Monday, November 23, 2020

Our World, My World

 Happy Monday!

It is hard to believe it is almost the end of November, Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I have much to be thankful for my hubby,  family and good health.

May all the good things in life be yours, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year!

On Nov 9th we headed home through Delaware stopping for a short bit at Bombay Hook NWR. We drove on the wildlife drive, it is always fun to do some drive-thru birding.  

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1. We did take one short walk, during this time we saw what I think are Yellowlegs and some Ring-billed Gulls.




2.  Lunchtime.. 






3.  These photos were all taken from my car. The American Avocet, you can see the curved bill.




4.  Various shorebirds, some of the longer billed birds could be Dowitchers? 



5.  A couple of Northern Pintails seen a little closer to the wildlife drive. 




6.  A distant view of the Canada Geese, various shorebirds and some colorful trees.




7. I am guessing the birds in flight are the Dunlins, the sunlight would shine on them and they were amazing to watch.



8. The Great Egret tree, a couple of Great Blue Herons are seen one at each end.





9.  The American Avocets


10. The swan below are the non-native Mute Swans. lots of Canada Geese, ducks and coots.


11. I tried zooming in as far as I could with my camera, I still can not id all the ducks below. I do see the Canada Geese, American Coots and Wigeon.




Bombay Hook NWR ended our little getaway, it started at Blackwater NWR in Maryland, then onto Assateague Island and Ocean City Md.  We tend to see and do a lot in a little bit of time. 



Hubby and I continue to stay safe and healthy.  Be safe, wear your mask and keep your distance.  Wishing everyone good health, take care and stay safe!

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Saturday's Critters # 362

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 share some more of the Bald Eagles we saw at the Conowingo Dam and Susquehanna River.  I mentioned in a previous post, the Bald Eagles  congregate in this area during their migration in the winter.
 
1. People come from all over to see and photograph the Bald Eagles.  I am not sure if it is happening this year due to Covid cancellations, but they have had Bald Eagle photo contest and an event called Eagle Day. There are 3 Eagles in the photo below. 

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2. There is a rocky area below the dam, where the Bald Eagles like to sit.  Two adult Bald Eagles are seen below. 


 
 

 
 
 
3. Both the juvenile and Bald Eagles are seen along with some Black Vultures.
 

 
 
 
4. I took photos maybe every 6 feet, more adult and juvenile Bald Eagles sitting on the rocks. Sometimes all I could see was a head or their wings.  But, there is at least 7 Eagles in the photos below. 
 
You really have to click on this photo to count all the eagles.
 

 
 
5. It is fun to watch these eagles, flying around chasing each other.  At times it was like a few juveniles had fun playing a game of tag.




 
6. Bald Eagle in a tree above the parking lot. 




7.  The Great Blue Herons  have a rookery at this same spot.  As long as the river does not freeze, the herons may stay year round.  Two Great Blue Herons sitting in this tree.




  I would say there could have been 40-50 Bald Eagles, maybe more on this day, there is an island in the middle of the river blocking some of the view. 
 
 
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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thursday!  

 I  know many people are feeling the Covid stress. Hubby and I get that antsy feeling, we had to get away.  Take advantage of the great weather.  I am continuing to share some photos from our getaway to Maryland Shore and Ocean City Maryland.  I have to say we were in the car most of the time, a few hikes and walks on the beaches.  So I have a few sky photos to share and some bird sightings. 

 

1. the first evening and Sunset at the Ocean City Inlet.  I am thankful for 2 days of beautiful weather for our getaway.

 

2. Everyone was out enjoying this great November weather, we watched the surfers and there were also some Black Ducks or Cormorants nearby.


 


3.  A scene from the Ocean City Inlet, an early morning fishing boat heading out, a Brown Pelican flying by and some color just before the sunrise.

 


 



4.  I never noticed all these locks on the fishing pier at Ocean City. I am guessing the gull is the Ring-billed Gull.

 




5.  The sunrise next to the fishing pier in Ocean City Maryland.





6. Banded Terns on the Ocean City Inlet beach. These are the Royal Terns, thanks to Sondra for the id.





7.  Two Brown Pelicans flying by us at the Ocean City Inlet. 



8. We watched 6 dolphins in the inlet at Ocean City, Md. They would take turns moving in and out of the water.  I am thankful for all my wildlife sightings.





