Sunday, April 24, 2016

Monacacy River Trail

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.

It was just a short ride to Frederick County, Maryland for our walk along the scenic Monocacy River. We saw the Barred Owl that has drawn the attention of a lot of Maryland birders. It sits in a tree just above and not far from the trail.

Above are some of the birds and scenes we saw during our outing. The first row is the Wood Duck couple, Second row is the Barred Owl, Third row, my guess a Red-shouldered Hawk and an Eastern Bluebird. Bottom row are the Bluebells and some turtles.


Barred Owl seen from the trail.



The female Wood Duck.


This is just my guess, a Red Shouldered Hawk, sorry about the tree branch in the way.


For Jesh's Seasons...The bluebells are blooming but they look a little damaged from the frosty night we had.

For Tom's Barn Collective I have a few drive by barn shots from our outing. I liked the barn with the green roof and brick silo.


A view of the walking trail at the Monocacy River. I hope you enjoyed our walk and my birds. Thank you for visiting and for the nice comments. As always, thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.

Thanks to Jesh our host for Seasons
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

116 comments:

Sue said...

Loved the owl shot and the female wood duck--what a sweetie. I don't think I've ever seen one.
Have a great week, Eileen

Sandra said...

i love your bird pics but i really love your owl pics. i want to see an owl, any kind of owl will do. in 04 i saw one owl and maybe 15 years ago we saw two screech owls. that is it.... like those barns to and the bluebells are fantastic..

Martin Kloess said...

Thank you for this enjoyable post

TexWisGirl said...

love the barn scenes. i have barreds, woodies and red-shouldered all here right now. :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Not just the kite, but the kite's kill too - impressive! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Linda said...

Eileen, I always smile when I see your posts, because your photos are always so beautiful and I love the way your showcase them. Thank you so much for sharing.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

If a wood duck could chuck wood
How much wood would a wood duck chuck?

I don't have a clue what made me write that.

:)

Tom said...

Eileen, you always find and capture the greatest wildlife. Thanks for sharing these well maintained barns. Have a wonderful week and I hope that you come back again.

Lois said...

A great outing and you did get some wonderful pictures. I love seeing the Barred Owl and the Red Shouldered Hawk looks just like the ones I have hanging around my back yard and chasing all my birds away!

Mildred said...

Fun to see the owl, especially. We have been seeing blue birds here; they are so pretty. The brick silo is really interesting. Looks like you are enjoying pleasant weather. Wishing you a lovely week.

Mama Zen said...

These are so gorgeous!

Merlesworld said...

Always good to go for a walk in the woods with you.
Merle..........

jeannettestgermain said...

Many thanks Eileen for being a part of SEASONS with the pretty bluebells (hardly damaged!), and love also the owl, the turtles, the hawk and the Eastern bluebird! All nature is beautiful in its own way:) Have a happy week!

Michelle said...

I really like the owl!

Linda W. said...

Love that owl pic!

Denise inVA said...

Awesome post Eileen, thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Very nice post, Eileen, beautiful collage!

Crissi said...

Wonderful post - thanks Eileen!
Happy day
hug Crissi

rupam sarma said...

Awesome pics :)
Have a nice week ahead. Greetings.

Anu said...

Great series of photos! The Barred owl looks so wonderful. I like owls!

Janneke said...

The hawk and the owl, so difficult to get them on a photo. I rarely see owls here and then....of course I have no camera with me. Great photos!
Enjoy your week, hope you have better weather than we have, hailstorms every few hours, the weather is ever so changeable here.
Regards, Janneke

Wandering Wren said...

That owl is gorgeous no wonder that he is well talked about! I rather like the extra something the frost gives to the bluebell skirts don't you?! :)
Have a happy week
Wren x

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a wonderful walk! I love the owl. Take care!

diane b said...

That trail looks so inviting. The owl is a beauty.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Lovely pictures. The little wood duck is beautiful.
Have a wonderful week ahead Eileen :)

Blogger Jedidja said...

Eileen,

I enjoyed your photo collection. The owl,the duck with blue in its feathers and the farm with the silo. Very nice and interesting. Thank you so much.

Daniela said...

Dearest Eileen,
I'm always so delighted by visiting you here, you put me in touch with such wonders, my Lovely, Sweetest One !

Hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you most wonderful days to come,
with much gratitude

Dany

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello!

You take so many beautiful photos, and the owl is just magic!

Happy new week ahead!

VioletSky said...

Great photos, but I will admit I let out a little squeal of delight at the wood duck!

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Love the female duck showing a little color. Happy Day.

podso said...

The little wood duck with colorful wings is such a nice surprise in the woods. I would agree with you about that barn with the brick silo. So interesting. Have a happy Monday!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful photos, as always, Eileen!
The Barred Owl is beautiful and looks very much similar to its Eurasian cousin Strix uralensis.
Thank you for sharing. Have a great week ahead!

Linda Gross said...

Love the Barrred Owl!

amo sin blogg said...

I like your pictures of birds, especially the owl.

Have a nice week, the last of april..

Christine said...

A lovely walk Eileen, and so glad you saw the Barred owl and shared these photos! I enjoyed seeing the eastern bluebird also.
Have a lovely week.

Debbie said...

thrilling to see and capture such beautiful images of the owl. the wood ducks as well, i have never seen one and would really love to, the males are so beautiful!!!!!

have a great week eileen, the weather is going to be wonderful!!!

Mary Hone said...

Those are great shots. I love the hawk with his lunch.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Wonderful Mosaic of critters and flower♡♡♡ Love the sweet looking Barred Owl and Red Shouldered Hawk makes the contrast of cuteness and bit gallant of two birdies♪ I enjoyed the scene with barn which I can't see :-)
Have a wonderful and happy new week.

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

jandi said...

Gorgeous bluebellsb the wood duck stole my heart! What a beauty! Have a lovely day!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Eileen, Amazing nature photos!!!!! The owl really is something, I've always wanted to see on in a natural setting and I never have. Bluebells are always lovely I would love to take a walk on the trail by the river.
Thanks for sharing your photos……..

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful mosaics, Eileen! How do you pronounce that name Monacacy? Is the stress on the first syllable or second? I have only heard it once and don't remember. (and pronunciation is a huge deal to me, who knows why. LOL)

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Great shots, as always Eileen. But I love turtles, so was very happy to see them in your mosaic this morning!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Wonderful images....thank you Eileen!

Happy Monday!
Ruby

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

No end to the wonderful walking trails in your area! Love the owl -- I so want to photograph one someday.

Small City Scenes said...

Great shots in all. Love the Owl and Hawk.
You have a good week and let's have some sunshine.
MB

riitta k said...

Eileen, you are amazing with your bird photos! They are so difficult to photograph but you do succeed!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful birds, so many of them all in one place.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Very nice selection of photos! The Barred Owl is exceptional! It is always a pleasure to stop by Viewing Nature With Eileen! Wishing you a happy day and a fine week ahead!

Ruth W said...

What a wonderful place! I love all your bird photos!
Ruth

b"E"th ( : edwards said...

gorgeous blooms. I love the coloring on the wood duck, I've never seen that before!! love the owl 2. ( ;

Missy George said...

Beautiful photos..Can't get enough of those Owls..

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The owl looks smug and is that a snake the red shouldered hawk is eating? Wow, great captures as usual Eileen.

Photo Cache said...

How lovely is the owl. I cannot say for sure that I have seen an owl in person.

Worth a Thousand Words

Fun60 said...

You always manage to spot a range of wildlife. Just can't resist the owl for first choice though.

Our photos said...

Very nice. I really like the bluebells !

NatureFootstep said...

I love your wood ducks :)

RedPat said...

Great bird shots as usual, Eileen!

Lea said...


Love your birds and flowers!
Brick silos are always good to see
Have a wonderful week!
Lea

Lynne said...

I am claiming the Wood Duck . . .
Ducks seem to have such happy faces!

ellen b said...

Love the barn with the green roof but I really love the owl you captured!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Love the shots, Eileen. I'm always jealous of people with owl pics.

Someday!

P.S. I see your hawk is eating a snake.
~

The Yum List said...

Looking at the owl's face, I can see why the phrase "the wise old owl" came to be. I have some animal shots today. They're very amateur compared to yours, but you might like to see some very different creatures than those close to home :-)

Klara said...

Great shots, I love the owl shots very much.

Indrani said...

Love the variety of birds here. :) Great captures.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Hi Eileen,
Very nice photos!
I particularly enjoyed the various Owl photos - terrific!
Have a Happy Week ahead!!
Peace :)

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

I like the ability you have to spot and photograph birds. The other day I captured a woodpecker and felt so happy.

ladyfi said...

What fabulous shots.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That owl is a charmer! He looks to be half awake, half dozing. Love the farms and barns and those pretty bluebells!

Shantana said...

Love those owl shots and the turtles too. Have a great day!

Kalantikan said...

Love that owl, so very cute, as if it is enticing everyone as a kid.

facile et beau - Gusta said...

so beautiful pictures of all this animals.
have a nice day
gusta

handmade by amalia said...

I love the owl. I can tell that he is very wise.
Amalia
xo

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Great sightings!
The Barred owl is fantastic, he let you get quite close!
The hawk also is impressive, never mind the branch, it happens regularly to everyone and a shot is better than none... LOL!
Warm hugs and enjoy your week :)

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fabulous photos of the different birds and the owl, also the landscape and nature around you. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

amanda peters said...

Stunning photos of the Barred Owl and Red Shouldered Hawk.
Amanda xx

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

maryaustria said...

Amazing photos! Such beautiful birds! I fell in love with the owl! ;)

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Great series of photos.
The Barred owl looks so wonderful.
Best regards, Irma

Andrea Priebe said...

