Thursday, October 9, 2014

Matthews-Reeser Bird Sanctuary

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences  and NF Winged


 These are all photos taken while doing some early morning birding along the Estes Lake trail..The trail also includes the Matthew-Reeser Bird Sanctuary.. I read some EBIRD reports before leaving home, I knew this place would be great for bird sightings..




 An Osprey sighted over the Estes Lake..



 The shot above and the one below are perfect for both my Good Fence and Skywatch  entries..


The trail is busy with walkers and bike riders..and birders..  


 For NF Winged: I am not sure but I thought the bird blending in with rocks above could be a Solitary Sandpiper..


 Another NF winged bird I was having trouble iding..My thoughts were a Wilson's Warbler only because I saw one nearby..


 I like this shot even though it is not clear, but the Mountain Chickadee in flight looks cool.. LOL, the focus on the pine cones and needles turned out..


Another shot for NF Winged..I call this shot above The Swallow Bush!  How many swallows can you find?You can click on the photo to make it bigger.



 A shot of the trail sky and our shadows..but at this time we had the trail to ourselves..


I took this shot in a wooded area near the trail, I like the view of the mountain and lake.. I had to watch my back, there was a bull elk resting behind me and a little off to my right..



I think this Elk was watching me watch the birds.. I was hoping dear hubby was keeping an eye on the Elk. Just in case he started moving towards me..



I do not think this duck was worrying about the Elk..


It was a pretty morning for our walk on the trail.  The sky was just beautiful. Above we are heading back to the visitor center parking and our car..More fences and more sky views!   I hope you enjoyed my photos from Estes Park, Colorado..

I hope you enjoyed my post and photos
To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check more fence shots at Tex's Good Fences
and for anything that has wings check out NF Winged

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

87 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos - specially the osprey and the flying chickadee! great to see all those swallows in the one bush and must have been exciting to be so close to an elk!

Lucinha said...

Eileen,

Thank you visiting my blog. I was thinking in you a couple days ago. Missing your blog and lovely photos.
Love the birds sanctuary photos.
Have a nice day!

Jo said...

I love the Mountain Chickadee in flight. I counted six swallows! Great post as always, Eileen. Have a wonderful day. Jo

DeniseinVA said...

This looks like a real pretty area for bird watching Eileen. You got some great shots and the one of the bull elk resting too. Have a great day!

A Quiet Corner said...

What a nice walk filled with opportunities to see birds, wildlife and fences, Eileen!! I counted seven...:)JP

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

You have quite a collection for an early morning birding. I think there are at least 7 bush swallows that I can see!

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like a beautiful place for a morning walk! Enjoyed the shot of the mountains and lake and the one of the elk!

✿ chica said...

Muito lindo tudo, como sempre! Gosto d ver! bjs, chica

EG CameraGirl said...

I sometimes refer to eBirds to to find new birding area. This spot looks like a promising one!

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

love the blue skies. gorgeous!! love the in flight chickadee shot. awesome times. it is shocking to me - but how or why are sights out west so more pure, crisp, clean? ... just love them ... i enjoy this post. ( :

Tanya Breese said...

wow, that elk is awesome!! and i love the little chickadee flying into the tree! great shot!

Cranberry Morning said...

What gorgeous lake scenery. I think I've seen an elk only once. Fun shot of that duck dipping into the water.

Helma said...

A beautiful and varied blog. The gates for Theresa and the skies are beautiful. your bird in picture 4, I think, a sandpiper. I got him in the picture but still has place him. Very fine evening.

podso said...

Eileen your photos are beautiful. Good work.I think you must be in good shape with all the walks you take to view nature.

J said...

I have been to beautiful Estes Park and enjoyed revisiting it here. It took me a few seconds to spot the sandpiper! But my favorite photo of them all is the fluttering little bird framed by pine branches. Wow. That is stunning!

Ileana said...

Beutiful place for a walk! This elk was a bonus!:)

Rebecca said...

The elk is huge! Love the "in flight" shot!

Irma said...

