Saturday, October 30, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 411

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!

Happy Halloween everyone ! 🎃  👻 

1. Various critters and birds seen the end of September and beginning of October.  A couple of Northern Mockingbirds, Eastern Wood Pewee, Monarch Butterfly, red-eared Slider Turtles.



2. A Northern Mockingbird enjoying the berries. 





3. The Monarch butterflies were being seen as late as Oct 21st on our butterfly bush. 




4. A lighter colored Northern Mockingbird on our Devil's Walking Stick. 




5. From a walk on our local fire road to the lake, we were watching one Slider Turtle sitting on a log.




6. While watching the first larger turtle, a smaller baby turtle crawled out of the water onto the log with the larger turtle. 



This is one of my shorter posts, next week I will share some critters and birds we saw during our latest getaway to the Letchworth State Park in New York.  Thanks always for sharing your post and for all the nice comments. 

PS,  an added extra. Our cute grandson 8 month birthday, a pumpkin for Halloween. He didn't eat the candy, it was just a prop.





I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out!



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Monday, October 25, 2021

Happy Monday!

 Happy Monday, everyone!


I hope you all have a great day and a happy new week!

Hoh River trail, Olympic National Park


"The mountains are calling and I must go." 



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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 410

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 lots more photos from our getaway trip to Chincoteague Island Virginia. The Chincoteague Island NWR and National Seashore are favorite places for us to visit. These images are from our 2nd day of our 3 day trip.  There were lots of ponies and birds to see, the sunrises and the sunsets. 


1. Atlantic Ocean sunrise on the beach with the Sanderlings, Tricolored Heron, rabbit, Brown Pelicans with Gulls, juvenile Little Blue Herons with Tricolored Heron and Yellowlegs, Black Skimmer with Terns and Gulls, American Oystercatchers and a Green Heron.


BTW, if I am wrong with any of my bird id's I do not mind being corrected.  Please let me know. 

2. A mix of juvenile Little Blue herons, one Tricolored Heron, guessing at the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and one Great Egret. 



3. Double-crested Cormorant, Black Skimmers and I am guessing the larger Terns could be the Royal Tern at 20 inches. The Royal Tern at 20 inches looks bigger than the 18in Black Skimmer standing nearby.



4. Chincoteague ponies, some of the egrets had a pony ride.



5. Ponies, Egrets and on the far right is a Tricolored Heron  flying by.



6. Two American Oystercatcher with a Gull.




7. White Ibis, juvenile White Ibis and a Snowy Egret mixed in. I had to zoom in for a close look at all those pink legs.  




8. Chincoteague National Seashore beach, a mixed of White Ibis with various Egrets and herons, two deer standing near the wildlife drive and a sunset at Tom's Cove. 




9. Various White Ibis, Snowy Egret and why does the larger white bird have a dark colored bill? Is it a young Great Egret without the yellow bill?




10. Numerous White Ibis and various Snowy and Great Egrets.



11. The end of day 2, sunset at Tom's Cove Chincoteague Island NWR.



If you are ever in the area, I highly suggest visiting the Chincoteague Island National Wildlife refuge. I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. I am looking forward to seeing your critter post. 


I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out!



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Monday, October 18, 2021

Happy Monday!


Happy Monday, everyone!


I hope you all have a great day and a happy new week!


Sunset at Tom's Cove, Chincoteague Island Virginia



"Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn."

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 409

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 am sharing more recent yard birds and birds seen on our local fire road walks to the lake. I was seeing migrant warblers in my yard for most of September. They love the Devil's Walking Stick berries. Photos were taken from my windows, it is nice to see these birds without having to travel somewhere. 

I may be away from my computer but I will be visiting everyone who has linked up a post and those who leave me a comment as soon as possible.  Thank you always for participating and loving all the critters. 


1. Below male and female Cape May Warblers, guessing the bottom row is a Tennessee Warbler and far right is a male Black-throated Blue Warbler. 




2. I know these photos and birds all look familiar, but they are new photos I have not posted previously. I have been seeing the Cape May Warblers at these berries every day for weeks. Some times there are 4-5 Cape May Warblers chowing down berries.  



3. The photos below are from one of our morning walks to the lake, we saw 2-3 Great Blue Herons, Double-crested Cormorant, Green Heron and the Belted Kingfisher can be found in the same spot almost daily. 



3-A   I was able to catch the Belted Kingfisher with the Green Heron hanging out on the same tree. The Green Heron is a little hidden, can you find it below?





