Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monocacy River Trail

Hello, officially our summer starts Monday June 20 at 5:24PM. Our weather has been a mixture of cool and hot days. More cool than hot. When the weather cooperates and all is well,  hubby and I enjoy our walks. The Monocacy River Trail near Frederick Maryland is one of our favorite spots for a walk. Here are some scenes and birds from our walk.


Hubby is surprised I can find a hummingbird on the tree tops as we walk, we also saw the Red-shouldered Hawk, A few Indigo Buntings, House Wrens and the American Robins.


The Red-shouldered Hawk posed nicely on a tree branch for me.


I am not sure what kind of tree this is, but the tree has these thorn like thingys growing out of the trunk.  I did a google search and came up with a similar thorn tree called the Honey Locust.


Hubby and I always enjoy seeing the wildlife on our walks. Can you find the three deer in this photo above? With all the bushes and trees I was not able to get a clear shot of the deers.  They all seem to be missing their heads.


Above is a shot of the trail, ferns, wildflowers or weeds, black rat snake on the trail,  a toad and a Downy Woodpecker. I hope you enjoyed our walk.






For Tom's Barn Collective, I found some barns during our drive to Frederick, Md. Thanks for coming along.  Thank you for visiting and for the nice comments. As always, thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, Sunday thru Wednesday. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Tom for hosting The Barn Collective
Thanks to Jesh our host for Seasons
Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday   last Monday of the month
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

84 comments:

Martin Kloess said...

One more day. Some more breath taking photos.
Have you met Deb Hirt?
http://debhirt.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-saga-of-green-heron-clan.html

Deb Hirt said...

Hello, Eileen. Martin Kloess sent me over, as we both appreciate nature. http://debhirt.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Hi Eileen, today and tomorrow here in Montreal our temperatures are 36 celsius with the humidity, which is about 96.8 fahrenheit. I will gladly take the cooler temperatures over this...perhaps we can swap. LOL! Another lovely series, and the red-shouldered hawk is definitely posing for you! What a delightful bird! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a wonder filled week! :)

A Quiet Corner said...

Great shots let alone the place itself, Eileen. I really love the hawk!!!...:)JP

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

What a beautiful photo of the Red-shouldered hawk! Very nice captured!
I get chills when I see the black rat snake, I am really afraid of snakes and worms.

Have a nice Sunday, and nice week ahead!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Ha...almost as good as making my hike. I have to recover from working in the yard Saturday...and I'll be back out there.!!

pattisjarrett said...

The hawk did pose nicely for you! Someone else posted a honey locust with a ton of thorns. I had no idea! Apparently, I've never seen one!

Cloudia said...

Nature shows you her treasures, Eileen

Bob Bushell said...

That picture of a Hawk is fabulous Eileen.

Debbie said...

you have a great eye eileen, i only spot the hummingbirds when they are on or near the feeders. we have had a nice blend of weather, i have been enjoying the cooler nights. wish your husband a happy fathers day!!!

Tom said...

Years ago when I was in Lancaster County PA I saw many barns that were similar to your last one with the stone wall. This is something that is not seen around here. Many barns across this country have things about them in common, yet things that set them apart. Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful week and please stop back again soon.

Irene said...

Must be a great place to visit, so many different critters! All nice shots, but my favorite is the hawk!

Wish you a great week!

Irene

Missy George said...

Great hawk shot !! Gorgeous

Merlesworld said...

Wonderful picture of the hawk.
I wouldn't try and climb that tree, those spikes look nasty.
Merle..............

Happyone said...

Amazing shot of the red hawk.

Small City Scenes said...

That red shouldered Hawk is just beautiful. Perfect shot.
Love the barn shots too.
MB

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I always enjoy being taken along on one of your walks - Except for that snake! :-) And I agree, how do you manage to see those little hummingbirds just hanging out?

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

My goodness - you do see a lot of birds on your walks - either you are fast or the birds are good posers. Lovely barns too.

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful pics.
Have a nice week ahead.

Linda W. said...

Nice capture of the hawk! And all your bird photos are great.

jeannettestgermain said...

Love your wildlife walk! The landscape, the birds, can't choose a favorite:) Many thanks Eileen for sharing this walk with SEASONS - much appreciated:) Wishing you a beautiful and happy week - yay -summer!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful red-shoulder. love the hummingbird and the snake, too.

