Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monocacy River Trail

Hello, officially our summer starts Monday June 20 at 5:24PM. Our weather has been a mixture of cool and hot days. More cool than hot. When the weather cooperates and all is well,  hubby and I enjoy our walks. The Monocacy River Trail near Frederick Maryland is one of our favorite spots for a walk. Here are some scenes and birds from our walk.


Hubby is surprised I can find a hummingbird on the tree tops as we walk, we also saw the Red-shouldered Hawk, A few Indigo Buntings, House Wrens and the American Robins.


The Red-shouldered Hawk posed nicely on a tree branch for me.


I am not sure what kind of tree this is, but the tree has these thorn like thingys growing out of the trunk.  I did a google search and came up with a similar thorn tree called the Honey Locust.


Hubby and I always enjoy seeing the wildlife on our walks. Can you find the three deer in this photo above? With all the bushes and trees I was not able to get a clear shot of the deers.  They all seem to be missing their heads.


Above is a shot of the trail, ferns, wildflowers or weeds, black rat snake on the trail,  a toad and a Downy Woodpecker. I hope you enjoyed our walk.






For Tom's Barn Collective, I found some barns during our drive to Frederick, Md. Thanks for coming along.  Thank you for visiting and for the nice comments. As always, thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, Sunday thru Wednesday. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Tom for hosting The Barn Collective
Thanks to Jesh our host for Seasons
Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday   last Monday of the month
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

84 comments:

  1. One more day. Some more breath taking photos.
    Have you met Deb Hirt?
    http://debhirt.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-saga-of-green-heron-clan.html

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  2. Hello, Eileen. Martin Kloess sent me over, as we both appreciate nature. http://debhirt.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi Eileen, today and tomorrow here in Montreal our temperatures are 36 celsius with the humidity, which is about 96.8 fahrenheit. I will gladly take the cooler temperatures over this...perhaps we can swap. LOL! Another lovely series, and the red-shouldered hawk is definitely posing for you! What a delightful bird! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a wonder filled week! :)

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  4. Great shots let alone the place itself, Eileen. I really love the hawk!!!...:)JP

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  5. Hello,

    What a beautiful photo of the Red-shouldered hawk! Very nice captured!
    I get chills when I see the black rat snake, I am really afraid of snakes and worms.

    Have a nice Sunday, and nice week ahead!

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  6. Ha...almost as good as making my hike. I have to recover from working in the yard Saturday...and I'll be back out there.!!

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  7. The hawk did pose nicely for you! Someone else posted a honey locust with a ton of thorns. I had no idea! Apparently, I've never seen one!

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  8. Nature shows you her treasures, Eileen

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  9. That picture of a Hawk is fabulous Eileen.

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  10. you have a great eye eileen, i only spot the hummingbirds when they are on or near the feeders. we have had a nice blend of weather, i have been enjoying the cooler nights. wish your husband a happy fathers day!!!

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  11. Years ago when I was in Lancaster County PA I saw many barns that were similar to your last one with the stone wall. This is something that is not seen around here. Many barns across this country have things about them in common, yet things that set them apart. Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful week and please stop back again soon.

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  12. Must be a great place to visit, so many different critters! All nice shots, but my favorite is the hawk!

    Wish you a great week!

    Irene

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  13. Wonderful picture of the hawk.
    I wouldn't try and climb that tree, those spikes look nasty.
    Merle..............

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  14. Amazing shot of the red hawk.

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  15. That red shouldered Hawk is just beautiful. Perfect shot.
    Love the barn shots too.
    MB

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  16. I always enjoy being taken along on one of your walks - Except for that snake! :-) And I agree, how do you manage to see those little hummingbirds just hanging out?

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  17. My goodness - you do see a lot of birds on your walks - either you are fast or the birds are good posers. Lovely barns too.

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  18. Beautiful pics.
    Have a nice week ahead.

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  19. Nice capture of the hawk! And all your bird photos are great.

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  20. Love your wildlife walk! The landscape, the birds, can't choose a favorite:) Many thanks Eileen for sharing this walk with SEASONS - much appreciated:) Wishing you a beautiful and happy week - yay -summer!

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  21. beautiful red-shoulder. love the hummingbird and the snake, too.

