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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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Lately…

  • One morning I opened the door leading to the patio, I was bringing the morning seeds for the feeders, when I saw something move behind the hose box. It was a fawn that as soon as it saw me, yelled scared and quickly took off running. I called Lucy and Tyler and I showed where he was hiding blending with the brush they got to see it! It couldn’t be older than two weeks!
  • I’ve been having problems with a cat that is making my backyard as a diner place.
  • I’ve seen a Cooper’s Hawk several times in my backyard.
  • While I was trimming the shrubs in my front porch I saw a Cooper’s Hawk being chased by three Red-winged Blackbirds. For some reason they were really mad and the hawk was being pecked by the blackbirds.
  • Of course, it was Father’s Day and Tyler had a beautiful card for me, he wrote

    “Dad I love you to the moon and back”... Your son, Tyler.

  • My son Tyler is on Summer vacation from School and it’s having a ball! Almost daily, he’s activities with friends and sports. Today (Monday) he started early in the morning for a Youth Camp to do many activities, sports etc. He was ready for action.!
  • I saw my first Ruby-throated  Hummingbird but I haven’t photographed it yet.

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Big Guns…


These birds ( See photos) are the “big guns”, because they come to my feeders continuously and act like milling machines! They consume  great amount of feed daily!

There’s a lot of activity in the backyard bird wise. Many birds stop by for a meal, and there are the locals that hang out or bring seeds to their nests. Last week was  a rainy week followed by some pleasant weather and then turn hot. This season is very favorable for the vegetation in general, my lawns, shrubs, trees hedges etc. look so healthy and strong. I’m happy for that!

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Reporting


Last week I published a photo of two Black-necked Swans and invited my visitors to create a short poem based on the image depiction. I had a wonderful contribution from a dear friend of mine, her blogger’s name is Tiny. Her poem reads… Click the photo below.


Current News…


Bird Humor or Serious advise…It’s up to you!


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Honor Mention…

I’m very proud of my son Tyler (Now 7 y.o.) because he just finished 1st Grade and has been well rewarded with 4 diplomas and many compliments from his teachers and the Principal. He has done excellent work throughout the school year. Here are some photos of him during off school activities.


Do You Like this shot?

It’s a female Downy Woodpecker!


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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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