Whew ... storms have all passed for now, due for more tomorrow! We've really needed this rain and thank goodness we didn't experience a tornado but one touched down in a city just south of us doing minor damage.
Linda: Gee, an F4 is really scary to me! We don't get anything that intense down this way, usually just F0 and F1 categories. The F0 has winds less than a category 1 Hurricane which still can be scary! We had two F2 tornado's touch down here in town on Christmas day 2006 doing a lot of damage. There was major damage at the Aeronautical University where my husband teaches but luckily it happened over the Christmas break so campus was pretty much empty. The University airplane fleet was about wiped out ... planes scattered everywhere, broken like little toys: http://www.woodtoyfun.com/zzzembryriddletornado.html
Mother nature can sure make you put things in perspective!
Well, before the storms hit today I was able to get some pictures of a few of my little backyard friends. First is the Blue Jay's:
We don't get F4's here either. Very rare to have any kind of tornado here...thank goodness. They were living in Tennessee at that time. Ooh, nice woodpeckers...I miss my woodpeckers, haven't seen any in a while.
We rarely get tornado's here. I've been in Florida 43 years and only remember hearing of a few tornado's over the years, a couple that did a lot of damage. Hurricanes on the other hand are another story ... we always hope for a quiet hurricane season and it's really scary when we hear of a major cane' brewing in the south Atlantic or Caribbean. At least we have plenty of warning when it comes to hurricanes so we can prepare well ahead of time.
We have Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers year round. We had a lot of Grackle's in winter and spring ... all of a sudden a couple are showing up again.
These aren't the greatest pic's but I thought I'd share them anyway. The one on the left is a Snowy Egret and the next two are the Great Egret:
Name: Charleen Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
As long as I hang out those bags of Niger seed they show up. Beautiful aren't they. I buy the bags and reuse, sometimes I have to sew them back together but then all I need is a bag full of seed and fill the bags. I wish I had gotton closer or zoomed in on the cardinal. Thanks.
I have lots of cardinals, especially in afternoon. I feed my Abigail birdfeed and the little sparrows and Doves come in and clean up what the ckns. don't get.
We use black oil seed in the winter, but don't put much out in the summer. Hot pepper suet cakes to keep squirrels out. Nuthatches have been at it, plus downy today. Red bellied have brought the kids to suet, but as we didn't replace right away when it ran out, we haven't seen them since. I'm sure they'll be back but assume they move around to different food sources anyway.
Wow, I wonder how in the world the poor thing got hit by a car? We have lots of seagulls here too and I've never heard of one being hit by a car .. and we even have driving on the sand at the beach here, where gulls are in abundance. Maybe them getting hit and injured by vehicles is a more common happening than I realize. Gull's are scavengers and we have flocks fly over the house every day at about 5:30 p.m., as they are heading back to the beach side of town from the city dump. Apparently they scavenge at the dump during the daytime but there are always hundreds on the beaches, sometimes I see tourists feeding them ... ick, you have to cover your head when in that vicinity!
These are some pic's I took this morning. The first two are the same bird just different poses. There was a snake in a birds nest in one of the trees and many birds were flitting back and forth through the shrubbery and trees. This Brown Thrasher landed on a branch just a couple of feet from where I was standing. The third is a juvenile Brown Thrasher that stopped this afternoon to take a drink. Brown Thrashers.
The next set is a juvenile Mockingbird that was running around on the roof of my neighbors shed, looked funny with that long chicken neck pose! And, a little Carolina Wren, and last but not least a male Painted Bunting! I haven't seen the buntings since very early in the year. My Florida bird book says they are year round residents but they seemed to disappear from the feeders in early spring.
Boo: That is soo cute! We've had lots of house sparrows down here this year, I've heard they are common but it's the first year I've ever seen them visiting my feeders. This morning there was a male and a little baby on the ground and the male was feeding the baby.