Less Rain, More Heat…
We are having less rain but more days of hot weather. The sun burns for many hours of the day, sometimes it’s 9:30 pm and it’s daylight.
The more sun, the lesser amount of birds on sight. However, the feeders get empty in a shorter time and the consumption has increased to almost double. The rains that we had have damaged parts of our lawns due to excess water that saturates the ground and part of the good top soil has washed out.
Now that Tyler (8) is out of School on Summer recess. He’s got a busy schedule for many activities. He’s is doing well with the swimming lessons previously and this time he’ll be training for competition, they see a potential swimmer to represent his level. He also signed in the Library to read a number of books and see if he could win a prize of tickets to go to a trip to the Atlanta Zoo. In July he will attend to a daily camp for two weeks. He’ll be very busy there for sure. He will go for one week to learn advanced lessons of reading by a local College. And all kinds of invitations for birthdays parties. Let’s not forget going to our Community Pool etc. All what I mentioned will give you and idea of how everything runs in this humble house of birds.
© HJ Ruiz – Avian101
The daily rains have ended and we have moved to a Summer’s like mode in temperature. We are reaching the 90º ’s mark already.
I’ve noticed a change in the feeding routines made by the birds. They do start early, they show up before before the sun breaks over the tree line. I fill all the feeders and the birds start eating even before I’m done with the feeders.
Then, by 10 am. all the feeders are completely empty. They feed from the ground or the floor of the deck until I refill feeders again… that is done in the afternoon. Birds are not dumb, they are avoiding the hot sun, it’s very critical when the sun is right above and burns the most.
I understand, if I was a bird I’d do the same thing. Raptors know the hunting strategy of using the sun as help when they are stalking prey. any potential victim is not aware that the raptor is above because the can not see through the sun strong glare and when they finally see it…it’s too late!.
© HJ Ruiz – Avian101
The Next Generation
Today’s post is dedicated to the fledglings and juveniles of the season~ The New Generation.
Most birds that have nested in my backyard have mated, laid eggs, incubated etc. The whole nine yards! Now we are looking at the newly fledged birds of several species, going around the feeders with parents or without them, depending on their age.
To see them learning and developing day by day is very rewarding to me, just the fact that they are the continuation of the species for posterity. I feel that I contributed to Nature’s cause somehow, even when they are not my own species.
There are more birds that had family but I haven’t been able to take any pictures yet. We’ve had many rainy days because the Sub Tropical Storm “Alberto” that hit the North side of Florida. Result of wind blowing in our direction. Fortunately, no big deal for us.