Is this a different Barred Owl than you posted awhile ago? You are lucky to be able to spot so many. Here, they hang in the deeper woods and are hard to find. All of your birds are cool, and I agree, Red Shouldered Hawk. Nice series again, Eileen. Have a great week :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Laura. M said...

Your collages are always precious. Beautiful owl, Eileen, and I love the bells.
Buen martes ;)
Besos.

Marie C said...

LOVE the red-shouldered hawk. Such a pretty shot! And those bluebells. Every photo, lovely!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the sleepy looking owl!

KL said...

These are some fantastic shots. Maryland is quite close to us as we are in NJ. So, perhaps we should visit it. How do you find all these beautiful places?

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos . Looks like a nice place to walk and take photos . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Margaret Adamson said...

My favourite is the Owl Eileen

Phil Slade said...

Nice work Eileen. Yet another great place to spend quality time and quality birds. The owl is a beauty and how nice to see a bird that doesn't fly away as soon as we pick up the camera.

Enjoy the remiander of your week.

Jarek said...

Beautiful photos of birds and flowers!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh well, I am sorry, I have missed this one. Anyway, it is beautiful, the Hawk, Barred Owl and there are more.

Neil said...

Nice series of photos.

Valerie said...

A nice collection of shots here Eileen - I particularly like the Eastern Bluebird (gorgeous colouring) and the Owl. Thank you for sharing your outing. Wishing you a happy week.

carol l mckenna said...

Love the owl! Wonderful and well composed nature shots!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Christian Weiß said...

A great collection of birds and nature photos.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I adore VA bluebells...mine are growing but not quite in bloom yet. Love the menagerie of animals and especially the bluebird.

Donna@GardensEyeView
and LivingFromHappiness

Nora said...

A nice visit and walk, loved the owl and the hawk! Thanks for sharing your photos and how much you love nature. Also thanks for the many lovely comments you have given me over the many years.

Felicia said...

the owl is beautiful. looks like the hawk is having dinner of snake. and your barns are so pretty.

Ida said...

Cool owl & hawk shots.
Nice barns for the barn meme.

Liz said...

The Owl and Red-shouldered Hawk are fabulous!! I loved walking "with" you!

Rambling Woods said...

Wow...wonderful selection Eileen..... Michelle

Stephanie said...

Wonderful series. Have a good week!

Adam Jones said...

Stunning pictures of the Owl Eileen. Superb!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful bluebell image!! Gives me a sense of peace and quiet along with their fragile beauty. Loved all the birds today...especially the hawk, the wood ducks. The ducks are scarce in 'my neck of the woods'...so a very special treat on your post.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

What a lovely area...my favorite here is that owl! :)

J said...

The owl just melts my heart! He looks so wise! I only had one quick glimpse of him, but an owl lived in our woods last year and I loved the sound of his hoot at night. I did have to worry about keeping our cats off the deck though! I think he's moved on, since I've not heard a sound from him lately, and I really do miss that!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, maravilhosa selecção de fotos, as das aves são especiais.
AG

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Eileen, I'd love to spend time walking with you and your camera! I'll bring mine along and I know it would a wonderful. All of your photographs are just amazing!
Have a great day~
Nancy
xo

Lowcarb team member said...

Another lovely post, your photo's are great.
I would love to walk along the walking trail at the Monocacy River, looks such a lovely place to visit.

I do hope your week is going well.

All the best Jan

Happyone said...

Wow you get a LOT of comments!!
Nice to get caught up with you and to enjoy all your lovely photos. : )

Barb said...

A lovely walk and some amazing photos of wildlife. I love the bluebird, but that owl would be wonderful to sight!

Small Kucing said...

The snap of the owl is very cute. I have a friend who love owl a lot.

Stewart M said...

What a wonderful collection of birds - makes me realise I have not seen an owl for ages!


Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

ann said...

I do hope you find me down here, Eileen; what an impressive list of comments.You have photographed two of my favorites, an owl and a wood duck. Wood ducks do live in Colorado, but not here in the northern part. We have barn owls but we don't see them, and there is a nesting pair of Great Horned owls. We hear them at night, but haven't figured out where their nest is. The begin in February. My husband sees hears them all of the time.Great photos, once again.

Chris Rohrer said...

Perfect eastern bird collection. The Barred Owls are fantastic....and so are the Wood Ducks. Two of my favorite birds. Spring has arrived for you. Have a great weekend and find lots of great birds!

Pat Tillett said...

A lot of birds and gorgeous photos of them all. I love owls! We don't get to see them in person very often, but it's always a treat when it happens.

edenhills said...

Beautiful series. I especially love the owls.

Cath said...

always a pleasure to come over and see what you have been pointing your camera at! Happy Days!

Ana Freire said...

A short ride... which gave us so much to see!...
Lovely photos! And wonderful details from the birds...
Just beautful!!!
Kisses
Ana