Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Around the Yard

Linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday

Since it is officially Spring, I want to wish everyone Happy Spring, Happy Passover and Happy Easter to my blogging friends.

These are the skies from the past week the skies over my yard, the vultures are always here.  Both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures are hanging around in high numbers.



I was worried that some of the vultures are landing in same trees that the Great Blue Herons have their nest. I can only assume that they get along well.


This shot was taken on the same day as the shot above with the vultures and if you look in the top right corner of the photo you can just barely make out black dots.... more vultures flying around.


When I first took this shot of the heron nest, I thought it was empty. But, if you look closely ( or click for a bigger photo) on the left side of the nest you can see the heron beak and the top of the heron's head. Looks like a cute mommy.


Our weather has been all over the place lately. Sometimes it is warm or it can be very cold. We have had lots of rain or snow showers. No real signs of Spring here, I do see the daffodils are just coming out of the ground but no blooms yet.


I love to see a real pretty blue sky with some awesome looking clouds.


For NF Winged, beside the vultures, I have another one of my woodies, this is the female Downy Woodpecker just outside my dining room window.





The last two mornings, I have been catching the nearly full moon setting. It does look beautiful.


This Wednesday morning there were some thin clouds around the moon creating shadow spots on the moon. I hope you enjoyed my post and skies. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your nice comments.
Happy Skywatching and Happy Spring to everyone!

To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
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Thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday! Thanks to the host of NF Winged.  Also, thank you for stopping by to see my post. I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.

50 comments:

✿ chica said...

Adorei tudo aqui.Lindos céus e lua! Muito legal! beijos,tudo de bom,chica e FELIZ PÁSCOA!

Jori said...

My goodness! I have never seen so many vultures at once. Last summer there were 7 flying over my house, and I thought that was alot. Wow! What an awesome photo!

Carole M. said...

I enjoyed your post Eileen; interesting to see the vultures so high.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!Amazing photos!!Wow!!So many birds in the sky!!Wonderful shots of the full moon and the cloudy skies!!Hope you have a great day!
Dimi..

Lynne said...

Always . . . great photos . . . loved looking closely at the Heron nest, just to "make sure" and the moon pics . . . wonderful indeed!

EG CameraGirl said...

I wonder if vultures like taking over old heron nests. I know Long-eared owls sometimes do. So a heron is back. I have actually seen a great blue heron this year too. Now I KNOW spring is on it's way.

Jenn Valmonte said...

Wow, those are all superb shots!

Rebecca said...

That's a lot of vultures... Great shots! Happy Easter :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That is A LOT of vultures!! I love the Downy Woodpecker pic. And the Moon shots are incredible!

TexWisGirl said...

i love all the vultures spiraling! so cool! and LOVE your moon shot, too!

Montanagirl said...

That's a lot of Vultures. We usually have two or three dozen here every year. They perch in a dead tree about a block from our house! Love your Moon shots.

Noushka said...

WOW, many vultures indeed!
I don't think the herons should fear them, they are scavengers mainly.
A great series, I like the moon shots too!

Karen said...

That's a lot of vultures! Beautiful moon captures!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the sky shots, especially the 2nd one! You did a great job of photographing the heron nest. I've never seen one.

Judy said...

I love seeing all the vultures circling in your skies!! But then, I love seeing birds in large numbers, whatever species they may be...
The second image of the moon is simply breath-taking! I love those clouds!!!

Phil said...

All those vultures! It must be Spring for them Eileen. Are they heading north or is that number usual for you at this time of year? It's a great shot of them all circling like that.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Amazing to see the sheer numbers of vultures you have. The pink sky shot is so pretty and the downy woodpecker focus is perfect! A wonderful series of photos you have posted today. A very Happy Easter to you, Eileen!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That is a lot of vultures! Wow! Our weather has been all over the place lately as well. I just want it to be warm and feel like spring. Love those moon shots, so pretty!

Marie said...

