Saturday, August 15, 2020

Saturday's Critters # 348

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


Hello and happy Saturday!


If you love all God's creatures 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!

On one of our local fire road walks our bird sightings included a flock of Cedar Waxwings eating the berries in bushes next to the fire road.




I think the Cedar Waxwings are beautiful birds. 



Back in the yard is the Clearwing Hummingbird Moth.



The Scarlet Tanager sat in this tall pine tree, he was singing the whole time we were there.




A few of the birds we saw from our local fire road walk, a flock of Cedar Waxwings, Scarlet Tanager and the Brown-headed Cowbirds.







Also, in the yard on the butterfly bush is the Monarch Butterfly. 



The male Scarlet Tanager is a beautiful red color with black wings. 



Below, a juvenile Cedar Waxwing showing off it's dusky streaking on it's underparts. A group of Waxwings is called an Ear-full, I have come to recognize the sound of the Waxwings.




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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!

 Hello everyone,

It is hard to believe August is almost half over.  The days continue to fly by.  There is not much happening here, we are still keeping our distance and wearing our face mask.  Our walks have been local, on the fire roads and to the lake.  Can I say, I am grinning and bearing this new version of blogger?  How do you like the new blogger?  Please ignore any errors, lol.   

 

My Skywatching is from my deck, yard and driveway.

" I am grateful, I am happy."

 Bird watching is from my windows or on our deck.  I am seeing 5-6 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds zooming around my yard. I have 3 feeders that I seem to refill every other day. Seeing these hummingbirds in my yard just make me happy. 


Thankful for flowers, they make me happy. Hubby had the nice suggestion to buy flowers for the vase we keep on the dining table. So every couple of weeks, we change out the flowers for a new arrangement. These are from the local Weis food store, I am not sure what they are. Maybe Freesia?

 

Nature scenes from our fire road walk, the round spider webs, mushrooms, Acadian Flycatcher and a Red-spotted Purple butterfly.

I often see these round spider webs during our walks, they remind me of a CD or DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

Backyard sky, sunset looking pretty in pink. 



I am thankful for the simple pleasure of a beautiful sunset. 

 

 " Make time to enjoy the simple things in life."  Warm tea and a good book are a few of my simple things. 

 

Recently, I heard about a tasty honey called Orange Blossom Honey. Apparently bees in Florida and California visit the orange blossoms which in turn flavor the honey comb with a sweet citrus flavored honey.  I like adding a little honey to my tea,  right now I am using a local Maryland clover honey.  I ordered the Orange Blossom Honey from Amazon, I am looking forward to trying this honey.  Do you buy local honey? It is best pure and raw, it has health benefits, antioxidants, nutrients to help promote digestive health and help with your pollen seasonal allergies.

 

I am thankful for all the ebooks I find online from my local library.

These are my latest books:

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear, it is # 15 in the Maisie Dobbs series. I really enjoyed this series, I hope she does another Maisie Dobbs, I am a fan. 

Unseen by Karin Slaughter, # 7 in the Will Trent series

All Shall be Well by Deborah Crombie, # 2 in the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series.


 
I am thankful hubby and I are remaining virus free.  This Covid virus is not just going to go away. I hope everyone take care and stays safe. 

Live simple and be happy!  😊 Take care, keep smiling!


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday


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


Monday, August 10, 2020

Our World, My World

Happy Monday!


For a change of scenery, some days we will take a walk on the NCR trail.  I have posted many times about our walks on this trail. There are more bike riders than hikers and maybe just a few bird watchers. The other 3 bird watchers are in the mosaic below, the middle bottom photo.



I was happy to see various flowers blooming along the trail.

"Just living is not enough...One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." Hans Christian Andersen



I heard more birds than I saw,  a few different Woodpeckers, the Carolina Wren, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Cardinals and the Acadian Flycatcher.


The Common Yellowthroat Warbler was probably the most common bird I saw during our walk.



The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is often seen sitting in a muddy spot.


There are some hostas blooming along the NCR trail.


Me and my shadow on one of the NCR bridges.



These Tiger Lilies are blooming in a weird spot not far from the Bee Tree Run.


The Bee Tree Run, a pretty view from the trail. 


It was a nice day to be out walking, but we will stick to the week day walks. The weekend was way too crowded with the bike riders. 


I have a question today, if and when they come out with a Covid vaccine will you be one of the first to get the shot?  I am not in a hurry to get a vaccine when it first comes out. I have never had the yearly flu shot, I've have been told to get the shingles shot. I have heard the first shingles shot did not work great and the second Shingle vaccine was more effective. The 2nd version ran out.  It is all still a wait and see, hopefully there is a vaccine soon and be available to all who need it the most.


