Thursday, April 17, 2014

Saturday Walk Part II

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences

This is part two of our Saturday walk, the first being our stop at the Yellow Crowned Night Heron rookery. We then drove to Cromwell Valley/Sherwood Farm park in Baltimore County. They have a nice loop trail that follows along a stream, fields and farm. A great habitat for the spring migrants and breeders!


I love this big old tree and the sky and clouds were beautiful, a perfect day for our walk.


Part of the loop trail was walking along the driveway for Sherwood Farms. The farm was acquired by Baltimore County with Program Open Space funds..A portion of the park is a demonstration farm. the park is 426 acres



We saw a lot of  Tree Swallows along the trail, mostly near the Bluebird houses. I hope the Bluebirds are not being pushed out of their homes.


My first of the season Palm Warbler, it posed nicely for a second..




We also saw the House Finches walking along the trail.


A shot of the farm and house way in the distance and a beautiful sky. This park is also a located for the hawk watch. I saw two hawks in flight during our walk, but my photos were blurry :(


More of the farm and I got some awesome shots of fences for Tex's Good Fences meme and a beautiful sky for my  Skywatch Friday post.


A beautiful Eastern Bluebird..



And just because I love taking photos of the moon, this shot was from the morning of April 16th 99% full.  Our skies were cloudy, rainy and snowy for the Lunar Eclipse. :(



I hope you enjoyed my post and I hope to see you on Saturday sharing your critters..

To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check out Tex's Good Fences


Thanks to Tex @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday!   I wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend.


74 comments:

Cloudia said...

How very healing and lovely!


ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral

=^..^= <3

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Eileen
mi piace molto la foto n° 1 e n° 7
Magnifiche !!!
Baci Myriam :))

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
You really had a wonderful walk!!Beautiful landscapes and very preety birds!!I like your moon shot!!Great captures!Wish you a happy day!!Hugs!
Dimi...

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Love the sweep in the 3rd photo.

peter

EG CameraGirl said...

Love seeing the Eastern Bluebird photo! The day looks perfect for a walk.

Roan said...

It looks like a beautiful day for your walk. Love seeing those blue skies and the Tree Swallow and Palm Warbler are beauties!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

It figures....you have my luck when it comes to eclipses...always cloudy.

Love the bird images and the fence lines are nicely captured.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Pretty shots.

(Trees are the pillars of my soul)

Karen S. said...

What a beautiful post! Thanks.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Wasn't it a lovely day for a walk?!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen great post with birds and I loved the curve of the road and fence in the 2nd one. Great fence image for this meme today.

marilyn said...

Enjoyed this post. Great photos of fences and birds.

TexWisGirl said...

love your tree swallow! so beautiful. the warbler and bluebird, too. love the white plank fence, but i'd sure hate to have to paint it! :) fine fences and views - thanks for linking in!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
I LOVE your big old tree with white fence and the sky. Great pictures of sweet birds♡♡♡ Tree Swallows have GORGEOUS color, don't they☆☆☆
Yes, I LOVE your moon shots, too.

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

Pat said...

A beautiful series of photos!

nookworm said...

Nice walkabout! Pretty finches on the fence!

Debbie said...

that white fence seems to go on and on forever and ever. it's a beauty!!

the treeswallow looks exceptionally shiny and beautiful!!

pretty views and great fences!!

George said...

This looks like a wonderful park, and you got some beautiful photos. I really like your picture of the Tree Swallow.

Ileana said...

Beautiful picture ,as usually! :)
Have a nice day!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a beautiful nature walk. I love to know that Open Space programs exist! We need them. Great birds, great fences, great skies....you do everything beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WONDERFUL shot of the moon!! Sadly, we had no moon due to rain and the low clouds.
Nice birds too!
Thank you Eileen!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Our Palm Warblers here in Marion County, FL, do not seem to be in their breeding finery. Ours are much duller yellow. Your picture of the Moon is fabulous! Have a wonderful afternoon and evening and a great day again tomorrow!

Mama Zen said...

I can't imagine a prettier series of shots!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a handsone swallow, I hope it;s not displacing the other birds from suitable homes....

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent images. Very neat fences. the old wire one is what we see alot. The crazy moon---the night before the eclipse wonderful clear sky and the night of---cloudy and no moon at all. A wonderful park there. MB

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Beautiful shots each one. I was grateful to have caught the Blood Moon in Australia.

Sylvia K said...

Such wonderful captures, Eileen!! Beautiful skies, delightful, colorful birds and a gorgeous moon as well!! Doesn't get any better and your pics are superb as always!! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Hope you have a lovely weekend!! Enjoy!!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love the colours in your tree swallow. And those skies are such a pretty blue laced with enchanting wispy clouds.