9. A mural on a utility box and a Red Fox crossed the street near us at the Ocean City Inlet. 


 I am thankful for another great getaway. I am thankful we continue to stay safe and healthy. 

I hope everyone stays healthy and safe. 

Go outside and breathe deeply.  Enjoy every moment. 

Take care and stay safe! 


Live simple and be happy!  😊 Keep smiling!


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
 

Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday
 


Thank you for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!!  😊



Monday, November 16, 2020

Our World, My World

Happy Monday everyone!

Hubby and I are missing our bigger road trips, so we  decided to take  a ride to Maryland's shore. Staying mostly in the car and a few hikes. We visited Blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park and Ocean City.  We did a lot, we saw the Assateague wild ponies and  lots of birds. We walked on the beach, walked on a trail at Blackwater NWR and walked on a boardwalk trail at Assateague Island National Seashore. We were outside during the trip and we were careful keeping a distance from any people and wore our mask if anyone seemed close. 

1. November 8th, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge Maryland




 

2. A Great Blue Heron on an old nest and a nearby Bald Eagle.

 


 

 

3. The most common bird at Blackwater NWR was the Canada Geese.  We missed seeing an early Snowy Owl that was being seen in Kent County which is just across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland.

 


 

 

4.  Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland. First time I saw people riding horses bareback on the beach.  They were leaving when we arrived.  The second pony below looks like one of the wild Assateague ponies. 

 


 

 

 

5.  Me and my shadow on the boardwalk trail at Assateague Island National Seashore.

 


 

 

6.  We like to ride through the campground looking for birds, usually various birds can be found on the ground around the picnic tables. This time we saw the campground host, a couple of the Assateague wild ponies.

 


 

 

7. The ponies can be found on the dunes and on the beach at Assateague. It was a warm sunny day. Lots of people enjoying the beach.

 


 

 

8. Sunset at the Ocean City Inlet. 

 


 I have more to share from our little getaway, including more Ocean City Md photos and some from Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. We did a big loop drive, going through Delaware on the way home.


 Hubby and I are happy and healthy, I hope everyone is doing well too.

 

Wear your mask and keep your distance! 


 

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Saturday's Critters # 361

 

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!


1.  Nov 3rd, I was putting my feeders away for the night and I looked up and saw this bunny watching me.  It is a cutie.
 

 
 
 
 
2. I have been seeing more American Goldfinches at my feeders, you can just barely make out a reflection of one Goldfinch on the feeder. 
 
 

3. Nov 4th, our weather is sunny and warmer. The temps were in the high 60's.  I can go days or even weeks without seeing the Goldfinch and then all of sudden they are back.   I keep checking out my feeders hoping for a Pine Siskin or some other new winter bird. No luck, yet.  I am happy to see all or any bird in my yard and at my feeders. 




4. The Northern Cardinal can be seen in my yard every day. The female below was standing on my deck railing looking for seeds to eat.



Birds in Maryland and in the news, not that I am running out to see these birds. This past week a SNOWY OWL and a Mountain Bluebird have been sighted in Maryland.  I have seen the Snowy Owl a few times in Maryland and I did not want to be one seen trespassing or stressing out the bird.  The Mountain Bluebird I have also seen in Colorado and in Wyoming.

5.  My throwback photos of a Maryland Snowy Owl and seen in Colorado a Mountain Bluebird.  I do not keep a state bird list, I am just happy I have already seen these two birds. 

 

 
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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!

 Happy Thursday, 

I am sharing some pretty sunset images taken from my back yard and deck.  The full moon images were from the end of October.

 1. Full moon taken on October 31st. I was thankful for clear skies on Oct 31st, the first full moon of October we had rainy cloudy skies.

 I wonder of anyone else is having problems leaving comments, I can type a comment and it will just disappear when I click publish.  I have been having to do the verification with the pictures on most comments too. I am not a ROBOT!!!! Is this happening with you? 



