Monday, December 11, 2017

North Point State Park


Happy Monday,

On Nov 16th hubby and I went on a wild goose chase, really it was a chance to see the Snow Buntings in Baltimore County at the North Point State Park.  We have been to this park often  here is my link to some  previous visits to North Point State Park.  I dipped on seeing the Snow Buntings, they must have left over night.  At least I did not travel far and we were able to take a nice walk in the park. Here are some birds and scenery we saw during our park visit.

A pretty Song Sparrow


 Common Mergansers in the Chesapeake Bay



A reflection of the sky on the marsh!


I think this is a Black Rat Snake, we saw a few snakes out on this day.





The Black Marsh Trail


A large ship out in the Chesapeake Bay,  in the background you can see the twin spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridges.



The Snow Bunting were seen  on the rocks along this pier. The only birds we saw were the Song Sparrows, Common Mergansers and some gulls way out in the bay.


A view of the picnic tables and park and the bay.




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
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Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

71 comments:

Tom said...

..."A reflection of the sky on the marsh!" gets my vote!

italiafinlandia said...

Those multicolour trees along the path are so beautiful...
Have a good pre-Christmas time!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Such a sweet sparrow. I love the pretty reflections and seeing the ship in the distance. The sky is so blue! Have a terrific week.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelentes e belas fotografias, bom trabalho, gostei.
Uma boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Is that the bridge to cross to get to Baltimore? Long ago, when I was there, it was a toll bridge...I didn't like stopping in the middle of the bay, on the bridge, to pay the toll. lol

Loved this outing with you, the trail with all the autumn color is my favorite.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!
Wonderful pictures of the cute sparrow and the beautiful trail with the huge trees and the great reflection of the sky in the lake!
Very impressive the image with the bridge and the ship!
Thank you sharing this beauty!
Have a happy day and a lovely new week!
Dimi...

Sandi said...

So calm and....HOLY CRAP is that a snake???

Crissi said...

Snake - oh my horror - beautiful pictures. I have little time to comment, because I have a new relief project - homeless - I have to knit diligently / crochet for it.
Beautiful Advent
Hug Crissi

Gayle said...

Nothing common about their name - Mergansers. I didn't know one duck from another before I met the RG and have always liked the sound of their name.
Unique reflection with the texture of the weeds.
Happy Day.

Karen said...

I like the ship in the bay. Amazing how huge it is. Great photos!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awwwww ... just to be out in all that life...is special.

Some really nice flicks. That second shot of the megansers is almost identical to one I shot yesterday :)

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Hello Eileen. Even though you sadly missed out on seeing the Snow Buntings you still saw some wonderful wildlife and captured some beautiful images of your trip.
Have a brilliant new week.

Debbie said...

great representations of the day!! that trail is so pretty, the perspective in your image is beautiful!! the cloud reflection is amazing as well.....

if you stepped on one of those snakes??? it might roll your ankle!!

i think there are some snow buntings at island beach state park. i don't know how far that is for you!!

have a great week!!!

Florence said...

I’m rather surprised the rat snake was out and about but seeing the turtles sunning themselves shows that it must have been warm. Hope you have a wonderful week. Stay warm!!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful photos! I love the bridge and the boats.
Happy Monday, and enjoy your new week ahead.

Sandra said...

you may have missed the snow buntings but you won with the sky on the marsh, just gorgeous.. that is one nice snake.

Sondra said...

HI New reader here...Im trying to bring new and inspirational nature bloggers into my blog roll! Sorry you dipped on the Snow Bunting it's hard to find small birds in a rocky jetty...so many hiding spots...Really enjoyed the photos and I've added your blog to my sidebar come and visit sometimes...Sondra

magnoliasntea said...

The turtles are too cute and funny looking. Love them.
Song sparrows are one of my favorite birds.
Have a great week!

Cloudia said...

What a pleasure!

A Colorful World said...

Love the song sparrow and the Black Marsh Trail. Cool photos.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is such a pretty park, Eileen. I remember driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge ion trips to VA. You may have missed seeing snow buntings but you saw many other beautiful sights--love the cloud reflection photo.

Have a wonderful week!

Dee said...

That trail photo is frame worthy!!!

Sorry you didn't see the snow bunting, but you sure saw a lot of OTHER pretty things.

Bob Bushell said...

Snow Bunting, fantastic photo. We can get over here in winter, I would like to see one.

William Kendall said...

The snake is a welcome sight.

RedPat said...

I love the sweet song sparrow!

David Gascoigne said...

Must get out and look for Snow Buntings around here - there are surely many by now.

Missy George said...

Good shot of the ship and the bridges...Cute Song Sparrow..Snake not a fan!!..Enjoy your week..

Christine said...

A lovely park and the view towards the Bay Bridges is amazing! I love it because it brings back happy holiday memories for us going to Annapolis!
A beautiful reflection shot too!

Photo Cache said...

NO to snakes, I'm terrified by them.

Worth a Thousand Words

Michelle said...

Love that trail photo, Eileen! Gorgeous!

Rose said...

How I would love to be on that Black Marsh Trail...so beautiful and inviting. and love those turtles...

ellen b. said...

