Saturday, December 31, 2011

Delware birds

I want to wish everyone a very HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR. And to all the birders and ME (ha-ha), I wish many great bird sightings in 2012.




For my last Camera Critters post for 2011 I have some of the birds we saw last week in Delaware.
One of my main birds to look for at Cape Henlopen, Delaware are the Snow Buntings. In the winter they can be seen around the dunes at Cape Henlopen State Park.



Across the bay from Cape Henlopen Park we could see the Lighthouse at Cape May, NJ. The entrance to the Lewes/Cape May ferry is right next to Cape Henlopen State Park.



 I did see the Snow Buntings flying around the dunes. It was kind of funny, while we walked toward the point on the bay side I could see the Snow Buntings flying toward the ocean side of the point. So we walked around the point to the ocean side and again saw the Snow Buntings flying toward the bayside. I was beginning to think they were playing games with me, like my dog wanting me to chase her and play keep away. Well, I did not see the Snow Buntings on the ground but I did see two groups in flight. Another bird that can be seen at Cape Henlopen is the Brown Headed Nuthatch. I could hear these birds all around the Nature Center. Sometimes, they would land at the feeder take and seed and fly off quickly. As far as photos of both the Snow Bunting and the Brown Headed Nuthatch it was not happening on this trip.


My only Brown-head Nuthatch photo is a silhouette. You can see their cute little bill.



The white tailed deer could be seen from the nature center's parking lot.



The deer didn't seem to mind me taking their picture.


I had a tough time trying to focus on what I believe is a Cooper Hawk perched in a tree off the seaside trail at Cape Henlopen. Forget the bird, I think I did a good job focusing on the pine tree branches. LOL!



Two female House Finches were chowing down at the nature center's feeder. I was a worried that one of these house finches could have the eye disease.



We were not the only people at the beach we did see a couple of horseback riders and a fisherman driving his vehicle on the beach.

Please visit Misty Dawn's Camera Critters . Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun critter meme all year round. Being an animal lover, I have enjoyed visiting everyone's critter post. 
 I hope to see even more cute critters in 2012.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting thru 2011. I appreciate all the visits and comments.


Happy New Year to everyone, Be safe and have fun! Happy Birding!!!



39 comments:

Sue said...

I really like that header photo--very nice composition.
Another year gone--it went fast, didn't it?
Looking forward to seeing more of your birding adventures in the new year.
Happy New Year!

jabblog said...

Birds can be so camera shy can't they? Lovely place to walk and watch, though. Happy 2012 to you and yours. Be safe.

Indrani said...

The birds with food look fantastic.
Great series.

Bob Bushell said...

Delaware looks like its good for birding and Deer, hello to 2012, happy birding.

the cuby poet said...

Just love the photos, all of them. These are birds we don't see here which makes your post so interesting to me. Happy New Year!

Karin M. said...

Such great photos ... I like them very well ..

I wish you a Happy New Year and may 2012 be a happy and healthy new year ....
All the best, Karin

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Just wonderful !
Happy Ne Year !

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

Great end of the year photos. Have a Happy New Year!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Love the female finches photo. It's always a special treat to visit with you.

Man o' War is my link for today.

Happy New Year.

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Happy New Year 2011 !!!!
Myriam :))

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i do hope you'll be able to capture some snow buntings for us! they are so gorgeous!!! :)

happy birding and happy trails in 2012 for all of us!!!

Sallie said...

Always love sharing your birding expeditions Eileen. Happy 2012 --

EG Wow said...

You find such great places to see birds! I hope to do be a better birder in 2012 - one of my goals. :)

Happy New Year and all the best in 2012!

Phil said...

Happy New year Eileen. May your blogging and birding be fruitful and enjoyable in 2012. Shame about the Snow Bunts, you'll get them next time.

Jen said...

Oh man, focusing can be so frustrating! Looks like you had a nice trip regardless, hope you have a great new years!

Jeannelle said...

Happy New Year! I enjoy your blog.

Rohrerbot said...

I'm really glad I found your blog. I just started birding this year and am getting better as I go. You have the same issue I do.....getting a shot of the branch instead of the bird. That is frustrating but what also makes photography
fun. Happy new year!

Martha Z said...

Another nice place to do some birding, you always surprise me with your eastern scenes of nature. I'm sorry that I've had so little opportunity to explore your part of our country.

Kay L. Davies said...

The nuthatch looks camouflaged with the cones on the tree. Cute shot.
And what a magnificent place that park seems to be. I love the dunes and the ocean.
Wishing you the very best for 2012.
K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots! Happy New Year!

bailey-road.com said...

What a great variety of animals you have displayed here! Hope you find some Snow Buntings!

magiceye said...

Wish you and yours a Super 2012!!

Jean said...

I enjoyed your post. Nice to see the Brown-headed Nuthatch in your area.

Happy New Year Eileen!!!

Irene said...

Great shots ... I love the dunes of Delaware (and Maryland too). The shore are so beautiful, even this time of the year.

I wish you the best for 2012 ... Greetings from Irene

Kathiesbirds said...

Riding a horse on the beach sounds like fun to me! Happy New Year Eileen!

kanak7 said...

looks like a wonderful place to move about with a camera! Really liked the photos of the house finches and the hawk.

Happy birding to you too..in 2012!

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shots

happy new year

Where my cat?

Cecilia Artista said...

Beautiful pictures!
I wish you a Happy New Year 2012!

Sandra said...

we love all things beach and this one is magnificent, so very beautiful. love all the critters. thanks for stopping by today. Happy New Year

Cheryl said...

Looks like a truly fun day at the shore. I love seeing the deer so peaceful. Happy birding in the new year.

rainfield61 said...

You better don't laugh.

The birds are listening.

They say, "Thank you,and Happy New Year to you too"

Lina Gustina said...

Lovely place indeed. Love your shots!
Happy new year, Eileen...

www.1sthappyfamily.com

Debbie said...

ooohhhhh eileen, this is a wonderful entry. we live in new jersey and i am going to "take a ride" one day soon and visit this beautiful place!! we are always interested in day trips or one nighters, they work best for us empty nesters!!

i am so happy we met in 2011. you are a faithful follower and a wonderful comment leaver!! thanks so much for always making my heart smile!!

ps....we do have a lot in commom!!

Sivinden said...

Wonderful landscape! - and great shots of birds and deer.

Kay Baughman said...

Happy New Year! I love visiting your blog!

Julie G. said...

Eileen, lovely year end photographs! Looks like a beautiful place to visit. I too have the hardest time photographing Snow Buntings. Love your little Brown-headed Nuthatch, especially because we don't see them in my area (Chicago).

Wishing you a healthy, happy new year with lots of wonderful bird sightings!

ladyfi said...

What a lovely beach! And delightful deer.

eden said...

Beautiful skies! Love all the photos.

Happy New Year

Linda G. said...

Great pictures of the deer, and I liked seeing the horse riders on the beach.