Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hashawha Nature Center


I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.

On Jan 2nd hubby and I took a walk at a local park called Hashawha Environmental Center and a quick visit to the Bear Branch Nature Center. The park has many trails for walking or horseback riding, it was a little chilly breezy morning so we enjoyed a shorter walk than normal.


The Eastern Bluebirds were the most common bird seen during our walk. One of my favorite quotes. "The bluebird carries the sky on his back." Henry David Thoreau



A larger look at the Eastern Bluebird.

 The House Finches were eating these blue berries on possibly a Juniper Evergreen tree? The other tree is neat, I was guessing it is a Sumac tree? Any id help on the above trees is appreciated.


Is this a sumac tree?


The boardwalk trail next to the Hashawha Lake, some Dark-eyed Juncos were eating off the ground and trail in front of us.


Here is one shot for Tom's linky party a barn and silo at the Hashawha Environmental Center.


At the nature center they have a great pond and a trail which includes some birdhouses and feeders.


There were several what I believe are Winterberry bushes along the trail and outside the nature center.


A barn mosaic, the larger image is from Hashawha and the bottom left barn is one we pass on the road to the park.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my post.

As always I appreciate your visits and nice comments. Thank you! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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Thanks to Tom for hosting The Barn Collective
Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday 
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

98 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The words 'most common' and bluebird don't exist in one sentence in my birding vocabulary -- I wish they did! Beautiful walk and great birds -- hard to believe you saw that many birds in a walk that was shortened by the weather.

Sandra said...

I just type sumac tree in Google images and yes this is a sumac and i have never seen one with those red pods like that. it is gorgeous and if that beautiful little finch was sitting in all that red pod it would blend in. cute little birds...

Linda W. said...

A couple of lovely walks! Nice bird pics too.

Lea said...

We don't see many Eastern Bluebirds here, so I was delighted to get photos of a few earlier this afternoon while we were in Tupelo.
Hope you are having a great week-end!
Lea

A Quiet Corner said...

Such a super collection of birds and what they enjoy this time of the year, Eileen (including Tom's barn!!)...enjoy your week ahead...:)JP

Mersad said...

I love those path ways along the water. Very beautiful.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Tom said...

A bit of a red theme here Eileen...birds with red feathers, sumac, winterberries and of course red barns. Thanks for sharing this week and I hope you find some more barns while you discover more wonderful critters.

Rose said...

Oh, I so LOVE that last barn...in the lower right corner. What a beauty. I never see bluebirds here at our house...but see them other places.

Blogoratti said...

These are great, and lovely photos.

Missy George said...

I haven't seen any bluebirds for a long time. I love Winterberry. Those bushes are pretty big they must be old. Nice walks. Lovely bird photos. Have a wonderful week.

The Yum List said...

Looks like a beautiful day Eileen!

Michelle said...

I always enjoy your nature shots, Eileen!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Love this week's beautiful nature shots, Eileen! :)

Linda said...

Wow, Eileen, I could spend hours enjoying the lovely birds! Beautiful photos, thank you so much for sharing them. :)

TexWisGirl said...

pretty area. love the barns! and bluebirds are just so sweet. :)

Cloudia said...

The small birds too deserve our love! Thanks for these fine nature shots, Eileen

rupam sarma said...

Wow, beautiful pics.

diane b said...

A great place for walking and birding. Lovely colours and unusual trees.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Beautiful birds and wonderful blue skies. Eileen!
Here the temperature is about -13 Fahrenheit and the sky is only very pale blue.
Happy Mosaic Monday and have a great week ahead!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
wonderful photos of the clear blue sky, the birds, the way and the nature around you. Fabulous !
Have a nice new week, Eileen.
Best regards, Synnöve

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Eileen, you and hubby had a very interesting walk at the local park. I am amazed at the various birds sighting and walking along the trails that leads to ponds, etc.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Cranberry Morning said...

I like those winterberry bushes, and of course the barns. I'd like to take a walk on that boardwalk. Have a wonderful week, Eileen.

Life Images by Jill said...

has winter snow come to you yet Eileen? In any case, enjoy your walks and have a great week.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ENJOYED

:)

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

I have no idea what kind tree that is, but it sure is cute! Lots of great photos today!

ann said...

Your red barn photos, aside from the wonderful bird photos, are always wonderful to see.I do believe that the tree in question is a sumac. Here in Colorado, we have the mountain blue bird, a brilliant blue and if Thoreau is correct, yes, indeed this species does reflect the beautiful Colorado blue skies. We don't have them so much here on the prairie. We do see indigo buntings and lazuli buntings at the feeds during the spring migration. Have a wonderful week. Loved walking with you.

