Adios Ian!

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We were so incredibly lucky with Hurricane Ian. Our prayers go out to those on the barrier islands whose homes were destroyed, and to our friends in eastern Orlando whose homes were flooded. Thankfully, the worst damage sustained by our families was downed trees and yard debris.

Taken as the winds started to subside. Our neighbor’s tree came down and took part of their fence with it

I have to share about some “evacuees” that we hosted during the storm. A male Black-throated Blue Warbler turned up the morning after the storm. He spent the day hopping back and forth between my heavily-trimmed hummingbird bushes (yep, I’m glad I trimmed those bushes a few weeks ago!). The conditions weren’t great for a picture, so here’s a Black-throated Blue from my archives…

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Male)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Male)

Then a few minutes later, I looked out to see my first-of-fall Gray Catbird hanging out near the feeders. Just like the Painted Buntings from my last post, he’s a few weeks early. Not that I’m complaining! Hopefully his beautyberries survived the storm. They smelled a little rotten to me, kinda like wine – maybe that’s just what this bird needed after a migration through Ian!

Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird

Long-time readers of my blog will know that I’m fascinated by bird migration. I would love to know what was going through these birds’ minds as they flew south and found themselves in the middle of a hurricane. I’m guessing that their birdie GPS was repeatedly advising “at the next safe location, make a U-turn!”

Painted Buntings are Back to Welcome Hurricane Ian

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I was surprised today to see my first-of-fall male and female Painted Buntings in the backyard. They typically arrive within the first two weeks of October, so they are running a little early this year. Welcome back friends!

Painted Bunting
Painted Buntings – an “oldie but goodie” image of mine from my first year of observing Painted Buntings

Our buntings arrive just as finalize preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Ian. I’m leaving out the bird feeders as long as I can!

Here’s the “before” picture of the backyard. The eye is projected to pass overhead as the storm slowly moves through and dumps up to 2 feet of water on the backyard.

We’ll see you from the other side!

Backyard Before Ian