Monday, April 6, 2020

Our World, My World

 Happy Monday everyone,

I hope everyone is taking care, staying healthy and avoiding the Covid-19 virus.   We are trying to stay positive and remain calm, I really wish for things to be back to normal.  

These are images from around my yard,  from the last week of March. I am glad I have the bird feeders along the deck right outside the window. I hope you are not tired of seeing my birds and photos.  

My first Brown Thrasher of the season, seen on March 30th.  


 A Red-bellied Woodpecker seen at the suet feeder.. 


 Below the Brown Thrasher and the Red-bellied Woodpecker are taking turns at the suet feeder.


 We just have the daffodils and forsythia blooming right now, we are seeing daylilies and iris growing well.  A Cardinal sits in one of our pine trees and across the driveway I can watch a Great Blue Heron on the tree top.




A feral cat likes to drink out of our pond.  Usually it runs away as soon as he sees me but this day he watched me as I was watching him..  






I can watch the Great Blue Herons fly and land in the trees, near their nest. 



Happy Passover April 8 to all those who celebrate!! Wishing you and your families Peace, Good Health and Happiness!


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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday's Critters #329

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


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These are photos from our early March getaway to Delaware and Ocean City Maryland. I am so happy we took this trip before all the requests to stay safe at home and the park closures.  On the last morning,we left early in the morning, so we could visit a few parks on the way home. 


Two birding spots were new to me and right off the highway we were taking to go home. Below a quickie stop at the Ocean City inlet before slowly heading home.  Top row is the Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon. Middle row more Common Loons.  Bottom row is from W. Ocean City pond Gadwall and female Ring-necked Duck.  

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Ocean City inlet, there were a lot of Gulls and Cormorants.




More ducks from the West Ocean City pond, a male Ring-necked Duck, 2 Tundra Swans, Gadwall, a Northern Shoveler. Bottom row are the Tundra Swans, Bufflehead Ducks and a pair of Ring-necked Ducks.



Tundra Swans, Northern Shoveler and guessing a Gadwall.






Below is another new spot for me was at the Berlin, Maryland @ Heron Park.  We saw a lot of ducks, of course they were all floating on the opposite side of the pond and lighting was not the best in the morning. Plenty of Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Redhead Duck and Ruddy Ducks.



A large group of Northern Shovelers seen in Berlin Maryland at the Heron Park.





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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!


 Happy April and happy Thankful Thursday everyone!

During these stressful times, I am trying to stay positive and cheerful.  It is Spring and we are having some nice weather days. I am seeing and hearing more and more spring-summer birds now.  I keep hearing the Eastern Phoebe somewhere in my yard, I saw my first of the season Chipping Sparrow. I guess I should report I also saw the dreaded Brown-headed Cowbird on my deck.  I do enjoy all the happy bird sounds around my yard. 

 One day hubby and I took a walk on the fire road and to the lake.  The sky and clouds looked pretty. 

Update: not sure for the reasons, but the fire road walks along with fishing, kayaking and hiking are not allowed now due to the Covid-19. We rarely see other people on our walks, so I am not sure the purpose of closing down access to the reservoir. 


 Across the lake is the Bald Eagle nest. We missed seeing the eagles, one could be sitting low in the nest..


 A few Canada geese on the lake..


 You can just barely make out the lake/reservoir through these pine trees.


 Seen from the parking lot at the fire road and kind of far out in the field, but I noticed a group of Wild Turkeys.



Back at home on our driveway we noticed around 7 Great Blue herons flying around, I think there was also a juvenile Bald Eagle too. I could only capture this photo of the Great Blue Heron. The herons fly in circles to confuse the eagle and to protect their nest.





A pair of Eastern Bluebirds came back to check out one of the birdhouses, apparently a Carolina Chickadee already took over the house. The chickadee actually chased the female Bluebird away.



I am thankful and happy to see the Bluebirds are back at another one of my birdhouses.  Fingers are crossed that they stay and are successful nesting.

 I am always thankful for my library ebooks. MY latest books finished are:
New Tricks by David Rosenfelt, #7 in the Andy Carpenter series.
Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt # 8 in the Andy Carpenter series.
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear # 5 in the Maisie Dobbs series.




I am thankful to be well and virus-free and I hope all my blog readers are safe and healthy too. 

I am always thankful for your visits and the comments.



Live simple and be happy!  😊 Spread joy & happiness!


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


Monday, March 30, 2020

Our World, My World

 Happy Monday everyone!

We are doing good here. I hope everyone is doing well, healthy and happy! Things are as normal as they can be in this situation. I have my yard birds to help entertain me..

The Great Blue Herons seem to be doing well, I am not sure how many nests we have in our neighborhood. Maybe 6-8 herons nest, more could be more hidden. 



The Hairy Woodpeckers enjoy the suet feeders. I also am seeing the Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and a Northern Flicker in my yard and at my feeders.


My winter birds are still here and I am seeing a few of my summer birds. I have a few Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throated Sparrow, the Chipping Sparrow has returned and I am seeing the Pine Warbler often at my suet feeders.

I am still seeing Dark-eyed Juncos as of 3/25/20


Resident Carolina Chickadee..




Local Great Blue Herons on nest. 



Leucistic Song Sparrow was seen on my deck. 



On left the winter White-throated Sparrow and on the right the spring/summer Chipping Sparrow seen together on 3/22/20


I am happy with the variety of birds I can see from my deck and windows.  BTW, all these photos are from my windows except for the GB Herons which were seen from the local fire road. It is the opposite view of the heron's nest I see from our yard.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday's Critters #328

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!



Before the lock down in early March, we took trip to Ocean City Maryland. During our getaway we visited the Assateague Island National Seashore and the Assateague Md State Park. Hubby and I both have senior passes for both parks which is nice, we no longer have to make sure we have exact change. 

We walked the beaches, the boardwalk trails and drove around the park looking for birds and the Assateague ponies.  







The Maryland Assateague Island ponies are owned by the national park, they are kept separate from the Chincotegue Island Virginia ponies.  Around 150 ponies are owned by the Chincoteague Island Volunteer Fire Company in Chincoteague Island Virginia. Some of these ponies are auctioned off each year.



Below a few Killdeer, Northern Gannet over the ocean, bottom right are some of the Common Loons.



 The Common Loons seemed to be the most common bird seen from the beach.


 I was able to find a few Northern Gannets far out in the ocean, it is fun to watch them dive.


The Killdeer were seen and heard on the Assateague Island beach.



Traffic back up from the Assateague ponies crossing the street.



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Our World, My World

 Happy Monday everyone, I hope everyone is taking care, staying healthy and avoiding the Covid-19 virus.   We are trying to stay positive...