Sunday, February 14, 2016

Eastern Neck NWR


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.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!  



I am sharing various images from a daytrip hubby and I took to see the Eastern Neck NWR in Rock Hall, Maryland. We walked on the various trails such as the Tubby Cove Boardwalk, the Wildlife Trail, the Tidal Marsh Overlook Trail and the Bayview Butterfly Trail.


A view of the bay from the Bayview Butterfly trail. We were happy to see that the snow had melted on Maryland's eastern shore. The trails may have been a little muddy or wet in places but not too bad.


Loblolly Pines are a common tree seen in the wildlife refuges on Maryland Eastern Shore. They can grow up to 100 feet tall, the bark is thick and scaly. They are known as pioneer trees, meaning they are one of the first trees to grow.



A pretty view of the river, it is sad to see the plastic water bottle. Do you know it takes 1,000 years for a plastic bottle to bio-degrade.


This Great Blue Heron was spooked, I managed to capture it as it flew away.



The Eastern Neck Wildlife Rufuge a 2, 285 acre island is located on the Chesapeake Bay and Chester River. Some scenes from inside the visitor center.


Large numbers of Tundra Swans arrive at this refuge in November before migrating 4,000 miles in March. They can fly up to 50 miles per hour.



The Bald Eagles a common sight on Maryland's Eastern Shore. They start to work on their nest in December. We saw them at the wildlife refuge and flying along the road and on the fields during our drive to the refuge.


For Tom's Barn meme, I am ending our daytrip with a barn scene we pass close to home. You can see our neighborhood still has a lot of snow left from the big snow storm.  Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visits and nice comments. Have a happy day and new week ahead!


As always thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.
Thanks to Tom for hosting The Barn Collective
Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

94 comments:

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Tha Bald Eagles are so beautiful, and very nice photos!
We have a little snow here as well.

Happy Valentine, and have a nice week ahead!

AlexaT said...

So wonderful aspects from wild nature!! The pine trees and tundra swans, even the eagles are amazing; a delight to see and observe! what joy, indeed...
All the best and a great start in the new week! Happy Valentine's day, also!

Martin Kloess said...

Well done thank you for this

Tom said...

Those pines are towering and what about that barn complex! Thanks Eileen for sharing at The Barn Collective. Enjoy your Valentine's Day.

Sandra said...

Easter neck is beautiful, really beautiful. now i am wondering does it have a western side? sorry, could not resist that.. love the sky and the view looking up in the pines is fantastic

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! Thanks for sharing , Happy Valentines Day to you both , have a good day !

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What delights! Hope you had a wonderful day. YAM xx

Maggee said...

There are so many wonderful places to visit in this country--love it! What was that bird in the first collage?

Missy George said...

Great shot in the trees..Handsome Eagles..Pretty barn..Have a wonderful week Eileen..Happy Valentines Day

JP A Quiet Corner said...

Your shot of that Heron is great and of course, the Eagles...but I do like the angel of your pine shot, Eileen!...:)JP

Cloudia said...

Awesome eagles and SO much more!

Rose said...

Oh, Eileen, I love that one of the trees. Not always a fan of that type of tree shot, but wow, this one is fabulous. Great eagle shot and also of the swans. And of course I love the last one with the barn.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful farm. lovely eagle shot and shadow shot, too. :)

Lea said...

Beautiful Eagles!
Hope you have had a beautiful Valentines Day!
Lea

Michelle said...

Love seeing that swan! They are so beautiful!

Lois said...

Love seeing the swan and the eagles. Beautiful pictures Eileen!

Marie C said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen! When my husband's family lived on the Eastern Shore, and then moved over to Mathews, Va his great grandfather made deadrise oyster boats out of those loblollies like so many of the watermen did during that era. It was awesome to see your photo of those tall, tall beauties!

Nora said...

Lovely posting. I also post for the week now to save my eyes a bit. I really enjoyed the eagles and the tree shot. Looks like a wonderful place. Have a happy day.

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful post and photos.
Greetings.Have a nice week ahead.

Small Kucing said...

Happy Valentine Day Eileen.

Lovely to see the tall trees and greeneries there :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'd forgotten that about the plastic water bottles. A good reminder when looking at beautiful photos and birds featured in this post!

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`*.¸.*´ Happy Valentines Day!

edenhills said...

Beautiful images! Those trees are truly impressive. Love the eagles, and the barn is very quaint. Hope you have a good week, Eileen!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
What a beautiful place to visit!
Great shots of the eagles and the tundra swans!
Like the picture with the pine trees!
Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day!
Have a happy week!
Dimi...

Tomoko said...

Hi, Eileen!
Such gorgeous photos! Wow, the Bald Eagles are cool!I like them.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What an amazing series of photos, Eileen! I so enjoyed seeing the handsome birds, beautiful big trees and wonderful blue skies.
Thank you for sharing and have a great week ahead!

podso said...

Wonderful photo of the trees…and interesting they are called pioneers. They must be strong and sturdy then. :-) It looks like a wonderful place to get away and view nature.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fabulous photos of this fantastic walk and this amazing big birds.
Just wonderful !
Have a nice new week, Eileen.
Best regards, Synnöve

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Beautiful! I especially like the pine trees and heron flying over water.
Belated Valentines Day greetings!

Thank you Eileen....have a great week,
Ruby

Cathy Keller said...

Oh my, but you have some wonderful photos here! And to have one of the bald eagles, I'm speechless!!! Again you have made my day! Hoping yours will be grand!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place. Wish you happy Valentines day.

September Violets said...

All these visits to refuge parks makes me want to pack up the truck and head on down your way for a holiday Eileen. Gorgeous photos of the birds along the water. What a treat to see the tundra swans and bald eagles! I would love to see just one eagle. Thanks for sharing these ... and that barn scene is so nice, what a pretty spot!
Wendy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The bald eagles are such a majestic bird, would love to capture them some time with my camera.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

oh it's just beautiful there and I felt as if I was lying down on the ground looking up at those tall trees ...:)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awww...lovely.

I wonder often if I'm weird...loving the view of a near-90 degree shot up into the trees. I find myself taking that shot a lot.

(I love trees)

Giga said...

We have no snow at all and feel the spring. Nice to be with you and strolled all admired, as always. Regards.

Mary Hone said...

Those are great shots. What a neat place. I love the bald eagles.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Wonderful photos in this post. I especially like the one looking up through the trees and the one at the beach! Neat critter photos, as always. Happy President's day and hope you have a fine week ahead!

Linda Kay said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen.

EG CameraGirl said...

I had no idea tundra swans could fly that fast! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Happyone said...

Love the view looking up through the trees. The swan is beautiful.

Chrys Fey said...

I love swans but I can only ever see them at the zoo.

Ana Freire said...

Great images, Eileen!
Specially those with the pines, the swan and the eagles...
I hope you have had an Happy Valentine's Day!
Have a great week, Eileen! Kisses...
Ana

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Fabulous anytime you see eagles...I particularly loved the tree photo's perspective!

ladyfi said...

Great shots - I love those trees!

Mama Zen said...

I adore those pine trees!

Denise inVA said...

Brilliant photos Eileen. I particularly enjoyed the Loblolly Pine shot today.

Joyful said...

Fabulous photos, Eileen. I loved seeing the sky through the lacy pattern of the leaves eon trees. I also loved seeing the 2 beautiful eagles, side by side. Have a wonderful week.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Maryland seems to be the ideal place to view many different types of birds, Eileen. We don't see as many here, probably because the predominant birds here are carnivorous hawks and magpies. The Loblolly Pines look amazing! Love seeing eagles--glad they are thriving again!

carol l mckenna said...

More gorgeous nature shots ~ such lovely variety and what a place to live near ~

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Fun60 said...

Fantastic shots of the eagles.

Margie said...

You'd never know that these lovely images were captured during the winter!

Our photos said...

Very nice! I love the photo of the trees !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Eileen, everything is so beautiful (except maybe the snow).... Well, actually it is pretty, but it doesn't make my heart beat with joy like the rest of your excursion does! Beautiful place and the Eagles are wonderful.

The Yum List said...

That shot looking up at the trees makes everything else seem so small.

genie said...

You took so many wonderful pictures on this road trip. I love all of the bird and water shots, but my favorite is what I call a Georgia O’Keefe picture where she laid on the ground and painted what she saw as she look up to the sky. You photo is a real beauty.

Photo Cache said...

