said...

Love the bird photos, crows are my favorite...they are sooo smart! Also cute how your hubby is #1 on your list!

Michelle (artscapes) said...

I love crows - they are always a great source of entertainment! I am certain they feel the same way about us! :)

Shauna Roberts said...

Beautiful photos as usual.

But chicken instead of chocolate as the most perfect food?!?! No way!

Larry said...

I vote for the wren and siskin too. A few fellow bloggers gave me awards and I didn't paste them to my blog so I believe I've been excommunicated from the blog awards

Sidney said...

We have some crows that fly around our neighborhood. I kind of like that.

Dave Coulter said...

Send some of those birds north! :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Chrissy; Thanks. The link provided gives all kinds of info on the bird (including a comparison of it's size to a teacup.)

Donnetta; We take good care of the birds. We don't call them "the kids" for nothing. ;) *L*

Mon@rch; Thanks. We love them, too!

Teresa, Charles, JJ, Glennis & laughingwolf; Thank you!

JR; I'm glad to have goldfinches, but sometimes I do miss their bright, breeding plumage (which I got to see when I lived in Canada.)

Skippy; I guess we'd never covet one another's meals then. *L* Actually, this crow is slightly scruffy looking (along some of the feather edges,) compared to most.

Lisa; Thanks. I'm delighted to see them coming down to the yard again.

Holly; Thank you. BTW, I'm still having some kind of problems visiting your blog these days. Have you changed something in the past couple of weeks?

Michelle('s Spell); I suspect we'd make great friends. I'll bring the (fried) chicken! ;)

Britta; Thank you. I'll pop by as soon as I'm finished posting this...

Avery; If you feed them, they will come. Congratulations! (Good on keeping the cats away, of course. *L*)

Steve; Sorry to hear you're so swamped. Time for relaxation, nature hikes, etc. is an important part of life, too, of course.

Nancy; could say it's been Spring here for at least a couple of weeks now, after all. Perhaps not by date, but by weather, certainly!

Christine & Michelle (artscapes); Hubby's always #1--love him dearly. :) Crows are SO interesting to me. I used to play hide & seek w/a huge flock up in Canada (but the Southern crows aren't interested, unfortunately.)

Shauna; In this case, chocolate's a treat. Is it the best treat? You betcha. When it comes to lunch or dinner, however, chicken rules the roost (pardon the pun. *L*)

Larry; *LOL @ the excommunication!*

Sidney; I think everyone's got some crows around, really. One kind or another. They're such brilliant & gregarious birds. I love them.

Dave; In due time. ;) I'm looking forward to early- to mid-April now, when we get a flock of about 7 indigo buntings hanging out for a while (presumably taking a break from their own migration.)

Barbara Martin said...

Lana, I enjoy viewing your wee feathered friends.

Lana Gramlich said...

Barbara; Glad you enjoyed. I'm always happy to share. :)

photonz said...

The American crow has got to be one of the coolest birds. I love how this one seems to be looking at its reflection thoughtfully.


Erik Donald France said...

Congrats and oorah!

Man, that crow shot is worthy of a Pulitzer. Incredible. said...

Was a time when I couldn't tell a reaven from a crow. Seems we have ravens in Central Ontario. Their beaks seem thicker.
Ah well.
From a mad skit,
"Quoth the raven
How the **** should I know?"

Lynda Lehmann said...

Lana, your yard birds are beautiful and you're fortunate to live among them and be able to capture them. I love the photos.

I can tell you are a lover of beauty and all the parts of nature! :) As I am.

Congrats on your award!

Barrie said...

Coke or diet coke? Great photos!

Lana Gramlich said...

Paul; Thanks. I love crows, too. I managed to get quite a few shots of this one, but this was my favorite of the bunch.

Erik; Thank you. :)

Ivan; *LOL* Sometimes MAD's really funny! Ravens tend to be larger than crows, they do have heavier beaks & they have a bit of a "beard." I'd love to see a raven.

Lynda; Thank you! Yes, Charles & I are both nature children. I know I could never be w/someone who's not, y'know? It's just such a huge part of my life.

Barrie; Thanks. :) Coca~Cola coke. Diet Coke is like pig swill. Ick!

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