Hello Eileen.
Beautiful pictures, with photo 7 I count nine swallows.
Beautiful landscapes, osprey I find beautiful, and the moose is resting.

ladyfi said...

Such pretty shots - and that elk is magnificent!

TexWisGirl said...

love the elk and the swallow bush. the fence is nice, even if it is 'leanie'. :) the mountain and lake is just gorgeous!

Michelle said...

These are beautiful shots. I also like the chickadee in flight!

Sandra said...

the sky is gorgeous and perfect for a walkabout... my favorite is the elk. i have never seen one. he is so beautiful... and i had to hunt for the birds in several shots, they are well hidden... that lake shot is awesome

Linda Kay said...

Great pictures, and an unusual fence,Eileen. Enjoyed your shadow on the road.

Paula said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Looks as if you live in very pretty country. Enjoyed your photos.

George said...

You got some gorgeous photos on your hike. The lake with the mountains is especially beautiful. I'm glad you could get the photo in spite of the elk keeping an eye on you.

W. Latane Barton said...

What a lovely place to bird watch. I counted 5 in that tree. But, I bet there were more that I didn't see.

Linda W. said...

What a beautiful place. Lots of great wildlife sightings too!

Carola Bartz said...

I really like the Osprey, and the elk is wonderful! So are your beautiful fences.

Karen S. said...

Beautiful captures. Yes, there are so many gifts waiting to be discovered, just by stepping outside.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!
What a beautiful place for a walk!!Lovely birds and amazing views!Great shots of the lake and the mountains!Thank you for sharing!
Dimi...

Margaret Adamson said...

Love both fence shots and also the view of the mountain and reflection on the lake, great to see the Elk.

Sara D.B. said...

Beautiful shots, as always! And I learned a new, nice English word: chickadee! Tits are my favourite birds. I especially love our (it means European) cute little willow tit (Parus montanus/Poecile montanus). Now I learned that it has an American cousin, black-capped chickadee.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

These are beautiful scenes, Eileen! I love the shot of the Chickadee in flight!

Beth P said...

What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful photos...
Hugs,
Beth P

from Madrid said...

You're a specialist in wonderful photos.

Tomás.

Nancy J said...

I thought there were 6 Swallows, and that Elk, watching you maybe?? What beautiful water photos, you share so much with us, I feel I could be right there. Cheers,Jean.

Karen said...

Looks like a great place to spend the day! Excellent scenery! Love that little chickadee in flight!

Ela said...

Eileen, your photos are amazing !
I love photo of the Chickadee in flight ! Really great shots ! Greetings

Joyful said...

Wow! You really have captured some fantastic scenery. xx

Ailime said...

Fantásticas fotos, Eillen!
Que diversidade e paisagens maravilhosas!
Abraços,
Ailime

Black Jack's Carol said...

My goodness, you have some amazing wildlife in your part of the world! Wonderful captures, Eileen. And, what an idyllic setting for your walk! Have a great evening!

Ida said...

Lots of wonderful bird sightings. I like your 2nd fence shot very much, such a great angle.
Also enjoyed seeing the Bull Elk.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful, delightful captures for the day as always, Eileen!! Love your skies and birds and critters!! Thanks as always for sharing the fun and the beauty!! Have a great weekend!

Pat said...

It's a gorgeous area with lots of interesting wildlife. Great shots.

RedPat said...

What a fun post with so many birds to see - especially swallows!

Leovi said...

Really amazing photos, I love catching birds!

Our photos said...

A very nice place ! I love the impressive skies !

Gemma Wiseman said...

A stunning outdoor setting. The skies over the trail are enchanting. I imagine that the air there would be fresh and lovely.

Christian Weiß said...

Great shots and a beautiful area.

carol l mckenna said...

Magnificent sky shot and love the Bull Elk and serene duck ~ Great shots! happy weekend to you!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Photo Cache said...

love the fence shot a lot.

Brian King said...

Beautiful country! I love your shot of the elk!

Chandra said...

The birds are very beautiful. The photo with the bright blue skies as my favorite.

Well done!

Peace :)

Kerry said...

