Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SWF>>>NCR TRAIL

Skywatch Friday  at the NCR trail. Hubby and I enjoy taking walks along our local bike and hike trail. It was a beautiful day with a pretty sky. While we are walking,  I am usually looking for birds along the trail. This section is near the Bee Tree Preserve and it looks like they are in the process of tree restoration. One of my favorite parts of the trail is where there are some dead old trees left purposely for woodpecker habitat.


Here are some scenes from our walk along the trail and of the pretty sky. There were a few puffy white clouds just hanging here and there in the sky.



We usually see the chickens in the same spot along the trail.

It is great to see new trees shooting up thru those white tubes.




Here is a list of the birds I saw and heard along the trail: Cardinals, Kinglets, Redbellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Turkey Vultures, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Chickadees and Titmouse.

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Skywatch Friday. Thanks to the hosting group of Sandy, Sylvia and Wren. Thanks, also for stopping by to see my skies. I wish everyone a Happy weekend and Happy Birding.




52 comments:

Kerri said...

WOW - what a beautiful day!! Looks like a great day for a hike and a bike ride :)

ladyfi said...

Such pretty blue skies! Ours are snow-laden...

kulasa said...

Hi there, those clouds look so beautiful, the second and the last photos are my favorite! and yes it is "great to see new trees shooting up"...enjoyed the virtual walk with you...

Jen said...

Haven't seen a day that nice in awhile!

the cuby poet said...

What a be a beautiful hike accompanied by such lovely bird song. I enjoyed it so much. Thanks.

Riet said...

Beautiful sky Eileen and I love the places where you went for a walk.

NixBlog said...

Beautiful captures, Eileen. It was enjoyable joining you virtually for your walk in this lovely place.

Sylvia K said...

Such beautiful skies, Eileen! And you have captured them so beautifully! I do love the hikes you take us on! The next best thing to being there! Happy SWF! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Sallie (FullTiime-Life) said...

Marvelous skies ! I love those big old puffy clouds and it is as blue as can be. The chicken was definitely unexpected!

Gary said...

Love that big cloud!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

toby said...

Those are really beautiful! Enjoy all that wonderful weather!

Diane AZ said...

Looks like a fantastic place to walk. I love the clouds, trees and chicken. :)

Carol said...

These are all beautiful, Eileen, so nice to see so many different birds on one walk.

EcoRover said...

That's REALLY a free range chicken. Looks like it was a gorgeous day, Eileen. I'm glad they leave some standing snags for the critters.

Jan said...

What a glorious area for walking and birdwatching.... beautiful post, you've really taken us all along!

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful shots!
Looks like a great place to walk.
Have a nice weekend.

Dhemz said...

wow! what a great adventure...great shots!
tanks for dropping by @ www.explorerminded.com

Saun said...

Beautiful post, love the chicken shot and looking up through the trees

Kim, USA said...

Huh? Is that a wild chicken? Because if not then there might be a house close to the trail hehe. Happy weekend and thanks for visiting.

SWF

keeyit said...

Lovely Friday skywatching~

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Karen said...

Beautiful blue skies! A wild chicken??

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the place. Very nice place to walk.

Inger-M said...

Wow, such a gorgeous blue sky!

chubskulit said...

Wow, is that chicken wild? Love the first shot Eileen!

Kathiesbirds said...

Eileen, that first shot could have been taken at the bog up the road from me it is so similar! What a nice place to walk and it sounds like you saw some great birds! I would love to see a kinglet right about now!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great place to bike/hike. Beautiful day nicely captured.

Darryl and Ruth :)

AVCr8teur said...

It's a beautiful trail and it stretches as far as the eye can see! I guess the chicken is the welcoming party.

Indrani said...

Great captures along the walk. Thanks for the virtual tour.

ewok1993 said...

a wonderful spot for walking and photography.

ewok1993 said...

a wonderful spot for walking and photography.

Elaine said...

Beautiful! I love your first and second shots.

Self Sagacity said...

The trail looks very dry. W have been having wet weather here. Chicken is a nice surprise.

FotoAnna said...

I like to sit there for a while... it's so beautiful over there, Eileen!
Greetings from Holland,
Anna ;-))

sceneoftranquility said...

Beautiful trails,bare branches and blue sky.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.

Regards and best wishes

eden said...

Beautiful photos. Love the blue sky, very opposite to what we have here now.Have a great weekend.

Gattina said...

I would love to make a walk like that ! with above a beautiful blue sky and fluffy clouds !

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a lovely place to take a walk and view the sky~

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, What a great looking trail! I especially like that chicken! Have a super nice day today!

Bob Bushell said...

A fantastic place for walk.

Carver said...

Such a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful sky photos, and those clouds are so soft looking. The chicken though, got me thinking: free range :-)

NatureFootstep said...

nice place for a walk. A bit unusual for you I think. This type of shots I mean. :) It seems to be a lot of tubes, will it not be too many new trees?

Lochinver Daily Photo said...

Some lovely variety along that trail.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I like the tables along the track and the little stream.

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful skies! :)

Al said...

A beautiful trail and lovely skies. I bet it's even nicer in the summer!

To answer your question, Garden of the Gods is a city park in Colorado Springs, just 5 minutes from my office. I sometimes take walks in there as it presents lots of photo opportunities, but it tends to be overrun with tourists in the summer as it's one of the city's main attractions (along with Pikes Peak).

betchai said...

beautiful pictures, as always, Eileen. you have very interesting landscape and wildlife there, very good for relaxing and photography.

Lew said...

Beautiful day for a walk!

Peg said...

Hi! Thanks so much for sharing that walk... you're pics are wonderful. Have a great weekend!

eden said...

Beautiful photos and Goldie Girl is such a cutie.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

now that was a nice hike!! and quite a few birds too!!
i love how dead trees look...and that first picture is great!! like skeletons against the blue sky!!

(eileen, thanks for the kind words...support & encouragement...)