Rainy Days Bring the Blues

The past couple of days we’ve had very strong storms and heavy rain at different times of the day, after having weeks of glorious sunny days.

After the first storm I was delighted to see another bird visiting my backyard, it was a beautiful Blue Jay! It was at least a year that I had not seen on here. This bird has a strong presence with his large size and superb plumage. Very impressive if you ask me, they are shy though, they love to eat peanuts which they swallow like pills.

What a treat for me, it gave me a great chance to photograph this gorgeous bird under excellent gray day, no shadows and perfect light conditions for me.

There are a good number of species coming to the feeders despite the rain. Here I mention some:

  • Blue Jay
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Song Sparrow
  • European Starling
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Common Grackle
  • House Finch
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Mourning Dove
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Carolina Wren
  • Chipping Sparrow

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Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

Joys-R-Us!

For this post I have gathered pictures of some of the new generation of birds that have fledged from nests in my backyard.

It’s mostly a presentation so you can get acquainted with them as I do daily. These are in great part already trained to eat from the feeders, without any help but anybody can soon realize that they still lack the skills and have not gained enough confidence to share meals with other species.

I love to see how quickly they adapt and pick up their own strategies to get the seeds they need to nourish themselves. They all are fast learners no doubt! They are a joy to watch!

My past week has been a busy one, but not with birds. I had many other things to attend and these demanded my attention and most of my time. If I missed visiting some of your blogs, please forgive me. I just need a few more days and I’ll be ready to my normal avian’s hours. Thank you!


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Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101