Sunday, March 23, 2014

Birding the Delaware-Maryland shore

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

If you have the time on Monday, I hope you can stop by and visit my monthly post on Birding is fun .

This weekend , hubby and I made a quick overnight trip to the Delaware and Maryland shores.  We stopped in a few places birding along the way..


 Our first stop was at Bombay Hook NWR. Above is a pair of Hooded Mergansers, Pied Billed Grebe, Coot, Yellowlegs and a GB Heron.



The Northern Shoveler is a pretty duck, love its colors and the cool bill..This duck seemed to be a common sight in Bombay Hook NWR.


 Our second stop was Prime Hook NWR, a pretty view of the wetlands and the birds. Above are the Northern Shoveler, Osprey, GB Heron, Osprey nest, Yellowlegs and another Osprey.




My first sighting of the Osprey this year, seen in Port Mahon, Delaware.


One of our last stops was Ocean City, Md were we spent the night.. We enjoyed seeing the sea ducks at the inlet and watched the sunset.


A pretty view from the balcony of our OC room..


The Sea Ducks above are the male and female Surf Scoters.. The male has a colorful bill. They winter along the Atlantic Coast.

I hope you enjoyed this week's post on our getaway to the shore and seeing all the cool birds.


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 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!
I hope you enjoyed our quick visit to the shore and seeing the birds. 

53 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! those scoters are very cool! love the pied-billed grebes. so cute. like your shadow shot.

Montanagirl said...

I enjoyed seeing your Mosaics/collages. You saw some really cool birds. Love seeing Ospreys, and those Scoters are really neat.

✿ chica said...

Paisagens e bichinhos muito lindos! Bom de ver! beijos,chica

A Quiet Corner said...

What a collection...awesome Osprey...one of my favorites. I never knew there were sea ducks! ...:)JP

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Gorgeous pictures!!Such beautiful birds you saw on your trip!!And what an amazing sunset!!!Such beauty!!Thank you for sharing!!Wish you a happy week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

George said...

It looks as if you had a wonderful weekend -- lots of birds and some pretty scenery as well.

Our photos said...

Very nice photos

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Outstanding pictures of the birds and ducks. I have only seen a Northern Shoveler once and I have not yet seen any Scoters. Beautiful ducks. Have a great Monday tomorrow!

Alexa T said...

How lucky you are to have such beautiful places to visit! and the name of the place... it is so unusual (i've read about it..on wikipedia). Well I'm so amazed by these series of pics and I'm so glad to have the chance to make so many new discoveries via blog! Thank you kindly.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous view and lovely bird shots!

Brian King said...

Beautiful! I really like the Shovelers, Osprey, and Sea Ducks!

Life Images by Jill said...

There is nothing like a room with a view. And a sea one even better.
I guess it is finely starting into spring over there, and more opportunity to get out and walk and take photos!
Have a wonderful week Eileen, and thanks for stopping by my blog this morning.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

beautiful duck - what a huge bill. love the sunset too!! ( :

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What amazing views of the beach...be still my heart! Love your clear and perfect close up photos! happy Monday! Hugs!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
OMG, what wonderful series of birds and scenery♡♡♡ It is hard to say the favorite but I loved The Northern Shoveler♫ Well, I was to comment when I see Osprey before in your post; for me it was a military aircraft I heard from news p;)
Great mosaic and wonderful nature pictures :-)

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

The Furry Gnome said...

You've got some great places to go birding!

Debbie said...

your mosaics are really beautiful eileen. such a great way to display all your wonderful images!!

looks like a great quick get-a-way, i always favor all the water foul, and it looks like you had a beautiful view of the sunset!!

bettyl-NZ said...

I always love your birds! They are so different from any that I see here in New Zealand. Thanks for sharing.

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

These are just beautiful photos of critters..The sea ducks are just fabulous looking..

podso said...

Great photos. A get away to the beach even in cold winter sounds good to me. You captured a beautiful sunset!

