What’s Up? – That time of the Year…

That time of the Year…


Our weather is insane! The temperatures are up and down daily. I do not complaint about it, I’m just reporting what we have weather wise.

  • We are at the time of the year when you hear the crows flying in small groups, early in the morning, making such a ruckus with their ;loud calls., and yes, they love to converse at breakfast time!
  • You can see  a downy woodpecker popping his head from behind objects to stare and I ‘d guess thinking or planning his next move.
  • Or having deputy Mockingbird giving his approval to all the feeders, but of course he would mostly sample the peanuts of his preference.
  • It’s also time of the year when you can see well crafted spider webs appear and disappear every morning.
  • Also, it’s time of the year for Carolina wrens to deliver arias with such vibrant clarity that impress anyone.
  • Let’s not forget the Carolina chickadees working their tails off collecting seeds to keep their provisions for winter up to par.

As you can imagine the bird’s routines continue and there’s always something interesting to make the cold season more entertaining.


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Northern Mockingbird

Northern MockingbirdLaw & Order in my backyard…


These particular birds are amazing as well as fearless. They have been nesting in my property since I built my house there twelve years ago. The mockingbirds are known to claim a territory as their own and protect it from other birds and animals.

They are excellent fliers and superb song birds imitators. Generally, they stand at high points, always on alert against intruder birds or predators like hawks or crows.

Mockingbirds are fearless vs. birds much larger in size that themselves and confront any predators with force and fierce determination. Many a time I’ve seen crows being chased by mockingbirds protecting their territory (their nests are included there). In another occasion I saw two mockingbirds chasing a cat into the woods, one of the birds was imitating the cry of the hawk!

I still consider these birds a great asset for the security of the variety of birds that occur in my backyard. It gives me a sense of confidence to see a mockingbird come first to the feeders every morning. Put my mind at ease, thinking that my birds are secure because Law & Order is present.


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What’s Up?

Back to town!


I’m back to Georgia. I drove from Virginia yesterday and got home in the evening, I was tired and a bit angry because my trip stretched to driving for 12 1/2 hours what should have been 10 hours. I got caught under a violent storm in route through South Carolina. There were warning of tornados in the area and it rained so much! So I was delayed because the highway traffic was extremely slow.
In Virginia I met family that I didn’t see for long time.
Although I wasn’t in Georgia I have a photo gallery for you that I shot days before I left town. Soon I’ll try to catch up with you my dear friends. Thank you! ~ H.J..


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What’s Up?…

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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What’s Up?…

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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