Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday's Critters #175

Saturday's Critters #175


Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

Finally, we had some nice sunny weather. I have some birds and critters to share from home in Maryland. A few backyard birds in a mosaic and some scenes and critters from a walk at the local Hashawha Nature Center Park. 

Below are my yard birds: Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Cardinals, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron near nest, Junco, White-throated Sparrow and a Tufted Titmouse. I included a pretty blue sky, some berries and my daffies.



The female Red-bellied Woodpeckers comes for a visit or a peanut.



I have seen as many as 6-8 Great Blue Herons flying around our neighborhood landing in the trees and their nest.




 The mosaic below is from our walk at the Hashawha Nature Center. They have a raptor center with rescued birds like the Barred Owl, Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawks and a Bald Eagle.  Near the lake we saw the Canada Goose, Cardinal, turtles, Tree Swallow, Song Sparrows and a Chipping Sparrow.



On the Nature Center property is the barn and silo. I thought it would be a good shot for Tom's Barn Collective.



A cute Slider turtle.






As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!

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

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flagler Beach and Matanzas Inlet

Hello,

We managed a couple over overnight trips while in Florida, on this trip we were near St. Augustine, Crescent Beach and Flagler beaches all on Florida's East coast. I captured some sunrises, lots of shorebirds and beach scenes during our visit.

Happy Earth Day! 



Brown Pelican flying low over the ocean.


A pretty Collie dog seen on the beach.


Coquina rock formations.


Lots of Black Skimmers.



 A huge flock of gulls and black skimmers on the beach at Matanzas Inlet.






Video of shorebirds at Matanzas Inlet, Florida. 




" Wake up each day and be thankful for life."


My list of thankful things:
I am thankful for each sunrise and for each and every day.
I am thankful for friendly dogs.
I am thankful for a long walk on a beach.


Thank you for your visit and comments on my post. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

Thanks to Michelle for the meme Thankful Thursday

Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.
I am also linking up to Skywatch Friday, I hope to see you there.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great Horned Owl


Hello,

During our time in Florida, we often visited the nearby Lake Parker Park in Lakeland.
We would check out the Great Horned Owl and it's baby owls at least once a week. It was fun watching them grow.  These images are taken from a distance and the owl's nest was on top of a light pole that was on the soccer field.


I am sharing a few facts about these owls. The outer ears are concealed by feathers on the side of the head.




Their iris is yellow and their eyes are ranked are among the largest in the animal kingdom.


Their bill is hard and inflexible.


It was awesome seeing the owlets. One on each side of the adult. I assume this is the adult female, we never saw the two parents together.

Thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday's Critters #174

Saturday's Critters #174

Wishing all a Happy Easter and weekend!





Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

More from the Circle B Reserve.  The Barred Owls were seen during most visits, right near the parking lot. Some visits we saw one owl, maybe two Barred Owls together and even three owls seen close together on one day. Can you find both Barred Owls in the photo below?






The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks always a favorite sighting.


A Snail Kite


The American Bittern was usually easy to find.


The turtles come out in the sunshine.


Green Heron


The Black Crowned Night Heron.


I always enjoy seeing the Cattle Egrets.


A pretty Great Blue heron pose.










As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!




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

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Hello,

Happy Easter everyone!

I am sharing another great Florida park called Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. This park consist of 54,000 acres or dry prairie. It is home to many endangered plants and animals. Two of my favorite sightings were of the Loggerhead Shrike and the Crested Caracara. Both of these birds were seen on the long 5 mile entrance road into the park. This is supposed to be a great park for viewing the night sky, we were only there for the day.


A Loggerhead Shrike, a songbird with raptor habits. It's nickname is the Butcherbird and is related to the Northern Shrike.


The Crested Caracara, one of my favorites.




Great Egrets have a party and invited the  Crested Carcara.


Egrets and herons and warnings of alligators.


One of the views of the trail, a pretty clear blue sky and some palm trees.


Near the visitor center, there was a sculpture of the Carolina Parakeet. This parakeet is now extinct and was the only parrot species native to the United States. The last known wild Carolina Parrot nesting location was in this park. Also in the collage is a  Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly.


A Wood Stork sky.


Eastern Meadowlark


American Kestrel


Most of our walk on the trail was out in the open, no shade to be found. I would suggest going to this park on a cool day.



On the trail at Kissimmee Prairie



"There is no happier person than a truly thankful, content person."


My thankful list for today:
I am thankful to find birds that are on my want to see list. :)
I am thankful for pretty days to take our walks.


Thank you for your visit and comments on my post. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

Thanks to Michelle for the meme Thankful Thursday

I am also linking up to Skywatch Friday, I hope to see you there.


Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Snail Kite

Hello,

I never got around to sharing this Florida lifer, the Snail Kite. I was able to see this raptor a few times at the Circle B Reserve in Lakeland Florida.

 The Snail Kite is a bird of prey and is included in the group with the Eagles, Hawks and old World Vultures.


The Snail Kite has a dark deeply hooked beak.


The female has dark upperparts and streaked pale underparts.


I believe the Snail Kite migrates in the winter, breeds in the Caribbean, South American and Southern Florida.




Thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday's Critters #173

Saturday's Critters #173


Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

I have not been many places since being home, one reason is the weather has not been cooperating. But luckily, I have tons of photos from my visits to the Circle B Reserve in Lakeland Florida. I do not think I will ever get around to showing all of them. I am trying to pick out my favorite birds and critters. 

Another favorite the Belted Kingfisher. 




 A couple of Sandhill Cranes on the trail.


A pretty Tricolored Heron.


Common Moorhen and reflection.


A soft shelled turtle, look at that nose.


My favorite, the Green Heron


Baby gators


I am pretty sure this is the Eastern Phoebe.



Bald Eagle and nest.






As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!

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

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.