What’s Up? – A small sample of Spring

A Small Sample of Spring…  

I wrote this post on: Feb.7th, 2018                


The past week we had a teaser two days samples of Spring, on which we had sunshine and  semi-warm days (Low 60º F). The sudden new energy of seeing bright and warmer days worked on me, also, was inviting for my avian friends. Those sunny days inspired me to sit behind my camera and wait for birds to appear…my plan paid off! I had the opportunity to shoot photos of a variety of birds. (See photo gallery)

I set my birds up, cleaned their feeders and filled them with plenty of seeds and water,  then little by little the birds showed up! That was really rewarding.

Today is a different story whatsoever, it is raining buckets! At 8:00 am we got phone alert message from Tyler’s School saying that all children in School were being moved to a shelter because of high winds and possibilities of  tornados.

We’ve had thunders and heavy rain so far. I hope we never get to see a tornado in our area.


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What’s Up? – Decided to Stay…

Decided to stay…  (Written on Jan 31, 2018)

Remember when I wrote about some Pine Warblers  were visiting my feeders but usually stay for  a couple of days and then leave. Well, one of them stayed and it has been four weeks since.  I wonder why he decided to stay.  He might have loved the set-up, easy food and a friendly backyard. Although being friendly I know a Hawk have been seen circling around the area. A couple of squirrels have been eating from the feeders but none of the two is “Nutcase”

The weather is dry right now but still very cold for comfort. This morning  at 7:00 was 26º F and breezy, the windchill factor makes it feel colder.


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What’s Up? – Bird Humor

With the ever changing weather we had lately, I believe that bird’s opinions are in order. – H.J.

“Drips & Gripes!”




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What’s Up? – Wacky Weather Week

Wacky Weather Week


Most likely that you already, the East Coast has been under another “cold wave”…Again!

This its how it went: We were having very low temperatures for a few days and then when it warmed just a bit, it snowed, not much, just about 2 – 3 inches and immediately after the temperature plunged back down making things going from bad to worse. The snow froze and it was only ice everywhere. Our Schools have been closed ALL WEEK!  Then from that point, things got more complicated for everyone. Many stores closed because their parking lots were like  ice skating rinks!

Many roads were closed because the icy conditions. In other cases, people that went on the road despite the warnings suffered the consequences by getting into costly accidents, the amount of accidents was tremendous.

Seems like it’s going to warm up lightly today, it’s sunny but still frigid. My birds are still there and eating  a bit more. I can’t wait for Spring!

I got some pictures for you from before and after the snow.


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What’s Up? – Raining on my seeds…

Raining on my seeds…


We have been getting copious amounts of rain lately, right after the cold days subsided. It has been raining  every day from morning to night. We hardly see the blue sky, it’s gray and dark instead.

I know for what I’m able to see, that my birds are having a hard time to feed when it’s raining. Once in a while, the rain stops and most of the birds desperately come out trying to find any dry seeds. They can be seen waiting in sight in the surrounding areas of the deck.That’s my cue: It is the time  I go out and dump all the soggy seeds and refill with fresh dry ones. As soon as this is done, Birds get excited for getting their meals!

The Mourning Doves are more in quantity and kind of mob the feeders, that’s when my “Sheriff”  (Northern Mockingbird) comes along and chases every body out! He eats some peanuts and then leaves. I have the feeling that he means to protect his territory but not to harm anyone.

Of course, five minutes later would start raining again!


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What’s Up? – Cold Wave

Cold Wave


I try not to mention weather or weather temperatures, but it’s hard for me to ignore the fact that the extreme cold temperatures of our winter are way out of proportion compared to previous winters. There’s a “cold wave “ coming down from the Arctic that is affecting all usual patterns on record. I hope this wave is a one time thing and do not cause any damage but I wouldn’t like it to be as harsh every year.

Here in area where we live, are having very frigid nights and early mornings, then warms up slightly but the wind chill effect renders it be colder.

Every once in a while I check outside when the sun is going through the clouds and if I see any birds I try to do my best to get some useable shots for my blog. I have some images for you that I’ve been gathering. Notice that I had some Pine Warbles as visitors. I usually see them only once a year.


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