This blog originates on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, in Louisiana. It proposes to share the things that happen on and by the river as the seasons progress. As the river changes from quiet, warm, slow flow to rises of eighteen feet or more, there are changes in the lives of the birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles that use the river. And the mood of the river changes with the seasons. I propose to note and comment on these things.

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Location: Butte La Rose, Louisiana, United States

I transitioned a few years ago from a career as a water-pollution control biologist. I want to do this blog to stay in touch with a world outside my everyday surroundings, whatever they may be. I like open-minded company and the discussion of ideas. Photo by Brad Moon.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Rufous Hummingbird

What odd weather. It’s not that it’s not nice, it is, but somehow it doesn’t seem right to have April weather in January. The goldfinches are wondering why they are down here when they could be back up north where they could be getting ready to nest. Real mistake that would be.

The picture is the river from our dock, during high water last year. The gold late afternoon color is a favorite.

Outside the window the most beautiful rufous hummingbird is feeding on the nectar feeder. He is a full grown male and is so orange he looks like a Christmas tree ornament out there on the hawthorn bush. There is also an immature rufous and a buff-bellied hummer female - the same one mentioned earlier. Crowds of cardinals, chickadees, titmice and goldfinches are eating the black oil sunflower seeds.

The river is at 2.3 on the Butte La Rose gauge. It came up some after the north wind stopped. The Ohio still isn’t doing much and the Mississippi isn’t either. Still, it’s pretty out there.

Rise and shine, Jim


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