Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My birds of the decade

Goodbye 2009 and Hello 2010. I wish everyone all the best in 2010. Greating Birding in 2010. Happy New Years to everyone.

This is my entry for Misty Dawn's a and to see more wonderful and cute critters  go to:  Camera Critters 

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Nature Notes #42 :  Nature notes at Rambling Woods

I also thought it would be fun to post my favorite birds of the decade. I am posting them in order of my favorites first not by the date they were seen. I can not really say it was a decade of birds officially since I did not start really birding until 2003. They are not really exotic birds. Just birds that really made me happy just to look at them and to see them. I am lucky that most of my favorite birds were seen right here in Maryland.

1,   Snowy Owl seen at Assateague Island, Md  seen 01/2009 . This one was my top bird to see and I had to make two trips to Assateague before I was actually able to see this beautiful owl.





2,    Eastern Bluebird was seen in  my backyard  and there has been a nesting pair for years now.






3,     Rose Breasted Grosbeak  my backyard 04/2003. This was the bird that really got me interested in birding. The colors on the male are just stunning.




4,      Green Heron seen in Cuyahoga Nat'l Park Ohio 06/29/07. This bird drove me nuts, I wanted to see one really bad. I went everywhere looking for this bird. Since seeing my first Green Heron it seems like I see them everywhere now.





5,      Painted Bunting seen in  Arnold, Md   02/09/08 this bird was a rare bird for me to see in Maryland. It was sighted at a birdfeeder in a backyard in Arnold, Md. The homeowners were gracious and kind to allow birders to see the beautiful Painted Bunting.




6,      Scarlet Tanager  seen at the  Prettyboy Reservoir, Md   05/2006.  I can see these birds near my house. They nest in the trees above the fireroad where I take my walks.





7,      Brown Headed Nuthatch seen at  Blackwater NWR, MD  06/15/08. This bird seems to be a regular on the trail at Blackwater NWR in Maryland.




8,      Evening Grosbeak  seen at  BattleCreek Cypress Swamp, Md  02/16/08. This was a female not as colorful as the pretty males but was well worth the drive to see her.





9,      Little Blue Heron  seen at  Smith Island, Md 04/2008. This bird was seen during one of the bird club's trip. I just love the colors on this beautiful heron.





10,     Prothonotary Warber seen at the Piscataway Park, MD  04/25/09.  This bird has to be one of the most colorful warblers I have ever seen.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hooded Merganser momma and chicks

From my archives this weeks Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday post I have some pic's of a female Hooded Merganser with her cute chicks. The Mergansers were seen during one of my bird club walks at a nature center last spring.















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and

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Black Necked Stilt reflection

Merry Christmas,  Happy Holidays and a wonderful Happy New Years to everyone!

I visit the Bombay Hook wildlife refuge often and during the summer the Black Necked Stilt can be seen there. They are cool looking birds, their legs seem to be able to bend all kinds of ways.











They like to search for food in the mud flats or can be seen walking in water that is more like puddles.
On this one day I was able to catch the reflection of the Black Necked Stilt.


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Thanks for stopping by my blog to see my Black Necked Stilt. Happy Holidays and I wish everyone all the best for 2010.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My snow birds

The header photo above shows a pretty sunrise the morning after the snowstorm. We had an offical 18-20 inches of snow. During the snowstorm I saw many birds at my feeders. Of course I was doing my feederwatch count. I have a higher than usual count during a snowstorm than on clear nice days.

You can click on any of the photos for larger image

Birds in my mosaic are Male Cardinal, Bluejay, Titmouse, next row female Cardinal, Mourning Dove and a White Throat Sparrow. Last row is my front street and view of my back yard.

A cowbird not one of my usual visitors



Bluejay



Carolina Wren



Male Cardinal



My Goldie Girl




The sun after the snowstorm




The view from my kitchen door




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Saturday, December 19, 2009

American Oystercatcher





Click on photo for a larger image. If you click on this first photo you can see two Terns in the background.



The American Oystercatcher is a cool looking bird. I like to say it has a beak like a carrot. I've been able to see these birds many times at Cape May and Chincoteague on the beach and laying around the dunes. On my previous post about my visit to Avalon, NJ we saw a flock of American Oystercatchers. Probably the largest group of Oystercatchers I have ever seen.




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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Avalon Shorebirds


I have added the first two skywatch photos, they were taken the same day as the shorebirds below. I thought the sunset had some pretty color on the bottom of the clouds and one tiny little hole was lighting up with color.








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This week I am posting my Avalon shorebirds from my September visit to the NJ shores. We stopped in the town of Avalon and walked along the beach. My hubby just likes walking anywhere and I love checking out the birds. During this visit we saw a lot of American Oystercatchers, Black Skimmers, Egrets and some other peeps.

Black Skimmers in flight


I love the beaks of the Oystercatchers they look like carrots.















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Friday, December 11, 2009

Winter yardbirds for my Project feedercount

My Skywatch Friday now follows my Winter birds post


Chickadees and Titmouse for Bird Photography Weekly #68 to see more go to Bird Photography Weekly

Please click on the photo for a larger viewing.

These birds are regular visitors to my feeders and backyard and a few are my winter birds. The Dark Eyed Junco and the White Throated Sparrow I only see in the winter months. Last weekend was my first count for the Project feederwatch . In about an hours time I had seen Mourning Doves, White Throated Sparrows, Bluejays, Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse,  Dark Eyed Junco, Carolina Chickadees, Redbellied Woodpecker, American Crows, American Goldfinches, House Sparrow , a Pileated Woodpecker and one unknown hawk.


The Carolina Chickadees are one of my favorites, I love when they start fussing.


The Tufted Titmouse are here year round and can also sound fussy.



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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vultures and my Backyard skywatch



These are some sunset pictures taken from my deck. The clouds were  breaking up after a storm. The moon was looking bright and pretty.


The Vultures are an everyday sight, even more of them since hunting season started in Sept.



Some pretty pinks






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Monday, December 7, 2009

Susquehanna, Conowingo Eagles

The Susquehanna River trail is a trail my hubby and I frequent often. The Susquehanna River is 444 miles long. And is the longest river on the East coast. It starts in New York, goes thru Pennsylvania and empties in the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

The Susquehanna River, my entry for Watery Wednesday. To see more great Watery photos go and see 2sweetnsaxy at Watery Wednesday







We love to go and see the Eagles below the Conowingo Dam. We see other birds at the river below the dam but the Eagles are the main attraction.  The guy pictured above was just about over my park car, he was eating a big catfish. I was able to zoom in on him.

                                           
Bald Eagle sitting on a rock in the river





                                                    Juvenile Bald Eagle



The Eagles are there year round but in the winter the numbers increase dramatically. Our last visit was Sunday a week ago and there were well over a hundred Eagles juvies and adults maybe mo


I know I posted about these Eagles previously but, it is a favorite place of mine to visit especially when I able to see the Eagles.








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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bombay Hook and Skywatch and a Northern Harrier

        I cropped My Northern Harrier pic which is shown in full at the bottom of this post. To see more birds you can visit the The Ark







Last weekend my hubby and I spend a day birding at some of Delaware beaches and at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge. We stayed at Bombay Hook until the sun was setting and to me it looked beautiful. We pulled the car over at the pond called Shearness Pool to do our skywatching. On the left side of the road we saw pretty colors on the horizon and the moon. One the right side we watched the sun setting as flocks and flocks of geese flew over.






We also saw a lot of Northern Pintails


This wasn't a lifer, but it was my best bird sighting of the day. We watched this Northern Harrier flying at eye level right next to our car.


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