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Happy Days…

It has been  a few days of doing many things at home and about. To start, it was my birthday and five days later it was Tyler’s birthday.

For me it’s just like any regular day but I couldn’t stop Lucy and Tyler to bake me a cake and blow one candle at breakfast time. It was good to have only one candle on the cake otherwise if we had the real number we could’ve incurred into a unstoppable blaze!

For Tyler things were much different, he had a birthday party at school with his classroom friends. He came home with some birthday gifts and happy for he had a lot of fun. He also went out to the movies with some friends. He was happy about that too. I grilled some delicious meat for Lucy and Tyler, he loves to eat hamburgers! Lucy and I love flank steak and I grilled a mean supper delicious piece…I’m drooling on my keyboard now!

Before Tyler’s birthday I painted his room and we rearranged it with new furniture, he loves it ! He’s acting very mature now…he says! After all he’s 7 y.o. now!

Although I had a great deal of fun, doing many great things around the house and inside, I had to wear long sleeve shirts for the reason of some nasty poison oak on my right arm. I’m well now but I felt very uncomfortable while the poisoned skin was affected.

My birds have been very active because the weather has improved to a point of ideal for plants, grass, flowers, trees etc. Everything is green and colorful my shrubs are looking their best, also my trees. All these favorable changes make me happy! The bird families  in my backyard  have increased their numbers and all look full of health!

These are the birds that accompanied us during our birthdays!


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Helping each other

It’s very rewarding to me seeing birds even for short periods of time. If the sun breaks through the gray clouds even when it’s still too cold to be comfortable, birds are encouraged to get out of their shelters and try to get the most they can from the feeders. I’m not able to be there with my camera all the time but I always manage to get some shots for my blog.

My avian friends never disappoint me, they readily  pose for me to keep my blog running daily, I’m grateful for that!

Photo Gallery

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Panoramic View of Birds

Downy Woodpecker --- Click on image to see enlargement ---

Downy Woodpecker — Click on image to see enlargement —

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ANSWER Brown -headed Cowbird (Molting stage)

The brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) is a small brood parasitic icterid of temperate to subtropical North America. They are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range; northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter, returning to their summer habitat around March or April.


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Downy Visitor

The sudden visit of a Downy Woodpecker in my backyard was a great surprise for me, this was the second time, since 2012. Never the less it was a happy moment for me.

This bird is a rather small woodpecker with a hairy or downy breast and under parts, checkers boar like black and white  wings, a red crown on head.

It’s a shy bird, not gregarious and very independent.

He stayed for a few minutes perched on a branch and the moved to the high tree area.

I have some pictures of this bird on today’s gallery. Enjoy!

Text and Photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101