Assateague Island & Ocean City, Md

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

December 1, 2013

I am not one that had to be out shopping on Black Friday.. I hate crowds. So on the morning after Thanksgiving Day hubby and I took off for another two day trip to the beach and a loop around the Delaware shores. On the first morning we stopped at Assateague Island to see the birds, horses and the beach. From there we headed to Ocean City, Maryland.. We checked the inlet for seabirds and hubby just could not leave before buying some famous OC Thrasher French Fries.


Above Assateague Island National Seashore, Song Sparrow, Assateague wild pony, Mockingbird, Yellow Rump Warbler, Surfers.

 Assateague Island Mockingbird..seemed to be a common bird found in the park along with the Yellow-rump Warblers.




Ocean City inlet jetty, Purple Sandpipers, Seagulls and pigeons and Ocean City Amusement pier.


While enjoying some fries, we sat in the warm car and watched the gulls on the inlet parking lot.


The Purple Sandpipers are cute birds with their orange legs and bills. They can be found foraging on the rocks around the jetty. The Common Loon was another bird we found at the Ocean City Inlet. To continue our loop around the Maryland & Delaware seashores we hopped back in the car and headed for Delaware Indian River Inlet which will be my next post...

I am starting a new MEME called Saturday Critters..Saturday Morning 8am EST...join in on the party and post your cute critters.

As always, I hope you enjoy my post and thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

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 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week!

Comments

Joop Zand said…
Good post Eileen.....i like these all very much.

Greetings and i wish you a lovely sunday.

Joop
Pallavi said…
My dear Eileen, glad you enjoyed the two day holiday with your husband. The pictures are lovely :) Have a great week ahead.
Beth Edwards said…
amazing shots. love the horsey shot. ( :
The Furry Gnome said…
What a great way to spend 'Black Friday'!
Montanagirl said…
I LOVE your posts. I think I may have mentioned once that as a kid I read the book "Misty of Chincoteague". I still love horses. Nice job on your photos. I don't even know what a "Meme" is. LOL
Pam :) said…
Hi Eileen, I'm not a black Friday shopper either.
I'd rather enjoy your beautiful birds and the marvelous places you share with us.
Happy Sunday :)
The beach definitely sounds better than the mall on Black Friday :)
Noushka said…
I bet you are feel better at the beach than shopping in a crowd!
Same with me! LOL! I would even skip the french fries!!
Lovely sightings, The yellow-eump warbler is a discovery to me.
Cheers Eileen, enjoy your sunday!
Ela said…
Wonderful pictures ! You showed such a beautiful place !
Greetings !
Debbie said…
saturday critters sounds fun. anything you do or participate in will likely be a huge success!!

does critters include birds??

i have never been to ocean city, we pass the parkway exit all the time and have never gotten off. now i have to change that!!
Really nice photos! I like the cute gulls. I'm not one for Black Friday shopping either. I stayed far away from the stores!
Lynne said…
I like those little sand pipers . . .
Celeste said…
Looks like a great day out Eileen, I love the sun and sand shot. That is exactly how I think of the ocean back home :)
Love the idea of your meme, I'd be up for it.
Mersad said…
That beach if wonderful. Love the sun rays.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography
Brian King said…
You made the right choice! Beautiful photos! I don't do the after Thanksgiving shopping thing, either.

There's an established "Camera Critters" meme that takes place on the weekend. Just FYI.
TexWisGirl said…
looks like a great way to spend the day!
Phil Slade said…
Sunshine and seabirds is definitely better than shopping Eileen. A good decision of yours to go birding when everyone else seems to have gone mad - over here too.
DIMI said…
Hallo Eileen!!
What a beautiful place you visit!!Lovely seasides and so preety birds and horses!!Great shots!!I agree with you for saturday critters!!It's a good idea!!!
Wish you a happy new month of December!!Hugs!!
Dimi...
Our photos said…
Beautiful series photos Eileen!
Happy Sunday.
Irma said…
Beautiful photos Eileen.
Nice place to stay.
Greetings Irma
Betsy Adams said…
That's a perfect way to spend Thanksgiving Weekend. I hate crowds and shopping also... What a neat place!!!! I love the beach. We are headed there soon (NC)...

The Purple Sandpipers are so adorable..
Hugs,
Betsy
Bob Bushell said…
Brilliant day for you Eileen.
Gail Dixon said…
I'm with you on crowds and shopping on Black Friday. No way. Great photos you've posted. Keep em coming!
EG CameraGirl said…
Sounds like my kinda way to spend Black Friday, Eileen.
Custom Comforts said…
Beautiful photos Eileen. I haven't been to OC in years. It was so nice to see pictures of the ocean and the wild ponies.
Cindy
Rajesh said…
Beautiful shots of the place. It looks like it has something for everyone.
Incredible Eileen.
The sandpipers are lovely with their distinguished colouring - they look like our native Dotterel which is a shore bird too.

The Song Sparrow sounds interesting too.
I love visiting the beach and watching the gulls conducting their meetings on the sand!

I would love to join your Saturday Critters occasionally - I don't often get photos of critters that are worth showing, but I'll certainly try!!

Shane
Poppy said…
Eileen,

Such nostalgic images of the amusement park, and pretty beach scenes. That sparrow is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time! Love birds...they're just so sweet!

Have a great week!

Poppy
These are beautiful photos..I love the beach scenery, and Saturday Critters sound wonderful!
A nice place to meander around and enjoy the wildlife. I don't like crowds either Eileen; Black Friday and Boxing Day are a good time to avoid malls.
I am interested in your meme and although I've enjoyed Camera Critters, it has become too big for my comfort zone.
Judith
Merlesworld said…
Great pictures how do you get so close to the birds or do you have a super lens.
Merle.....
Your posts always remind me of how much variety there is in the U.S. I saw Purple Sandpipers in Iceland and Svalbard so it is nice to see them again.
diane b said…
Nothing better than visiting the beach in Autumn and eating fries and watching the bird life. Love the star sun.
Cathy Keller said…
The blue of the sky!!! Oh, my!!!! Wishing you well!!
It looks so nice and warm there :) Lovely photos ! :)

Saturday Critters sounds fun..I am always photographing my squirrel friends or the birds here / I am sure I'd link up sometimes if not every week, lol! :)
me (maria) said…
Beautiful photos!!
Have a great month of December!
Saun said…
These are beautiful looks like you had a good time. Camera critters on Saturday if you do it I will be there. Sounds fun
I love the star-shaped sunlight, so pretty! Good for you on going to the beach instead of shopping! Have a good week ahead :)
Happyone said…
Ocean City - so much nicer after season!!
Beautiful pictures.
Stephanie said…
You live in such interesting surroundings. Like you, I don't like crowds either. Great images! Great idea on critter meme.
podso said…
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and have a good week!
I would much better be outside enjoying nature any day of the week! I think I saw a warbler today...they sure are brightly colored birds. I love your beach scenes and shorebirds! Hugs!
Veronica Roth said…
Hi Eileen, I'm with you. I'd much rather be watching the birds than shopping any day...let alone Black Friday. Yikes! Today we have the loveliest collection of birds in the garden, including blue jays, chikadees, flickers, towhees and robins.
Sheila said…
Oh how lucky you are to live close to such beautiful beaches. Your photos are lovely. thanks for sharing them with us!
Carole M. said…
wise move I'd say escaping the busy carparks and crowded shops for a nice escape by yourselves to explore and enjoy the lovely fresh air and scenery; lovely series Eileen
It is so nice to see the Assateague wild ponies are still thriving, Eileen.

A Saturday Critters meme sounds like fun!
Ercotravels said…
Beautiful photos, Eileen! specially like the 1st shot...
Marvelous photos of the beach and the sand and the birds. Amazing sunshine and light !
Best regards, Synnöve
Interesting mosaic......I love the golden maned horse.

Happy Monday!
Ruby
rainfield61 said…
You have done some birds talk in the thanksgiving day.
wonderful shots. I especially like the Ocean City images. My sister used to live nearby in Snow Hill MD.
Cottage Tails said…
I always enjoy your Mosaic Monday photos. I'm not one for crowds at all - could think of nothing worst going to the sales. SHUDDER. I'd rather have less stuff.
Love Leanne
wildlifewatcher said…
Hi Eileen, Saturday Critters sounds great! I am enjoying seeing your birds and of course, those fabulous wild ponies (Yes, I read M. Henry as a child). Have a great day!
Dear Eileen, amazing pics! It still looks so summery! I have been to Delaware and I have only the best memories! Blue sea, birds, amazing landscape and wonderful, friendly people! CHrista
ladyfi said…
What a sparkling day. Such gorgeous shots.
mick said…
Great photos and I agree that your trip around the coast sounds much better than a crowded shopping trip!
islandwonder said…
Great shots! I really like Assateague Island. I went there years ago when visiting a friend. I especially enjoy the ponies running around.
islandwonder said…
Great shots! I really enjoy Assateague Island. The ponies are fun to see.
Sylvia K said…
Beautiful place and such a beautiful day!! Terrific captures as always, Eileen!! We're having some beautiful and mild weather, too, for this time of year!! I love it!! Hope you have a great week!!
DeniseinVA said…
Your two day trip was a lot more preferable to Black Friday. I hate crowds too and going to the beach and photographing all those gorgeous birds and other wildlife would definitely be my cup of tea :) Beautiful photos as always Eileen. Have a great week!
Wonderful way to spend your time ~ very creative and beautiful photography ~ thanks, carol, xxx
I am with you and the crowds. I usually end up making a shopping list before hand, and then finding the best price online. My favorite part about shopping online is that I get to stay home. It really is the best.
Love the sweet mocking bird looking over his shoulder! Gorgeous photos.
Hugs,
Patti
Photo Cache said…
not a shopper either. just like you i'd rather be anywhere else but the malls on black friday.
Betty Luckhurst said…
That was so much more fun than risking an arm or an eye on Black Friday! Your photos are lovely, as always. I'll see if I can find something for your new meme :)
Leovi said…
Great, these pictures are gorgeous! A wonderful place!
NatureFootstep said…
great place. Love the beautiful beach. It looks special :)
Terri Buster said…
All wonderful shots and I am sure a lovely way to spend the day- I really like that very last shot- almost looks 3-D.
Lorrie said…
How great to skip town for a little road trip instead of shopping. Much better. Eating french fries at the beach sounds like such fun. The bird photos are great.
Al said…
Beautiful photos. I lived in Maryland for three years but never made it there.
Carver said…
Love the shots of the birds. I don't ever shop on black Friday and I did get a walk around the lake near me and also enjoyed the birds. I hope you are having a happy birthday!
Glenda/MidSouth said…
I also do not do the weekend after Thanksgiving shopping. Nothing I want that bad.
Great beach shots - thanks for sharing. Thanks for stopping by.
Karen said…
Much more enjoyable than shopping! Fabulous scenery!

Are you taking over for Camera Critters?
Yogi♪♪♪ said…
I'm with you, I hate crowds and haven't shopped on black Friday in years.

Great shots of the wildlife and now I'm interested in those fries.
Indrani said…
You have such lovely captures that your collages turn wonderful! Love the series here.
Birgitta said…
Beautiful and great shots!
Fun60 said…
What a wonderful place to go for a walk. So much to see and so few people to disturb your views.
Thank you Eileen...I have heard of
Assateague Island National Seashore, but never got to go. You have just peeked my interest more with these beautiful images. I wonder if our dogs are allowed on, or even near that beach...I need to do some checking~
I always love going on an outing with you Eileen. Have a wonderful week.
Love the story behind the assateague ponies!! Have longed to one day visit when they bring them over.
I'm with you - have never gone shopping after Thanksgiving! Would much rather visit nature!!
Beautiful place to be any day at all, but especially on Black Friday...I have never done that, we always go to the beach or somewhere natural.
edenhills said…
I visited Assateague Island once years ago. It was so beautiful, and I would love to go back! Can't wait for your Saturday Critters!
Red Nomad OZ said…
As always, I am amazed by the differences and similarities of your birds compared to ours!! It's always a pleasure checking them out!
Huldra said…
Pure balsam for the soul :)

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