Days and days of rain…rain…and more rain over the Carolinas. A 1000-year event, they’re calling it. Let’s hope so. All is well in Sunny Blue’s soggy-around-the-edges world, but we’re thinking about neighbors across the region who are dealing with serious effects of this unnamed storm, and we also think about the birds, some who are migrating.
Here’s a update and some perspective about birds and the storm. First, let’s look at our Bird of the Month for October, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. This species was actually my most visible through the event. I have at least two regulars, fighting over territory right now. They came out each time the rain slowed down a bit. The weather was cool and wet, and yet they still managed quite well, though they were obviously a little slower than usual. They love this line! They hunkered down in the Crepe Myrtle tree during rough times, then flew about and dried off, hitting up each of their feeders. They’re fine!
The other feeder birds were “nature smart” too. I would love to know how many birds actually perched in my large Crepe Myrtle during the downpours (can you see someone behind this hummer?), but like the hummers, they all emerged at each break. Some of the birds actually relished the rain; others waited to come out in the drier times.
Northern Cardinal, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Wren, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Mourning Dove, Gray Catbird
Each time the rain slowed down a bit, I went outside to see what was happening. And each time, I spied Ospreys flying overhead. This is the time of year when northern migrants add to the Osprey population here, which is always a joy for me, as the “Os” are among my favorite birds. I could only imagine their joy at choosing this locale at this very moment…oh my goodness, fish in the ponds, fish in the streets, fish everywhere! A fish buffet!
Back to the yard and the feeders. Here’s a take away from a long weekend of unprecedented rain.. almost 20 inches: domes…get domes. In my yard reno/feeder reno this past spring, I “sprung” for domes/toppers for all of my feeders. Yes, they were a bit pricey, but in the long run, well worth it. This past weekend was the ultimate test. NONE of my feeders got wet (more than I can say for parts of my house). The amount of money I wasted in the past, tossing out wet seed, is unimaginable now. The other benefit of the domes is that the birds actually just hung out under them during the tough times. At some points, every perch was full of little feathered ones, just sitting there staying dry. Birdie umbrellas!
Apologies for not getting the best photos, but I was protecting my camera and myself, while getting whatever views I could get. That’s life, some days! For all of my friends dealing with the aftermath of this crazy rain and flood event, my thoughts are with you. Be well, get dry, look up!
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