2.  The second full moon in October, called the Blue Moon.




3.  The moon seen on November 3rd. The moon phase is called Waning Gibbous.





4.  The sunset on Nov 3rd, the sky was looking beautiful.





5. The sunset colors can change in minutes, they went from looking orange to a pretty pink and purple sky.



6. I am thankful for a beautiful sunset and a lovely end to the day. 




7.  I am thankful  and it is a pleasure to watch my back yard birds. 


My bird for the day is the Hairy Woodpecker, it looks so similar to the Downy Woodpecker but it is larger in size.  The beak is thicker and the body is just bigger overall.  I can watch both the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers visit my feeders.




 

Thankfully, we are happy and continue to be healthy.
I wish you all good health, take care and stay safe! 

Go outside and breathe deeply.  Enjoy every moment. 




Live simple and be happy!  😊 Keep smiling!


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
 

Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday
 



Thank you for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!!  😊

 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Our World, My World

 Happy Monday everyone,


On November 5th hubby and I took our walk at the Susquehanna River and at the Conowingo Dam in Maryland.  Hubby and I have been going to see the Bald Eagles every year, this is a link to my previous posts on the Susquehanna River & Bald Eagle.  November is a great time to see the migrating Bald Eagles, there are days you can see 100 or more Eagles.

 1.  Every winter the Bald Eagles gather below the dam, some are the migrating Bald Eagles and some are seen year round. It was a little foggy at the river, dam and trail when we first arrived but the fog cleared out and it was a beautiful morning. Below photos are of the Susquehanna River trail, a Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles in the trees, fog over the river, a juvenile Bald Eagle perched on a rock in the river, eagles flying over the dam, eagles on the tower and lots of Black Vultures on the tower.

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2. The foggy Susquehanna River trail.

 


 

3. Seen from the foggy trail, a Bald Eagle high in a tree.

 


 

4. A juvenile Bald Eagle was perched on top of a rock in the middle of the Susquehanna River. The juvenile eagle below is starting to have more of the white head, it takes 5 years to attain the full white head seen on the adult Bald Eagle.

 


 

 

5.  The fog was lifting and the sun was shining and the sky was looking beautiful. What a great day! 


 

6. The Bald Eagles were everywhere you looked, in the trees above our heads, flying over the river and  chasing each other around. It really is an amazing sight to see so many Bald Eagles at one time.

 


 

 

7. In this area below, I found 3 Bald Eagles ( 2 adults and one juvenile) and 2 Great Blue Herons. Can you find all 5 birds below? 

 


 

8.  Years ago, there was an Opsrey nest on this tower.  These 2 adults Bald Eagles seem to be checking out the nest. 

 


 9. Below perched on the tower are 2 juvenile Bald Eagles on the right and one adult Bald Eagle on the lower left. The photo above was taken at the same time showing the nest and 2 adult Bald Eagles. 






10.   This area is popular for seeing the Black Vultures, below the are just a "few" Black Vultures hanging out on the tower.  There are warning signs at the parking lot, you park at your own risk. These vultures are known to land on the cars and start eating the rubber around your car windows.  Sharing an old post that shows the Black Vultures on some of the parked cars.

 


 I have lots more photos to share for my Saturday's critters, I hope you enjoyed these views from our visit to the Susquehanna River and Conowingo Dam.

 Below a Covid 19 update, which is in the news every day and in my world. This is not political, it just concerns our health and lives.

 I follow and trust the Johns Hopkins website called Track Testing Trends, it shows the positivity rates in Maryland and every state in the USA. The state of Maryland as of 11/6 has a positive rate of 3.4 and just to share how bad the numbers can increase, the state with the highest number is South Dakota at 52.2.  I believe any state that stays in the range of 5.0 or below is doing well handling the Virus.  The Covid cases are going up each day, so take care and stay safe.

Wear your mask and keep your distance! 

 Hubby and I are happy and healthy, I hope everyone is doing well too.
 

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


Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!


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




 

Our World, My World

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