What’s Up? – Hurricane Aftermath…

Hurricane Aftermath…

It’s been a busy week for three States mainly, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The devastation of some towns in Florida is tremendous, the wind power as much as surf surges can really produce great damage and floods. Hurricane Michael proved to be one of the strongest in History.

I just hope that the people affected by this disaster will recover soon and live their lives normally. I feel sorry for the persons that passed away tragically and the relatives that lost them.

My home and backyard  are luckily  in good shape, despite the copious rain and wind did not cause any damages. My birds are still there and they managed bravely to overcome the bad weather event. Last Friday morning, we were at 49º F and  it felt a bit chilly for a change. 

My thanks to people that contacted me with concern about my safety and my family. I appreciate that very much!

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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

Red Gallery – Northern Cardinal

You are welcome to the Northern Cardinal Photo Gallery, every Saturday!

It’s suggested to relax and enjoy!

The northern cardinal is found in residential areas throughout its range. Backyard birders attract it using feeders containing seeds, particularly sunflower seeds and safflower seeds. Although some controversy surrounds bird feeding, an increase in backyard feeding by humans has generally been beneficial to this species. It is listed as a species of least concern by the IUCN Red List, with an estimated global range of 5,800,000 km2 (2,200,000 sq mi) and a global population of some 100 million.

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More birds from Florida…

More birds from Florida…

Even when I was  enjoying the soothing wonders of the beach, I couldn’t help myself to bring my cameras… Just in case!

In every location I went, I found birds of one species or another. The local birds are abundant despite the absence of the migratory birds.

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Added Note: 

News about  Hurricane Michael in Georgia…

After the hurricane touched land in the State of Florida North-West with great destructive speed, also created powerful sea surges with devastating force. Then continued its way due North-East toward Georgia, where we are.  Hurricanes usually lose wind speed when traveling over land, yet strong enough to cause tremendous damage to trees and buildings.

On Wednesday we had a gray and dark day, then in the evening rain started and the intensity increased by the hour, I went to bed after midnight and the rain sound was loud like rain in the Amazon Rainforest! The wind wasn’t any threat in my area. We have friends that live more to the South-East of us. They had many trees damaged and they also had a flood problem with their large pond.

Bottom line is, we are doing well, my home is safe and without any damage. We thank G-d for that!

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

Bird’s ID – American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher

The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), occasionally called the American pied oystercatcher, is a member of family Haematopodidae. Originally called the “sea pie”, it was renamed in 1731 when naturalist Mark Catesby observed the bird eating oysters. The current population of American oystercatchers is estimated to be 43,000. There are estimated to be 1,500 breeding pairs along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the US.The bird is marked by its black and white body and a long, thick orange beak.

The American oystercatcher has distinctive black and white plumage and a long, bright orange beak. The head and breast are black and the back, wings and tail greyish-black. The underparts are white, as are feathers on the inner part of the wing which become visible during flight. The irises are yellow and the eyes have orange orbital rings. The legs are pink. Adults are between 42–52 cm (17–20 in) in length.

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