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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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Happy Days…

It has been  a few days of doing many things at home and about. To start, it was my birthday and five days later it was Tyler’s birthday.

For me it’s just like any regular day but I couldn’t stop Lucy and Tyler to bake me a cake and blow one candle at breakfast time. It was good to have only one candle on the cake otherwise if we had the real number we could’ve incurred into a unstoppable blaze!

For Tyler things were much different, he had a birthday party at school with his classroom friends. He came home with some birthday gifts and happy for he had a lot of fun. He also went out to the movies with some friends. He was happy about that too. I grilled some delicious meat for Lucy and Tyler, he loves to eat hamburgers! Lucy and I love flank steak and I grilled a mean supper delicious piece…I’m drooling on my keyboard now!

Before Tyler’s birthday I painted his room and we rearranged it with new furniture, he loves it ! He’s acting very mature now…he says! After all he’s 7 y.o. now!

Although I had a great deal of fun, doing many great things around the house and inside, I had to wear long sleeve shirts for the reason of some nasty poison oak on my right arm. I’m well now but I felt very uncomfortable while the poisoned skin was affected.

My birds have been very active because the weather has improved to a point of ideal for plants, grass, flowers, trees etc. Everything is green and colorful my shrubs are looking their best, also my trees. All these favorable changes make me happy! The bird families  in my backyard  have increased their numbers and all look full of health!

These are the birds that accompanied us during our birthdays!


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Ingmar Bergman’s Style Movie…?

Get your pop corn and enjoy!

“Intricacy of the Universe”

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In one location I visited in Florida, last April… While looking for waders birds, a peculiar pattern of mounds made of dry tall grass and weeds placed in a runoff shallow water canal. My curiosity led me to think they were perhaps nests built by large birds. Not until the following day when I saw a Tricolored Heron trying to hide from my presence by running toward the nest it proved to me it was a nest.

As my own rule, I don’t  disturb or bother any birds in the privacy of their abode.

It was the first time that I saw this type of nests. Interesting…

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Busy Days!

I had my house painted by a painting company only the outside. I’ve stained my deck myself, I planted a Fig tree (Ficus Carica), I applied mulch to my trees, I trimmed some tree branches and shrubs. I feel my lower back like being broken after all the things I’ve done…and that’s only the beginning of my To Do list!

I have a photo story line,I hope you’d like. Here it is:

“Dad Finch goes out for lunch with his evil twins”

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We Are Back!…

We returned home from our Spring vacation…still thinking that we needed even more days to unwind. Our vacations in general, leave us more tired than relaxed! We utilize our vacations to do the most we can, getting up early in the morning and going to bed late at night.

Anyway, we enjoyed every minute of our trip. Tyler had a ball and kept busy at all times. He loved his camera  and put it to good use to! His camera is a Sony Cyber -shot DSC-W800 20,1 MP. He shot approximately 45 photos, Some of which I consider very good. See samples:

We visited many places, went to the beach, enjoyed the pools, hikes, restaurants, strolls at night on the beach…I must mention my photo shootings too! The weather was perfect to top it all!.. ( Meanwhile, in our home’s area in Georgia was under severe storms that bordered into extreme!)

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