Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunset Beach, Part II


Happy Monday, wishing everyone a great day and week ahead!

November is flying by, this Thursday is Thanksgiving. Soon it will be Christmas, are you ready? When do you put up your Christmas tree, do decorate the whole house? Lately I have been feeling less is more, I might just put up a small tree and be done.

I have some more photos from our visit to my sister's in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. I love walks on the beach, watching the birds and hearing the sound of the waves. I hope you enjoy.

Snooze time!


Black Skimmers and Gull friends.


Gulls, Terns and Brown Pelicans on Sunset Beach.


Me and my shadow!


The waves were not big, but it is always nice to listen to the sound of the waves.


All the little brown dots are the shorebirds, like Dunlins, Willets, Semipalmated Plovers and more. We saw large flocks of shorebirds at the end of Sunset beach, I think this was a resting spot for the migrating birds.







As always I 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 the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday's Critters #205

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love critters like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

For my critter post I am sharing mostly bird photos from our visit to the Susquehanna River and Conowingo Dam. This time of the year you can usually see  a hundred or more Bald Eagles. We went a little early and these are some of the birds and photos from our visit.

Double-crested Cormorants.


My mosaic, a foggy morning on the river trail, sunburst, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Susquehanna River view, Great Blue Herons, Juvenile Bald Eagle, Double-crested Cormorants, Bald Eagle on tower, Peregrine Falcon on tower, another Bald Eagle also on the tower and gulls on the river rocks.


Various gulls.



Great Blue Heron


One of the many Great Blue Herons seen at the Susquehanna River. There is a  heron rookery on the other side of the river.


Top left is a juvenile Bald Eagle, top right an adult Bald Eagle. Bottom left another juvenile Bald Eagle and the bottom right is the Peregrine Falcon.


Two Bald Eagles by the dam.




I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too!






Here is a list of my linky parties;
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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nisqually NWR

Happy Thursday everyone! 

I still have some May photos to share, promise these are the last. These were images from the Nisqually NWR near Olympia Washington state.  This was our second visit to this wildlife refuge the first visit was Nisqually NWR 2015


The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge has some nice trails, this boardwalk trail takes you to Puget Sound Overlook and the Nisqually Estuary. Along the boardwalk are several observation platforms. The trail (part grass/dirt and boardwalk) can be as long as a 4-5 mile walk from the visitor center. 



We saw lots of Canada Geese families. The goslings were so cute.


From the boardwalk we saw a couple of seals, they found a resting spot out of the water.


The sky was beautiful during our visit and walk on the Nisqually boardwalk trail.



For Tom's Barn Collective I have a couple of photos of the Nisqually twin barns.


The trail takes you past the twin barns. These barns are part of the wildlife refuge. 




Some of the birds we saw during our walk at the wildlife refuge, the Hooded Merganser, I believe the top middle are a couple of Gadwall, Great Blue Heron with some Gulls, Ducks, Song Sparrow, Cormorants, Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow.


A view from the boardwalk, gorgeous sky and view of the refuge wetlands.






I am thankful for places that protect wildlife and nature. I hope you enjoyed our walk at the wildlife refuge. I am always thankful for your visits and your comments.

Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday
Thanks to Tom the host of The Barn Collective

Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunset Beach, North Carolina


Hello and Happy Monday, wishing everyone a great new week!

On Nov 2, hubby and I drove to my sister's home in North Carolina. We kept her BIL company for a week while my sister and her hubby went to Bermuda for a week.  We enjoy a day with everyone before they left, we all enjoyed a walk on Sunset Beach.

Below, is a shot of the moon on the day we arrived at my sister's. I could see a Cormorant flying by, right in front of the moon.


We were surprised to see so many butterflies,  we must have caught some migrating down the Atlantic Coast.


If you look closely you can see the butterfly flying just above the sand dunes, we saw hundreds of Monarchs and other butterfly species.


Various shorebirds, Plovers, Terns, Gulls and more seen on Sunset Beach.


It is a 5 mile roundtrip walk down Sunset Beach to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox.


A view of the ocean and beach, it was a beautiful day for a walk.




As always I 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 all of the meme host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday's Critters #204

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love critters like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

I may be slow to comment and visit, will be try ASAP.  Thanks for all your visits and comments.


I am sharing some Florida birds from my archives. I saw so many great bird and critters while in Florida, these are a few of my favorites.

The Pileated Woodpecker was always a great bird to see..


Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.


Great Horned Owl on nest.


American Bittern


Florida Armadillo




I hope you enjoy my post and photos too!  I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! 





Here is a list of my linky parties;
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Blog Break

Hello,

I will be taking a break this week. Not sure how often I will be able to comment and visit blogs.
Saturday's Critter linky is set up and scheduled to go at the regular time.

I hope you all have a great week!  BTW, I appreciate all the comments and visits.


Sunset Beach North Carolina



Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saturday's Critters #203

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love critters like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

Sharing some birds from our visit to Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park in Pennsylvania.

We tried to get to park early in the morning, I wanted to see if I could find some new birds. We did see lots of Wood Ducks.





Hermit Thrush


We watched this Belted Kingfisher banging a fish against the tree branch it was sitting on.


Northern Flickers


A large groups of Cormorants.


Great Blue Heron


Green Heron



 I hope you enjoy my post and photos too! I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments!




Here is a list of my linky parties;
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Northern Flicker


Happy Monday, enjoy your day!  Happy November, wishing everyone a great new month.




The USA has two species of the Northern Flicker, the Eastern version is the Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker. The Western US has the Red-shafted Northern Flicker. I have seen both species,  the Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker can be found in the woods around our house and all around the eastern US. These are photos I took of the Northern Flicker in Pennsylvania, near the Cook Forest State Park and a couple together in Erie PA. The yellow and the red colors on the Northern Flicker show up on the birds underwings.



The Northern Flicker is in the Woodpecker family. You can just barely make out the yellow color under it's tail feathers.





Male Northern Flickers have the black moustache and they red at the nape of the neck. They feed on the ground looking for insects.


Below is the female, you can see it is missing the black moustache. They do have the black under the neck and the black spots like the males.





As always I 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, October 28, 2017

Saturday's Critters #202

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love critters like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters and your family pets, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

I am sharing a mish-mash of images from the end of September to the middle of October. Some photos were  taken in my yard, some on the fire road  and at our lake.

Sept 29th, I was seeing at least two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at my feeders.



Sept 30th while walking on the fire road we found a toad. Luckily, I did NOT step on the toad, it looked camouflaged in the leaves.


Oct 1st, the Yellowlegs was still being seen at the lake, near the mudflat area.  Great or Lesser, that is the question?


Oct 1st, a group of Canada Geese at the lake.


Oct 1st, a Ruby Throated Hummingbird still visiting the feeders.


Oct 10th Marlow, our neighbor's dog.


Oct 13th an Eastern Phoebe on my deck



I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too! Thanks to everyone who left me comments on my last post, your visits are always appreciated. 






Here is a list of my linky parties;
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Sunset Beach, Part II

Happy Monday, wishing everyone a great day and week ahead! November is flying by, this Thursday is Thanksgiving. Soon it will be Christm...