Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saturday's Critters #211

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Happy New Year 2018! I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year!


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!


The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a common bird seen this time of the year.


This is a female Downy Woodpecker at my suet feeder.



On December 20th I happened to glance out my window to find the pretty Pine Warbler on my deck railing.



The Pine Warbler is the only warbler I see during the winter months. I have had these warbler show up in my yard during previous years and snow storms, they must be a hardy little bird.







I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments this past year ! 


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!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday, 

May the New Year bring joy, peace and happiness to you and your family!  Happy New Year! 

I am sharing some of my favorite photos and some happy memories from this past year, some from our time in Florida and some travel photos and some from Maryland. I have so many favorites, it is impossible to share all of them. 


January 2017, Flagler Beach, Florida sunrise



January 2017, a favorite Florida bird the Roseate Spoonbill.




February 2017, a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers seen at the Circle B Preserve, Lakeland Florida.





February 2017, my favorite ducks, the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.




March, 2017,  a pretty beach at Sand Key Park, near Clearwater Florida.




March 2017, the Barred Owl couple at the Circle B Preserve, 
Lakeland Florida



April 2017, back at home in Maryland I started watching my backyard birds. The Red-bellied woodpecker is a favorite.





May 2017 Washington State trip, the Deception Pass Park and bridge. 


May 2017, Hoh River and Olympic National Park. 





June 2017, Yellow-crowned Night Heron chick and nest in Baltimore, Md


June 2017, our neighborhood Great Blue Heron nest. 




July, 2017 A small Black Bear seen on the Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park.




August 2017, our hike on the Maryland Heights trail Harpers Ferry, Md



September 2017 Lake Erie Pennsylvania


October 2017, Big Meadows Shenandoah National Park. 




November 2017, Sunset seen at Sunset Beach, North Carolina.




December 2017,  I was happy to capture this Chickadee in mid-air.






My thankful list
I am thankful for my family. 
I am thankful for today and I am happy to be soon starting a new year. 
I am thankful for all your visits and comments this past year. 


Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday


Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Vereen Memorial Nature Park


Hello & happy Tuesday!

I wish all that celebrate a Happy Boxing Day!


I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas, I cooked dinner for my hubby, son and his girlfriend. We had lots of yummy food and my homemade Derby pie and ice cream for dessert. Now we all have to recover from too much food.  I am sharing a park that hubby and visited a few times just across the North Carolina border in Little River South Carolina. It is called the Vereen Memorial Park or Vereen Nature Park. The park consist of 115 acres of forest and marshland.  Here are some scenes from our visits on Nov 5th and Nov 10th.









They have numerous hiking trails and boardwalks. The first day we went the tide was high and part of the trail was underwater. Hubby and I had to backtrack and we took the trail thru the woods and ended up again where the trail was under water.



Most of the birds we saw were the Great Blue Heron and Great Egrets and one Wood Stork.


I believe this is the Northern Bayberry, I have seen it growing in various coastal parks. The berries are enjoyed by many birds, I think I saw a few Yellow-rumped Warblers in these bushes.








The trail takes you up to the Little River and is a popular spot with the fishermen.



Here is a link to my first post on this park we visited with my sister Sunset beach & Vereen Nature Park

I hope you enjoyed our walk at the Vereen Memorial and Nature Park.



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

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas


Hello,

Merry Christmas to all by blogging friends. I wish you a blessed and Happy Christmas. Wishes for all the best in 2018.


May you be blessed
With the spirit of the season
which is peace.
The gladness of the season
which is hope.
And the heart of the season
which is love.







Comments off, I hope everyone is enjoying and having  a happy Christmas!


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, December 23, 2017

Saturday's Critters # 210

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!


Merry Christmas everyone!




These photo were taken on the same day Dec 14th. It was a snowy morning so I did my walking on the treadmill. I saw a blur go by my window, I was not sure what went by. When I finished my walking I looked out my window to see this hawk below.  I am not sure, but I was told it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It was small in size.






My version of Where's Waldo, my Dark-eyed Junco tree. How many can you find?


I was able to zoom in on two of the Dark-eyed Juncos sitting close together.


The Sharp-Shinned Hawk decided the back yard was a better setting for eating his meal.











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;
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

A HodgePodge

Happy Thankful Thursday,

I have not been anywhere lately except for our walks on our local fire roads and on the local bike trail.  The Super moon photos were taken from my deck. 

I felt sorry for this Dark-eyed Junco, it appears to have a tick stuck to the side of it's face. I hope it fell off. 



November 25th , a scene from our local bike trail. 


A house off the bike trail has a big gnome collection, we enjoy looking at during our walk. 


November 26th, our walk was at the Hemlock Gorge. A nice trail along the stream. 





November 26th,  after leaving the Gorge area we made a quick stop at the top of our lake and the mud flats to look for birds.  


Driving home from our walk at the Hemlock Gorge we passed by this barn. Looks like a drive-thru barn.







For the Skywatchers and moon watchers, here is my almost full moon on Dec 2nd.



The Supermoon on December 3rd.


I hope you enjoyed coming along on my walks. 


I am thankful for peaceful days with nothing special needing to be done. 
I am thankful for the mild days, to enjoy a walk outside. 
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 on my previous post. Have a happy day!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Happy Monday!
Can you believe we are only a week away from Christmas day? I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season.
We had our first snow on Saturday December 9th. I  was able to enjoy the snow and my backyard birds from my dining room window. It was a winter wonderland.

A cute Tufted Titmouse


Snow covered pine trees in our yard.


A Dark-eyed Junco really is a snow bird.










My deck and a view of the back yard. A snowy winter wonderland.







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

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