For this weeks Mosaic Monday
and Our World Tuesday
. I can not believe how fast these weeks are going by. Since, I work Monday thru Friday hubby and I enjoy getting out on the weekend to enjoy nature and to do some hiking and my favorite hobby birding.
This Sunday morning hubby, Goldie Girl and I hiked the Serpentine Trail at Soldier's Delight a natural environmental area here in Maryland. This trail is 2.5 miles goes thru the largest serpentine barren in the eastern United States. The park or NEA consist of grassland, wetland and an oak forest. The barrens are underlain with serpentinite a rock that has very little quartz and aluminium bearing minerals, it consists mainly of serpentine. Serpentinite is naturally disolved by rainfall which leaves a thin layer of rocky soil. Soldiers Delight was also mined up until 1860 for chrome and was once one of the largerest producers of chromite in the world.
I saw three Eastern Phoebes during my walk. Other birds seen and heard were Bluejays, Cardinals, Chickadees, House Wren, Nuthatches, Mourning Doves, Hairy Woodpecker, Redbellied Woodpecker, Crows and Turkey Vultures. I was really excited to see a kettle of Broad Winged hawks. My first time for seeing a kettle, there had to be at least fifty of these hawks flying together. Very cool sighting and photos to come on another post later.
This Serpentine barren contains scrub oaks, pines, cedars, grasses and some unique and rare wildflowers. We passed many signs requesting hikers to stay on the trails due to the sensitive nature of the ecosystem.
A few bluebirds and an unknown hawk was seen off the trail. The hawk may have been a Coopers Hawk.
To see more wonderful mosaics please visit Mary's Mosaic Monday
and to see more wonderful photos from around the world check out Our World Tuesday
. Thanks to Mary of Little Red House and thanks to the gang at Our World: Sylvia, Sandy, Arija, Gattina, and Lady Fi.
Also, big thanks for visiting my blog and post. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.