Ruby Ruby Ruby...

     It is truly the dog days of summer in Florida. My three wiener dogs have dog days every day. They get up, pee, eat and pooh (mostly in the house lately because of the rain) and then do nothing but sleep, more sleep, and then eat and pee again. Per the Farmer’s Almanac, the dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the helical rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

     The Editor bought some “bee and wasp free” hummingbird feeders and her friend Rosemary set them up. I was skeptical about the bee and wasp free thing. Last year we took them down because of all the wasps they attracted. So far so good. We are getting some great views from the kitchen table of Ruby, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Per the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology “A flash of green and red, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is eastern North America’s sole breeding hummingbird. Enjoy them while they’re around; by early fall they’re bound for Central America, with many crossing the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are bright emerald or golden-green on the back and crown, with gray-white underparts. Males have a brilliant iridescent red throat that looks dark when it’s not in good light.” We have several pair in the area right now and I am trying my best to capture some photographs of them. The favorite perch of this particular hummingbird broke the next day after the photo making more attempts difficult. In the meantime some of the regulars like "George" and the Great Egret are still in the area. 

From Dion and the Belmonts

“Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, Ruby, Ruby, I'm-a want ya
Like a ghost I'm-a gonna haunt ya
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby will you be mine, sometime”

Hope you enjoy lil Ruby..Blessings

Ruby-throated Hummingbird..soon they will be heading south ...

I don't have hands so I have to wave with my feet Mr Doohickey!

A Great Egret protests my photo attempts

Early Morning dock discussions with the locals include this Great Egret

George looks to the right...

And to the left...where is that kid of mine? 

There is George Jr, sleeping again...The Editor says this is what I look like before my morning coffee..Hmmm



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