Portraits of Birds – House Finch (M)

House Finch (M) – Haemorhous Mexicanus



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What’s Up?

My Town’s weather has changed to very cool in the early morning but then switches to a warm and humid afternoon. Most of my birds are waiting for the sun to be out higher in the sky to approach the feeders. By then the temperature is more inspiring for them and they frolic around with their comrades more animated.

On a personal note… 

One of my cousin’s husband is in critical condition and we all are fearing for his life. He has an  Aneurism  forming in a hard to reach area of the brain. We all pray for him.

About my tests…

I‘ve recently received the results of my tests, here they are:

  1. I do not have any underline cancerous whatsoever.
  2. The procedure I had in the stomach, two clips were inserted to stop the bleeding are looking good and healing normally.
  3. The Pathology Lab indicates that I have a presence of *H. Pylori. I’ll be taking some medicine to get rid of the bacteria.

* H. pylori are spiral-shaped bacteria that grow in the digestive tract and have a tendency to attack the stomach lining. H. pylori infections are usually harmless, but they’re responsible for the majority of ulcers in the stomach and small intestine.

H. pylori is a common type of bacteria that usually infects the stomach. They may be present in more than half of all people in the world, according to the Mayo Clinic. The “H” in the name is short for Helicobacter. “Helico” means spiral. The bacteria are spiral shaped.


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Day after Irma…


The day after a downgraded hurricane Irma passed our town, we had a full day of rain before it arrived after midnight on Tuesday which continued for half of next day. That morning, first thing I did was to go outside and make an assessment of the conditions of my house and the surrounding areas, Fortunately, all seemed to be in good order, we did not lose electric power, communications nor Internet. The creek that runs along my backyard was a bit overflowing but nothing to be worried about.

My next assessment was about my birds, feeders, houses etc. Even when was still raining I immediately filled the saucer-feeders (some broken) with fresh seeds also refilled the nectar bottle for the hummingbirds.

Not very long after I was stunned by all the birds that started to come out of the trees, looking for a meal. They were starving! Poor little things.

I even had four hummingbirds that have had a feast and are giving me a show with their game playing.

I prepared my camera and shot away! Today I will show some of the photos from that day. Excuse their appearance, remember that they were under so much physical stress.


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Hurricane Woes…


This past week has been tough for States Texas and Louisiana. The hurricane Harvey with tremendous force and size has caused great damage and hardship to millions of homes because of floods, strong winds etc. G-d help them recover from this devastating natural disaster.

Here in Georgia, we had some consequences of the hurricane Harvey despite being at considerable distance from it. The humidity was very high, so it was the temperature making days uncomfortable… then the weather changed to rain, we had a few days of rain but not enough to cause any kind of flood. I’m glad for that.

Birds are still around, however, must not be very happy for reasons of the continuos rains. Raining makes their seeds soggy and sometimes wasting  the whole batch because the wind knocks off the feeder breaking the dishes which are made of baked clay. II keep buying new ones all the time.

My wife is out of town for a five days (Not related to the hurricane) and I’m in charge of Tyler, making sure he goes to School, does the homework, takes showers, and behave like a good boy.

He’s a good boy generally. Can’t complain about that!


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My Visitor: House Finch

House Finch


The House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is native to western North America, and has been introduced to the eastern half of the continent and Hawaii. This species and the other “American rosefinches” are placed in the genus Haemorhous.


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Follow up…


I‘ve made some adjustments to my daily life in order to make my recovery speedier and my health safer. I usually do many things everyday that keep me busy many hours, and to these I add my taking care of my landscape that require quite an amount of physical work. I’ve just hired a landscape service company to do the work for me. I agreed to what they charge and they’ll be doing the landscaping for us ‘till the end of the season.

They came and did their work while we were out. The result was really impressive. Lucy and I were elated when we returned home from seeing a Doctor for my procedure follow-up.

We were very satisfied with the terrific job they did. Now, I’ve been looking at my year’s budgets and I believe it would be a great idea if I contract this company for next year.

The Doctor GI Specialist said that in six weeks I must go for an Endoscopy and see how well everything they did has healed. Meanwhile they are analyzing my new blood samples for any traces of cancerous presence, blood count and H Pylori bacteria.

Other than that everything is just “peachy”!


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