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  22. Another lovely walk with your husband.My favourite shot is the stunning Hawk

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  23. Here's to a great summer Eileen full of birds, travels and sunshine!
    Wren x

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  24. Great shot of the Hawk and the hummingbird. It is nice to wander amongst nature.

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  25. Great shot of the hawk--it is as if he were posing just for you!

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  26. What a wonderful place to go for a stroll.
    Loving how the Red-shouldered hawk has sat and posed for you, stunning shot! Have a great week ahead Eileen :)

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  27. Magnificas e belas fotografias.
    Um abraço e boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  28. You always capture so many interesting critters on your walk. If I see snake on my walk, I will freak out and abandon my walk. Have a beautiful day!

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  29. gorgeous hawk capture, eileen! thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs with us.
    have a great week ahead¬

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  30. The hawk was posing for you, looking mighty proud of himself! Have a wonderful first day of summer.

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  31. I agree... it seems that Red-shouldered Hawk is posing just for you. :-)

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  32. A great series of photos! Wonderful hawk!
    Have a beautiful week!

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  33. This looks to be a great trail, Eileen - plenty to see in the way of nature but also really peaceful.

    Whilst I love all the shots, the bird pictures as well as the one with the hidden deer in are really great!

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  34. Great photos, Eileen, so nice the Red-shouldered Hawk image!
    Have a pleasant week!

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  35. Wow - fabulous shots of the birds. Love the hawk and the hummer.

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  36. Love that shot of the hawk! Wow!

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  37. Super shots of all the wildlife on your walk, Eileen, but the hawk posing was a gift!
    I love that long white barn, we don't see any like that over here.
    Enjoy your week!

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  38. Thank you for visiting today, Eileen. When you get to know us, you will find out that Jess gets married this summer! It's coming around the bend very soon, and me and Nel are giving her a shower also.

    Oh, I just love these birds on here. I saw two doves in my back yard the other night, and I think they were mates. Have a lovely week.

    ~Sheri

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  39. Very nice ! I really love the hawk !

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  40. Thanks for sharing your walk. Great photos and the birds and trees are beautiful.

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  41. The hawk posed especially for you. What a nice shot.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  42. Lovely nature walk! You have such great eyes for birds, I'm not a bit surprised you found a hummer on the tree top. Wishing you a perfect summer.

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  43. I did enjoy your walk and felt as though I was right there with you.
    You do have a good eye to see those little hummingbirds up so high!

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  44. Happy First Day of Summer, Eileen. Wow, I love these photos. Incredible pic of hummer and hawk, especially. These barns are pretty, too. Always a joy to visit with you.

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  45. Great photos of an awesome walk--thanks for taking us along!

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  46. You had a lovely walk there Eileen. It's a briiliant shot of the Red-shouldered Hawk - it really posed well for you.

    Enjoy the rest of your week. We're both hoping for sun for the longest days.

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  47. Great collection of photo's Eileen and didn't that red-shouldered hawk pose so nicely for you, an amazing photo.

    Have a lovely week ahead, and happy summer too!

    All the best Jan

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  48. Great nature shots. I like them.

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  49. Black rat snakes are running around all over!

    I still haven't met any toads lately. They're so charming.
    ~

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  50. The thorns on that tree look remarkable - I think I am glad its not native to my part of the world

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  51. I loved coming on the walk with you. You are such a good bird spotter.

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  52. Beautiful! In the name Monocacy, is the syllable noc the one that is stressed? I love that area. We visited there once, years ago.

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  53. Wouldn't think many bears would climb those thorny trees--ouch. Happy Day.

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  54. Hi Eileen,
    marvelous photos of all these beuatiful birds and nature around you. The hawk is gorgeous !!!
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  55. Hi Eileen,
    shows you beautiful nature and birds.
    What are those big spikes on the tree? I read that you have searched on google and have encountered similar tree.
    Have a nice week.
    Greetings, Helma

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  56. I too am amazed that you spotted that humming way up on the branch - so cute. Nice shot of the hawk.
    That tree with the spiky thorns on the side is so weird and cool.
    Always fun to spot animals in the woods. Toads make me smile.

