Friday, February 6, 2009

Stubby is Growing a Tail! Spring is on its Way!

First, I am thrilled to announce that Stubby is growing his tail back!!! Check out his hind quarters!! My neighbors called me to tell me to be on the lookout for him and here he is in his glory showing off his new set of feathers. Way to go Stubby! Mother Nature must have decided that the tail feathers were a necessity if he wants to keep his gal this spring!! A good sign indeed!
Speaking of feathers, notice the vibrant yellow on this little guys neck!! Another sign spring is another day closer!!
A blue jay searching for peanuts and watching the squirrels.


Squiggy eating seed from the coconut



One of about 60 starlings in my yard today!!!!! Arrggggg!!! One thing I noticed is that their colors are getting brighter. Soon enough the flock of 100 will dwindle down to a flock of 20 or so. It can't come soon enough for me.




Lousy shot of a Tree Sparrow. This little guy has come to my yard maybe three times since early December. Whenever I get close enough to him, he flies off and hides in the bushes. I literally crawled on the floor, got up to the window and started clicking. The screen was there obviously so it made the photo even more fuzzy. I tried to get myself up above the screen and the little bugger saw me and off he flew again!



Have a great weekend everyone.





21 comments:

NCmountainwoman said...

You're going to have to think of a new name for Stubby before long! I loved the photographs, (well, maybe not the starling so much).

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Kallen---Oh that Stubby (soon to me Non-Stubby) is such a Cutie... AND the spring colors are BEGINNING... Does that mean that spring is coming??? Yeah!!!!!

Where do those Starlings go during the spring/summer??? Hope they stay FAR away from here...

Love that fluffy Jay picture.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Kathiesbirds said...

I named a chubby, short tailed cactus wren "Stubby" last year. I guess it's just instinctive when they look so stubby without their tails! Thanks for the help on blogger. You can see I figured it out. And did you go and change your template and header? It looks different from the last time I was here.

madcobug said...

I would think something almost caught Stubby and pulled out his tail feathers. Anyway I am glad that he is growing more. Your pictures are great. I don't like those starlings because they devour those expensive bird seeds. Helen

The Early Birder said...

Starlings obviously not popular? At their winter roost sites 000's upon 000's join together in the sky at dusk and the patterns created are amazing.

Lynne said...

Yay Stubby!!

ramblingwoods.com said...

Hec..way to go Stubby...The starlings are getting to my feeders too. You are getting great photos Kallen..

Kallen305 said...

NC, I know he will need a new name soon!! Maybe Stewy or something like that. ;o)

Betsy, spring is coming. Not as soon as I would like it to be, but it will be here!!

Kathie, that is so funny you had a wren named Stubby too. I bet there are a bunch out there. I am glad to hear your blog roll is up and the only thing I did to my blog recently was rearrange things and added a bunch of stuff (as if I didn't have enough on the side already HA)

Madcobug, I am with you on the starlings as far as eating everything in site. They come to my yard in numbers of 40 and clean me out!! It drives me crazy.

Earlybirder. I don't think I would have a problem with starlings if they came to my yard in smaller numbers. They love my suet and my bird bath and when they come into the yard they completely take over. I wouldn't mind a couple, but I don't want 40 or any bird in my yard. Except for crossbills and redpolls of course. ;o). I don't see large flocks of starlings in the sky before dusk, but I do see it with crows and I love to watch them. It is so cool!

Lynne, yay Stubby is right! I thought he had hurt himself somehow, I never thought that perhaps he was molting!! Very happy for the Stubster!

Rambling, I guess we can be grateful for when they go of in pairs rather than flocks. Thanks regarding the photos. I actually find that the camera is therapy for me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it is a real stress buster so I practice a lot. ;o)

Femin Susan said...

Hi………
Nice shots.....Very cool your blog!
Great! Keep posting…….
Good week………

Larry said...

Stubby and squiggy-sounds like a new sitcom series!

dAwN said...

Yipee....
Stubby grows a tail...

Kelly said...

Yeah!!! Stubby is getting a new tail! Our goldfinches are also starting to brighten up. Squiggy looks like a little one--very cute in the coconut. I want one of those!!

Kallen305 said...

Femin, thanks for stopping by my blog. I looked at your food art blog and am in awe at what you can do with fruit!!

Yes Dawn, I am very excited for Stubby. I was worried he may have a complex or something. Now he will fit right into the wren community! ;o)

Larry, LOL! I named my squirrel this fall and then my neighbors named Stubby. It would certainly make for a very interesting sitcom. For birders at least! ;o)

Kelly, glad to hear your finches are turning yellow too. From what I hear, some Building 19's already have cocnonut feeders. I don't know if you have any of those stores around you. If not, it's time to teach hubby how to use a saw and a drill!! HA!! ;o)

A New England Life said...

I hope you're right and Spring really is on it's way! The only sign I've seen is having a few Starlings around. We have so much snow I can't imagine what it will be like when it actually starts to melt and we can see grass again!

Great pictures Kim! Looks like you're really getting the hang of the new camera : )

Jayne said...

Go Stubby! :c) I, like you Kallen, am counting the days. Heck, my Autumn Sedum is already green at the base... yippppeeeee!

Rich said...

Feathers grow back? Learned something new.

Deborah Godin said...

I'm glad you mentioned this - I thought it was my imagination that a few of the goldfinches were showing more yellow already. And Stubby - good on ya!!

Shellmo said...

So glad stubby is getting some of his fine feathers back! You'll have to keep us updated on him!

mon@rch said...

Love your title to this post! LOL

Stacey Huston said...

Grow faster stubby, it's cold out there... lol

Leedra said...

You reminded me I need to ask hubby to remove the screen in the picture taking bathroom at Rockwood. (I am hoping to go next week.)

Glad Stubby is growing his tail feathers back. We do want him to find a suitable mate.

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