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Looking forward to some sun today after big rain last night.

This is from when we lived back in Jocotepec, Jalisco…

Rain Birds (by Austin Enos)

Rain Birds. RAIN birds. rAiN bIrDs. Birds of Rain. Just Listen to the way it rolls off your tongue. Raaaaaaiiiiiiiin Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrdsss.

Rain birds are not actually a bird.  They are a bug that looks a little something like this…

He may look ugly, but he’s beautiful on the inside

Good thing it’s not a carnivore


(my friend found this outside his home and gave it to me when I stopped by his home with my dad)

They are a kind of bug called cicada.  They begin to “sing” (make a loud high pitched chirping noise) to let you know the rainy season is coming.

Right now is dry season so there is a lot of dust in the air and it gets sooo hot.

People say that when you first hear the rain birds, we’re just 6 weeks away from the rainy season.  It’s sort of like groundhog day in the winter.    (which is one of my favorite movies)

The first couple times mom heard the ringing noise she kept going outside thinking the neighbors smoke detector was going off.  Then she realized, hey, this is Mexico, people don’t worry about smoke detectors in their home.  It took a while and then we all figured out it was the rain birds.

The noise is kind of a high pitched ringing and a clicking at the beginning and end of each “song”.  Weird.  Everything you hear in the first video is the rain bird -all the different noises.  In the second video you can see that it gets real breezy once the sun sets.  And you can hear the rain birds too.

We are not worried about the rainy season.  We spent last summer here during that time.  It usually only rains after dark.  The thunder and lighting are awesome!  We purposely moved high up on the mountain so that we could enjoy watching the storms.


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  • ginny brown November 14, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Those bugs sound awesome. This past spring the news talked about how the cicadas only come out from the ground i think every 17 years? It sounds like you get them every year. love the background scenery. Ginny

  • Re-Na Hanson November 18, 2013, 12:32 am

    We have those in Arkansas too! Sometimes in the summer it is so loud here you would not believe it. I’ve always been told that they make that noise actually by rubbing their back legs together.

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