Monday, February 6, 2023

Happy Monday!

 Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!


"Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts."




"Leave footprints of love and kindness wherever you go."



"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 477

 Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!

 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!

Can you believe it's February, here I am still sharing some January photos. These are images from my neighborhood and back yard.  Hubby and I have not been anywhere special to see the critters and birds. Hopefully soon we can get out soon and see some different sights.  

1. Jan 12th, Hubby and I tried on various days to see the Golden Eagle, it was still hanging around and some lucky birders and photographers were able to see it. We did see the usual birds at the lake and in the area.  Below are an Eastern Bluebird, not sure of the flock of birds flying away, a view of the boat ramp at the lake, the Common Mergansers are being seen every day, a bridge over the lake close to where the Golden Eagle was being seen and Canada Geese are regulars. 

Click on images for better viewing.




2. Jan 12th, a large group of Common Mergansers. Every morning, they were seen in the same area of the lake. 





3. Jan 15th, we drove around the lake giving ourselves another chance to see the Golden Eagle. The usual Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers and a juvenile Bald Eagle. I did catch a glimpse of the Golden Eagle, which was only a tiny brown speck in the distance. Other birders were there and able to capture some good photos that day. Timing is everything, my timing is not so good. 





4. Jan 16th,  I was getting obsessed with the Golden Eagle. It is being seen only a short drive away 5-10 minutes around the lake. I could not count my sighting of a tiny brown speck flying away as my first Golden Eagle sighting.  Some birders were lucky to see the Golden Eagle perched in a tree right next to the bridge. 

My sightings, the moon and a contrail, another juvenile Bald Eagle, I did see a beautiful leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers, Belted Kingfisher, adult Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, vultures on a deer carcass. It was interesting to see another hawk chasing the leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, they put on a little air show. 





5. Jan 16th, we drove around the lake making a loop on the way home. I caught what I believe is a Red-shouldered Hawk. 





6. Jan 18th,  I noticed the Turkey and Black Vultures flying over our neighborhood. At one time there had to be at least 30 vultures flying around. Another chance to see the Golden Eagle, no luck there. I did see the Northern Mockingbird, I heard a lot of Nuthatches and the usual Common Mergansers out on the lake. Hubby and I did drive and walk on the NCR bike trail that day. 




7. Jan 18th, seen from my deck, the vultures are often seen in our neighborhood, I think they know the hunters leave the deer carcass in the forest or at the edge of parking areas. There were more vultures in the sky at this time, I could not fit them all into one photo. 





8. Jan 18th, a Northern Mockingbird was seen hanging out in a tree on the boat ramp parking lot. 





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Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



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I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out! Also, I am also linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post. 

Monday, January 30, 2023

Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is your the pilot."



Tundra Swans at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge Maryland.

Bye-bye January, hello February!


"Time flies but memories last forever."


"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 476

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!

 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 photos and birds are from my back yard and our nearby lake/reservoir. Hubby and I are happy that the lake is just a walking distance from our home.

We live near the Prettyboy Reservoir which is one of three reservoirs owned by Baltimore City. I recently posted about the ducks seen at the Loch Raven Reservoir which is one of the three reservoirs, Liberty Reservoir is the third reservoir. Baltimore City and five surrounding counties have plenty of drinking water. 

1. Jan 7th, in the back yard, hubby and I were watching a large group of Dark-eyed Juncos pecking away at the ground, two Northern Flickers joined the Junco group.  Photos were taken through the windows.  Click on images for better viewing.





2. The female is brownish-gray in color and has the pink bill and the white in the tail area. 





3. The male Dark-eyed Junco is a dark grey with a pink bill and white outer tail feathers which show more while they are in flight.





4. Jan 7th, the Northern Flicker pecking away at the ground. Not sure if these birds were finding seeds or bugs on the ground. 





5. Jan 7th, our walk to the lake, we saw groups here and there of the male and female Common Mergansers.  Of course most were across the lake, so I had to zoom in to get a closer look. 






6. Below the male with the green head is with a group of female Common Mergansers. 





7. Taking off, these Common Mergansers would fly from one end of the lake to the other end.  






8. Two female Common Mergansers. They started off close to us near the lake shore, but quickly swam to the other side of the lake. 




 


9. The sunlight on the male Common Merganser. He is beautiful, also known as a Goosander. They are considered a seaduck, found in rivers and lakes. 




10.  Jan 7th, a view of our Prettyboy Reservoir. If we did not look closely we would have missed seeing the Mergansers. At times they dive and disappear, reappearing in a different spot.  




11.  Jan 9th, On the NCR trail, hubby and I walked a few miles on the bike trail. A chilly day so it was a brisk walk. I have a few scenes and some Eastern Bluebirds taken from the trail. 




12. Jan 11th , after seeing beautiful photos of a Golden Eagle on the Maryland Birders facebook page, the Golden Eagle was being seen at our lake since early January. Hubby and I decided to take a chance and see if the Golden Eagle was still there, of course we missed it again. We did see more Common Mergansers, Cooper's Hawk, Vultures and a Bald Eagle. 





Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



Here is my linky:


I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out! Also, I am also linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post. 

Monday, January 23, 2023

Happy Monday!

 Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!


"Run wild and free like a waterfall."




"Life is better with waterfalls."

Upper Falls at Old Man's Cave, Hocking Hills State Park




"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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