Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy Birding in the New Year

I hope everyone has a very HAPPY and Healthy New Year!!

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday  and Our World Tuesday

Our January 1 2012 was a somewhat of a mild day and hubby and I had to get out and take a walk. Hubby and I both love to hike and being outside and enjoying nature. Some say they are ringing in the New Year but hubby and I did some birding in the New Year.  I started a new list of birds seen for 2012 and I got off to a great start with 25 birds. The day started with my first bird heard was the Barred Owl, I was standing outside at 5:30 am with my dog when I heard the owl.



The photos above are some of my backyard birds, the American Goldfinch, Carolina Chickadee and the Bluejay. 


The mosaic above I have some shots from Loch Raven Reservoir. Birds seen here were lots of Canada Geese, Mallard ducks, Ring-necked ducks, Buffleheads, lots of gulls and two eagles.


A closer look at the ring-necked ducks.


Loch Raven is one of three reservoirs that supply water for Baltimore City. On the weekends they close off part of the road around the reservoir so people can hike, bike and jog right on the road.  It seemed like a lot of people had the same idea as hubby and I and were out walking their dogs. Goldie Girl was a happy dog today.




I was able to take  a video of two eagles playing around over the reservoir.



I had a great day and I hope everyone else did something they really enjoy. I wish everyone all the best in 2012 and a very Happy New Year!!!!



Please visit Mary's Mosaic Monday and  Our World Tuesday.  Thanks to Mary the host of Mosaic Monday and thanks to the Hosting group of Our World. I will be looking forward to a new year of blogging and visiting everyone's blog. Thank you for visiting me and for the lovely comments.

49 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

so jealous of the eagles! well, the ring-necks and buffleheads, too!

Kerri said...

Awesome Eagles! Happy Birding New Year!!

CameraCruise said...

What a beautiful area!
Beautifull birds, love the eagles!
Happy New Year to you too!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Stunning pictures Eileen! Your post just reminded me that we were awakened this morning by a woodpecker tapping right next to our bedroom window. Wishing you a happy New Year.

Mary said...

Oh Eileen, those eagles are amazing! What a beautiful sight! My husband and I enjoyed a hike today, too. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful images, and have a very happy new year! xoxo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing to get a photo of the eagles together! I love the calm look of the water and variety of the birds! I saw a lot of Canada geese on a pond today! Happy New year! ♥

Carol said...

Beautiful birds! I would love to see an eagle. Looks like a gorgeous day for a hike!
Happy New Year!

podso said...

Amazing photos and just love the blue jay and other blue friends in the top mosaic. Happy New Year!

GrandmaK said...

Beautiful pictures of the eagles!!! Just beautiful pictures all round!!! Happy New Year! Cathy

missing moments said...

Great eagles! Looking forward to my visits in this coming year!

Martha Z said...

You did have a great day, I am always thrilled when I can watch eagles.

Chatelaine said...

You must live in the most serene place on earth. That lake looks so peaceful and calm. And to view eagles flying overhead. Spectacular.

Kim, USA said...

The place looks very peaceful and the bird are very contented. Happy New Year!

Museum

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Amazing shots!
Happy New Year!
Markus

Jann Olson said...

Hi Eileen, Love your bird shots and it was fun watching the video. Hubby has been sick since last Tues. night so we have been stuck indoors. He has one more day off of work and is feeling better. Hopefully we'll get out and enjoy our mild weather tomorrow. Happy 2012!

Porch Days said...

Wonderful pictures of the birds, especially the eagles. Looks like a great place to hike and "bird." Nancy

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful shots- have a Happy New Year

dan

Jill Harrison said...

Hi Eileen,I have so much enjoyed your blog last year, and look forward to the coming year. Thank you for stopping by to say hi. I wish you and your family a wonderful 2012.

Linda G. said...

Happy new year to you too, Eileen! It sounds like you had an enjoyable day; love the picture of the eagle.

Jen said...

Happy new year! I love the Ring-necked Duck photos and the eagle video was fun to watch..

Leslie's Garden said...