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

i love the pond view. gorgeous area ... looks so calming. hope you are well this week. i have not hear of this Nature Center, i will have to look more into it. ( :

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I rarely see bluebirds, although I have seen them at my sister's place in Virginia. That's also where I see staghorn sumac. Your tree has the same flowers, but not the staghorn shape.
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helmiriitta 10 said...

Beautiful birds and a lovely park with the pond. Have a nice week!

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

Great tour and lovely photos. I have forgotten where you live so am wondering where you found these lovely spots where you walked.

Breathtaking said...

Glad you spotted the Eastern Bluebirds and Finches to share, lovely captures Eileen. I'm not familiar with what you suspect is a Sumac tree. At first I thought the branches were full of birds!

Linda Kay said...

Great pictures, but really fabulous blue skies.

Bob Bushell said...

Fabulous birds, excellent images Eileen.

Small City Scenes said...

Enjoyed all your images and the fun memes they belong to. Happy new week.
MB

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a beautiful nature center! You will have to go back on a warmer day and see more of it, Eileen. It looks very peaceful there and there were a nice amount of birds even in the cold weather. I'm going to add my post to Saturday critters--have so mnay of them on my post--lol!

Debbie said...

Those male finches really photograph beautifully!! Gorgeous bluebirds and a pretty reflection!!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Love the pond! And oh the bluebirds...just the sweetest. I miss them!

Donna@GardensEyeView
and LivingFromHappiness

Helma said...

This is also a very nice post with a lot of variety in it. Beautiful birds and enjoying nature. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice week.
Groejtes, Helma

Christine said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your stroll through this picturesque park with sweet little birds to see against such a brilliant blue sky! I loved the barns too!
Have a great week!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place with such lovely birds.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Awesome place for a hike Eileen. We get the red flowers on our sumacs here and they're great for flower arranging. Junipers do get little blue berries that the birds like, we had to remove a tall one from the side of our house because it was getting a gelatinous rust in spring which affected the dwarf crabapple and serviceberries.

CountryMum said...

I enjoyed your walk and photos. Look forward to seeing more.

Fun60 said...

Love that quote about the bluebird.

Phil Slade said...

Hi Eileen. That is a beautiful quote from Thoreau. And so apt when I look at your photos of the bluebirds against that superb blue sky. Such a gorgeous morning for your walk.

Sorry I cant help with identifying your tree but I do think the bright red Winterberry bush must be a magnet to berry eating birds.

Enjoy your week ahead with those lovely blue skies.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

That's a beautiful place to visit. The tree does look very similar to sumac. Here our sumac have soft branches and the plumes attract some birds.

John Robinson said...

Looks like Staghorn Sumac to me. If I recall correctly, you might also have Winged Sumac at Hashawha, but I haven't been there for some thirty years, so may not be correct. In any event, Winged Sumac has loose fruit heads, while Staghorn has these nice, tight spikes. Nice photos, but then that kind of goes without saying..

Giga said...

Great walk, there were birds and interesting places. It was nice to him. Regards.

Our photos said...

Interesting place ! Very nice !

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Beautiful place! I love those bluebirds and the water features.

carol l mckenna said...

You always find the best places ~ Gorgeous photography of nature's treasures ~ I do believe that looks like a sumac tree ~

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

mick said...

All great photos but the Bluebirds against the blue sky are especially beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Lorrie said...

Blue skies in winter make for such gorgeous photos. The birds you photographed must have loved being out on that beautiful day.

edenhills said...

Lovely series of images. I especially like the bluebirds. Love the reflection of the trees and sun on the pond.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, a beautiful place indeed, Eileen!! And superb captures as always!! I do love the birds and, yes, the water features, too!! I hope your new year is off to a great start!! Enjoy!! Thank you for sharing the beauty!!

Kalantikan said...

Hi Eileen, everything there is beautiful. How i wish to see something like that environment again! And i love HDT also, everything he said i adore! And someday i would love to see the Walden Pond where he spent a wonderful part of his life.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a beautiful walk, filled with gorgeous scenery, pretty birds and even some wonderful barns! Looks like you had nice weather, too. Thanks for sharing all the beauty, Eileen!

Amy Franks said...

oh so many birds, especially the ones we don't have here.

Margaret Adamson said...

Great walks and lovely birds seen

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm impressed with the many natural places you have within easy driving distance of your home! Love the look of those winterberries!

Anu said...

So beautiful birds both the eastern bluebird and the house finches! Lovely photos.
Have a happy week!

ladyfi said...

How pretty! And it looks warm too.

Gail said...

Rocks, water and barns, oh, my! Love them all.

In our area sumac are small because they are usually mowed. With out the leaves or berries I am lost to identify it.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Yes, yes, that looks like a sumac.
Loved all your collages....a great walk I had along with you in the brisk winter day with all the sunshine!!!

