Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shenandoah National Park

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 


 HAPPY EASTER to everyone who celebrates..


On Friday I was off work for the Easter holiday so hubby and I decided to take  a ride to Shenandoah National Park. 




We saw lots of deer along the Skyline Drive..groups of them here and there. 


I always enjoy seeing the wildlife, the deer do not seem at skittish as the deer I see at home.. We were hoping to see a Black Bear.. maybe next time..



The morning fog looked really neat hanging around the Appalachian mountains..


Birds seen were the Eastern Towhee, American Robin, Tufted Titmouse and lots of Dark-eyed Juncos. Not pictured, we also saw  hawks, vultures, Eastern Bluebirds and a Black White Warbler.


We always seem to come across the trail riders while hiking the Limberlost trail. You can arrange to go on the guided trail ride from the Skyland stables. The Limberlost Trail is 1.2 miles mostly level and easy walking..I like this trail in the spring and early summer, there are a lot of warblers around.



In the mosaic above, Dark Hollow Falls, some horseback riders seen while on the Limberlost trail and some scenes from the Dark Hollow Falls trail.



Dark Hollow Falls, it was nice to see it with a lot of water.  The Dark Hollow Falls trail is 1.4 miles, somewhat steep in places located near Big Meadows. It is an impressive falls with water cascading down 70ft.


This Dark-eyed Junco did not seem shy around people. It hung around us while we were looking at the waterfalls.

Join in on the fun and for more wonderful photos please visit  Mosaic Monday and more
 from  Our World Tuesday

 Thanks to our host: Mary our 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!
I hope you enjoyed our quick visit to the shore and seeing the birds. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday's Critters #20

Saturday's Critters #20


Happy Easter everyone! 


 Above is my neighborhood Great Blue Heron on the nest..You can just barely see the heron's beak and eye. My view with the camera will disappear as soon as the leaves show up on the trees.  But, it is cool to be able to watch their progress. 


One of the local breeders the American Goldfinch.. The male is already showing off his pretty summer colors.


A male Downy Woodpecker outside our dining room window.. I hope you enjoyed my birds, they are always a treat for me.

Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends..I am looking forward to seeing your critters.







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.

 Thanks for stopping by and  I wish everyone a happy weekend.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Saturday Walk Part II

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences

This is part two of our Saturday walk, the first being our stop at the Yellow Crowned Night Heron rookery. We then drove to Cromwell Valley/Sherwood Farm park in Baltimore County. They have a nice loop trail that follows along a stream, fields and farm. A great habitat for the spring migrants and breeders!


I love this big old tree and the sky and clouds were beautiful, a perfect day for our walk.


Part of the loop trail was walking along the driveway for Sherwood Farms. The farm was acquired by Baltimore County with Program Open Space funds..A portion of the park is a demonstration farm. the park is 426 acres



We saw a lot of  Tree Swallows along the trail, mostly near the Bluebird houses. I hope the Bluebirds are not being pushed out of their homes.


My first of the season Palm Warbler, it posed nicely for a second..




We also saw the House Finches walking along the trail.


A shot of the farm and house way in the distance and a beautiful sky. This park is also a located for the hawk watch. I saw two hawks in flight during our walk, but my photos were blurry :(


More of the farm and I got some awesome shots of fences for Tex's Good Fences meme and a beautiful sky for my  Skywatch Friday post.


A beautiful Eastern Bluebird..



And just because I love taking photos of the moon, this shot was from the morning of April 16th 99% full.  Our skies were cloudy, rainy and snowy for the Lunar Eclipse. :(



I hope you enjoyed my post and I hope to see you on Saturday sharing your critters..

To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check out Tex's Good Fences


Thanks to Tex @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday!   I wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's featured bird I am sharing the Yellow Crowned Night Heron. I have been reading about the Yellow Crowned Night Heron rookery in Baltimore for a few years now and have never visited.. I drive past the area every weekday going to work.. So on Saturday, hubby and I finally visited the rookery to see these gorgeous birds.

Our timing was perfect since the leaves are not blocking our view..Some of these shots were taken from the bridge looking down and some were from the trail's viewing platform near the Jones Falls.