Our photos said...

Very nice. I love the birds !

Lew said...

That was a delightful day for a walk! Love your birds and the moon - too bad we missed the eclipse.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images Eileen, lots more of them.

carol l mckenna said...

Birds, fences and moon and what photos ~ you must be delighted! ~ Great shots for SWF ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous farm lands ... lovely scenes. ( :

thanks for stopping by today. i have been down after some blood work (a physical) this week & i am finding it tough to get back to my normal schedule.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous photos! Great fences! I'd like visiting there myself. Love the swallow!

Shey Wicklund said...

Such a nice and relaxing walk watching birds and capturing gorgeous views.

Willow said...

Fabulous shots Eileen.
I loved each one of them !

A Quiet Corner said...

Great fence and birds!!! The moon is outstanding and we also were cloudy when the eclipse occurred...:(. JP

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Fantastic series of photos, as I scrolled down the page I kept having new favorites! I love the moon, and the white fence curving along the street, and the big tree in the blue sky... Thanks for the walk!

Carver said...

I love the big old tree too. Lovely shots of the sky, landscapes, birds and moon.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous scenery, bird and fence shots!

Arija said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely walk in a beautiful countryside with us. Love all the little birdies too.

simply bev said...

Your tree swallow is very pretty! Hopefully they can live peacefully along with the bluebirds. I missed the eclipse also and I wasn't even sleeping well that night. I should have just gotten up and enjoyed the view!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place with lovely birds.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Thanks for taking us on your walk. I enjoyed the birds and the various sights and your glorious picture of the moon.

Ida said...

Wonderful fences & beautiful birds. I enjoyed your post very much.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, love that moon!!!!

Indrani said...

That is the most stunning capture of moon I saw today!

TheChieftess said...

Lovely shots!!! Especially your moon shot!!!

ladyfi said...

Wonderful blue skies and a fabulous full moon shot!

Irma said...

Love seeing the Eastern Bluebird photo, Eileen.
Also wonderful shot of the moon.
Greetings Irma

lina@womens perspectives said...

Enjoying each shot, Eileen.

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful post with great skies and beautiful birds.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

magiceye said...

All stunners!!

Sandra said...

my favorite type fence is number 7, beautiful photo and the first photo that tree is just amazing. i love tree, all tree and that one is beautiful. sweet little birds and a great fence post. they are all good fences.

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful birds!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Visiting from Good Fences but I love birds!!! The white fence is so pretty, gotta say I love the rustic country fence.. :) The little Bluebird makes me smile this morning. Thanks for visiting my Good Fences post!

thomas said...

love the loop trail shot.

Mridula said...

From lovely blue skies to a gorgeous moon! Beautiful pictures.

don said...

Thanks for taking us along on this view to the huge farm/park. You got a nice variety of picture too. I really like the bird close ups. Very well done.

DeniseinVA said...

A first class series of photos Eileen. Loved each and every one. Have a great weekend and a Very Happy Easter!

Loredana Donovan said...

Lovely photos. I especially like the two birds on the white fence. Looks like a beautiful place for a nature walk. Happy Easter! :)

Heather said...

Beautiful photos -- thank you for inviting us along on your walk. My SF

Terry and Linda said...

Very lovely! I thought your moon shot was just outstanding!!!

✿♥ღLinda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Christian Weiß said...

Fantastic shot and great Eastern to you.

Stewart M said...

Great birds, fences and Moon - a nice combination.

I was rather surprised at the images I was able to get of the eclipse.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Judy said...

Awesome series of photos. I love that last fence shot.

georgettesullins said...

Such a pretty line along that curved fence.

maryaustria said...

Wonderful photos! But the moon ... so amazing!

Linnea said...

Pretty soon all those trees will be full of fresh new leaves and those cute birds probably won't be so easy to spot! Thanks for visiting my sky.

Helma said...

So many beautiful birds and birds. The rosefinch I find beautiful to see. I who have never met but they are very few in the Netherlands. Also very nice that there is a special park for the hawks.
I'm jealous of your photo of the moon because it does not work for me to make it a nice picture :-)

NatureFootstep said...

lovely countryside and you have seen a swallow! I still have not seen any here. I hope they will arrive soon.

Celeste said...

Beautiful photos as always Eileen, the lighting on the Tree Swallow is so perfect :)

Maria said...

What an amazing moon, and the swallow so well caught!

Kim said...

What a beautiful set of shots Eileen, lovely to scroll down and see the next bit of magic appear, thank you!

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