Oh wow, what a great little walk I just took with you. That bull elk is watchful but doesn't seem too worried about you: what a beauty.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Eileen -- I didn't even know about this trail (my CO kids aren't really birders at all although they love to be outdoors. Next time! Wonderful birds.

Jeanne said...

These are all lovely pictures. A delightful post. I can clearly identify 6 birds and possibly a 7th in flight.
Just dropped in from Good Fences.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I love your shot of the chickadee! This looks like a beautiful place to visit - so much to see and enjoy!

Debbie said...

The chickadee image is really amazing, it would make an awesome Christmas card image!!

Lovely, rustic fence!!

Al said...

What a lovely walk. I don't imagine elk are an everyday sighting.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That's a great fence. And I love the chickadee shot.

Sometimes you go with "here's a great detailed pic" and sometimes with "look at this action!"
~

pattisjarrett said...

What a great place, trail, scenery...very nice. Wasn't expecting an elk, glad he left you alone.

Stephanie said...

I thoroughly enjoyed viewing your wonderful images, Eileen. Beautiful setting for your walk.

Marie said...

Nice fence, and what a truly beautiful place to go birding! LOVE the osprey shot and your bird-decorated bushes! :-) The elk is wonderful. sigh

Rose said...

A wonderful series of shots, love that osprey, and would love to have some of those rocks for my yard!

Cloudia said...

you are quite a good photog! The osprey in flight shows how the aircraft got that name. Your chickedee, landscapes, skies, moose! Applause!




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thirtysevenandcounting said...

Oh my, you saw SO MANY beautiful creatures, and what gorgeous sunlight the day you were there! My favorites have to be the Mountain Chickadee and Mr. Elk. :)

Thanks for stopping by to comment on my fences.

Lindy

lina@women perspective said...

What a wonderful park.
Did any bull elk there ever harm people?
Love your shots, Eileen.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Ah, beautiful series of shots! I really like the one with the lake and mountains behind it with beautiful sky!! Have a good weekend.

Indrani said...

Terrific series Eileen!
I like the serious looking elk. :)

My name is Riet said...

What super photo's Eileen and what a beautiful place to be. Have a nice weekend!

Bob Bushell said...

Nice scenery at Estes Park, and beautiful birds.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Eileen. Wow! Very beautiful trail. I like the bull elk photo very much. Osprey became very famous as the word of aircraft in our country. But the flying osprey is very cool. Thanks for sharing.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; Great pictures of sky and the fence, fantastic captures, Eileen. Love the birds pictures as well and I wish to see the Elk :-) Sure she/he has watchful eyes♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

afanja said...

Wonderful shots, I specially love the landscapes this time.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

Felicia said...

beautiful scenery Eileen, but then all Colorado is beautiful. Love your fence images and the bull elk is so majestic.

fredamans said...

Beautiful Osprey and I love the skies over the lake.

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of the sky, wildlife and landscapes.

Adam Tilt said...

Looks like a stunning location. All that blue sky is a welcome sight on a grey autumn day here in the UK.

Happyone said...

Lots of great sightings. Loved the chickadee in flight. Looks like you had a gorgeous day too.

Lorac said...

Not much left to say! Absolutely beautiful!

Terry and Linda said...

Gosh what a beautiful day... I loved all the birds and the bright sky!

Linda
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Betty Manousos said...

i love that elk! i just love those creatures. such a beautiful scenery my friend. gorgeous photos as usual.

happy weekend~
big hugs!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Massive elk!!! What a sight!
Down in Fla., we saw the Osprey come back in leaps and bounds from the 70s and 80s. Great to see it them elsewhere!!

Marie Flutterby said...

Beautiful Beautiful nature shots I really enjoyed those very much thank you. =0)

Just Fluttering Around

thomas said...

A hidden beauty in the shot from the woods.

Celeste said...

Fantastic osprey shot! I love the chickadee bomb too :)

Kim said...

Lovely collection of images Eileen and a neat little swallow challenge to go with them. I counted 7, if there are others they are well disguised as leaves I think :)

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