Margaret Adamson said...

Another lovely walk with your husband.My favourite shot is the stunning Hawk

Wandering Wren said...

Here's to a great summer Eileen full of birds, travels and sunshine!
Wren x

diane b said...

Great shot of the Hawk and the hummingbird. It is nice to wander amongst nature.

Sue said...

Great shot of the hawk--it is as if he were posing just for you!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

What a wonderful place to go for a stroll.
Loving how the Red-shouldered hawk has sat and posed for you, stunning shot! Have a great week ahead Eileen :)

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Magnificas e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.
Andarilhar

Nancy Chan said...

You always capture so many interesting critters on your walk. If I see snake on my walk, I will freak out and abandon my walk. Have a beautiful day!

Betty Manousos said...

gorgeous hawk capture, eileen! thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs with us.
have a great week ahead¬

Karen said...

The hawk was posing for you, looking mighty proud of himself! Have a wonderful first day of summer.

The Yum List said...

I agree... it seems that Red-shouldered Hawk is posing just for you. :-)

Lea said...

A great series of photos! Wonderful hawk!
Have a beautiful week!

Captured By Jade said...

This looks to be a great trail, Eileen - plenty to see in the way of nature but also really peaceful.

Whilst I love all the shots, the bird pictures as well as the one with the hidden deer in are really great!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Great photos, Eileen, so nice the Red-shouldered Hawk image!
Have a pleasant week!

Lady Fi said...

Wow - fabulous shots of the birds. Love the hawk and the hummer.

Mama Zen said...

Love that shot of the hawk! Wow!

Christine said...

Super shots of all the wildlife on your walk, Eileen, but the hawk posing was a gift!
I love that long white barn, we don't see any like that over here.
Enjoy your week!

Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you for visiting today, Eileen. When you get to know us, you will find out that Jess gets married this summer! It's coming around the bend very soon, and me and Nel are giving her a shower also.

Oh, I just love these birds on here. I saw two doves in my back yard the other night, and I think they were mates. Have a lovely week.

~Sheri

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I really love the hawk !

RedPat said...

The hawk shot is wonderful!

mick said...

Thanks for sharing your walk. Great photos and the birds and trees are beautiful.

Photo Cache said...

The hawk posed especially for you. What a nice shot.

Worth a Thousand Words

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely nature walk! You have such great eyes for birds, I'm not a bit surprised you found a hummer on the tree top. Wishing you a perfect summer.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I did enjoy your walk and felt as though I was right there with you.
You do have a good eye to see those little hummingbirds up so high!

Mildred said...

Happy First Day of Summer, Eileen. Wow, I love these photos. Incredible pic of hummer and hawk, especially. These barns are pretty, too. Always a joy to visit with you.

bettyl-NZ said...

Great photos of an awesome walk--thanks for taking us along!

Phil Slade said...

You had a lovely walk there Eileen. It's a briiliant shot of the Red-shouldered Hawk - it really posed well for you.

Enjoy the rest of your week. We're both hoping for sun for the longest days.

Lowcarb team member said...

Great collection of photo's Eileen and didn't that red-shouldered hawk pose so nicely for you, an amazing photo.

Have a lovely week ahead, and happy summer too!

All the best Jan

s.c said...

Great nature shots. I like them.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Black rat snakes are running around all over!

I still haven't met any toads lately. They're so charming.
~

Stewart M said...

The thorns on that tree look remarkable - I think I am glad its not native to my part of the world

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Fun60 said...

I loved coming on the walk with you. You are such a good bird spotter.

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful! In the name Monocacy, is the syllable noc the one that is stressed? I love that area. We visited there once, years ago.

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Wouldn't think many bears would climb those thorny trees--ouch. Happy Day.

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of all these beuatiful birds and nature around you. The hawk is gorgeous !!!
Best regards, Synnöve

Helma said...

Hi Eileen,
shows you beautiful nature and birds.
What are those big spikes on the tree? I read that you have searched on google and have encountered similar tree.
Have a nice week.
Greetings, Helma

Ida said...

I too am amazed that you spotted that humming way up on the branch - so cute. Nice shot of the hawk.
That tree with the spiky thorns on the side is so weird and cool.
Always fun to spot animals in the woods. Toads make me smile.

