Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday's Critters #197

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love critters like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

I am playing catch up with all my blog reading, hubby and I took a short trip to Pennsylvania. I finally met up with Linda, her blog is  Thebeautyaroundus. I hope to return visits and comments asap.

'I am sharing some photos of critters and birds seen from our walk at the local Hashawha Nature Center. We walk a loop that goes by several ponds, their raptor center, wildflower field and back past the larger lake.

A couple of Slider Turtles sunning themselves.


Some views from our loop hike around the nature center.



From the Raptor Center, the Red-tailed Hawk and a Barred Owl. These birds are hurt and can not survive in the wild.




Some scenes from the larger lake, included the Great Blue Heron, wild hibiscus and a turtle.



I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too!



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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park


Hello, happy Thursday,

I thought I would take you back to May and our visit to the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park. We walked a few trails, one trail took us close to the Hoh River. The Hoh Rainforest is lush and green from all the rain received in this area. There is a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees, lots of mosses and ferns. 

A view of the Hoh River and a pretty sky. 



Fern and mosses growing on a downed tree.


An Elk trying to hide from us just off the trail.


Below a line of trees growing out of one old fallen tree on the ground.


Wood duck couple and some very green reflections.


Another look at the Hoh River.


Looking up at the sky thru the tall trees. 



Below is the cute Wilson's warbler, easily id from the black line on the top of it's head.



The Northern Rough-winged Swallows were seen near the Hoh River.



There were a few ducks in this pond, but the Wood Ducks were a little closer for a photo. 



Beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains and the Hoh River. 




The Hoh Rainforest and the Olympic National Park was one of my favorite places to visit in Washington State. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend a visit.  I hope you enjoyed my photos.

My thankful list for today:
I am thankful for all the national parks in our country.  
I am thankful for your visits and your comments.

"Be thankful for all the troubles you don't have." 

Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!

Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday

Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sandwich Tern


Happy Monday everyone!

Terns, Terns and more Terns. There are 15 various Terns listed in my field guide book for North America. But, on this post I am only sharing the Sandwich Tern. My first sighting of the Sandwich Tern was at Chincoteague. I was happy to see the Sandwich Tern again while In Florida near Daytona Beach. These photos were taken just south of Daytona Beach at the Ponce Inlet and Lighthouse Point Park.


You can't miss the Sandwich Tern with it's sharp black bill with a yellow tip. It is small to medium sized seabird and gull like in appearance. They have long pointed wings, grey above and white below. and legs are black.


They have a shaggy black crest. The Tern plunges and dives for their food.


Below two Sandwich Terns and bottom right I believe is the Royal Tern with the orange bill.


Just to show an assortment below is a gull, a few Royal Terns and one Sandwich Tern in the middle.


Closer look at the bill of the Royal Tern compared to the bill of the Sandwich Tern.





I hope you enjoyed my photos and post.
As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday's Critters #196

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love critters like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

On this day hubby and I took a walk on the local fire road to the lake. We have lived near this lake going on 28 years now and this was the first time we saw a snake in the water. It looked like it was checking us out.



I zoomed in on this Turkey Vulture high up in a tree.


We saw a nice group of Canada Geese floating on the lake.




A couple of Eastern Kingbirds seen in the tree off the fire road.


There was a family of the Eastern Kingbirds in this one tree, can you find three Kingbirds in the tree below. Click on photo for a larger view.





A mosaic with the birds seen during our walk. The Turkey Vulture, the lake, snake, leaves turning colors, a not so clear shot of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Kingbird, Canada Geese, more Kingbirds and the lake.




I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too!



Here is a list of my linky parties;
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

North Point State Park

Hello and happy Thursday!

These are some images from our walk at the North Point State Park in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is great seeing the Little Blue Herons at this park, usually we can see  the juveniles Little Blues too. The Ospreys and Swallows were plentiful on this day and we had pretty views of the Chesapeake Bay.

One of the first Little Blue Herons was on the hunt for food.



A lunapic landscape edit of the Rose Mallow or Wild Hibiscus.


A tree full of swallows.



Another Little Blue Heron.


Osprey, we saw 3-4 Ospreys at the park. Some must be juveniles.


A juvenile Little Blue Heron.


A view of the pretty sky and Chesapeake Bay.



A dead tree and a few osprey high in sky. In case you did not see the Osprey, one is on each side of the tree high in the sky.





This is a Lunapic Landscape edit, I like the reflections of the sky on the marsh water. 



My thankful list for today:
I am thankful for the simple things, like a pretty sky and beautiful views.
I am thankful for the beautiful birds and wildlife I see all around me.
I am thankful for your visits and your comments.


I hope you enjoy my photos and the pretty birds and sky. Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!



Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday

Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cattle Egrets


Happy Monday everyone!

I am sharing one of my favorite birds seen in Florida. We saw many of the Cattle Egrets at the Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland Florida. During the breeding season they have pretty tan or golden feathers on their head, chest and back. They are smaller in size compared to the other Egret species. They are all white with a yellow bill and legs.

BTW, I hope Florida and my friends and family there have all safely survived Hurricane Irma. I also hope all my favorite birding spots, birds and wildlife have survived this storm.


If you click on the photo below you can see some of the Cattle Egret below that have the golden colors on their head.


These two Cattle Egrets were seen in Baltimore County Maryland. So they are found up and down the coast during the summer season.


A few more Cattle Egrets seen at a local Florida preserve.  They eat insects on gassy fields.




I hope you enjoyed my Egrets photos and post.
As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday's Critters #195

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love critters like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

I am sharing some more of my backyard birds, butterflies and critters. Most of the photos were take during the month of August.

A young Gray Catbird, I was taking photos of my Trumpet vine flowers when this bird suddenly appeared. Perfect timing for my photo.


A pair of Chipping Sparrows, they have been my most common bird along with the Cardinal this summer.


A Painted Lady butterfly


A Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher lives in the woods next to our house. Sometimes it comes over to our bushes and trees looking for bugs to eat.


A bunny on the deck steps. The morning glory plant is going great this year, it is covering our fence and starting to take over.


A pair of House Wrens. It was raining in this photo, if you look closely you can see the raindrops.



A Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitting on a buddleia leaf.


Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly on buddleia.


My hummers loved this Lantana plant and flowers.


Great Spangled Butterflies.



Another Spicebush or Pipevine Swallowtail.


Cedar Waxwing, a couple of them landed in our dead weeping cherry tree. We left the dead tree standing just for the birds, they seem to like perching in this tree.


A large bullfrog by our little pond.


Various butterflies seen in my yard this in August.




I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too!


Here is a list of my linky parties;
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!