Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday's Critters #240

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love all God's creatures 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!

These are some birds and images from my visit to North Beach, Maryland.

Snowy Egret


Barn Swallow


I am guessing this is a Yellowlegs, not sure though.


Osprey,  one of many seen around the Chesapeake Bay.


The Osprey was perched on this tower.


Double-crested Cormorants.



I am again guessing, this is a Snowy Egret.



I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments ! 






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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday!


During our one night two day visit to the New River Gorge Bridge and National Park we visited the Sandstone Falls and the visitor center. They were working on the road back to the Sandstone Falls so it took a while to drive there. It was worth putting up with the road work to see this pretty spot of the park. Sandstone Falls is 1500 feet wide and is made up of a network of boardwalks and little islands.

Early morning fog was hanging around the mountains near the New River.




The Sandstone Falls at the New River Gorge Park. It was a pretty day for a hike at the park and waterfalls.


Sitting in the car waiting our turn for the road to open back up, I noticed a few Baltimore Orioles in the trees in from the car.


Some of the birds seen on the Sandstone Falls island walk. Great-crested Flycatcher, Chickadee, Cardinal and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.


I watched two Yellow-billed Cuckoos in a tree top. I was only able to capture one in my photos. 


The beautiful Indigo Bunting. 


The boardwalk trail leads to several islands at the Sandstone Falls. 


Swallowtail butterflies were hanging about.


The Great-crested Flycatcher posed for a photo. 


Sandstone Falls is part of the New River Gorge National Park, we stopped at the visitor center for a quick visit. There was this pretty Trumpet Honeysuckle outside the visitor center. I like the display of stones with the message:

"Our Parks, our watersheds, they belong to us all. Each one of us must help to protect the watershed we live in."







I am thankful to all the people who keep their parks, towns and neighborhood clean. 

I am thankful to visit our National Parks, our country is beautiful. 

I am thankful for the road crews, they have a hard job. 

I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 




Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday


Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Happy Monday




Hello and Happy Monday. 

Can you believe how fast the days and month are flying by? I am sharing some images from our walk at the local nature center called  Hashawha. I have done various post on our walks at this park you can check out other post listed on the tags and side bar.


There are two Eastern Bluebirds in the photo below, can you find them?



The American Crow below was talking or fussing about something. 


There were some pretty water lilies in one of the three ponds at Hashawha Nature Center.




One spot along the trail was filled with pretty Bee Balm.


Next to the Bee Balm were these pretty purple flowers. Not sure of their id.




One of the three ponds.


Just a guess, this is a Blue Dasher?


Slider turtles were plentiful.  This one was just a baby.


Torn but still pretty Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly on the milkweed?


Just guessing this is a Window Skimmer?



Thanks for your visit today!  I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.



Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
I hope to see you there. Thanks to the host today. Enjoy your day and new week.

As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday's Critters #239

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love all God's creatures 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!

These are some birds and a butterfly from my yard. The Great Blue Heron found my little pond and was seen often sticking it's beak in the pond and eating something. I think it found some tadpoles or frogs to eat. After a few days, it went missing I am hoping it found a way back to it's nest with the other herons.

The juvenile Great Blue Heron takes a walk around the yard and finds my little pond.


The White-breasted Nuthatch is a regular visitor to the feeders.


A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly on our Bee Balm.


The House Wren can be heard loud and clear even while I am inside my house. It is loud!


American Goldfinches and House Finches are regular visitors to the feeders. Those darn squirrels chewed a hole in my thistle sock.  I had to save some thistle seeds in a different feeder.


The young Great Blue Heron was seen walking all around my yard.  Below it is next to our shed.



The female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. 



I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments this past year !






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, July 12, 2018

9th Blog Anniversary

Happy Thankful Thursday!

It is not only Thankful Thursday, but my 9th blog anniversary.  I started blogging July 13th 2009.
It has been great meeting bloggers both in person and virtually from around the world. A couple of bloggers  I have been able to meet in person,  Linda in Pennsylvania , her blog is  The Beauty Around Us and Mary in Kentucky and her blog is  Red Shouldered Hawks of Tingsgrove.  I may slow down occasionally but I could never stop blogging. I love  reading other blogs and  seeing photos from around the world. .

I am sharing some of my favorite images, hikes and birds from the past year.

July 2017, I am sharing a Veery off the local fire road near our home. 





Aug 9th 2017, we went on a hike to Maryland Heights overlooking Harper's Ferry. A hard hike but worth the view.



Sept 28th, a trip to Western Pennsylvania and  Erie Pa. We met blogger Linda at the  Kinzua Bridge State Park.




Oct 14th was my 200th  Saturday Critter party and post. A cute Field Sparrow seen at the Big Meadows Shenandoah Nat'l Park. I do not see the Field Sparrows often so this one was a treat.





From Nov 13 2017 a look at the moon from my sister's place in Ocean Isle Beach, NC



On Dec 4th 2017, I posted this cute Carolina Chickadee mid air. 




On Jan 4th I posted one of my favorite winter visitors the Pine Warbler.



Feb 18th, during my Great Backyard Bird Count I had a pair of Bluebirds checking out one of my birdhouses. 




March 2018, we visited Assateague Island National Seashore. Always wonderful to see the wild ponies. 



April 2018, Hubby and I enjoyed an overnight trip to Shenandoah NP. We stayed at the Skyland Resort. It was nice to be the later in the day to see the sunset.




May 2018,  We went on a road trip to Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. I met blogger Mary in Kentucky.










June 2018, I saw a Summer Tanager off the local fire road. 





I am thankful to meet some bloggers in person and all the bloggers from around the world I have met virtually thru the internet. 

I am thankful to go on our getaways and road trips.

I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


Thank you Michelle for hostingHappy Monday, enjoy your day and new week! Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday


Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

Saturday's Critters #240

Welcome to Saturday's Critters! If you love all God's creatur...