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Saturday's Critters #26

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Saturday's Critters #26

Hello and happy weekend!  OK, it's time to share your critters. I hope to see you join in on the Critter party.


I am sharing a few of the birds and a lizard seen at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge in Belize. I saw many new birds just walking around the grounds of our lodge.


Beside the lodge was a farm with free roaming chickens, duck and Guineafowl. I believe are these Guineafowl. During our walks these birds would come close to hubby and I.  It was like they were greeting us..



The Green Kingfisher is the smallest kingfisher and were a common sight to see down at the river.. Sometimes we would see two flying or hanging out together.. I believe my photo is of the female or maybe a juvenile, the male would have a rusty colored band around the chest..The female has two green bands around the chest.  I think there was a nest on the opposite side of the river.



This close up shows that there is a start of the second green belly band of the female..so m…

A tower view

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Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences
I hope you have a chance to check out both of these fun memes.

We are happy to be home now with our Goldie Girl. Hubby and I had a great vacation in Belize. These are some scenes from the Gazebo Tower and some scenes from around our Sleeping Giant Rainforest resort.   On a hot humid day, the hike up to the Gazebo tower was rough..At times there was a rope along the side to hold onto as we hiked up the mountain.. Once we arrived at the top the views were beautiful and then we got stuck there until a passing storm went by..It was an adventure.


A view from the tower, you can see the cows way down there. The road is called the Hummingbird Highway, I love that name..



I was glad I decided to zoom in for a look at these cows, I captured a fence for Tex's Good Fences.


Here is a view looking up at the Gabezo tower from when we did some birding along the orchard road. The tower is at the tippy top almost in the middle of the photo above the …

Collared Aracari

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I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes


For this week's Wild Bird I am featuring the Collared Aracari of the Toucan family. We watched this family of Collared Aracari's from the resort's dining room.. At times we saw 5-6 of these toucans flying or perched in the trees on the edge of the resort's property near the river.


Like the other toucans this bird has a large bill, is a dull yellow and has a black saw-tooth pattern..They also have a black head, a reddish collar and red rump.


The Aracari's were a treat to see and especially so many at one time.. My first sighting of these cool wild birds was in Costa Rica Collared Aracari



The Collared Aracari can lay three eggs in a nesting cavity. They roost socially, up to 6 adults and fledglings sleep in the same hole with their tail folded over their backs. 




Thanks for stopping by my post and for all the nice comments.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos pl…

Belize Vacation

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I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

Hubby and I just returned from a week in Belize. We started our trip with 4 nights at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Resort.  A beautiful resort with lovely landscaped gardens, the rainforest,  a view of the mountains and river.  I will do a review of our stay on Trip Advisor but I wanted to start my post with the first day of our vacation in Belize.


The resort was located in the Belize rainforest.. lovely trees and flowers surrounded the resort and hotel rooms..



The bougainvillea  in Belize is gorgeous, so many pretty colors..

The ducks and turkeys roamed freely around the resort, the flowers attracted all kinds of birds. I will share more of the lifers and new birds I saw while in Belize.


The Flamboyant trees were one of my favorite trees, also known as the Royal Poinciana.




The Social Flycatchers were silly trying to build a nest inside an umbrella near the resorts pool.


A view of the Sleeping Giant and mountains surroundin…

Saturday's Critters #25

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Saturday's Critters #25

Happy Memorial Day!!

Hello and happy weekend!  OK, it's time to share your critters. I hope to see you join in on the Critter party. I may still be away from the computer today. I hope you join in and visit some of the participants linking up with the critter party..



Pretty sure these are mostly Yellowlegs..not too sure which Lesser or Greater?



These shorebirds were seen in a local Maryland park.. I hope you enjoyed my birds and post. Have fun with the critter party. 




An InLinkz Link-up



To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious host: Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin. Also, sharing with Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting.

 I hope everyone ( in the USA)  has a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends..


To see more beautifu…

Saturday's Critters #24

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Saturday's Critters #24

I am scheduling this post as I will be away from my computer.. So I am praying that the linky will be working ok.  I will catch up with everyone's post as soon as I can.  I will be turning my comments off... instead of leaving me a comment it would be nice if you could visit a new critter blog and post.


The White-throated Sparrows were seen in a local park in Maryland during one of our outings..



A pretty male American Goldfinch also seen in the park during our walk..




An InLinkz Link-up



Comments turned off for this post, thank you! I will catch up will everyone's post as soon as I can.

Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I appreciate the visits, previous comments and the support of my blogging friends..Have a happy weekend!


To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious host: Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin. Also, sharing with Camera Critter…

Backyard Birds

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Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences

My post today I sharing some fence scenes from my neighborhood for Tex's Good Fence meme, some backyard birds and a couple shots of the moon for my Skywatch Friday post.


For my Good Fence post this week  I am sharing this fence that has birdhouses on all the fence posts.. I ride by here often and I enjoy seeing all the different kinds of birdhouses. Sometimes they change them out and put out new houses. 



 A closer view of some of the houses and fence.I have not seen teakettle bird houses.


If I were a bird, I would be a little afraid of this birdhouse..



Some more of the houses seen along the fence.. we had to move (traffic got in the way) so I could not get more closeups of the houses, but they all look cute..


 Back in my yard..is a Tufted Titmouse.. they seem to be quite active in my yard.. Chasing each other all around..


The pretty Indigo Buntings are still visiting, it would be nice if they stayed all summer.


 The moon on Mon…

It was a Rail day

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I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's wild bird I am featuring the Virginia Rail..

 Hubby and I were among many of the Maryland birders that went to see the Virginia Rails being seen at the Swan Harbor Farms in Aberdeen, Maryland.. On one day 10-11 Virginia Rails were being seen.  Hubby and I saw 5 Virginia Rails, a Sora,  a Clapper Rail on the same day at the same place.. We sat in a blind and just watched them coming out of the reeds. It was so cool. We thought we also saw the King Rail, but it is not included in any of my photos..


 The Virginia Rail is a small water bird of the Rallidae family. Their breeding habitat is marshlands. They are secretive bird that usually remain hidden in the vegetation. They have a long curved red bill and gray cheeks, rufous throat and breast.





A Virginia Rail and muskrat


Together above were three Virginia Rails and a Sparrow.





 A few Sora's were being seen also.. With this bird their yellow beak is good t…

Around the Yard_May 10

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I am linking up with Personal Photo Challenge and Our World Tuesday 


This week's challenge is COLOR

I wish a Happy Mother's Day to all my blogging friends!

I am sharing some bird and blooms around my yard, especially timed for Mother's Day!  This is my first attempt at the Personal Photo Challenge..this week is color..

Lately I've been seeing 4-5 Indigo Buntings in my yard.  Above is the adult male, non-breeding male and a female bottom right.

 Our pink Dogwood blooms, dogwood blooms mixed with a Redbud tree that is behind and an Azalea bush.


On this shot the Dogwood tree sits in front of the Redbud tree. I like the mixture of colors with the pink blooms from the Dogwood and the Purplish colors from the Redbud tree.

 I am not sure what these pretty pink flowers are, it is a little bush. Also is a Titmouse and Bleeding Heart blooms..


These carnation like flowers are on a small bush next to our driveway.. They were planted before we moved in almost 25 years ago. I am…