A viewing platform near the falls was perfect for viewing the rookery and the Yellow Crowned Night Herons. Some were landing on the trees above our heads. We watched them as they broke off branches to add to their nest.

The Yellow Crowned Night Heron is a nocturnal heron and can be found breeding along wooded streams.



They have a black face and bill, with a white cheek and a yellow crown stripe. They have a gray body and yellow legs.




These herons above were not happy with each other.


The habitat around the rookery, a view from the bridge looking down.  It is located right next to the Jones Falls trail a bicycle-running trail. The trail starts at the Inner Harbor Baltimore and when finished will end at the Mount Washington Light Rail station.




Sorry for the overload of photos, I took so many different shots. I had a hard time choosing which photos to share.


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:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.  Thanks to our host Michelle our host Stewart.  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday's Walk

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

Wishing everyone a HAPPY EASTER!



Hubby and I visited two places on Saturday morning. The first was a short walk on the Jones Falls trail to the Yellow Crowned Night Heron rookery along the Jones Falls trail in Baltimore.


Above the Jones Falls, the stream runs along side the expressway that takes you into Downtown Baltimore,  some of the habitat of the Yellow Crowned Night Heron rookery. The rookery is located maybe just a half block-block from the Stieff Silver building in Baltimore "Hon" . The bottom left is a light rail train and bottom right is two of the Yellow Crowned Night Herons.
Above is a viewing platform overlooking a small falls on the Jones Falls, some colorful weeds, a bike rack on the trail, garter snake, American Robin, Pink Flamingo and National Boh image see along 34th St.  This street in Baltimore is famous for the Christmas light display on every house on the block..People visit from all over to see the Christmas light display and decorations on 34th St.

I will be featuring the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron and rookery on my next post for Wild Bird Wednesday. I hope you can stop back and see these pretty birds.


I am finally seeing some blooms in our yard.. The daffodils are looking pretty!

Join in on the fun and for more wonderful photos please visit  Mosaic Monday and more
 from  Our World Tuesday

 Thanks to our host: Mary our 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!
I hope you enjoyed our quick visit to the shore and seeing the birds. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday's Critters #19

Saturday's Critters #19


Hi, everyone! It's time for Saturday's Critter party.  Link up your post and have some fun seeing all the different critters.   It is fun to visit with some new bloggers and catch up with some old blogging friends.  Either way, I hope everyone enjoys the critters.

I am sharing my chickadee today, aren't they cuties!

My yard seem to be home to a few Carolina Chickadees.. They are one of my cute yardbirds, I even love their cool Chick-a-dee-dee song..



I was told once you have a good photo, if you can see the chickadee's eyes clearly. I was happy with this shot above.. They are quick moving birds.




Here is a new photo for the meme Saturday's Critters, you are welcome to add it to your next post you link up.. a creation made by Jennifer from Cottage Country Reflections





I hope you enjoy my Carolina Chickadees. I am looking forward to seeing your critters.

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



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.

 Thanks for stopping by and  I wish everyone a happy weekend.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Good Fences

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences

Another week is rolling along and Easter is next weekend on the 20th. April is flying by, even though my days at work are going slow.. This is my first time linking up with Tex's Good Fences. I hope to see you there along with Skywatch Friday.


The photos for today's post were from last Saturday, the Alpacas were seen at the Smithsonian National Zoo. I saw the fence and knew I had to link up with Tex's linky party called "Good Fences".




 I love the alpacas they have the cute faces, just adorable animals..



On the same day, I took this moon shot. On April 5, 2014 it is the Waxing Crescent with 33% visible.


I just have to include some birds on my post, so here is a couple of House Finches at my feeder.


The sun is setting, seen from our backyard!


 Love the pretty colors looking down the street from the mailbox..


 Also on Saturday I was able to watch this colorful sunset.. The sunset shots are from our backyard and the other is our front street. So this completes our day.... a visit to the zoo in Washington, DC and back home in plenty of time for the sunset.. I hope you enjoyed my post. 

 I hope to see you on Saturday sharing your critters..

To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and Tex's Good Fences


Thanks to Tex @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday!   I wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend.