Spring Is Here!

Hungry!
Hungry!, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)
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Launch!
Launch!, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

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passionate wingsongs
carry loving nourishment
spring nesting
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Happy Spring to those in the Northern Hemisphere!

Today is officially the first day of spring here, yet it is a gloomy, rainy day, which will turn into snow for the next few days.   Snow is still on the ground, and the deer are still sporting their heavy winter coats, however, yesterday was a nice sunny day and the American Robins arrived with their beautiful songs.  A sure sign of spring!

The Western Scrub Jays are gathering food more frantically lately and we hear the constant flapping of their wings as they visit the feeders and beg for peanuts continually through the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  We also see the male feeding the female, which we learned is a way for the female to get used to the male feeding her while she sits on the nest for about three weeks straight, incubating their eggs.  Nesting should begin soon!

The photos above were taken yesterday and are of the same male scrub jay.  The second image is a combination of two different photos.

This is for the “Tagged” letter challenge (letter “L”) by Frizztext,
(“L” is for lunch, launch and loving.)
This is also my second entry for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge,
which is to share a “Lunchtime” photo.
Background texture used is Kim Klassen’s “Xanthe”

Linking up with:
TEXTURE TUESDAY – the Word eDition
TUESDAY MUSE
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY
NATURE NOTES
WEEKLY TOP SHOT

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51 responses to “Spring Is Here!

  1. I am constantly in absolute awe of your photography, and the beautiful haiku that always a companies them.

    These look likepaintings, showing every single detail and texture. Just beautiful.

    Christine x

  2. Beautiful photos of a beautiful jay. Our Blue Jays also get greedy with peanuts. I had one with three in its beak. When it went to shell them, it did not want to part with one. It was comical watching it try to hang on to all three and bang the shell to get out a nut.

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  4. Nice pictures.

    The cool breeze coming though my study window suggests that its Autumn here!

    Which is a bit of a relief.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M – Melbourne

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  7. Stunning photos and loved the haiku. Also had a look around your blog and hope to return to explore more. I do not have allergies, but hate to step into an elevator after someone with heavy perfume has been there. I do wish we could stop putting “stuff” in the air we breathe. Cigarette smoke is the worst but perfumes are up there too.

  8. When I first saw the image, I thought they were Mountain Bluebirds….such a beautiful color! The jays we have here are Stellar Jays, much darker–navy-colored. However, yesterday, I saw the first Mountain Bluebirds I’ve seen in years—it was so exciting to see them near a country road. You’ve captured some great “bird moments” here.

  9. Wonderful birds….I wonder ‘tho, do they remove the outer casing before eating the peanuts, otherwise they would have to be much too large? Silly question probably…’though I’ve never seen birds eating peanuts….. 😉

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  11. Thank you for visiting a number of my blog posts today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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