Sunday, December 22, 2013

Half Year Review 2013

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

December 22, 2013...Merry Christmas everyone!!

I still can not believe Christmas is only days away, I still have my wrapping to do and a pie to bake.I guess I better get with it, time is running out. I know a lot of my blogging friends are taking breaks for the holiday, which was probably a good idea.
I have a lot of favorite photos from 2013, I would like to share just the first half of the year.  There were so many favorites, favorite sunrise and sunset, favorite bird and feeder and favorite photos. So here is just a quick review...


JANUARY....A beautiful Maryland sunrise and from my favorite birding place in Delaware..Hooded Merganser couple seen at Bombay Hook.


FEBRUARY...A favorite feeder with the birds..seen above a few of my favorites birds...the female Northern Cardinal, Pine Siskins, Carolina Chickadee and a Red-Breasted Nuthatch...


MARCH...Ocean City sunrise...Common Loons @ OC inlet, Snow Buntings one of my favorite birds, our resident nesting Great Blue Heron and a cool Belted Kingfisher..


APRIL....Florida vacation...Burrowing Owl lifer..Wood Stork lifer..Roseate Spoonbill, juvenile Anhinga and a Key West sunset.


MAY...migration has started and summer birds are returning..these are some of my favorite birds and sightings...Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Least Bittern lifer, juvenile Brown Thrashers and a Indigo Bunting.


JUNE....Sunset over our lake and some of my favorite yardbirds: the singing Pine Warbler, two Redbellied Woodpeckers, Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a pretty local breeder the Northern Parula seen in my yard.

I will do a later post on the second half of 2013 sharing more of my favorites...I hope you enjoyed this post and my favorite photos..For some reason or another they are special to me..

I wish a very Merry Christmas to everyone and their families... a Happy & Healthy 2014...

As always, I hope you enjoy my post and thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

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!

71 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Hi Eileen

find this wonderful collages, thanks for this nice post

Kind regards, Joop

Next year, I still like to follow you.

Poppy said...

Eileen,

Your images are all so lovely! I had to look twice at the beautiful picture of the cardinal; thought it was an ornament!!:-D

I've enjoyed connecting with you these last few months and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

xo
Poppy

Louis la Vache said...

Indeed, here we are once again wondering where the year has gone!

«Louis» wishes you a splendid Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Carol said...

Eileen, you take the BEST bird photos! Merry Christmas!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Always Lovely Eileen!! You've introduced me to so many new and beautiful birds!! gorgeous sun sets as well!!

Mama Zen said...

Such a marvelous collection of photos! Merry Christmas, Eileen!

Pam :) said...

Eileen your favorites are now my favorites also. To many beauties to pick just one.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and much happiness in the New Year.
Hugs :)

Chris Rohrer said...

Happy holidays to you as well! I love your recap.....it has been following along with your fun this year. So many incredible birds and animals, bugs, reptiles......and landscapes!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

lovely collages of the first half of the year ... looking forward to seeing the second half of the year

TexWisGirl said...

that little owl really stands out from the rest. :)

merry christmas to you and yours, eileen. i am probably going to take a few days off from posting, but i'll be around commenting some.

stiefbeen said...

wat heerlijk als je z,on mooi overzicht kunt laten zien het is heerlijk genieten. ook wij wensen je hele fijne dagen en een heel gelukkig en gezond nieuwjaar toe. cobie en bas.

Linda W. said...

Love all your sunrise and sunset photos. That first one is amazing!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Christmas Greetings dear Eileen

You have enthralled me with your incredible wildlife images throughout this year! I've learnt so much about birds in your neck of the woods - thank you!
My favorite month is February and your special bird feeder.

Thank you for your friendship this year Eileen and may you and your family have a blessed Christmas.
HUGS
Shane in New Zealand

Giga said...

Piękne zdjęcia, a czerwcowy zachód słońca jest fantastyczny .*** Wesołych Świat !
Beautiful pictures, and in June sunset is fantastic. *** Merry Christmas!

DIMI said...

