Humming in the Rain

It’s been a rainy week. I’ve either been working or watching it rain. Yesterday morning I finally braved the soggy swamp of our backyard to go refill the bird feeder.

When at home, I spent most my time watching out for our ruby-throated hummingbird, stepping out on the back deck, battling mosquitoes, to try for a few decent photos.

Finally caught one where the ruby throat is visible!

Sometimes it’s good to take a break from all that wing flapping while eating…

I think this one missed the sunshine!

So did I! Yesterday started out rainy (again) but ended on a nice weather note.

And we woke up this morning to crisp, cool air and clear skies. Since I awoke at 5:15 a.m. today, I ventured out for a walk around the park I am always driving through on my way to work. 

Birds Spotted In the Park

A happy hummingbird! Reflects how I felt to see some sun again today after so many rainy days this week.

I took a walk down to the lake. Spotted some mallard ducks.  I saw the one pictured below first as it was with just one other fairly close to the fishing dock. The ones above I saw a bit later on my walk.

And while not the best photo, this cardinal sang to me as I hit the final stretch of my walk around the park so I didn’t want to leave him out. 

A Few Other Birds I Spotted This Week

Crows fussing at a cat a few yards over. Turkey vultures sitting on light poles in the rainy weather. A mockingbird at work! A new young cardinal hanging out at our backyard feeder. The downy woodpeckers. Think I caught a glimpse of a brown thrasher in the park. Mourning doves both at home, near my work, and in the park. Sparrows. Saw a robin. Canada geese in the park. House finches. Tufted titmice. Chickadees. And squirrels, at my bird feeder. SIGH.

What birds did you spot this week?


Joining in with The Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

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12 thoughts on “Humming in the Rain

  1. Eileen

    Hello Jean,

    The hummingbirds will always be a favorite of mine, they are so darn cute. Love Mallards and Cardinal too.
    Your sky scene and photo is beautiful, great photos. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I do love the hummingbirds. So excited to have them hanging around the back yard this year (really thankful a friend gave me a tip last year to get a glass hummingbird feeder, I think it made a difference). Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Enjoy seeing yours and all the other birding posts each weekend. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful thing. Happy Monday!

    1. Jean Post author

      Oddly, I’m seeing more than usual this year but this is also the first year we’ve had a proper hummingbird feeder in the backyard. I’ve also seen more than usual when just out and about as well. Maybe it has something to do with the weather? Hope your new week is off to a fantastic start!

  2. P Slade

    And here’s me thinking it’s the UK only which gets so much rain. Those hummingbird males have so much colour it is quite remarkable. Guess the brightest ones gets a mate quite easily? Hope your weather improves Jean.

    1. Jean Post author

      Rain seems to come in phases around here. Thankfully, the news this morning said we’re getting back on a dry trend. I’ll take it! And we’re expected to have oddly wonderful weather for the first week of August. Feels more like fall than summer. Normally, I might bemoan that (I do love the hot weather) but since my youngest has half-day band camp all week I’m glad it’s not 100 degrees out there. Hope you have a wonderful new week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Aw, thank you! Our squirrels still raid the feeders but not as bad since I switched over to safflower seed. It costs a tiny bit more but lasts longer so pays off for me in the long run. The squirrels love sunflower seeds so if your seed has lots of that, you’re going to have some fat squirrels over there 😉 Cool to see a hawk, so fun to spot and watch. Hope your new week is off to a wonderful start!

    1. Jean Post author

      We only get them in the summer but we do seem to get quite a few. The ruby-throated ones are the only kind I’ve ever seen in this part of the state. I think the rest stay further south. Hope you have a great week!

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