We are managing to stay virus free. Taking our walks with nature I think helps us to stay healthy. Thanks for coming along on my walk.   I hope everyone stays safe, happy and healthy.  



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Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday



Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!


Thanks for visiting and commenting, have a happy day and a great new week!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday's Critters # 347

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Happy Saturday! Have a great weekend!

If you love all God's creatures 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 have a few yard birds to share today, I've been seeing the Brown Thrasher going to the blueberries, the American Goldfinches like the sunflower seed feeders and an Eastern Wood-Pewee catching bugs in the yard. 


The Brown Thrasher on top the swing..Some blueberries survived the tree fall on top our our bushes.  I've been watching the birds going into the blueberry bushes. 


The American Goldfinches seem to come and go, I do not see them every day. This one is perched on a nearby butterfly bush.



Goldfinch and the Wood Pewee.


I've been hearing the Eastern Wood Pewee calling around my yard, this day I saw him/her sitting on the swing set. 


It may be a juvenile Pewee. 




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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thursday everyone,

 Hubby and I are thankful we live so close to the lake for our walks.  The beautiful reservoir watershed is all around us. It was a pretty blue sky day, with just a little bit of clouds around. The clouds are looking pretty reflecting on the lake. 



 Relieve Covid stress....Go outside, Have fun, Enjoy life. 

I love looking up at the sky through all these trees. 


 "Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again."

A different view of the reservoir. 



I heard many different birds during our walk to the lake, we had brief sightings of the Hooded Warbler and possibly a White-eye Vireo.  My photos of these birds were awful, I know. I am only including them in my mosaic so I have a record of my sightings on this walk.




The chicory grows along the fire road in places. 



We take a narrow trail along the lake shore and in this pine forest. 

"Today I will breathe deep and be thankful."




In a world you can be anything, be kind!  





My wish today is my family and friends stay safe and healthy!
I am thankful hubby and I are remaining virus free, I hope everyone is safe and well.


Live simple and be happy!  😊 Take care, keep smiling!


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday


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

Monday, August 3, 2020

Our World, My World

 Hello everyone!


 Happy August! Another month gone, July went by much too quickly.  Summer is going too fast for me. Here we are again taking another walk on the local fire road and to the lake.  Below are some Tiger Lilies, the fire road, the reservoir, Snapping Turtle and a Turkey Vulture.



Our walk and trail ends here, a nice view of the reservoir.  At this spot I could hear two Yellow-billed Cuckoos. One sounded close but I could not find it among all the trees and leaves. 


This Snapping Turtle surfaced on top of the lake, he looked huge to me.  





Some scenes from around the yard, our butterfly bushes are blooming and I am seeing the Clearwing Hummingbird Moths.



Black Swallowtail butterflies are seen at the butterfly bushes. 



Leaves are a changing already? 



Our neighbor has a pretty Mimosa Tree, we pass this tree on the way to the lake. The butterflies and hummingbirds love the Mimosa blooms. 



Back in 1990 we had this beautiful Mimosa tree in our back yard. At times it was filled with so many butterflies it looked like the branches were alive and moving.  We lost this tree, apparently they do not grow well in our area..We now have a Redbud tree growing in this same spot.



My world is quiet, we spend some time taking our walks with nature. I am trying out some new recipes,  I found found a quick way to dry herbs in the microwave.  I like the smell of sage right after it has been dried.  I hung some new curtains, I am doing the usual cleaning, blogging and reading my books.  We are doing well.  Take care and stay safe, happy and healthy.



What's happening in your corner of the world? Please check out and visit the following memes and links. I hope to see you there.


 
Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday



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Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a happy day and a great new week!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Saturday's Critters #346

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


Happy Saturday! Have a happy weekend!


If you love all God's creatures 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!


These are photos from the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, the critters were all seen from the car..

Feed me, Mama Osprey and  youngster.



 Great Egret and a Great Blue Heron.


 Below, I believe are 5 of the Eastern Painted Turtles, they have the bright yellow spots near the eyes and the yellow stripes along the jaw line. They are found in fresh and brackish water. 


 This (Black Rat ) snake was crossing wildlife drive, I stopped the car and waited for it to go into the grass.


 A cute bunny next to the drive.


 Ospreys and their nest were a common sight at the Blackwater NWR.











Thanks to all my visitors and for all the wonderful comments.  Stop back for any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves critters and has linked up their critter post.


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Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the host Anni.

Saturday's Critters # 348

Welcome to   Saturday's Critters ! Hello and happy Saturday! If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog a...