Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Black-billed Magpie

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's wild bird I am sharing the Black-billed Magpie from our visit to Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park.
The Black-billed Magpies were a common bird seen during our Colorado vacation.. Many would be hanging around the parking lots and picnic grounds..

The Black-billed Magpie is in the Crow family. They are found in the western half of the USA, from Alaska to New Mexico. In the photo above you can see their tail makes up for half of their length.

The Magpie is black with white shoulders and white belly. They have dark blue-green wings and tail.  I think they are handsome birds and look beautiful in flight.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Magpie, they are cool looking birds..
Thanks for stopping by my post and for all the nice comments.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
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Sunday, September 14, 2014


  I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

Hubby and I took off last week for a week's vacation in Colorado.. We visited both the west and east side of the Rocky Mountain National Park.. Our first night was at Granby, Colorado..  Granby is located on the west side of the park.. I wanted to start there to see the moose that are sighted on that side of the national park..

 A shot of the almost full September moon over Lake Granby. White Pelicans, Elk, picnic area in Rocky Mountain National Park, wildflowers.

The moon over Granby Lake.

White Pelicans were seen in  a small pond next to our hotel in Granby. 

A larger shot of the White Pelicans..seen in a little pond next to our hotel in Granby.

We were excited to see the female cow with her calf.. We saw the moose in three different areas..

A cute moose calf.

I believe the bird is a Lincoln's Sparrow but I am not an expert on sparrows.. some scenes from our walks on the west side of the park.

I hope you enjoyed my post and photos on our first day in the Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park. I have lots of photos from our Colorado trip.. I hope you will enjoy seeing some memories of our trip.

As always I thank you in advance for stopping by and for the nice comments.

I hope you can join in on our at  Mosaic Monday and   Our World Tuesday

 Thanks to Judith our new host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week ahead!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday's Critters #41

Saturday's Critters #41

Happy weekend and welcome to Saturday's Critters! I am sorry I will not be around till later in the day..  I do hope to catch up as soon as possible.. I hope everyone enjoys today's critters.

This is the hardest post I have ever done..it is a tribute my Goldie Girl.. We said our final goodbyes to Goldie on Labor Day weekend..I am just about able to talk about her. At first, I would  tear up and have a lump in my throat.. She had many illnesses and we just felt it was better for her comfort to let her go. The vet said the Golden Retrievers find a way to tolerate and hide their pain.  I know she is in doggie heaven with our other dogs Sunshine, Daisy and Maui. Maybe they are playing together now.

Sweet Goldie Girl...I miss you!  I know many of my followers have gone thru the loss of their dear pets, they are family..It was over 12 years ago we said goodbye to our other dogs and I still miss them too.

Above are Daisy, Maui , Sunshine and way in the rear Sierra.

Above are my favorite dogs, Goldie Girl and the bottom row Daisy our first Golden, Maui a chocolate Lab and in the rear Sunshine our Yellow Lab.  Bottom right another shot of Daisy.. I miss them all right now!! 

I saved this post until today because I need some time  before I could talk about Goldie's passing. It also helped we had our Colorado vacation planned and I was not at home in what felt like an empty home without Goldie Girl.

 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!

To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious host: Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin. Also, sharing with Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting.