Thursday, March 12, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!


 Happy Thankful Thursday!

I am thankful for some warm sunny days.  😊  I am thankful and appreciate the beauty around me.  

Ignoring the chances of catching the virus on March 8-10 hubby and I decided to take a short trip. We went to the Delaware Shore and Ocean City Md.  We waited for months (Jan & Feb) for the weather to be just right for our getaway.  We visited Bombay Hook Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Delaware's Indian River Inlet seaside park, Ocean City, Assateague Island Nat'l Seashore and last but not least the Blackwater Nat'l Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge Md.

These are images from March 8th taken at Bombay Hook NWR and the Indian River Inlet Seaside Park. Click on photos for larger viewing.


Below a large group of American Avocets and two Bald Eagles if you can find them in the tree tops.







 A closer look at the American Avocets and a couple of Northern Pintail ducks.







 The colorful Northern Shovelers with Northern Pintail ducks.






I felt lucky to find this one Sandhill Crane at Bombay Hook NWR. It was standing not far off from a Great Blue Heron. 





 Me and my shadow, surfers in the distance. Temps in the mid 50's to low 60's and windy. 


 We saw a lot of the Long-tailed Ducks at the Indian River Inlet.


 Indian River Inlet bridge.



Long-tailed Ducks seen at the Indian River Inlet



 Surfers at the Indian River Inlet Seashore.





I am thankful for a great getaway, walks on the beaches and watching the birds. Fingers crossed hubby and I do not get the virus. Take care and I hope everyone is well.  May good health envelope you!




I am thankful for my reading time and books. 
My latest read library ebook: James Patterson's, The Big Bad Wolf # 9 in the Alex Cross series.
Currently reading Karin Slaughter's,  Fallen  # 5 in the Will Trent series.


I am always thankful for your visits and comments.
Live simple and be happy!  😊




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!


90 comments:

  1. ...this virus is becoming spookier by the day! I'm glad that you had a good trip.

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    1. Thanks Tom! It was a great trip! Have a happy day!

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  2. Helloo, Hope you are doing well.
    Amazing photos. Greetings

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  3. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photos, the first three are not visible unfortunately.
    I really like the photo of your shadow.
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma, not sure what happened with those photos. Wishing you a great day!

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  4. Hari OM
    Sadly, today, a number of your images simply will not show up for me today... The final five did though - so will let my imagination work on the others! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam! Not sure why? Have a happy day!

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  5. Que lindas fotos e dias de calor aí! Aqui também o calor está demais! Adorei ver o mar, saudades dele sempre! beijos, chica e lindo dia!

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  6. Hello Eileen,

    Wonderful photos! The Indian River Inlet bridge is beautiful.
    Stay safe, and have a nice day!

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  7. Aren't they just amazing? I wonder if they ever look at us and think that.

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  8. Your first three pictures do not appear, Eileen.

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    1. Thanks, David! I am not sure why those photos are not showing up. Enjoy your day!

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  9. Shovelers are such interesting birds. How do they manage with such a huge bill?

    Great photos!

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    1. Hello Marie, the Shovelers do have a large bill. They manage well, we saw a lot of them at the refuge.
      Thanks and I hope your day is great!

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  10. So glad you brought home beautiful photos of birds, bridge and surfers! Sorry I wondered about where you were yesterday...it was only Wed. I finally figured out. See, I was looking forward to this post!

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    1. Thanks Barbara! It felt nice to take short trip and get outside. Enjoy your day!

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  11. I think it was well worth the trip! I did not see one single Sandhill Crane this year...not even flying over.

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    1. Thanks Rose! I was surprised to look over and see this Sandhill Crane, I was happy to find it. Have a great day!

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  12. Lovely set of photos. Thanks for your visit and comment, much appreciated. Enjoy your day, Diane

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  13. It's always a treat to enjoy someone else's view!

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  14. Your first three photos are showing up fine. Beautiful to be out and about in the great outdoors. I’m assuming that being out in nature is far safer right now than being at crowded social gatherings or even a busy mall. Take care!

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    1. Thank you Penelope! I agree I would avoid the places with crowds. I hope your day is great!

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  15. 50 to 60 would be a good temperature. Being outdoors anyplace would probably be a very safe place to beat corona virus..

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    1. Thanks Red! Being outdoors in the fresh air, felt nice. Have a great day!

