What’s Up? – You Feed Them, They’ll Come…

You Feed Them, They’ll Come…

Post: March 25, 2018

This time I’m going to skip writing about weather. I prefer writing about what’s going on in my backyard. Little by little, the amount of birds is increasing because they are returning from their migrations. I have  photos of twelve species on today’s post not including the Northern Cardinals (Saturdays only).

  1.  Red-winged Blackbird (M), he’s been  flitting around and  trying to find the best way to get the seeds he likes. He arrived with a group of  cowbirds.
  2.  I have a couple of Northern Mockingbirds that are changing the relax old ways in my backyard. They have a nest  in a Holly Tree near my front porch. The male (Sheriff) is so dedicated now to shoo the other birds from the deck feeders. I think he’s waiting for new family and wants to have food for the female that rarely shows up to eat.
  3. For a few days I’ve seen a group of Brown-headed Cowbirds  coming to eat and then leave then come back again hours later to do the same…(what’s new about that?)
  4.  House Finches as usual, show up in couples and later will show up in groups of new families.
  5. Carolina Chickadees are a fixture in my backyard, so full of energy. They are lovable little birds.
  6. The Field Sparrows are pacific birds that only fight among themselves. They are nice behaving with the rest of the birds.
  7.  Mourning Doves are many too but believe it or not they are aggressive and pushy with other birds and they are even more aggressive with their peers. (So much for peace…)
  8.  This solitary Pine Warbler minds his own business and avoids all conflicts. I think he’s planning on waiting for a mate to show up and live  happy ever after.
  9.  European Starling, it’s part of a group of blackbirds  coming and going.
  10.  Song Sparrows have been nesting  in my backyard for many years, I see them all year round. They hop all over , top and bottom of the deck and everywhere. Good guys though.
  11.  My new addition in the backyard are the Downy Woodpeckers. Cute little fellows, they don’t hang out too long so you have to act fast if you want photos.
  12.  Finally…the Carolina Wrens that nest here also, they can be heard all the time but love to move fast on the ground, where they prefer to feed themselves. Love their powerful voice.

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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

What’s Up? – Back to…Winter?

Back to… Winter?

(Written on March 9,  2018)

Alas! We’re back to the cold weather. The North East of USA is being buried in snow at this time. Meanwhile us in the South East have a frigid wave that it’s getting ridiculous because we had already Spring like temperatures and blooming plants.

This morning at 7:00 we had 23º F  (-5 Cº) and frost all over.

Back to the heavy coats too!

When it is very cold, most of my birds usually remain sheltered in their nests and wait for the sun to bring up the temperatures. My plans to shoot some pictures get very complicated because I can not be there at all times just waiting for them. I’m always trying to compromise to that effect and make changes to my activities, but sometimes it’s hard. We can only try…

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What’s Up? – Not Bad at All…

Not Bad at All…

We’ve had a wonderful spring type, sunny and warm days! Very much as I suggested  it would be last week. Today, as I write this, it’s raining intensely.

It was very therapeutic to have warm days, being able to open windows and seeing much more bird traffic in my backyard. here is a list of birds I’ve seen:

  • American Robin
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch (M & F)
  • Eastern Bluebird (M & F)
  • House Finch (M & F)
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal (M & F)
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Carolina Wren
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (M & F)
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • European Starling
  • Pine Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Field Sparrow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Nutcase” (Squirrel)

As you can see, I had a good number of avian visitors…With their presence in my backyard it makes me happy and glad for their return. I have a nice photo gallery for you, The photos are from some of the birds listed above.

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A friend sent me the following cut out from an Alabama Community Newspaper… Have a look:

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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

What’s Up? – Birds are back! Is Winter over?

Birds are back! Is Winter over?...

It may sound farfetched but I have the felling that winter is over for us in Georgia.

I was  on the road yesterday on my way home from shopping, when I saw a several home lawns teeming with probably over a thousand birds, the majority were Brown-headed Cowbirds an some European Starlings. I did not have my camera with me but to shoot any of this.

At home, I got my cameras ready just in case the flock of retuning birds would land near my home (It has happened in the past). They did not this time.

However, I shot some pictures of a pair of  Brown-headed Cowbirds being the very first of this kind to return this year.

Saw a pair of American Goldfinch flitting around and stoping to eat at the feeders.

I was also thrilled to see a male Eastern Bluebird, interested  and checking for a home to build a nest. This bird was the first of its kind to arrive this year.

Does this return of birds an indication that our weather is going to change? I certainly hope so!

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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101