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Rain…rain, and more rain!

While the SouthWest of USA is getting weather temperatures into the 100’s degrees, we are in the SouthEast getting rain every day! Some of the States like Mississippi and Alabama are also getting hit by strong storms and tornados causing extensive damage.

Having rainy days is more difficult for birds to get their meals. If there’s a break from rain from time to time, I take the opportunity to refill their feeders and pray that it doesn’t rain back too soon… Otherwise, the rain washes out everything and spoils all the seeds. It’s a waste of feed.

I have plenty of photos shot before the rain started… in fact, here are some of them for you. Enjoy!

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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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Stormy Night

Our weather is still crazy but it’s giving signs of improvement… with comfortable temperatures in the afternoon and being sunny for longer time. A couple of nights ago we had a very strong storm. Loud thunders, lots of lightening and  heavy raining. Even my son Tyler (6) said this the following morning, “we had a noisy night!”. He was absolutely right about that!

However, this morning was placid and the sky showed more blue space with no signs of gray clouds. While Tyler and I waited in the corner for his school bus, we both watched the bird traffic in the sky and some of them going from tree to tree. You’d be surprise of which birds we identified.

  • Four American Crows on the road plus 2 flying across high in the sky.
  • Approximate 12 Brown-headed Cowbirds in a flock flying high.
  • Northern Mockingbirds: Two on the roof, house in the corner across from me. One  about 2 ft. from a nest on tree and 2 in a holly plant, same house.
  • Two Canada Geese flying honking their way through (noisy dudes)

As you can see, things are taking shape into a normal Spring, I better stock up on my bird’s seeds!

Blue Jays are getting used to come and feed themselves in my backyard lately, they are “tough cookies” with the small birds. They bully they way to the feeders and get the peanuts ahead of everybody!

Northern Mockingbirds are the Law in my backyard, they can handle birds like the blue jays easily. They are fearless birds, I admire that of them!

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“the birds”

Now we are very close to Spring, not by looking to the calendar but just looking at the birds, I see more birds and the variety has increased too.

I’ll tell you what happened last Friday morning, Lucy (my wife) was out walking with our friend Bonnie (neighbor) like they do every morning. I was in my office  at the computer doing some work, it was fairly cool outside but sunny at the time. My office has a large window (3 panes) with blinds open just enough to get the room illuminated, since I use the computer and hate light reflection on the screen. Suddenly, it just got dark and a familiar sound could be heard outside. It took me less than a second to realize what it was and ran downstairs to go outside but bumped into Lucy at the door, she was panting to catch her breath because she had ran home  to tell me about a gigantic (her words) flock of blackbirds going around… and our friend Bonnie got scared by it, she had never seen that before, also mentioned it was scary like the Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds”. 🙂

Meanwhile, the birds took off flying all together in just seconds! I had no chance to take pictures or anything. That’s alright… maybe next year.

I remember, a few years ago something similar happened this same location, also a large flock showed up! The difference was I had my camera ready at the time and I was able to get some interesting shots.

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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!

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