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  57. i needed my bird book this weekend, i saw several birds that i was not familiar with, i will have to do some research. out kayaking in the VA mtns. loved it. got lots to do. have a super awesome week, Eileen!! ( :

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  58. Thank you Eileen for your collage you contributed to SEASONS! Really appreciate your sharings.
    Just wanted to let you know, you also commented on Amador County, but it's now hidden because I accidentally posted it, but was planned for one of the next week:) Wishing you a joyous week!

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  59. Hello Eileen!:) Another lovely nature walk with so much to see and enjoy. Amazing sighting of the Humming bird, snake, toad, and all the other birds, and I especially love the Hawk, what a stunning capture.:)

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  60. How lovely the red hawk posed!! indeed, it's an amazing bird. Have a lovely Summer and a pleasant week!

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  61. Lovely pictures! I vish you a happy sommer!

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  62. You have really got good eyes to spy a hummer in the tree tops! Thanks for the tour- I enjoyed it!

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  63. It is a pleasure to capture red hawks. There are several places where we can see them close to the house. One used to live on the ceiling of the building I used to work.

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  64. And summer just ended on my side of the planet. :D
    Enjoy summer!

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  65. gorgeous hawk! that tree looks scary to climb! have a beautiful day!

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  66. Fantastic shot of the Hawk Eileen. Superb!

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  67. Thanks Eileen. I love all your photos. The snake, brrr. The Red-shouldered Hawk is so imposant.

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  68. Hi Eileen, Another very neat series of photos here. My favorite is the Red-shouldered Hawk ... Outstanding shot! You should submit that one to one of the guidebooks! Thanks, as always, for sharing and have a happy day and remainder of the week! By the way, I am curious ... Do you have any posts in your other blog (Travel) about your cruise to Alaska?

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    1. Hello John, thanks for the comment and question about the Alaska Cruise. On my travel blog you can click on the Alaska label and see pic from our cruise. http://travelwitheileen.blogspot.com/search/label/Alaska

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  69. Hi Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photographs and collages
    Love the beautiful red-shoulder.
    Best regards, Irma

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  70. Hi Eileen...You do have some of the best bird photos and variety in you posts...Michelle

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  71. Hi Eileen, Looks like a beautiful spot. Glad you shared the views. That Downy is pretty. I love the hawk. Honey Locust trees are sometimes used for fence posts in rural areas as they are tough and imposing as is when cut to length. Have a great day tomorrow!

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  72. Amazing shots, with so much to see in every each image...
    Thank you for taking us with you, through your walks, in every each remarkable post, like this one, Eileen...
    The image of the Red-Shouldered Hawk is wonderful... and that strange tree... is a mistery for me, too. I never saw any, like that...
    All the best, Eileen! Enjoy your Summer. Over here, we finally had the very first hot day, yesterday...
    A big kiss...
    Ana

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  73. Great trail with lots of interesting sights. Thanks for sharing your walk with us Eileen, and enjoy the rest of your week :)

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  74. amazing shots. i never saw a tree with throns .
    have a nice day

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  75. he red hawk looks so dignified! Wonder what it is thinking!
    Great series... though the snake scared me.

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  76. Thanks for the welcome home and love the red tail hawk and gorgeous nature photography!

    Happy Day and Weekend to you ~ ^_^

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  77. wow, you have so many beautiful trails to walk. I envy you your wildlife. Love the birds of course.

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  78. What gorgeous photos, Eileen! Such a wonderful place to spend some time! Just a really lovely post. Thanks for sharing this day with us!

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  79. Dearest Eileen; Oh My; the Red-shouldered Hawk, looks really gorgeous and handsome; even posing for you like showing off himself♡♡♡
    ps; Thank you SO much for your kind return mail as well, Dear friend.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  80. I am so sorry to be a week late commenting but we have had workmen demolishing the dining room and kitchen floors. What a mess! I am finally getting to my computer. Better late than never. As always you have shared with us great birds, critters, and barns. You definitely live in the most beautiful area. All of your photos amaze me.That little barn with the tree about to consume it has to be my favorite. It has to have lots of wonderful stories and tales hidden in its walls. The white one with the stone wall is impressive, too. Hope you have a nice week. Genie

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  81. It's lovely to see such great photos of your local wildlife #NatureNotes - I hope the snake isn't poisonous. #NatureNotes

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