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  16. It does feel risky to travel but at least when we get out in nature, we can stay healthy. I'm encouraging my family to get outside and take a walk instead of shop and go to restaurants! Love those Eagles high in the tree and the Crane is a neat sighting! Your shadows are neat. Why do our husbands always look so tall and thin though! lol Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Diane, we did have some great sightings. I had a big thick coat on, it still felt cold on the beach.
      ENjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Lady Fi! Enjoy your day, happy weekend!

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  18. Beautiful nature shots ~ eagles and all ~ love the heron ~ glad you went ~ and it is hard to know quite what to say no to during these weird times ~

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  19. A great trip and wonderful photos. I love the Indian River Inlet bridge, it's a beauty.
    Enjoy your day!

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  20. I did spot the eagles! Glad you got away and there would be few viruses out in nature I hope.

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  21. It is good to go out and enjoy the nature around us. I like your shadow shot.

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  22. Great pictures! Love the bridge photo! Stay healthy!!

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    1. Hello Tanya! Thank you! I hope your day is great!

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  23. Looking at the surfers makes me cold! Pretty shot of the bridge, and I always enjoy your shadow shots!

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    1. Hello and thank you! I hope your day is great!

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    1. Hello Carol, thank you! I hope your day is great!

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  25. I like the sandhill crane with that splotch of red!!

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    1. Hello Karen, thank you! I hope your day is great!

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  26. Well, I am glad you went! These photos are gorgeous! It is a beautiful area. Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend.

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    1. Hello, thank you Michelle! I hope your weekend is great!

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  27. Glad you were able to make this trip. Wonderful photos. We all hope to avoid this virus!

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    1. Hello Ellen, thank you! I hope your day is great!

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  28. Love seeing the ducks and other shorebirds we don't see here.
    Hope you are having a great week!

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    1. Hello Lea, thank you! I hope your weekend is great!

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  29. Great photos, I also love the bridge. I'm an engineer (not a civil engineer) and I know the equations and things at work here but it is still a marvelous thing to behold.

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    1. Hello Yogi, thank you! I hope your weekend is great!

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  30. I enjoyed reading, enjoyed the wonderful captures. The nature around is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a very good time.

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    1. Hello and thank you! I hope your day is great!

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  31. Wonderful photos. I especially enjoy you shadow photo! Have a grand weekend!!

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  32. Really nice pictures! I love the Sandhill Crane. One of my friends lives in Chesapeake City, MD and she frequently goes to Bombay Hook. She has snapped some really nice pictures of foxes there! Glad you were able to get away.

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    1. Hello Vera, thank you! We did enjoy our trip! I hope your weekend is great!

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  33. Delightful captures!
    Why is it called Bombay (erstwhile name of Mumbai) Hook?

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    1. Hello, it is named "Bompies Hoeck" meaning little-tree point from the Dutch settler and original owner in 1937. Thanks for the comment and visit. Have a great day!

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  34. I hear to avoid crowds of 100 or more. Does MD have cases? Be careful out there. Love going with you on your trip.

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    1. Hello Anni,thank you! Yes, Maryland does have some of the virus cases. I changes daily, how can they really tell if there are no testing kits. I hope your weekend is great!

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  35. lovely "colorful Northern Shovelers with Northern Pintail ducks"...
    great captures.

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    1. Hello Tanza, thank you for the comment! I hope your weekend is great!

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  36. this looks like a great get-a-way and i think you timed it perfectly!! beautiful, wildlife, beautiful pictures, and a great capture of the crane!!

    i have decided to just stay home and have done that for 2 weeks or so. we have gone out for short walks, to my favorite lakes and for a bike ride, nothing where we are around other people!! we are surviving just fine, good thing we like each other!!!

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    1. Hello Debbie,thank you for the comment! It is good to take precautions with this virus. Stay well! I hope your weekend is great!

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  37. Good On You - Enjoyable Shadows - Have A Wonderful Weekend

    Cheers

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    1. Hello, thank you for the comment! I hope your weekend is great!

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  38. Amazing to see so many long tailed ducks in one spot...Really wonderful!! The Crane is a def plus!!

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    1. Hello Sondra, thank you for the comment! It is was great seeing all the birds. I hope your weekend is great!

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  39. Uma serie de fotos lindas. Capturas perfeitas. Gostei muito.
    Enfim estou de volta.
    Abraço!

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  40. So nice to see blue sky!
    Great photographs, and I always like your shadow shots :)

    All the best Jan

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  41. I think when we can get away solo or with someone we trust, it's good for the morale. It looks like a lovely visit and I'm so glad you went!

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