Sunday, May 8, 2016

North Point State Park

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 Mother's Day to everyone, including all the Moms of the furbabies. 

Now that the spring/summer birds are returning to the area I have been re-visiting places like this Baltimore County Park called North Point State Park. The Little Blue Herons are seen there along with the Red-headed Woodpeckers and many more birds.


Top row: Little Blue Herons, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Second row: Red-headed woodpecker, Slider turtles. Third row, Snakes and a Chipping Sparrow. Bottom Row, Snapping Turtles, Eastern Towhee and an Osprey.


The Little Blue Heron has always been a favorite of mine, perched on the tree you can not miss the Little Blue's bi-colored bill and maroon head.




The Red-headed Woodpecker is always a treat to see.


We saw a lot of snakes of all sizes sunning themselves. It is the season where all the critters are enjoying the warm sunshine.



Our shadow shot, do you see hubby pointing at the little snapping turtle on the trail?


Turtles, like these Sliders were seen all around the marshland.


We also saw this Osprey from the car, eating something on the ground.


More snakes, can you find two snakes on this tree stump? I hope you enjoyed our walk with the birds and critters.  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
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Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

81 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

The Red-headed Woodpecker is one of my favorite birds, but I rarely get to see one.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, the snake was beautiful! laughed at the directional shadow - too cute!

love the redheadeds and so jealous of the little blue! someday, maybe...

Wandering Wren said...

Woah - that's a tread carefully walk in more ways than one with all those snakes around. The shadow shot picture is very clever no wonder the baby turtle was a little snappy :) North Point State Park looks a really interesting place for a wander!
Have a happy week
Wren x

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I saw three snakes on my hike today, too. Must have been the weekend to sun.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

It's a wonderful season!!! I saw 3 or 4 water snakes. I don't think I've seena red-headed woodpecker!

Missy George said...

Not a fan of snakes..Cute shadow shot...Hope you had a good weekend..Have a nice week!!

Lois said...

I love all the birds, especially the Little Blue Heron. Not a big fan of the snakes ever since one managed to get inside my house a couple of years ago.

jeannettestgermain said...

Thank you so much for your shot for SEASONS - I appreciate also that you're visiting some others:)
When I looked at the shadow shot, I had no idea what was going on, till I was reading your text:) That Osprey looks fierce - do you know if it's related to the eagle? (Don't have to research it for me though -just if you know off hand!)
Have a great week Eileen and see you soon:)

Tom said...

what a wonderful wildlife collection

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Cool snakes, Eileen. I don't think I've seen a Red-headed Woodpecker yet! I guess they like pine forests...?
~

rupam sarma said...

Awesome pics.
Have a nice week ahead. Greetings.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Great photos, Eileen.
Sun does a body good for many a critter I see :)
Have a Happy Week ahead.
Peace :)

Linda said...

Eileen, such a beautiful array here! Thank you so much for sharing.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Great spotting Eileen, those snakes blend well in their environment! YAM xx

Linda W. said...

More great bird photos! And I like the creative way your hubby pointed to the turtle in your photo.

Anu said...

Nice series of birds! Oh, I don’t like snakes, but they looks awesome. The photo of Little Blue Heron is great.

Margaret Adamson said...

Your whole post is utterly wonderful, packed with great critters. Loved seeing the snakes (in your post only!) and the woodpecker

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow, Eileen--that is a lot of critters! Love the birds and turtles--don't love the snakes--lol. This looks like a wonderful park for wildlife! Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day!

Noushka said...

Hello Eillen,
I just loved this shot of your hubby pointing at the turtle! And the 2 snakes on the log is also quite incredible!
Congrats for the Osprey, what a beauty!
Lovely footage :)
Warm hugs, enjoy your week!

Sue said...

Ha-how cute--I love the one of you guys and hubby pointing!
And red-headed woodpeckers are one of my all time favorites. We never see them here.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas e espectaculares fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Suza said...

wonderful pictures. I never saw a snake in nature! excellent images.
Best regards
susa

jandi said...

Lovely shots! Wishing you a happy Mother's Day!

Crissi said...

Oh I'm not a fan of snakes ;(! Very nice shots!
Happy week for you
Crissi

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of the different animals and birds.
Wow, the snake is great and big. The turtles are so cute.
Best regards, Synnöve

Crafty Green Poet said...

the red headed woodpecker and the blue heron are both such lovely looking birds

Mary Hone said...

What a fun place, all those birds it must be heaven. That blue heron is beautiful. I've never seen one of those.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Great photos of the nature.. Lovely place.. Regards..

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

looks like a fun gorgeous awesome park!! love all the critters. fun times! ( ;

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Great shot of the shadow pointing at the turtle, made me giggle.
Have a fantastic week Eileen.

handmade by amalia said...

The snake looks very scary. But the turtles are fun.
Amalia
xo

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful collection of birds (and other critters) from one of your many amazing natural places. A wonderful walk. I saw my first red-heads of the season on my morning walk today. I never know if these birds just get here this time of year or if they come out of hiding because there are not so many people around. Either way, I am always happy to see them.

Ana Freire said...

What can I say?...
Beautiful and amazing photographic work, Eileen!
I love all the images... snake included!... :-D
Have a great week ahead!
Kisses! I hope you have had a Happy Mother's Day!
Ana

Sandra said...

The turtle in collage looks like it is playing Simon says. Love the shadow shot. And the snake.

Christine said...