That trees shot is awesome. It can be my happy place.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

I loved the photo of the trees.
Well done, Eileen!
Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

Indrani said...

The picture of the trees is mesmerizing! Great series Eileen. I enjoy your captures very much.

Linda W. said...

A pretty place, and lots of cool birds to see!

Birgitta said...

Wonderful nature photos!

Phil Slade said...

You have so many trails to visit Eileen. You must get spoiled for choice some days? It's wonderful to see that Tundra Swan.

How soon the Bald Eagles start nest building but then I guess their home will be rather large.

Stewart M said...

I love that shot looking up the trees - and of course the eagles are great!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh those Loblolly Pines aren't they fantastic.

I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day.

All good wishes for the coming week, the days seem to go by so quickly...

All the best Jan

thehiddenpanorama.com said...

i love the photo of the trees and the sky after that...

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You are brave Eileen for going out in this cold. You did show a photo with snow!! Love seeing the swan and of course the eagles!! What a shot!!!
Stay warm and stay well!!

Mary Cromer said...

Looking up to the heavens through a large area of trees such as you did is always such a great experience, to take in some fresh air, breathe deeply and ponder. The Bald Eagles are so beautiful as are each of the shares in your post. I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful week~

Debbie said...

ooooh those pines and the perspective of the image.....beautiful!!!! happy belated valentines day!!!!

Kim ,USA said...

Love the shots. And the barn I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Kim,USA

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, How beautiful! Swans and Eagles! Wow! Have a fine day today and another good one tomorrow!

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! It looked like you picked a nice day for your walk with super views across the bay and river. Lovely capture of the great heron in flight and I love the barn scene! still quite a bit of snow!
Enjoy your week!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely pics Eileen.

Powell River Books said...

Great spot for bird watching and photography. - Margy

Barb said...

Lucky to have so many Bald Eagles in your territory! I love the name "loblolly."

NatureFootstep said...

Loblolly Pines, a funny name to pronounce for a swede :)
It looks great. Love the image of the Tundra swan too. :)

Zizi Santos said...

Lindas fotos!
passeio maravilhoso e encantador!
nunca vi uma águia na natureza, só em zoológico.
Vocês tem grande sorte.

bjs

Karen said...

I know you enjoyed those sights! I love to watch the swans, herons, and eagles. So graceful!! Thanks for sharing these.

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Nice photos as always! Those bald eagles look so serious (but they are a great sight).

Kusum Sanu said...

Lucky indeed! I have seen the bald eagles from very far!

The happy wanderer. said...

Your posts of your walks are so relaxing. It's good to see that you have some green showing despite the remaining snow!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful photos, great shot of the trees

Linda said...

Looks like another great refuge to visit. I just saw that we have a pair of eagles in the city of Winchester, VA at Glen Burnie Gardens and they are eating the koi in the formal fish ponds!

Amy Franks said...

That's a great photo of the view through the trees - very nice Eileen, hope your week is going well :)

thomas said...

Love the pine trees shot

Anu said...

Great photos, beautiful Tundra Swan :)

Lisa Comperry said...

Beautiful trails to walk..I especially love the swan and the eagle! Not snowy here, it feels more like spring! Happy week ahead to you :-)

Laura. M said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the three and eight cute couple :)) Happy Valentine every day ♥
Good morning, Eileen.
Besos.

baili said...

wow liked your photos so much specially the pair of eagles and white swan in the calm river ,glad you had great time by visiting these lovely places dear have a blessed day

Erica said...

I really like your sky, it's so spacious and full of life.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Beautiful scenes, Eileen - love seeing the Tundra Swan, Eagle and Great Blue Heron. The barns are gorgeous, too. So glad that your snow is melting....x Karen

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann! Wonderful shots. I´m leaving for Cuba in some hours, so no blogging for me the next 1 1/2 week. Have great days ;:OD)

June Caedmon said...

Wow - Eileen, what a beautiful place, and your images really capture it nicely! Swans and eagles, I'm swooning!

Pat Tillett said...

One beautiful photo after another!
It looks like a fantastic place to visit.
Maybe someday...

Captured By Jade said...

A great variety of photos shared - I just love the picture where you're looking up at the trees!

Sharing snapshots at Captured By Jade

Rambling Woods said...

Wonderful photos Eileen... I hope to see eagles in person some day..Michelle