That photo of the Black Marsh Trail is really gorgeous. It just draws me in. Looks like a lovely place to visit.

Joyful said...

Such lovely photos Eileen. I always love the birds but I very much enjoy nature walks and your Black Marsh trail looks so inviting. Have a lovely week ahead. xx

Lady Fi said...

Such a beautiful area!

rupam sarma said...

Amazing place. Awesome photos.

Amy Franks said...

I'm not sure what I would do if I saw a snake, probably panic, lucky we don't have them here.

Uppal said...

Beautiful nature shots. Like the first one of the sparrow. They are almost extinct in India.

Susie of Arabia said...

I love the pic of the turtles. What a lovely area of the world you live in!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

You always get great shots. Sorry you missed the snow bird, but these are wonderful. I really like the wooded lane- that's my favorite one today.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Wandering Wren said...

Please tell me you have a super duper zoom as that snake is way to close for comfort!
Wren x

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of this peaceful area. I especially love your third photo.
Best, Synnöve

Phil Slade said...

Shame you missed out on the Snow Bunts Eileen but I hope you get another chance soon. I wonder if they quite scarce where you live. We don't get too many here. looks like you had a super day though and that trail through the woods is rather spectacular. I would love to se that snake. They do fascinate me probably because we rarely see many around here.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

ElizrdbthSpeaks said...

I love the wooded walking path, what a gorgeous area. looks like you need 2 check it out. Thank you for your visits Eileen, it is always fun to hear from ya. Hope you are enjoying your December. I have not come by this blog in a while usually got to your travel one. take care. big big hugs. ( ;

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely 'walk in the park' ~ love the bunting bird and lovely photography all round.

Happy Week to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Lois said...

I'm not sure about that snake, but I love the rest of your photos!

Karen S. said...

Good morning, or actually good afternoon already! Yikes, the days are moving too quickly. Your world is just gorgeous and this not so snowy! I'm pushing myself not to get too down with all the grey days here! Gentle snowflakes are falling right now, but still very grey day!

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a great selection of photographs Eileen.
I do like the colours of the song sparrow and those reflections are gorgeous.

All the best Jan

happyone said...

More great shots. My two favorites are the turtles and the walking trail.

Our photos said...

Nice ! I really like the reflection photo !

The Yum List said...

Your third shot is mesmerizing.

Al said...

What a beautiful bay and photos!

peppylady (Dora) said...

It looks cold

Angie said...

Eileen - the reflection of the sky on the marsh is captivating!! I also like the Black Marsh Trail picture - great composition! I was a bit surprised to see a snake and turtles in November!

Małgorzata P said...

Śliczne zdjęcia .Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Your photos are very beautiful.Among them I like the photo of A reflection of the sky on the marsh very much. Thanks for sharing.

Lea said...

A wonderful collection of photos!
The view of Black Marsh Trail is my favorite
Have a great day!

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
What a beautiful series of photos.
Perfectly photographed Eileen, my compliments.
Photo 1, 3, and 6 I really like it.
Best regards, Irma

NatureFootstep said...

great place for fining a lot of species. But a snake? This time of year. Yes, I read middle of Nov but still!

Małgorzata L. said...

Wspaniałe zdjęcia, pozdrawiam serdecznie :)).

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, These are some neat photos! Of course, you knew I would love the ship picture! :-) I also love the Black Marsh Trail … beautiful! … and the reflection of the sky on the marsh. I especially wanted to thank you for your kind comments about my Canon Beach photos. I am totally fascinated that you & hubby have visited the Pacific Northwest so much! That is so neat! Well, thank you for sharing your blog and your kind comments on mine. Wishing happy days ahead to you and family! John

Hula La said...

More great shots!...love those turtles and the trail shot! OK, I will admit I scrolled real fast through that snake shot...EEK!!! Thank you for sharing your fabulous view through your camera lens! Aloha!

Laura. M said...

Wonderful reflection in the water. I would have run out when I saw the snake, Eileen. Beautiful pictures.
Te deseo un buen miércoles.
Besos.

Tony McGurk said...

Some lovely photos Eileen. Here in Tasmania we have Tiger snakes & Copperhead snakes. Both aggressive & extremely venomous so if I ever see one I won't be hanging around to get a photo...

Tony McGurk said...

A couple of weeks ago I heard for the first time snakes referred to a Danger Noodles. I thought it was a good descriptive term for them.

Linda said...

Looks like a beautiful day! Love the trees by the trail.

Jeanie said...

Beautiful photos but I'll pass on that snack, thank you very much!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Neat photos! I especially like your reflection one.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Sharon said...

My favorite is the reflections on the marsh -- so lovely!

Maggee said...

I have also made a few trips (in vain!) to find a Snow Bunting this season. Sigh... Just can't seem to find one. Heard the last ones found were about a 7-mile walk, round trip. Can't quite do that yet! Yikes! But I have had a great year, so no complaining really... Thanks for sharing what you DID see! Hugs!

Rambling Woods said...

You find the best birding areas Eileen....Michelle

KL said...

Love that sky-reflection in marsh. You seem to travel a lot -- do you travel by car or by boat? Lovely pictures.

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