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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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FIGure that!


Despite the hot weather and the sticky inconvenience of the humidity, product of the summer storms and hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico… Life continues, patterns of weather have changed and we have no choice but adapt to it.

I see my birds busy as always but at different times, the feeders get empty at a faster rate, seems like my avians friends are improving their appetites.

My fig tree being so young only 3 1/2 ft. tall surprised us by having beautiful fruits which got ripen in the tree but then ALL were eaten by the birds in one day!

My beautiful Ruby-throated Hummingbirds must have nested nearby because I see them very often. They are so tiny and gracious.

I’ve seen and heard many cicadas lately. These insects are amazing when they create a loud sound wave with their wings.

Many of my birds are currently molting and do not look exactly pretty at the moment, In the possible I try not to show them under the process.


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My Visitor: European Starling

European Starling


The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling, or in the British Isles just the starling, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations.


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Smart “Cookies”


The  heavy stormy weather from States west of Georgia added to the jet stream coming from Florida are carrying a great amount of humidity to our State. We are in Summer now usually know for being  hot but blessed with a gentle and soothing breeze…With the added humidity it feels so uncomfortable and sticky. Conditions that are not so inviting to be outdoors.

It makes a big difference to me because I care for my plants, lawns, shrubs etc. I have to be very efficient and cautious of not getting dehydrated.  The humid heat drains your energy very quickly.  Fortunately, the flow of birds coming and going continues normally at different time patterns which I learned make a lot of sense. I’m following the bird’s unintended “suggestions” (Actually I do what they do) and it works pretty good. Here is how: There are moments when large high clouds block the sun and there’s a cooler breeze that drops the temperature just a few degrees but it makes a difference…then the birds come out, for as long as the cloud moves on and the sun break out again. Cloud gone birds gone, H.J. gone! All the tricks I learn from the avian friends.


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