Action and Reaction

This week is the second that we have rain daily, and sometimes by the intensity and amount of water resembles a wet monsoon!

All the streams are running full and fast and the soil is getting saturated creating big puddles everywhere.

Grass, all plants and trees are green already. Actually is the rain season for Georgia.

When it comes to birds, rain is secondary to their hormones and the instinct for mating. There’s a great deal of action going on in every species that frequent my backyard and feeders. Some are still looking to find mates (American Goldfinch) other birds are building nests (N. Mockingbird), some already have a nest and most likely have eggs to care (Eastern Bluebirds, N. Cardinals, Carolina Chickadee, Mourning Dove, etc,). Some birds already had some fledgelings (House Finch).

As you can realize, rain is the least item of their list of priorities. Let me tell you that the activity is as urgent for predators too, Cooper Hawks, cats, snake (yes!) Crows are prowling around constantly. The N. Mockingbirds are very busy at this time, always on the alert!

“The only peeve I have is the waste of seed on the part of the heavy rain.”


Photo Gallery


Text and photographs Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

24 thoughts on “Action and Reaction

  1. Great series of shots! It is a very busy time of year!

    I hope you get a little dry weather and that we get a little bit of a warm-up. We have had record low temps! This year we seem to be having the “spring that isn’t”, and after our long, very cold winter, it is most frustrating!

    • Thank you Amy!
      It’s been a weird weather for everyone so far this year, but it won’t top me from doing what I do! πŸ™‚

  2. What a beautiful gallery of birds! You are so fortunate to see all these beauties right in your own backyard. It’s so interesting that the rain is a signal to them that it’s mating time πŸ™‚

    • It’s just a convenience of having them “in situ” but, then you have to feed them and clean up after them! Thank you Carol! πŸ™‚

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