Monday, October 19, 2020

Our World, My World

Happy Monday,  


In early October hubby and I were able to getaway to Chincoteague Island  Virginia.  We were still wearing our mask and keeping our distance and trying to stay safe and healthy.  A great deal of time we were either in our car or enjoying the outdoors.   We enjoyed the change of scenery with walks on the beach, seeing the wild ponies, lots of shore birds, fresh air and the sounds of the ocean. 

 1. Photos below of our walk on the beach, near Tom's Cove, there was a huge flock of terns mixed with gulls, cormorants and the Sanderlings were seen on the beach. 

 

2. Me and my shadow, walking on the beach at Chincoteague.




 

3.  The Chincoteague ponies were a distance away, some were seen in the corral. The wild ponies were being rounded up for a fall health check up. 

 

4. Some ponies were already in the corral, waiting for their health check up. 



 

5. Snowy Egrets, DC Cormorants, Great Egrets and White Ibis were plentiful, seen all around the Chincoteague NWR.

 

 

6. Lots of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons and White Ibis.
 


 7.  Social distancing at the Chincoteague Island beach, also known as Assateaugue Island National Seashore. 



I'll have more to share on our visit to Chincoteague Island and the National Wildlife Refuge and National Seashore.

We are still hanging in there, happy and healthy.   I hope everyone is safe, happy and healthy. 


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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Saturday's Critters #357

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!

I wanted to finish my little series on the National Wildlife Refuges, my last two post show  wildlife refuges from around the country.  When the wildlife refuges were started they were a place for the migratory birds to rest and some to nest. Our current administration has opened more federal land for hunting. I can only assume once a species is gone, they will look for something else to hunt?  I am not against hunting completely, only that there should be limits. 
 
1.  Hubby and I traveled from Salt Lake City to the Tetons NP during two separate trips. One trip we stopped and visited the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.  Below are some of the birds we saw: Black-necked Stilt, Tree Swallow, Mountain Bluebird, White-faced Ibis, Yellow-headed Blackbird and the  Meadowlark. The Bear River flows into the Great Salt Lake.
 
 
Click on images for larger viewing..
 

 2. In Virginia we have visited three of the National Wildlife Refuges. The first one is Back Bay NWR near Virginia Beach Virginia. Original post is here Back Bay NWR

Below a Cardinal, Redwing Blackbird, Yellow Rump Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, Horned Grebe, Gull, Northern Gannet, Brown Pelican, DC Cormorants.
 
 
 
 
 
3. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, one of my favorite refuges to visit. Original post seen here: Chincoteague NWR
Lighthouse, Little Blue Heron, Peregrine Falcon, ponies, Cattle Egret, Bald Eagle, Great Egret, Brown Pelican, Black Skimmers, Snowy Egrets, Tree Swallows, Northern Shoveler and American Oystercatcher.
 



4.  Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Original post seen here Great Dismal Swamp NWR

Turtles, Swallowtail Butterfly, Brown-Headed Cowbird, American Coot, Grackle, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher and another  turtle.
 

 
 
 
5. We have been to three of the National Wildlife Refuges in the state of Washington, my favorite was Billy Frank Nisqually NWR near Olympia Washington. Original post seen here Nisqually NWR.
 
 Seen below, the boardwalk, Hooded Merganser, Gadwall, GB Heron with gulls, Song Sparrow, Cormorants, Barn Swallow Tree Swallow, Seal, Canada Geese and the twin barns.
 

6.  Dungeness NWR  in Sequim Washington.  We have been to this refuge a few times. It is another one of my favorite places. Original post seen here Dungeness NWR.
 
Seen below, the trail at Dungeness NWR, Rough Skinned Newt, the Dungeness Spit, Driftwood, Black Oystercatchers, Cormorants and Mergansers.



7. Grays Harbor NWR in or near Hoquiam Washington . Original post seen here Grays Harbor NWR

Seen below, views of the wetlands, trail, sparrow and ducks.
 
 

 
 
8. National Elk Refuge in Wyoming not far from Jackson Hole. 
 
 Seen below are the Elk,  various swallows on fence , Violet Green Swallow, Cinnamon Teal, boardwalk trail, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Northern Shoveler and Canada Geese.
 
 
 
President Theodore Roosevelt designated the first national wildlife refuge, it was the Pelican Island NWR in Florida. The NWR is a system of public land set aside to conserve fish, wildlife and plants. Land set aside for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. Enable the public enjoyment of these conservation lands. 


