Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vermilion Flycatcher

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's wild bird I am sharing the Vermilion Flycatcher. One of my favorite sightings in Belize..  This was not my first sighting of this bird, they are my first photos of the pretty Vermilion Flycatcher. I actually saw it during our one day visit to Belize while we were on a April 2006 Western Caribbean cruise and a cave-tubing excursion.
This bird was seen during my birding tour near the Sittee River in Hopkins Belize.  Part of our tour included some birding along the road on the way to the river.. Whenever we spotted a bird we would stop to view the bird up close and take photo if we wanted.

The Vermilion Flycatcher is a stunning color unlike other drab flycatchers..The males are bright red and have dark brown plumage. They prefer open areas but usually near water. They eat insects such as flies, grasshoppers and beetles.

A different angle of the Vermilion Flycatcher showing dark brown plumage on it's back and wings. It Is a gorgeous bird and one of my many favorites.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bird & Blooms

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

I am sharing some of the birds and blooms we saw doing our walk at the local Irvine Nature Center in Maryland..

The trail from the parking lot starts off with a walk thru the woods. I like the texture of the bark on the tree. I am not sure of the structure in the small middle photo maybe it is a home built for the critters and birds to hide in and keep safe? The last bottom photo is one of two woodies we saw chasing each other around the tree.

The trail comes out of the woods to this open field, lots of wildflowers, a pretty sky. Just a gorgeous day for a walk.

 Along the meadow trail we saw lots of butterflies, dragonflies and birds..

 This was my first sighting this summer of the beautiful Monarch butterfly.. I do not remember seeing one Monarch last year..

 A few of the birds we saw were the Eastern Bluebird, American Robin and the American Goldfinch.

I love these Gaillardia blooms or Indian Blankets.

I hope you enjoyed my walk with the birds and blooms..Thanks for stopping by and for the comments.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday's Critters #34

Saturday's Critters #34

Happy weekend and welcome to Saturday's Critters!  I am looking forward to seeing what critter everyone has to share this week.. Ok, it's time to share your critters.

Last weekend, hubby and I visited a local park in Maryland called North Point State Park in Baltimore County. It has a wetland area known to attract great birds. I went mainly to see the Little Blue Herons that have been reported being seen at this park..

Above a Great Blue Heron, adult Little Blue Heron and a juvenile Little Blue Heron in the back.

One of my favorite herons the Little Blue Heron. I had no idea this local park had so many Little Blue Herons.. We will be returning to check out this park at another time..

The juvenile Little Blue Heron is white with greenish legs and feet. Their bills can have a black tip.

The Northern Water Snake looking very well fed..It had to be close to 5 feet long.

A cute frog, most of the frogs were jumping into the water when they saw us coming..

Another Little Blue Heron, aren't they pretty? 

An Osprey was also seen at the park,  we had an awesome couple of hours birding this park.. I hope you enjoyed my photos and post..

 Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends................... Have a happy weekend!

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