4. A little further drive away is one of my favorite county parks, we do a loop hike around the park. We saw a large flock of Blackbirds, maybe Grackles, a group of Cedar Waxwings were also flying across the park. A Gray Catbird, Finches, Downy Woodpecker and a visit to the park's raptor center. 



5. Back in my yard, the male and female Black-throated Blue Warblers were being seen eating the berries.  During the month of September I could not pass my windows without looking out and seeing Warblers eating these berries. 



5-A.  The Black-throated Blue Warbler , it is 4-5 inches in length. The male is blue above with white underneath and has a black throat, face and sides. The female is a brown-olive color and has the white spot on it's wing, my photo of the female is on the top left above. 





6.   Living so close to the reservoir, their are days we take a ride around the lake to see the dam. On this day there was a small group of Canada Geese and a group of Double-crested Cormorants. 



7. A group of Double-crested Cormorants seen swimming in the reservoir near the dam bridge. 



8. A view of our lake during one of our early morning walks, we saw the steam fog rising over the lake. 



An added extra, our grandson Wyatt not a critter but very cute.




I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out!



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Monday, October 11, 2021

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone!


I wish you all a great day and a happy new week!



Choptank River Lighthouse, Cambridge Maryland




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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 408

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 Sept 19-21 hubby and I visited Chincoteague Island, the National Wildlife Refuge and National Seashore in Virginia. I love seeing the wild ponies. It is a great place to see migrating birds, shorebirds and waders, geese and ducks. 

Click on photos for larger viewing.

1. These are images from our first day Sept 19th.

On the top row are the Laughing Gull, Chincoteague wild ponies.

Second row: juvenile Little Blue Herons, Snowy Egret with Great Egret, Cattle Egret, adult Little Blue Heron.

Bottom row: Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Bald Eagle, sunset and full moon rising.



2. The Cattle Egret showing it breeding colors on it's crown and back. 



3. The Chincoteague ponies, some egrets were seen on the ground and on the backs of the ponies. 




4. Adult Little Blue Heron with a few first year Little Blue Herons are actually white in color showing a two toned bill.



5. I am guessing at these 3 birds, 2 were larger in size which I believe are the Greater Yellowlegs and the smaller bird in front is the Lesser Yellowlegs.



6. The Great Egret is obvious with it's long yellow bill and dark legs and feet. 



7. Snowy Egret with the taller Great Egret. 





8. A pair of Bald Eagles perched high in the trees.




9. A closer look at one of the Bald Eagles. 



I hope you enjoyed this post, my photos and our visit to Chincoteague Island NWR. 


I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out!



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Monday, October 4, 2021

Happy Monday!

 Happy Monday everyone!


I wish you all a great day and a happy new week!


"Lose yourself in nature and find peace."










Point Wilson Lighthouse, Port Townsend, Washington State, May 2017


"Photos are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 407

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!

September is a good time to see the migrating birds, I am seeing some of the fall Warblers in my yard. Each year they stop by and enjoy eating some berries.  Berries are plentiful on the Aralia spinosa. The Cape May Warbler seems to arrive in groups of males, females and 1st year birds. The Northern Parula and the Tennessee Warbler and I am hearing a Pine Warbler around the yard too.

These photos were all taken from my dining room window, so they are not the clearest but still good enough for id-ing the birds.

1. The male Cape May Warbler, yellow cheeks and breast with streaks, and yellow throat with a green back with whitish wing bars. 




2.  The Cape May Warbler above is a brighter yellow, I had about 5-6 of these Cape May Warblers visiting at the same time. I was surprised to see the bird below eating something from my butterfly bush.




3. Cape May Warbler is yellow behind the cheeks, streaking on the breast. First fall female maybe dull and yellow maybe absent.



4. Two Fall Cape May Warblers, their upperparts are gray and their is less streaking on the chest, has a yellowish rump/ Can you find both of the warblers?



5 .  Some days, I can see 5-6 different warblers eating the berries, a Tennessee Warbler has the white eyebrow, light yellow on breast and white under tail. 



6.  I believe this is a fall Northern Parula, back is dull but have some bright greenish feather on back and light yellow on the breast.



7. The broken eye-ring looks different to me, maybe because the way the bird is perched? This is the same bird as the above photo. 



8. Looking at the front of the Tennessee Warbler.



9. A Male Northern Cardinal is joining the warblers eating berries too. 


10. The Gray Catbird enjoys the berries too. 


11. Aralia spinosa, also known as Devil's Walking Stick. Stems are covered with sharp spines and has purple-black berries. 




I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out!



Here is my linky:

YOU are all # 1.




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

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