Portraits of Birds – Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby – throated Hummingbird – Archilochus colubris



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 hurricane Irma visited us!…


Hurricane Irma has been a formidable natural occurrence. Very strong and powerful event that affected a vast territory of several Countries in the Caribbean leaving a trail of destruction, devastation, misery and loss of lives.

Although started in the Caribbean, the extremely dangerous Irma has stretched its power of destruction over thousands of miles and has even reached us in the Georgia NorthWest!

It’s morning now, It has rained since yesterday morning. I’m in the house now after my inspection of the house and the surrounding areas. Also inspected the creek, trees, bushes, shrubs, etc. All seem to be in order. Thank G-d for getting us through this hurricane safely. We had secured our plant pots, patio furniture and anything that would have blown with the gusty winds, It does help to avoid having loose objects flying as projectiles. It’s raining now but normally, without intensity, there’s breeze and no gusts.

Our moments of preoccupation are over…until next time!


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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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