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

i needed my bird book this weekend, i saw several birds that i was not familiar with, i will have to do some research. out kayaking in the VA mtns. loved it. got lots to do. have a super awesome week, Eileen!! ( :

jeannettestgermain said...

Thank you Eileen for your collage you contributed to SEASONS! Really appreciate your sharings.
Just wanted to let you know, you also commented on Amador County, but it's now hidden because I accidentally posted it, but was planned for one of the next week:) Wishing you a joyous week!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Another lovely nature walk with so much to see and enjoy. Amazing sighting of the Humming bird, snake, toad, and all the other birds, and I especially love the Hawk, what a stunning capture.:)

Alexa T said...

How lovely the red hawk posed!! indeed, it's an amazing bird. Have a lovely Summer and a pleasant week!

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures! I vish you a happy sommer!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

You have really got good eyes to spy a hummer in the tree tops! Thanks for the tour- I enjoyed it!

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

It is a pleasure to capture red hawks. There are several places where we can see them close to the house. One used to live on the ceiling of the building I used to work.

Lux G. said...

And summer just ended on my side of the planet. :D
Enjoy summer!

jandi said...

gorgeous hawk! that tree looks scary to climb! have a beautiful day!

Adam Jones said...

Fantastic shot of the Hawk Eileen. Superb!

Blogger Jedidja said...

Thanks Eileen. I love all your photos. The snake, brrr. The Red-shouldered Hawk is so imposant.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Another very neat series of photos here. My favorite is the Red-shouldered Hawk ... Outstanding shot! You should submit that one to one of the guidebooks! Thanks, as always, for sharing and have a happy day and remainder of the week! By the way, I am curious ... Do you have any posts in your other blog (Travel) about your cruise to Alaska?

eileeninmd said...

Hello John, thanks for the comment and question about the Alaska Cruise. On my travel blog you can click on the Alaska label and see pic from our cruise. http://travelwitheileen.blogspot.com/search/label/Alaska

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful series of photographs and collages
Love the beautiful red-shoulder.
Best regards, Irma

Rambling Woods said...

Hi Eileen...You do have some of the best bird photos and variety in you posts...Michelle

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Looks like a beautiful spot. Glad you shared the views. That Downy is pretty. I love the hawk. Honey Locust trees are sometimes used for fence posts in rural areas as they are tough and imposing as is when cut to length. Have a great day tomorrow!

Ana Freire said...

Amazing shots, with so much to see in every each image...
Thank you for taking us with you, through your walks, in every each remarkable post, like this one, Eileen...
The image of the Red-Shouldered Hawk is wonderful... and that strange tree... is a mistery for me, too. I never saw any, like that...
All the best, Eileen! Enjoy your Summer. Over here, we finally had the very first hot day, yesterday...
A big kiss...
Ana

Denise inVA said...

Great trail with lots of interesting sights. Thanks for sharing your walk with us Eileen, and enjoy the rest of your week :)

facile et beau - Gusta said...

amazing shots. i never saw a tree with throns .
have a nice day

Indrani said...

he red hawk looks so dignified! Wonder what it is thinking!
Great series... though the snake scared me.

carol l mckenna said...

Thanks for the welcome home and love the red tail hawk and gorgeous nature photography!

Happy Day and Weekend to you ~ ^_^

NatureFootstep said...

wow, you have so many beautiful trails to walk. I envy you your wildlife. Love the birds of course.

Marie C said...

What gorgeous photos, Eileen! Such a wonderful place to spend some time! Just a really lovely post. Thanks for sharing this day with us!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Oh My; the Red-shouldered Hawk, looks really gorgeous and handsome; even posing for you like showing off himself♡♡♡
ps; Thank you SO much for your kind return mail as well, Dear friend.

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

genie said...

I am so sorry to be a week late commenting but we have had workmen demolishing the dining room and kitchen floors. What a mess! I am finally getting to my computer. Better late than never. As always you have shared with us great birds, critters, and barns. You definitely live in the most beautiful area. All of your photos amaze me.That little barn with the tree about to consume it has to be my favorite. It has to have lots of wonderful stories and tales hidden in its walls. The white one with the stone wall is impressive, too. Hope you have a nice week. Genie

A Green and Rosie Life said...

It's lovely to see such great photos of your local wildlife #NatureNotes - I hope the snake isn't poisonous. #NatureNotes