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!

 Happy Thursday!

 I am continuing with my throwback photos of our visits to various National Wildlife Refuges around the USA.  I found out due to shortages of workers at the wildlife refuges, many of the wildlife refuges are lumped together and called a complex. A complex can consists of up to 7 or more wildlife refuges in one area of a state. A refuge complex could possibly only have a few part time or full time workers.  If you visit, you might want to check to make sure it is not closed for hunting and or maintenance. Visitors centers maybe closed due to COVID but the wildlife drives and trails are open.

 

I have so many photos, I had to break up the post. With these COVID times, we are not traveling. I am thankful to share some archived photos, I hope you enjoy. I am thankful for all these wonderful memories hubby and I have while traveling.

 

1.  I am starting off this post with  our visit to New Mexico, we were able to visit 2 wildlife refuges. This first one is called Bitter Lake NWR, not far from Roswell New Mexico. Below are the Sandhill Cranes, refuge sign, possible Lesser Goldfinch, Pied-billed Grebe, Loggerhead Shrike, White Pelicans with ducks and more Sandhill Cranes.

Click on photos for larger viewing....

 

 

Bitter Lake NWR this is a link to my original visit and post.

 2. While on the wildlife drive we saw the migrating Sandhill Cranes, ducks, geese and many other species of birds. Pretty view of the refuge located where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the Southern Plains and wetland area of the Pecos River watershed.



Bosque Del Apache NWR link to original post and photos.

3. This refuge is located in San Antonio New Mexico. This was one of my favorite refuges in New Mexico, the birding was great. I actually saw a Mountain Lion crossing the wildlife drive, my first time seeing this critter. Below are the Sandhill Cranes, top right is the Road Runner a lifer for this trip, Gambel's Quail lifer, White-crowned Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Snow Geese, Northern Harrier and Killdeer.


4. Sunset at the Bosque Del Apache NWR , flock of blackbirds with the Cranes.
 


 

 

 Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge   a link to my original post and photos.

5. This refuge is located in the Finger Lakes region near Seneca New York. Below are sightings from the wildlife drive the Purple Martins, Great Egrets, Canada Geese, Red-wing Blackbirds, Bald Eagle, Northern Shoveler duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Tern, Gadwall ducks, DC Cormorant, Song Sparrow, Mallards, unknown Sandpiper and lots of turtles. 




 

Pea Island NWR  my original post and photos.

6. This wildlife refuge is located in North Carolina at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Pea Island is one of 9 refuges that make up the North Carolina Coastal Refuge complex.  Below are the Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorants, White Pelicans, Swan, Ruddy Ducks and a Eastern Meadowlark.

 


 

 

 7.  Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge,  Oak Harbor Ohio. My visit here was a quick.  I was on a trip  with a couple of birding friends to Magee Marsh in Ohio. Magee Marsh is a famous spot for spring time birding. My friends and I drove the Ottawa NWR wildlife drive, visited their visitor center, we saw the Bald Eagles, Egrets, deer and the White-crowned Sparrow.  

 


Cape Meares NWR  My original post and photos

 

8. Oregon, one of my favorite states to visit. Hubby and I drove up and down the Oregon coast. Along one section of the coast is the Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Three Arch Rocks, Oregon Islands NWR complex. Nesting seabirds include the Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemots, Pelagic Cormorants and the Black Oystercatcher.  The Cape Meares Lighthouse is actually part of a state park, the surrounding area is the wildlife refuge.


9. A view of one of the islands, covered with nesting seabirds.


 

John Heinz NWR   original post and photos

10. This mosaic is photos from our visit to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum Township Pennsylvania. It is not far from Philadelphia PA. 

Included below the boardwalk trail at the wildlife refuge, views of the wetlands, turtles, ducks, marsh wren and flowers.


Savannah NWR South Carolina my original post and photos.

Now down the east coast to South Carolina, we were able to visit 2 national wildlife refuges in this state. We have been to the Savannah NWR and Pinckney Island NWR. 

11. Savannah NWR photos below lots of turtle with alligator, lots of alligators, Glossy Ibis, White Ibis, Green Heron, Great Egret with the Snowy Egret. Part of the Savannah NWR is in South Carolina and part is also in Georgia. We have been to both, the wildlife drive and the visitor center.

 

Pinckney Island NWR  My original post and photos.

 

12. Pinckney Island NWR South Carolina near Hilton Head SC .

 Below, Eastern Blue Birds, Common Moorhen, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, White Ibis with gator and Phoebes.