Dear Eileen,what a great post!!!Wonderful photos!!!I really like all your sunrise,sunset and all the bird pictures!!Thank you for your friendship!!May you and your family have a blessed and a happy Christmas!!!!Enjoy your holidays!!
Hugs and kiss!
Dimi...

Stephanie said...

Beautiful collages. I was thinking of doing a year end of best shots for my blog as well. So much to choose from. Have a great holiday season!

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Eileen~your photos of the birds and mosaics display are beautiful! I am glad to have found you and am now following! Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year to you!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I am glad you shared some of your favourites. I loved the burrowing owl. Merry Christmas Eileen. Valerie

Phil Slade said...

Hello Eileen. Doesn't time just fly when you're having fun birding? A great collection and mosaics there and that's just six months. i love the Burrowing owl and had to look twice, I thought it was my local Little Owl.

Thank you for sharing pictures and thoughts throughpout the year and I look forward to talking with you in 2014. All the Very Best Wishes to you and your family for the coming festivities.

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

You're blessed to see many beautiful birds. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Bob Bushell said...

A bounty of birds, love it.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Eileen
I did, very much enjoy the first half of this year you shared in pictures. Perusing your photos is like leafing through a magazine of birds and nature which is educational and beautiful.
Merry Christmas.
Judith

Saun said...

As always these are great! Thanks for stopping by wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Eileen
I don't think I had the pleasure of being with you in the first half of the year, which would explain why their is no wren in your review perhaps - lol ?!
I have absolutely loved meeting you and it was wonderful to see what I missed - shame as it's the early bird that catches the worm!!!
See you soon
Wren x

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Oh how I would love to see a Painted Bunting, or a Grosbeak, or a Wood Stork. Some day! Your pictures are great! I really like that one of the Kingfisher. Have a great coming week and Merry Christmas!

Lynne said...

I am so happy I met you . . . Loved your 1/2 year recap. You have kept me "thinking birds" in 2013! Thank you!

Merlesworld said...

Lovely pictures I enjoyed your birds all year thank you.
Merle.....................

A Garden of Threads said...

Fantastic photos Eileen. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Cathy Keller said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and I, too, enjoyed you walk down memory lane in pictures!!!

Debbie said...

a great collection of images eileen, i can't believe that's only half of your year.

i tried to pick a favorite image but i was having so much trouble i decided to pick a favorite month, april & may. ooohhhh wait, that's 2 ;)

merry christmas eileen, i hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

George said...

You got some great photos during the first half of the year, and I'm willing to bet your photos from the second half of the year are every bit as good.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

All of your photos are always so good I don't know how you managed TO pick favorites but I am glad that you did.

Have a Merry Christmas! :)

My wrapping is done but I host the dinner for my family here and the next two days will be a whirlwind because I am a wonderful procrastinator ( but I get 'er done in the end! : )

pattisjarrett said...

Merry Christmas! See you in the New Year.

Rajesh said...

Very cute birds, so many of them.

Merry Christmas!

The happy wanderer. said...

A great idea for sharing at this time of the year, and good luck getting those last minute things done so that you can relax and enjoy a very Happy Christmas.

Carole M. said...

I've always enjoyed seeing your posts Eileen and will continue again in 2014. It is hard to narrow down on our nature's bounty stash isn't it just? Best wishes,

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Such a wonderful collection of photos, Eileen! I bet wonderful memories are attached to all of them.

Merry Christmas to you!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's a wonderful time to look back and marvel at all of the beautiful things you've seen in nature this past year. I sure enjoy all of your amazing photos! Thank you very much and Merry Christmas my friend!

Lorrie said...

Such great photos of birds. They are so pretty. Your blog has inspired me to get to know the birds in my area a little more. Still a long ways to go.

Merry Christmas, Eileen.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Stunning - it is interesting to see which birds are around in the different months.

SquirrelQueen said...

You always have the most beautiful photos Eileen.

Wishing you & yours a very
Merry Christmas.
Judy

Pallavi said...

Beautiful pictures Eileen :)

Irma said...

Beautiful photo colage's, Eileen.
I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.