Karen said...

Lovely collages Eileen, and that Osprey is terrific.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Super great photos - I always know there will be something wonderful in your posts. We have the surf scoters here too - love the funky bill - and I saw Northern Shovelers again this year. Oh how I'd love to see an Osprey!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You saw so many beautiful and interesting breeds of ducks!
The birds and ducks look fine after surviving such a severe winter Soon little ducklings will appear :)

Happy Spring!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen. Great trip out. Thanks for sharing. Loved all the shots in the villages and I especially liked seeing the surf scoters. Never seen those before.

The happy wanderer. said...

It looks like a lovely day out, with no snow even if it was cool, and a lovely collection of photos to show for it. You did well to get so close to the Shoveler.

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful pictures of these beautiful birds, beautiful collages.
The sunset is really great, congratulations.
Greetings Irma

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I haven't seen a shoveler like this before or an osprey up so close. Great shots.

Stewart M said...

I do like ducks of all shapes and sizes, but the shoveler is a real favourite.

Nice pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

DeniseinVA said...

Interesting ducks Eileen, especially the Scoters. A new one to me. Thank you for sharing these great photos and have an enjoyable week.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

It looks like a fantastic weekend of birding with lots of great sightings.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Marvelous shots (loved that duck bill)

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Eileen, Lovely photos and good spotting. Looks like you saw a good variety this time of year. I'm going to miss the winter flocks when they leave the Vancouver shoreline for breeding grounds. They're so much fun to watch.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Great shots Eileen of the shoveler!! He's really funny looking!! And have never seen the surf scoters - another interesting duck!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Wow Eileen!!
Such interesting ducks!! Funny Shoveler and neat surf scoters. I Bet watching the Shoveler feed is awesome!! Does he feed on the mud or in the water?

Happyone said...

Great photos - all of them.

Dianne said...

What a wonderful get-a-way Eileen ... lovely duck life with the many variants of colour and shapes. Beautiful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the shoveler and the scoters (well, love them all, but these two I have never seen so I love them best!).....It is so neat that you two can do those quick getways to such great birding places.

carol l mckenna said...

Marvelous montage of photography ~ love the macro of the duck ~ Great for OWT as always ~ xxx

artmusedog and carol

islandwonder said...

Great photos! The Northern Shoveler's bill is very interesting. I have never seen anything quite like it.

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful birdlife pictures!

mick said...

Great birds and beautiful scenery. I especially like the photo of Prime Hook.

Indrani said...

Beautiful collages of these birds. It is always a joy to see your collections.

ladyfi said...

What a lovely series of shots. Looks as if spring is already there!

diane b said...

A lovely trip to the sea. I love the Shoveler Duck. He has adapted well to getting the biggest meal available.

Poppy said...

Hi Eileen,

I can't get over how blue that water looks! Your birds are beautiful as is the beach! It must be so refreshing to walk near the water at this time of year.

Have a great week!

Poppy

Rajesh said...

Beautiful birds. Photographing them is great experience.

Ercotravels said...

Nice collection of wonderful pictures...

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful birds flocking to you, especially the Northern Shoveler, superb.

Mary Cromer said...

Ha ha well, I have been sitting here, trying to write a comment and the little comment box went missing...it was hiding behind my applications the whole time;) It must be so wonderful to live near water. I think that I would enjoy it. Your image shares are great, as they always are. Have a wonderful week Eileen~

NatureFootstep said...

love the images of the shovelers and then the Surf Scoters. A bird I ahve never seen. I have seen a cousin to it but only very far out.

Pat said...

Beautifully presented group of photos. That Osprey is special!

Fun60 said...

Enjoyed your mosaics but my favourite photo was the one of the shoveler.

Helma said...


What a beautiful collage of different birds.
I'm a little jealous of your shoveler because they are so fun to watch. I actually have never been able to take a photo.
Osprey have also fantastic photograph and sea ducks.
Eileen lovely blog :-)

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