 



I will have one more post to finish off my National Wildlife Refuge visits.  I am thankful to enjoy all my moments with hubby.  Thankful for
the joy of seeing wildlife.

Go outside and breathe deeply.  Enjoy every moment. 

Take care and stay safe! 


Live simple and be happy!  😊 Keep smiling!

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Thank you to Jutta the host of Nature Thursday

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Our World, My World

 Happy Monday

 Hello, I hope everyone is doing well.

A recent article titled Sanctuaries Under Strain in my latest Audubon magazine triggered this post. A wildlife refuge should be land set aside as a safe haven. A refuge for the birds to nest and refuel during migration. Now the refuges are losing workers, money and are open to more hunting.  So I started researching to see just how many National Wildlife refuges there are in the US. There are a total of 568 refuges, they can be found from sea to shining sea.  I wanted to see how many of these 568 refuges hubby and I have visited. LOL, I have NOT put a dent into visiting 568 refuges, some being in Puerto Rico and Somoa. The refuges in Alaska have the most land acquired by our government, land with no roads. California might have the highest number of refuges, Connecticut and Kentucky only have one each. Find a refuge to visit near you!


So my inquiring mind had to go through some of my archived photos and blog posts looking at all my visits to our great national wildlife refuges. I had to see which refuges are my favorites, you can see some of my visits on my label NWR on the side bar. I also googled which National Wildlife Refuges were listed as a favorite for other people and  which is best for bird watching. Listed as a few of the top ten wildlife refuges are St Marks NWR in Florida and Aransas NWR  and Laguna Atascosa NWR both in Texas. So now a long road trip (post COVID) could be in the plans for me. Planning is fun for me.

 Here are some photos and mosaics I created from my archived wildlife refuge photos.  I am starting by state in alphabet order.  

1. Colorado Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, on the last day of our Sept 2014 trip we visited this refuge and drove on the wildlife drive. My photos include the GB Herons, the Bison, the cute Prairie Dogs and a White-tailed Deer.



2. Delaware has 2 National Wildlife refuges, the first one is my favorite Bombay Hook NWR. I have posted so much about Bombay Hook NWR, it is hard to choose favorite photos. My mosaic below shows lots of Great Egret, American Avocets, Bobolinks, Peregrine Falcon, Belted Kingfisher, Green Heron, Clapper Rail adult with chick, a Red Fox, more Egrets. 





3. Delaware Prime Hook NWR , views of Prime Hook wetlands, GB Herons, Ruddy Ducks and a Brown Thrasher.



4.  Florida is another state that has a lot of Wildlife Refuges. Some of my favorites are included like Merritt Island NWR. In the mosaic below are the Roseate Spoonbills, Belted Kingfisher, Little Blue Heron, American Avocets, Gulls,  a large gathering of White Pelicans, Spoonbills, Egrets and more, Reddish Egret and Pileated Woodpeckers.



5. Florida Ding Darling NWR , seen below are the White Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, Summer Tanager, Osprey, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, GB Herons, Egrets, Little Blue Heron and a Swallow-tailed Kite.

 

 


6. Florida Hobe Sound NWR . The beach and sky were beautiful, a few gulls and shore birds were around for our viewing pleasure.

 


7. Florida Lake Woodruff NWR: Bald Eagle, Osprey, Turkey Vultures, American Coots and an unkown Sparrow.



8. Florida Pelican Island NWR has a nice tribute to the National Wildlife Refuges, Their boardwalk includes a board each with a name of one of the National Wildlife Refuges. 

 


9. Maryland has 5 National Wildlife refuges, I have visited 3 of them. Two of the  Maryland refuges are closed to the public, only accessible by boat. 

Blackwater NWR in Cambridge Maryland is one of my favorite refuges in Maryland. You can see a great variety of birds there year round.  The Bald Eagles are a common sight at this refuge.

10.  Maryland the Eastern Neck NWR is located in Rock Hall Maryland. It is part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR complex. It is a great place in the winter months to see Bald Eagles, various ducks, Vultures, Gulls, Geese and the Tundra Swans.



11. Maryland the Patuxent NWR , this refuge has a great visitor center, the refuge includes a North, Central and South tract. The Central tract is where the offices and research center is located, the South tract is the visitor center and trails, they used to operate a tram on some of the closed trails. The North Tract has a little wildlife drive and trails. I have been on the tram ride, a night time Owl walk and on a tour to see the research center for the Sandhill Cranes. I am not sure but between funds being cut and Covid, the tram and Sandhill Crane  research have stopped.