Oh my Eileen you saw such a great variety of creatures, all enjoying the sun! I had to look carefully for the second snake!
Cute photo of your hubby pointing to the turtle!
Have a great week!

Linda Kay said...

I could do without the snake, Eileen, but love the woodpecker pics.

Nancy Chan said...

That's a cool shadow shot. Love all the critters but not the snakes.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Thanks for sharing your visit to North Point State Park. Excellent photos, as always. You are the best at creating mosaics! Wishing you a fine week ahead!

Uppal said...

Fun trip with great rewards! WOW!

RedPat said...

So many snakes! I don't mind them as long as I know they aren't poisonous! Love the Blue Heron!

Lady Fi said...

Amazing shots. Just lovely!

Photo Cache said...

So scared of snakes, I can't believe you stumble upon them there. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

Worth a Thousand Words

Our photos said...

Very nice !

Zizi Santos said...

Eileen

Faz tempo que não vejo cobras!
Prefiro a mansa tartaruga!
lindas imagens!
Tenha uma feliz semana
Zizi

joanna said...

That's a shadow-shot with a difference :-)

Martin Kloess said...

Great shots. Thank you for sharing.

The Yum List said...

Beautiful shots Eileen. Have a great week ahead.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I had to laugh at the shadow shot and the turtle...so cute! :)

Alexander said...

Nice captures of the wild animals. It seems like an exciting outing for photography.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://alex.kakinan.com

Debby Ray said...

What a bunch of neat critters....except the snake..everything except the snake :O

Lowcarb team member said...

Not too sure of the snakes!!!

Love your shadow shot - such fun!
That red headed woodpecker is just a great colouring isn't it.

Hope this new week has started well for you.

All the best Jan

CountryMouse said...

So much for you to see. Ahh, your hubby is a funny one.

September Violets said...

The little blue heron is so beautiful!! I've not heard of them before, and you got a wonderful shot of it. I love seeing birds and turtles ... snakes, not so much :[ We were paddling in a marsh once and the going was very slow as we were getting stuck on the muck under the canoe. While we were trying to free ourselves in one spot I suddenly realized a HUGE snake was coiled up on a marshy mound just inches from our canoe ... ugh! I am so frantic when I see a snake, and I could NOT get that darned canoe pushed free fast enough. Thankfully the snake stayed put (he was probably laughing at my reaction).

Rambling Woods said...

Oh my jam-packed with wildlife... Love the little blue... Michelle

Lea said...


A great series of photos, but I could do without the snakes!

David Gascoigne said...

You are just far enough south that there is a distinct difference in the bird lie that your experience from what we see here. I always enjoy seeing what you have been seeing.

ann said...

You find so much wildlife on your walks so near your home. I love all of your bird photos--I have said that before. I like the little blue heron, too.

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic images you have done, the Snakes are something else, beautiful.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Great photos, Eileen - I would say "lovely photos", but there are those snakes... :D
The shadow shot is the best.
Thank you for sharing. Have a happy week!

Marie C said...

Wonderful series of finds! I love that clever "shadow shot" and the osprey on the ground...too cool!

Penelope Postcards said...

Wow … what a feast for the eyes of wildlife. The sunbathing snakes are something I rarely see in my neck of the woods.

carol l mckenna said...

More gorgeous nature photography ~ All are delightful!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Blogger Jedidja said...

So beautiful! But snakes ...brrr. Iam glad I live in a country without snakes :-)

Helma said...


The woodpeckers with their red head are great to see! The heron, the bird of prey and other birds are super again. Additionally, turtle and ieuwwww ....... a big snake! I ehb enjoyed these photos.

Greetings, Helma

Hannah said...

I would love to see a red-headed woodpecker, Eileen! It's so cool you take time to go to these interesting wild places and share your photos, since I don't get out much to do that. I'm reminded of when my adventurous brother kept a large snapping turtle in his room briefly, until it started climbing everything.

Denise inVA said...

Always enjoyable Eileen, super photos. Thanks for sharing them and have a great week :)

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Little Blue; what a sweetheart. Happy Day.

Indrani said...

Wonderful collages you create!
Happy Wednesday to you!

Adam Jones said...

The red-headed Woodpecker is a real stunner Eileen.

Irene said...

Wow, so much to see in North Point State Park!!! Great captures!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) It's so good to catch up with you and see what you have captured on camera. Love those REd-headed Woodpeckers, not one I knew about, and thanks for sharing so many other wonderful critters.:)

Gail said...

Wonderfully amazing pictures and critters.

Phil Slade said...

Ola from Menorca. I'm glad to see you enjoying some spring sunshine Eileen. We are too and I hope it continues for us all.

Birgitta said...

You have a rich wildlife there you live! So many great photos!

NatureFootstep said...

yea, I see two snakes :) Lots of gorgeous images. Did not know the turtle was so small. :)

Silver Parrot said...

Lovely shots! We have Ospreys here, but I've never seen the Red-headed Woodpecker before!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Loving all the pictures - even the snake photo's. Of course, you do know the Red-headed Woodpecker is my favorite of the bunch. Have a fabulous day tomorrow!

Beth @ PlantPostings said...

I like the shadow shot. You saw so much wildlife at the park! It's so exciting to see all the migrating birds.

abrianna said...

LOl, I have a very similar turtle shot that I have not yet posted.

Neil said...

Very nice walk to see all the animals.

Maggee said...

Favorite picture is the shadow one pointing to the turtle! Excellent! But I am still hoping to see a Red-headed woodpecker, so that is next to my favorite! Thanks for sharing!