What’s Up? – More Green, More Flowers, More Birds!

More Green, More Flowers, More Birds!


Although the Spring is on now, it’s manifesting slowly. What I mean by this is: We have nights and morning on the cold side and then slowly warms up to a normal spring temperature. Or, sometimes , rains for a few hours and then warms up. It’s hard to predict what exactly the weather is going to be.

I’ve noticed more activity in my backyard lately. the amount of bird traffic is more than it was two weeks ago, however, It is less than it was in prior years. By measures of quantity of feed consumed , indicates and increase. It means that more birds are eating the seeds I provide them.

Most birds do not show at the same time it’s obvious,  I can not see every bird that may show up therefore I can not take photos of all birds that show up during the day.

For today I have a gallery for you , despite the rain and the cloudy dark sky. I hope you will enjoy what I shot for you. The Northern  Cardinals  are not included (You wait for Saturday and you’ll see them as usual).


Photo Gallery


© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

What’s Up? – Not Bad at All…

Not Bad at All…


We’ve had a wonderful spring type, sunny and warm days! Very much as I suggested  it would be last week. Today, as I write this, it’s raining intensely.

It was very therapeutic to have warm days, being able to open windows and seeing much more bird traffic in my backyard. here is a list of birds I’ve seen:

  • American Robin
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch (M & F)
  • Eastern Bluebird (M & F)
  • House Finch (M & F)
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal (M & F)
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Carolina Wren
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (M & F)
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • European Starling
  • Pine Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Field Sparrow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Nutcase” (Squirrel)

As you can see, I had a good number of avian visitors…With their presence in my backyard it makes me happy and glad for their return. I have a nice photo gallery for you, The photos are from some of the birds listed above.


Photo Gallery


Extra

A friend sent me the following cut out from an Alabama Community Newspaper… Have a look:

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What’s Up?

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.


Photo Gallery


© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

What’s Up?…

Smart “Cookies”


The  heavy stormy weather from States west of Georgia added to the jet stream coming from Florida are carrying a great amount of humidity to our State. We are in Summer now usually know for being  hot but blessed with a gentle and soothing breeze…With the added humidity it feels so uncomfortable and sticky. Conditions that are not so inviting to be outdoors.

It makes a big difference to me because I care for my plants, lawns, shrubs etc. I have to be very efficient and cautious of not getting dehydrated.  The humid heat drains your energy very quickly.  Fortunately, the flow of birds coming and going continues normally at different time patterns which I learned make a lot of sense. I’m following the bird’s unintended “suggestions” (Actually I do what they do) and it works pretty good. Here is how: There are moments when large high clouds block the sun and there’s a cooler breeze that drops the temperature just a few degrees but it makes a difference…then the birds come out, for as long as the cloud moves on and the sun break out again. Cloud gone birds gone, H.J. gone! All the tricks I learn from the avian friends.


Photo Gallery


© HJ Ruiz – Avian101