Your sky and moon shots are gorgeous! And that heron nest is so cool! I hope you get to photograph the babies, too.

grammie g said...

Hi Eileen...Just lovely skies,birds, moon and clouds!!
I think someone was grinding the pepper mill in the first one ; )that is quite the sight!!
It took me a minute,but I found the heron beak,and head!! Nice!
Grace

islandwonder said...

Great moon! I am going to try tonight to photograph it. It is not my strength. Wonderful!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, Hope the Vultures don't bother the Herons.. I don't think they will... At least I HOPE not...

Great set of pictures, and your moon pictures are great.

Our recent cold weather did a 'number' on our Daffodils. Some may come back and some not....

Hugs,
Betsy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's been cooler than usual in SW Florida for the month of March .. odd weather patterns.

I'd worry about the vultures and the herons a bit, but I guess as long as the babies are alive and peeping they will leave them alone.

Hope you are able to photograph the babies as the grow.

George said...

You certainly have a lot of vultures (of the feathered variety) in your neighborhood. I could see the heron in the nest. I really like your sky and moon photos.

Emilie's daughter said...

Is this really on this world? It looks like paradise! Great, great photos! Christa

Maria said...

These are beautiful landscapes, you get a very nice moon over there!

Bob Bushell said...

That is a MOON.

Carver said...

These are all beautiful shots and you took wonderful ones of the moon.

Indrani said...

Happy spring to you too!
Great skies !

forgetmenot said...

Eileen, My goodness, you are surrounded by vultures !!! Beautiful skies in your area and the moon shots are awesome. Happy Easter. Mickie ;)

Kusum Sanu said...

That last moon pic is haunting!!

Leave It To Davis said...

Love the last moon and the sky picture where the sky is lavender just where it meets the earth...very pretty shots!

ladyfi said...

A lovely set of shots. That moon really is gorgeous.

Steffi said...

Wonderful photos for SWF,Eileen!Happy Easter to you!

Lina Gustina said...

Admire your shots, Eileen. Look fantastic -love them all.

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Jidhu Jose said...

awesome shots
happy skywatch Friday

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shots. I love seeing herons and buzzards but don't see them too often here.

Tricia Hays said...

birds, a nest, beautiful skies & moon... oh my! seriously awesome moon shot =)

Giga said...

Bardzo dużo jest sępów na niebie. W gnieździe ptaka widziałam. U nie ma wiosny, dalej jest zima. Śliczny jest ptak w karmniku. Życzę radosnych Świąt Wielkanocnych !
Very much a vulture in the sky. I saw a bird in the nest. In no spring is still winter. A pretty bird in karmniku. I wish you a happy Easter!

Debbie said...

Really awesome moon shots, it's been gorgeous these past few days!!

Great shot of the Downey!!

MandaBurms said...

once again I love your photos you take.
What type of camera do you use?

Smiled when I clicked on photo and did see the lovely mama heron.

Thank you for sharing your photos!
Love Leanne

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful skies and the woodie is beautiful.

Laura. M said...

Beautiful photos. I saw the heron's nest :))
Happy Easter.
a kiss.

Caroline Gill said...

Brilliant photos, Eileen, of the moon! I particularly like your Downy Woodpecker ... such a great bird! Thank you for visiting my Wild & Wonderful blog. HAPPY EASTER!

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous photos, lovely moon, beautiful woodpecker, and all..

Happy Easter!

Jesh StG said...

The nest is my favorite! Although all your pics are splendid! Happy Easter, Eileen!

bj said...

O, these photos are so awesome. What a great job you do with that camera of yours. :))
Happy Easter

Linda said...

The moon photos are spectacular!
Our weather has been all over the place too.

Celeste said...

Wow that is an impressive kettle of vultures and I love your moon shots - so dramatic.

Linnea said...

That's too many vultures for my comfort zone! THanks for giving us a glimpse of your skies. Enjoy the onset of spring and thanks for stopping by!

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