What an awesome post! As soon as our tree goes down my daughter and i start our winter bird watching. It's our favorite way to pass the winter months. Your pictures are wonderful! I'll be sure to check back often!

the cuby poet said...

What wonderful photos and I find the variety of birds so interesting as some we have here and some we don't!
Thanks for educating me!

Francisca said...

Birding in the new year with your beloved is a fantastic way to spend the first day of 2012! And with the two playing eagles to top off the sightings, you had a great day indeed. All the best to both of you throughout the year, Eileen!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The end of each year is the annual bird count by our Naturalist group around here. Hubby missed it this year for the first time. It was very damp and foggy so not sure how many the birders did count. It looked from your photos you had a spectacular day to be out. How wonderful to hear the barred owl. Happy New Year.V

Karin M. said...

You've captured some beautiful moments, a wonderful silence, it looks so peaceful ...
Greetings Karin.

Sylvia K said...

So much beauty and such lovely birds! It does indeed look so peaceful! Surely a beautiful part of your world! Thanks for sharing, Eileen! Hope your new year is off to a great start!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Great post Eileen!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

NatureFootstep said...

you still have ducks? The only ones we have is the mallards. I miss all of them. :( Nice shots Eileen. At least I can look at yours.

Robert Geiss said...

You made life good.
Thank you.
Please have a great Tuesday ahead.

daily athens photo

Carver said...

What a great video of the eagles. I need to go to our reservoir and try to spot the eagles. I know there have been some there but I haven't tried to spot them since I got into photography. Naturally the one time I did see them was years ago before I was trying to photograph birds.

I also enjoyed your backyard birds and shots from your walk.

Happy New Year!

Reader Wil said...

Hi Eileen! I wish I could go birding with ypu! Yourost is so interesting and you know so much about birds! I hope that 2012 brings you a lot of wonderful encounters with birds.

Sallie said...

Oh Eileen -- that is such a perfect way to celebrate New Years!! Your bird pictures are wonderful -- I am in awe that you got such a good still AND the video of the eagles. Wow! (I have trouble managing both binoculars and a pocket camera!)

rainfield61 said...

The eagle is soaring high.

Beautiful.

lotusleaf said...

Amazing shots! The eagles are majestic. Glad you had an enjoyable day.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks like a nice area to walk and observe the birds, Eileen. I loved watching the eagles fly as I don't get a chance to see that too often.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

KB said...

Beautiful pics. My OWT is up too.


Happy New Year from New Zealand.

Dhemz said...

wow, fantastic shots Eileen....thanks for sharing!

Happy New Year to you too! thanks for dropping by @ explorerminded.com

Kay L. Davies said...

Your first three photos were of three of my favorite birds, Eileen, and I always love ducks and admire eagles.
Congratulations on a great day!
K

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wonderful captures. Love your backyard birds, must be rather special to have them so close by.

Indrani said...

You take such wonderful bird shots. I managed to take a decent shot of a pretty little bird. Can you help me identify it?
If you don't mind please leave me your mail id in my comment box. I will send the pic as attachment. I hope I am not a bother.
Thanks,
Indrani.

Rajesh said...

Fascinating shots of birds. Happy bird watching.

Luna Miranda said...

i love the serenity of this lake. a beautiful home for birds and other creatures. thank you for sharing these photos.

wishing you a fabulous 2012!

AVCr8teur said...

Happy New Year! You are off to a good start. I can hear that wind blowing in your eagle video.

Dianne said...

Delightful captures Eileen - from your wonderful tranquil corner of the world.

JTG (Misalyn) said...

so envious of your place..there's a lot to be photograph.

Happy new year to you and yours!

diane b said...

The eagles are so graceful. I like the wing tips that appear to curl up.

Crafty Green Poet said...

What a lovely start to the birding year! Wishing you lots of luck and interesting birds for 2012!

dAwN said...

Happy Happy New Year! Keep on Birding!

SquirrelQueen said...

I really enjoyed the video, I love seeing eagles in flight. And your last photo of the eagles is amazing.

Happy New Year!