Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #140 – Unwanted Change of Scenery

Beth at Wandering Dawgs is the guest host of Lens-Artist Photo Challenge this week. The theme this week in Change of Scenery.

March 18, 2021

Days of stormy weather is on the horizon! Mother Nature at her best and worst all in a few days.

Birds were frantically feeding and flying around as storms approached Jacksonville, Florida. We had been in a Tornado Watch all day and as it got closer, we were in a Tornado Warning. A tornado was spotted in Gainesville heading northwest towards Jacksonville. Luckily it dissipated and much of the severe weather stayed north and south of us. We had about 10-20 minutes of rough weather. No damage!

March 20, 2021

Male Northern Cardinal feeding just before the next storm.
A male Northern Cardinal helps himself to some seed.

Frank filled up the feeders during a slight break in the weather as a Nor’easter was now heading our way. Just days after the tumultuous weather had passed through from the west. Our feeder system has been up for 8-9 years in some capacity. This is Frank’s project that allows him to be creative. He is building bird feeders at the moment and we have been testing them out. You can see a little of one of them in the right corner. and one of them in the photo below with the dome.

Mourning Doves feeding before the storm hits.
Mourning Doves gouging themselves while squatting in the feeders.

March 21, 2021

The bird feeders are down on the ground showing the steel pole bent into.
Feeders Down!

For two days we had seen high winds. It was similar to a Tropical Storm except it was spinning in the middle of the United States and we were getting whipped by the tail. The photo shows the carnage after a 45-50 mph wind gust hit our feeders just right. Snapped the pole about 12 inches from the ground. With two broken feeders, busted pole and another pole compromised, our yard seems naked without the full feeder system and the birds are beside themselves. Time for a trip to Wild Birds Unlimited.

What is left of the broken bird feeder steel pole snapped during a 50 mph wind gust.
A mere rod in the ground.

The resemblance of what once was the beauty of our buffet for the birds. Frank was able to get it the rest of the way out of the ground. Now it is time to rebuild. Interestingly enough, all the wooden feeders that Frank has created were undamaged.

March 23, 2021

An American Goldfinch feeding out of the new wooden feeder made my hubby.  What is left after the damage from the Nor'easter.
A temporary fix for now with Frank’s new feeders.

The sun has finally come back to Florida. Two of the poles are still intact even though one of them is going to need replacing. When I walked outside to take a photo, the American Goldfinches were coming in. A lone Carolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse stopped by. A change of scenery is in order and I’m sure the new feeder system will be even better once we purchase the new poles!

53 Comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #140 – Unwanted Change of Scenery

    • No we don’t and probably won’t. Our house is sturdy and we have an area in the house that would be as safe as anyplace. Of course the water table is too high to have an inground cellar. I feel very safe in this house during a hurricane. This house was built in 1963 back when they built homes beyond hurricane strength. 🙂

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    • Thank you for reblogging. Frank will appreciate the comment. Many people have shown interest. We need to get them up on his Etsy store. He is working on building it. 🙂

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  1. I absolutely LOVE your husbands wooden feeders! We’re going to add another pole as soon as Owen has some time to do the work. We’ve been taking the feeders down at night because the flying squirrels were emptying the feeders every night. Then pounds of seeds per night is kind of a lot of seeds, so we had to make a decision. I feel bad that we can’t feed everything, but we just ccant.

    We’ve had a lot of wind, but so far hey haven’t taken down the feeders. Owen now takes the feeders in at night and puts them back up in the morning, If he’s five minutes late, the Blue Jays squawk so loudly, the wake me up from a dead sleep! Owen say he can just about hear them tapping their little birdie feed trilling “Where’s breakfast?”

    We also have lots of itty bitt baby squirrels with little white tufts on their ears. SO cute.

    We were very lucky not to lose any feeders during our many windstorms this year,. I used to keep them feeders on hooks so I could reach them, but that made them spiral out of control faster. So now, Owen has to put them up and take them down. I just can’t reach them.

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    • Owen is a good man for doing that. Frank feeds them several times a day. He never completely fills the feeders so they always have fresh food. Talk about spoiled! I can absolutely believe the Blue Jays have turned Rooster on you. Cockadoodledoo! If I’m up, you should be up too. LOL! 🙂

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    • I was going to write about it anyway but then I saw the theme and it was perfect for it. We will be having our own change of scenery next week while going birding. We do it every year for our anniversary. Day trips again this year because of the pandemic. Our birds are started coming back to what is left of the feeders. They will adjust until we can buy new poles. Probably this weekend. 🙂

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    • It’s going to be fine, just a bit naked at the moment. I was excited to know that Frank’s feeders held up even after hitting the ground with a might force. 🙂

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  2. Lisa, so sorry your change of scenery had to do with a broken pole for your bird feeder. We were under watches and warnings, here, too but didn’t have nearly the winds you did. Thanks for participating in the challenge!

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    • We are happy too, but we will be ecstatic once we get the new poles. This is only 1/2 of what it was. One of these poles will have to be replaced as it sustained damage but is up for now. We will go over the weekend when the owner is at the store. 🙂

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    • Thanks Amy! Yes the feeders went down but at least we have something up for now. The birds are starting to come back now that they have adjusted to the new norm until Frank can rebuild. 🙂

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    • Yeah, he will rebuild. We may go buy the new poles this weekend. I know he will want to get it rebuilt as soon as possible. Like he needed another project. LOL! 🙂

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    • Thanks Nora. We’ve had worse, but none every broke our feeder poles. Frank takes them down when we have a Tropical Storm or Hurricane, but this one caught him by surprise. 🙂

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  3. Such an elaborate system, Lisa. I’m sorry it ended so badly. What a lot of work. Yet through it all your obvious concern is more for the birds. 🙂

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