What’s Up? – More Green, More Flowers, More Birds!

More Green, More Flowers, More Birds!


Although the Spring is on now, it’s manifesting slowly. What I mean by this is: We have nights and morning on the cold side and then slowly warms up to a normal spring temperature. Or, sometimes , rains for a few hours and then warms up. It’s hard to predict what exactly the weather is going to be.

I’ve noticed more activity in my backyard lately. the amount of bird traffic is more than it was two weeks ago, however, It is less than it was in prior years. By measures of quantity of feed consumed , indicates and increase. It means that more birds are eating the seeds I provide them.

Most birds do not show at the same time it’s obvious,  I can not see every bird that may show up therefore I can not take photos of all birds that show up during the day.

For today I have a gallery for you , despite the rain and the cloudy dark sky. I hope you will enjoy what I shot for you. The Northern  Cardinals  are not included (You wait for Saturday and you’ll see them as usual).


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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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? – Warm a Bit…

Warm a Bit…


We may have entered a better weather pattern for a change, I don’t really know for how long…I don’t care, I’ll take whatever comes.

Birds are taking longer to come back to this area, compared to previous years.I can’t wait to see more birds and shoot more pictures of them, I miss the busy bustling in the backyard. My son Tyler went on a School Field Trip  to the Etowah Indian Mounds in Georgia and he bought me the most beautiful pen. It’s a wooden pen,hand carved (See picture below). I was very delighted by this.


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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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