12. New Jersey the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR is located  not far from Atlantic City NJ.  It is another one of my favorite refuges on the East Coast. I have seen many awesome birds, like the Rails , the Snowy Owl, Whimbrel, Brant Geese, Black Skimmers, Black Ducks, Northern Pintails, Teals, Mergansers, various Herons, Egrets, Terns and Gulls. In the winter the Snow Geese arrive in large groups, summer time is great for Warblers and shore birds.





This NWR subject is photo heavy so I will continue my National Wildlife Refuge post on my Thursday blog post. There may even be three blog post, due to way too many photos. 

 

I do love blogging about things I love or feel passionate about, like the wildlife and birds.  My hobby of birding can be done at home or while traveling. If I am passing by a wildlife refuge during my travels I do try to stop and visit the refuge. Have you visited any of the wildlife refuges, if so do you have a favorite?

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Saturday's Critters #356

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!


I have some more of my yard birds and critters seen as of Sept 28 through Oct 3rd.  
 
1.  On Sept 29th I saw a male Black-throated Blue Warbler eating the Devil's walking stick berries. 



2. Butterflies seen on Sept 28th, top is the Red-spotted Purple Butterfly and on the bottom is the Monarch Butterfly seen on our Buddleia.



3. I've been seeing this big Ground Hog in our yard, one day it was on top of our fence eating the Morning Glories, another day it was in the side yard eating grass?

 

 4.  Sept 30th last sighting of least one Ruby-throated Hummingbird. It likes to sit in the Buddleia Bush near the feeder. After Oct 1st, I have not seen any Hummingbirds. I left the feeder up just in case.
 
 
 
 
5.  This Bull frog has been seen often at the edge of our little pond next to the turtle statue.  They are buddies..


 6.  Sept 30th, my back yard birds: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tennessee Warbler, Cape May Warbler and a possible Hermit Thrush.
 
 
Sept 30th, another  Scarlet Tanager, female or first year male?
 
 
October 3rd,  I was still seeing migrating warblers in my yard. Below is on the left a Tennessee Warbler, top right is the Cape May Warbler, bottom right is a female Black-throated Blue Warbler.
 

 
 
 
 I hope everyone enjoyed my back yard birds and critters. 
 
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday

 Hello, Happy Thursday!


Hubby and I look forward to the nice weather for our walks and outings.  It seems like the weather people can not always predict the weather lately. We wanted to get away for a night or two but the weather was not cooperating.  

 

1. So we go on, taking our daily walks. On this day we were able to drive an 1 1/2 hour away to the Great Falls National Park in Potomac Maryland. We walked a total of 5.3 miles at the C&O Canal Trail earlier and at Great Falls.  

 

 


2. Great Falls National Park visitor center. It was a pretty blue sky day...My kind of weather, cool, sunny and clear skies.



3. The C& O Canal Trail at Great Falls, not a cloud in the sky.



4. The Canal Boat and canal was being worked on while we were there.



5. Me and my shadow are seen below in the white water without a raft and paddle.




 

 

 

 


 

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6. Below are a few Warblers and friends, top row Northern Parula. Bottom row is the Black & White Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo and a Black-throated Green Warbler.  These were all seen in one spot along the trail to the Great Falls Overlook.

 

 
 
7. Below is the view from the Great Falls overlook, the Potomac River.
 

 
8. From the Maryland overlook you can across the river and see the Virginia Overlook.
 
 

 
 
9. These are some of the birds I saw during our visit to Great Falls NP.
Below top row are the Black Vulture, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron. Middle Row are the Northern Parula, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Bottom row are the Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks. 


 

 10.  A Yellow-billed Cuckoo seen right off the trail. I do not usually see these birds on the ground, they are usually found in the tree tops. This Cuckoo was seen flying and landing on the ground.




 

 

 

11. Pretty blue sky and the Potomac River.  The Great Falls National Park is split between the states of Maryland and Virginia by the Potomac River. 

 


 

 

I am thankful for correct weather predictions.

I am thankful for planned outings.

I am always thankful to survive driving on the DC 495 Beltway and on the I-95, there are some crazy drivers out there.  

I am thankful for long walks with nature.

Take care and stay safe! 


Live simple and be happy!  😊 Keep smiling!



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Our World, My World

Happy Monday,   In early October hubby and I were able to getaway to Chincoteague Island  Virginia.  We were still wearing our mask and keep...