Jill said...

all great images Eileen. I must say I am hard pressed to nail down 10 favourite photos from my year, and am yet to do my wrap up for 2013.
Thanks for your support and comments over the year Eileen, I have really appreciated them.
Wishing you and yours a safe and wonderful Christmas.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful collage of fascinating pictures summarizing the joys of 2013. Hope you have a great year ahead. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Best Wishes ram

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Eileen
I'm so glad you came to visit my blog and enjoyed my Christmas vignette.
These bird collages are sooooo very beautiful! I think the first mosaic is my most favourite - it's just stunning.
I know how difficult it is to take bird images as I often try myself with the wide variety of bird life here on our 8 acre property mainly of bush plus we have a huge garden also.

Do have a wonderful Christmas and I'm sure I will be revisiting to see the next set of six mosaics.
Suzy

Magia da Inês said...

Fotos super lindas!

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Brian King said...

I love your owl shot out of that group! Beautiful photos!

I was gone for a few days, but wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

genie said...

What a nice way to roll into the end of 2013. Your monthly favorites are a beautiful reminder of seasons gone by. Merry Christmas. genie

Gail Dixon said...

I can see why you chose these as favorites. That first Maryland sunset is just WOW! My warmest and best to you and yours this Christmas season!

Nancy J said...

A lovely 6 months of memories, beautiful birds and sunset or sunrise, my favourites everywhere. Greetings, Jean.p.s. Sat Cr. might just have some baby birds this week, all maternity nests are full. 3 in one, they are 2 days old!!! 1 so far in the other. just 1 day old.., 2 eggs to go!!!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

You really did get some great shots this year! I always love your bird photos, but the sunset photos are some of my favorites. I hope you get everything done in time for Christmas. I still have shopping, wrapping, and baking to do. Yikes!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely selection of photos, some wonderful birds there!

Ingmarie We said...

Eileen! You always post such fantastic photos! Marvelous. Merry Christmas.

islandwonder said...

What a beautiful array of photos!

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you for sharing your favorites with us Eileen. It has been such a pleasure to visit your blog throughout. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and the very best for 2014 :)

ladyfi said...

What gorgeous shots!

Wishing you and yours a fabulous holiday!

NatureFootstep said...

a very stunning serie Eileen.
Enjoy seeing it.

Wish you a Merry Christmas with friends and family.

Happyone said...

The very first picture is my favorite. Gorgeous.
A very Merry and Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

You have an amazing collection of stunning images - so full of life and vibrancy. Merry Christmas!

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Eileen, this is a magnificent collection of bird photos and I love looking thru them. We don't have any cardinals on the west coast and each time I'm out east they seem terribly elusive. I'd love to see just one nice big fat one! But I must tell you I love the hooded mergansers s much. There's a little mountain lake close to Vancouver and each time I go there I see a small flock of maybe seven or so. Love watching them. :) Have a wonderful feathery Christmas. Much love from me to you. X

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very nice as always Eileen. We do so much enjoy your posts. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a very Blessed New Year~

aspiritofsimplicity said...

great shots!

KL said...

Beautiful photography. Need to read it more slowly and enjoy more. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

inge said...

Wishing you and your family a Happy Christmas. Hope you have a fun filled day.

Indrani said...

Lovely collages! Each picture is captivating.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
this is a wonderful review with marvelous photos of the different birds. I wish you a Merry Christmas with your family and a calm time between the years. Thank you very much for all your kind comments on my blog !
Best regards, Synnöve

Irene said...

Wow ... so many lovely bird shots, I'm impressed!

Wish you a Merry Christmas!

Irene

Kusum Sanu said...

Merry Christmas!

Linda said...

Awesome pictures! Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

Beth said...

Awesome pics! LOVE the owl, the indigo bunting, and the rose-breasted grosbeak - I've had the good fortune to see the latter two in my yard but only a time or two. What do you feed to attract them? I feed safflower, sunflower, and cracked corn. I used to feed suet but the raccoons kept knocking the suet feeder down and eating it all. I also have bushes that get berries, plus rasp., blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
Your first photo of the sunrise is amazing. You are an awesome birder and photographer! Merry Christmas!