Andrea Priebe said...

I do believe it is a Sumac, though I couldn't tell you which variety. We have many here in our wooded area's but ours look different now as they are covered with the white stuff ... in fact, it is such a pleasure to get a glimpse of nature through your eyes, Eileen. Here it is all but too cold to do anything but look out the window and what we do see is miles and miles of white :) Beautiful series, as always, Eileen.

Andrea @ From the Sol

BYBirdBlog said...

Very nice shots! It looks like a nice place to go birding.

Stephanie said...

Love that boardwalk shot!

Debby Ray said...

What a great collection of photos and beautiful mosaics, Eileen. I love the house finches and we have quite a few of them around here. I love the quiet looking pathway...so peaceful and serene. Have a great week!

Mary Cromer said...

How lovely and yes a Sumac bush/tree/shrub. One of the great things is that when the Robins stay for the Winter and it gets bad, they can go to the Sumac berries for nutrition. It is said that American Indians made a drink that tasted much like lemonade from the fruit of the Sumac. I also believe that this is not the same as the Poison Sumac plant. Have a great week~

Birgitta said...

More beautiful and great nature photos from you!

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh what a lovely selection to look at.

I also particularly like the colour in the 'Winterberry bushes'and your lovely blue sky looks so welcoming.

Hope your week is going well

All the best Jan

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

It's always a thrill to see your lovely birds Eileen and I continue to be amazed at the variety!
I occasionally use Sumac powder in recipes so it's interesting to see the actual tree.

genie said...

How do you find these beautiful places to visit to get your bird shots. This one must me wonderful. Loved all the photos but especially the close up of the Eastern Bluebird sitting in the tree surrounded by the blue sky. Nice barns, too.

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Always love the sumac's look of perched cardinals. Happy Day.

The happy wanderer. said...

You do have some nice areas to walk, Eileen. Thanks for sharing some of them.

Lois said...

I always love seeing the pictures from your walks Eileen. The Eastern Bluebird is one of my favorites. They hang out in my backyard sometimes.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful photos! Great place!

Betsy Adams said...

What a great nature center.... I love our Bluebirds. We have lots of them around here. This winter we have more than enough (MANY MANY) Pine Siskins... Those little finches don't ever visit in small groups... Gads! ha ha

Great set of pictures, Eileen.

Hugs,
Betsy

Rambling Woods said...

Oh..I wish we had blue birds here...I am not sure why we don't.. Lovely walk and no snow...Michelle

Pietro and Cynthia said...

All wonderful images and collages!
Many greetings

bettyl-NZ said...

How nice to have these beauties around all the time!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Eileen, such gorgeous photos and collages. Love taking walks with you. You are so very talented with your camera. Enjoy the day. xo

DeniseinVA said...

How wonderful! Your bluebirds are gorgeous and the Thoreau quote is a perfect fit. Sweet little Finches also. I always welcome the Juncos when they turn up in winter. Love the pretty sumac tree and the old barn. All your photos are a treat. Thanks Eileen and have a great day.

George said...

Thanks you for taking us to the Nature Center with you. You got some gorgeous photos. I really enjoyed your bluebird photos, as that is probably my favorite visitor to our feeders.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Just beautiful, I love clear blue skies and winter trees!
Have a happy day!
Jemma

NatureFootstep said...

beginning of January and no snow whatsoever to be seen. Love your little Bluebird. Such a sweet little one.
Lots of different things to be seen during that walk. Thanks for taking us along :)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Great looking place. I like visiting the various wildlife refuges and nature areas. Nice pictures. I love the Junco's. Have a fabulous day!

yonca said...

I believe, bird photography is one of the most challenging types of nature photography. Amazing shots Eileen!

Laura. M said...

Good nature walk, bird watching amount. Beautiful reflection in the pond Eileen.
Besos.

Barb said...

You still have so much color there in leaves and berries - not to mention the many birds!

Marie C said...

I love the winterberry trees and the possible sumac! Lovely against the blue sky...and the blues of those bluebirds. All your photos are wonderful!

Al said...

A very pretty bird, and I love the boardwalk.

Becca said...

The house finches are so cute! I love birds, but I think I miss them a lot of the time because I forget to look!

Ana Freire said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen!
Thank you so much for sharing!!! What a lovely place! I love the images with that gorgeous blue sky...
All the best!
Ana

Cath said...

All lovely pics Eileen...have a great weekend!

Linda said...

Love the sweet birds and the red branches!

varun mishra said...

pretty area. love the barns

Florence said...

What a beautiful day for a walk! And the beautiful bluebirds too!

Hope you are warm and safe through the bad weather that is heading your way!