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Day after Irma…


The day after a downgraded hurricane Irma passed our town, we had a full day of rain before it arrived after midnight on Tuesday which continued for half of next day. That morning, first thing I did was to go outside and make an assessment of the conditions of my house and the surrounding areas, Fortunately, all seemed to be in good order, we did not lose electric power, communications nor Internet. The creek that runs along my backyard was a bit overflowing but nothing to be worried about.

My next assessment was about my birds, feeders, houses etc. Even when was still raining I immediately filled the saucer-feeders (some broken) with fresh seeds also refilled the nectar bottle for the hummingbirds.

Not very long after I was stunned by all the birds that started to come out of the trees, looking for a meal. They were starving! Poor little things.

I even had four hummingbirds that have had a feast and are giving me a show with their game playing.

I prepared my camera and shot away! Today I will show some of the photos from that day. Excuse their appearance, remember that they were under so much physical stress.


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My Visitor: Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher


The Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) is a bird in the family Mimidae, which also includes the New World catbirds and mockingbirds. The dispersal of the brown thrasher is abundant throughout the eastern and central United States, southern and central Canada, and is the only thrasher to live primarily east of the Rockies and central Texas. It is the state bird of Georgia.

As a member of the genus Toxostoma, the bird is a large-sized thrasher. It has brown upper parts with a white under part with dark streaks. Because of this, it is often confused with the smaller wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), among other species. The brown thrasher is noted for having over 1000 song types, and the largest song repertoire of birds. However, each note is usually repeated in two or three phrases.

The brown thrasher is an omnivore, with its diet ranging from insects to fruits and nuts. The usual nesting areas are shrubs, small trees, or at times on ground level. Brown thrashers are generally inconspicuous but territorial birds, especially when defending their nests, and will attack species as large as humans


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My Visitor: Red-winged Blackbird

Redwinged Blackbird


The Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a passerine bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North and much of Central America. It breeds from Alaska and Newfoundland south to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, and Guatemala, with isolated populations in western El Salvador, northwestern Honduras, and northwestern Costa Rica. It may winter as far north as Pennsylvania and British Columbia, but northern populations are generally migratory, moving south to Mexico and the southern United States. Claims have been made that it is the most abundant living land bird in North America, as bird-counting censuses of wintering red-winged blackbirds sometimes show that loose flocks can number in an excess of a million birds per flock and the full number of breeding pairs across North and Central America may exceed 250 million in peak years.


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Hurricane Woes…


This past week has been tough for States Texas and Louisiana. The hurricane Harvey with tremendous force and size has caused great damage and hardship to millions of homes because of floods, strong winds etc. G-d help them recover from this devastating natural disaster.

Here in Georgia, we had some consequences of the hurricane Harvey despite being at considerable distance from it. The humidity was very high, so it was the temperature making days uncomfortable… then the weather changed to rain, we had a few days of rain but not enough to cause any kind of flood. I’m glad for that.

Birds are still around, however, must not be very happy for reasons of the continuos rains. Raining makes their seeds soggy and sometimes wasting  the whole batch because the wind knocks off the feeder breaking the dishes which are made of baked clay. II keep buying new ones all the time.

My wife is out of town for a five days (Not related to the hurricane) and I’m in charge of Tyler, making sure he goes to School, does the homework, takes showers, and behave like a good boy.

He’s a good boy generally. Can’t complain about that!


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Odds and Ends…

“All that glitters is not gold… Neither is a green hummingbird red”


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