Monday, November 12, 2018

Our World, My World

Hello and Happy Monday!

Officially Veterans Day is Nov 11th, but today is the day workers in the USA celebrate Veterans Day. I am thankful to all those who serve. 

We were happy to watch our son's dogs Nibbles and Chewy for a long weekend. I think they had a little doggie vacation too.  We took them for walks on the fire road once or twice a day. This walk is about 1 mile round trip from our house. We have many fire roads around our neighborhood for walking, at this time of the year we have to watch out for the deer hunters.



Grand-dogs Nibbles on the left and Chewy on the right go for a walk. 



Below some various images of the sky, the woods next to our house and the grand-dogs.




The mosaic below shows some of the red maple trees along the driveway this fall and the rhododendron and the window where the Screech Owl likes to sit.  As of 11/09/18 I have still heard and seen this owl in our front yard. 



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

Thanks to Angie the new host of  Mosaic Monday
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, November 10, 2018

Saturday's Critters #256

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On Oct 30-31st hubby and I visited Edwin B Forsythe NWR near Atlantic City NJ. We got a great deal on a one night stay in the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey. The Edwin B. Forsythe wildlife refuge has an 8 mile wildlife drive, trails and a nice visitor center. We visited the wildlife refuge twice, once on Oct 30th and again on the 31st before heading home. Here are some of the birds we saw on the first day. I took a lot of photos.


The Yellow-rumped Warblers (butter-butt) were right next to the visitor parking lot. I think they may have been eating juniper berries, not positive though. BTW, if any of my id's are wrong I do not mind being corrected.



We saw a few Mute Swans at the beginning of the wildlife drive. 


There were lots of Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets.


The Northern Pintail ducks were plentiful. 


The American Black Duck is a common sight at this wildlife refuge. I think the little shorebirds are the Dunlin, but I could be wrong. Any id help is appreciated. 


The only duck I am sure of below is the Green-winged Teal, not so sure about the others? Maybe a female Northern Pintail and more Black Ducks.


Below the Great Blue Heron look pretty spreading it's wings and there is a Northern Shoveler off to the right.



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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday!

The full moon in October 24th is called the Hunter's Moon or the Barley Moon. It was time to harvest the Barley. We had a clear morning so I was able to take some moon photos from my deck. 



The moon on Oct 22nd.



The Hunter's moon on Oct 24th.




One of our recent walks on the fire road, this walk is almost a mile and a half from home. We saw some fall colors and a Northern Flicker and a distant hawk. 

I posted this photo on the Maryland birds facebook group asking for id help. It was a toss up between the Cooper's hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. More replies leaned toward the Sharpie. 



The Northern Flicker high in a tree top. It was a cloudy day so the sky was not looking very pretty. 


Pretty oranges and red leaves. 


Some pretty yellow leaves. 


We saw a lot of bushes along the fire road with these red berries. The birds could have a feast here.






Thankful for the helpful replies and answers to my hawk id request. 
Thankful for clear skies and a pretty moon.
A thankful heart is a happy heart. 
am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


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


Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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

Monday, November 5, 2018

Our World, My World


Happy Monday, enjoy your day! Have a great new week!

Tomorrow is Election Day in the USA. If you have not voted already, please go vote!  


I have been enjoying the winter birds showing up in my yard and neighborhood.  The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a favorite, maybe this winter will be an irruption year with all kinds of migrants showing up.  I would be happy to see the Pine Siskins, Evening Grosbeak and maybe even a Redpoll. But for now, I will enjoy what is in my yard and at my feeders.  

One of my winter birds, the White-throated Sparrow.




Some pretty yellow fall colors out our kitchen window.



The Red-breasted Nuthatch is being seen daily now. 


November 2nd we had a clematis bloom.






The Purple Finch, has a pretty raspberry color. 


Some pretty colors on the side yard. The red maples are looking beautiful. 








The female Red-bellied Woodpecker.


The male Cardinal and on the other side is the Red-breasted Nuthatch.


A Chipping Sparrow was still hanging around, they are a summer bird for me.



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

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

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

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday's Critters #255

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!

As of Oct 25th I was still seeing the Screech Owl in my front yard. A few times it was seen outside my window that I call my Treadmill window. I have posted often about the birds I have seen out my "treadmill" window.  It is actually our den window facing the front yard.

Oct 17th, during the  evening I heard a bang, the poor owl must have flown into the window. Or he was chased into the window. Not the best photo below, but you can see the owl's wings looked a little ragged. But, it was Ok and left a little later.





Another evening I heard the owl calling before I saw it again out the same window. It likes sitting in our rhododendron bush which is right next to the window and house. Sorry, these owl photos were taking from my hallway looking toward the window so I would not spook the owl. 



The weekend of Oct 26th we were dog watching for my son, he went on trip to Salem Ma for a long weekend. We enjoy the company of our grand-dogs, Nibbles and Chewy. 


Chewy is on the left and Nibbles is on the right.  


Oct 25th the Painted Lady butterfly on the butterfly bush. 


Oct 23rd, the chipmunk filling his cheeks. 


Oct 28th the Screech Owl was back looking into my window.  I had to lighten this photo, it was getting dark out and I did not use a flash. 


Oct 31st, the Screech Owl is again sitting in the rhododendron in the evening.  This photo was taken using ISO 3200 and I still had to lighten in my photo program.






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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Our World, My World

Hello and Happy Monday! Officially Veterans Day is Nov 11th, but today is the day workers in the USA celebrate Veterans Day. I am thankfu...