Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cape Coral & Myakka River State Park, Florida

Hello,


These are some images from our time in Florida, one day we visited the Myakka River State Park after a visit to the Cape Coral area to see the Burrowing Owls.  While watching the Burrowing Owls I also noticed the Loggerhead Shrike, seen below. It was also the spot were we saw the Monk Parakeets, I posted on a previous post.

Below is the Loggerhead Shrike seen on a wire near the ball field. It was a pretty blue sky above the Shrike.

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The Burrowing Owls seen in Cape Coral Florida.


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A scene from the Myakka River State Park

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This is one of the many Roseate Spoonbills we saw at the Myakka River State Park. It was a pretty sky and sunny day.

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For my list of thankful things this week:
I am thankful for the beautiful birds in the world.
I am thankful for my eyesight, I am able to see the beauty in the world.

I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.  Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!

Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday

Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Monday, May 22, 2017

Black-crowned Night Heron

Hello,

I am sharing another Florida bird with the help of my Flickr photos. This is the Black-crowned Night Heron. We saw these herons in various parks and places in Florida. These shots were taken at the Lettuce Lake Park near Tampa, Florida.


At Lettuce Lake Park there is a boardwalk and you just look down at the birds, most birds were really close.

The Black-crowned Night Heron's have mostly grey and black plumage. They breed in colonies and they live around fresh and salt water wetlands.

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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, May 20, 2017

Saturday's Critters #179

Saturday's Critters #179


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.


For those who did not see my last post , we returned home from our visit to Washington State for two weeks only to find out my desktop computer is messed up. The auto update from Windows 10 did not work well. I have been using my mini iPad to comment and visit blogs for now. But, it is taking longer. So I will be visiting, it may just take me longer until I have my desktop back.
Luckily this post was scheduled, I am sharing some more of my favorite sights from the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland Florida. I hope you enjoy my photos. 

Come for a walk on the trails with me and this Great Blue Heron.





The light is shining just right to catch the pretty colors on this Purple Gallinule.



I believe this is a female Anhinga showing off her pretty feathers.



The Great Blue Herons do like to pose for the cameras.



The Green Heron does not mind striking a pose.


A pretty female Hooded Merganser and her reflection.


This female Painted Bunting was a little shy and tried hiding in the brush along the trail. Can you see her, she is bright green in color?


This is the cool looking Turquoise Long-tailed Skipper seen on the Alligator Alley trail.


Lake Hancock can be seen from walking the trail called Alligator Alley. On this day we saw a group of Brown Pelicans with some Cormorants.








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, May 18, 2017

A peek at Washington


Hello, 

We've had a lot going on lately, this past Saturday evening we arrived home after vacationing 2 weeks in Washington State. Then I started having problems with my desktop after the Windows 10 anniversary update? So, as I type this post on my tiny mini iPad our desktop in the repair shop! I have not loaded my camera photos onto my computer and I only have these camera photos.  I can not share any Washington state birds, they are still on my camera. Enjoy the view!


This scene is of the Olympic Mountains at the Hoh River.

Washington State trip May 2017

We like to fly on Southwest Air, we had a direct flight to Seattle and then rented a car to drive all around.   We drove a loop started at the Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park, Anacortes, Port Angeles, Cape Flattery, La Push, Olympic Nat'l Park and Olympia back to Sea-Tac.


I appreciate your visit and for your comments!  I wish everyone a great day and weekend ahead!


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For my Thankful Thursday list:
I am thankful for a fun time in Washington and that the sun shined on us while we were there!
I am thankful for good wifi to type this post.
I am thankful for everyone who visited and commented on my blog while I was  away!



Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday

Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monk Parakeet

Hello,

I am sharing another Florida lifer, the Monk Parakeet. I planned a  daytrip to see the Burrowing Owls and I happened to see the Monk Parakeet in the same spot along with a Loggerhead Shrike.


The Monk Parakeet is a bright green parrot with a grayish face and breast.


They are native to South America. They have established colonies in the USA.


I watch numerous Monk Parakeets going back and forth to this light pole. They were working on a nest.


Lightpole nest at the ball field.








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, May 13, 2017

Saturday's Critters #178

Saturday's Critters #178


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 may be away from my computer and internet for a bit. I will visit your blogs and comment as soon as possible.  

I am taking you back to the Circle B for some more bird sightings. The Wilson's Snipe could usually be found in a couple places off the trails. 


Two Wilson's Snipes in the morning light.


I could always get my fill of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks at the Circle B.


The Black Crowned Night Heron could be found in various spots along the trail too.


Looking up at the sky, it was filled with Tree Swallows. 


A Limpkin was sharing the trail with us. 


My You tube video of the Limpkin, their sounds are very loud and weird.






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.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday's Critters #177

Saturday's Critters #177


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 may be away from my computer and internet for a bit. I will visit your blogs and comment as soon as possible.  

Below, left to right are the Black Skimmer, Bonaparte's Gull with the orange legs and the rest are the Laughing Gulls.


Lots of Black Skimmers and various Gulls.

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Gulls and Skimmers in flight.





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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday's Critters #176

Saturday's Critters #176


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 will be away from my computer and internet for a bit. I will be visit your blogs and comment as soon as possible.  

I was asked to share a post on the 34th World Series of Birding happening in Cape May New Jersey on May 6th. This post is on a young birder named Etan. He is  competing in the youngest category of birders age group 6-18. The youth challenge team members must be in grades 1-12. The World Series of Birding is a fun competition and way to raise money for critically needed conservation priorities. 





The youth groups will be in teams, and each team has a mentor. The teams will have the time period 5am  to 8pm to identify either by sight and or sound as many species as possible.





Etan is also taking on the challenge in the 6-18 age youth group.

The youth team can find approx 150-200 species in the time period.  The top overall total wins. The Cape May Point State Park is the finish line. A team and not the individual kids will be labeled as the winner in each division.



Donation page is here for the teams  World Series of birding All teams


Above are some of my Cape May birds seen during a previous visit. Good luck to Etan all the team members.




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!



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flagler Beach, Florida

Hello,

During one of our overnight trips we were close to Flagler Beach for a sunrise and a nice walk. This beach is on Florida's east coast, 20 miles north of Daytona Beach. I captured a beautiful sunrise and I included some birds seen nearby.






I am guessing that these are the Royal Tern below. It has the shaggy short crest.


Another guess, the Herring Gull, they have pink legs and feet.


A view of the beach, gulls and ocean.


Brown Pelicans floating with a fishing boat in the distance.


I may do another post with photos from this day, we went to Daytona Beach and the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse just down the road.

My thankful list:
I am thankful to see a beautiful sunrise.
I am thankful I am able to travel some during my retirement years.
I am thankful for all the wonderful comments on my blog post.

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 24, 2017

Nanday Parakeet

Hello,

I have a few more lifers and Florida birds I would like to share. I was able to see the Nanday Parakeet also known as the Black-hooded Parakeet near the Crescent beach area on Florida east coast.


The Nanday Parakeet  is a non-native settler.  They were brought to the US as a pet and started as an escapee. By the 1990's these parakeets have colonies in as many as 19 Florida counties. They can live as long as 25 years.



The Nanday Parakeet is mostly green with the black face mask. They feed on seeds, fruit and berries. The nest in trees with holes.




It is always exciting to see a new bird and lifer. The parakeets are special birds to me even though they are non-native. I hope your enjoy my wild bird sighting. I wish the photos could be better, I took these shots from a parking and the birds on across the street high on the wire.

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 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.