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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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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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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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FIGure that!


Despite the hot weather and the sticky inconvenience of the humidity, product of the summer storms and hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico… Life continues, patterns of weather have changed and we have no choice but adapt to it.

I see my birds busy as always but at different times, the feeders get empty at a faster rate, seems like my avians friends are improving their appetites.

My fig tree being so young only 3 1/2 ft. tall surprised us by having beautiful fruits which got ripen in the tree but then ALL were eaten by the birds in one day!

My beautiful Ruby-throated Hummingbirds must have nested nearby because I see them very often. They are so tiny and gracious.

I’ve seen and heard many cicadas lately. These insects are amazing when they create a loud sound wave with their wings.

Many of my birds are currently molting and do not look exactly pretty at the moment, In the possible I try not to show them under the process.


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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

What’s Up?…

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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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

My Visitor: Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow


The Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) is a medium-sized American sparrow. Among the native sparrows in North America, it is easily one of the most abundant, variable and adaptable species.


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Whodunit…

A friend of mine gave me a call to ask me a question about birds. This friend lives about a mile from me. She has only one feeder in her backyard, she loves birds and has been feeding them for years.

She told me the following:

“What’s going on? I found 7 Northern Cardinals laying dead near the feeder!  I’ve been feeding them the same brand of feed for long time and never had any problems before.”

I was kind of taken by surprise because I’ve been feeding my birds for 8 years and I haven’t had any casualties that I can tell about.

First, I reassured her that all my birds were looking healthy and were in fact very active with building larger families.

Second, I asked her a series of questions

  • Have you change in any way the mode of feeding?
  • Do the seeds look the same as always?
  • What about their water? Does it have any rare color?
  • Have you sprayed any insecticides closed to the feeder?

She said that everything looked normal…

I set a plan to follow:

  1. Throw away the leftover seeds and wash thoroughly the feeder.
  2.  Buy a new brand of seeds, different type from the previous and  refill the feeder.
  3. Ask other neighbors if they had seen any dead birds in their backyards.
  4. Observe daily of any changes of color, type or any foreign matter mixed with the seeds.
  5. If anything rare raises a flag, bag it and call the Animal Protection Dept. and explain that someone has tainted the bird feed.

She’s going to do what I suggested and will call me if there is anything new.


My backyard is more frequented by birds and they seem to be always hungry. My stock of seeds is being finished in less days that usual.  I fill the feeders 2 times or sometimes 3 times a day. Depends of how many birds are there trying to feed. If they finish the food in a short time They make me feel bad by perching all around the deck and staring at my windows!… No kidding!


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