Thursday, June 30, 2022

Goodbye June 2022!

 Goodbye June, Hello July! 

Wishing everyone a happy month of July!


"Happiness is enjoying life's simple pleasures." Birdwatching is one of my simple pleasures.




My June birds, Eastern Bluebird, Chipping Sparrow, female Bluebird, Wood Thrush, Common Yellowthroat Warbler, Gray Catbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Canada Geese, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Goldfinch, Great Egret, juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, House Wren.


"A blooming flower means nature is beaming."




My June flowers, two different colors of Bee Balm, Stella D'Oro daylilies, Spirea, Clematis, Roadside Daylily, Fuchsias, Hibiscus, Zinnia, Salvia and Lantana.



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Monday, June 27, 2022

Happy Monday!

 Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and happy new week!


"Focus on the good and joy will follow."




Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland's scenic coast line.

"People forget years and remember moments."





 "We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 445

 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 of my daily photos from our local walks with the grand -dogs. We are lucky to have this park like setting just outside our door. Our walks can be from one mile to three miles long. 


1. May 23rd, our morning walk to the lake with the dogs, A Double-crested Cormorant, Canada Geese, back at home a Pileated Woodpecker and a House Wren. 





2. May 25th,  hubby and I went to a local park called Hashawha Nature Center. Below top row are Cedar Waxwings, American Goldfinch, wild Iris, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Bluebird  and some wildflowers. 





3. May 25th at the Hashawha Nature Park we saw a small group of White-tailed Deer. 





4. May 26th, another walk with Nibbles and Winnie, a loop hike on the fire road. 




5. May 28th, our morning walk has become a routine with views of the forest and lake. We saw a Great Blue Heron, Slider turtle, Swallowtail Butterfly, wild Iris and Prettyboy Reservoir.





6. May 28th.. A Swallowtail Butterfly





7. Our backyard blooms during the month of May, one of our Rhododendron bushes, Clematis on the fence, Catmint, pots of Salvia, Lantana, Zinnias, Bee Balm and Columbine and Siberian Iris near the pond. I try picking out flowers that attract the Hummingbirds and butterflies.




I hope your enjoyed these photos, birds, turtles, butterfly and our grand-dogs. We are still waiting for our son's new home to be done, the family has come for visits with us and to see the dogs.


Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



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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!

Monday, June 20, 2022

Happy Monday!

 Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and happy new week!

"Love the life you live, live the life you love."



Upper Falls with the Genesee Arch Bridge at Letchworth State Park. 


"The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go."





 "We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 444

 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 Father's Day weekend! 

I am sharing a few days, the photos were all taken on our neighborhood walks with the dogs and a few from my backyard. 

1. May 18th, our local walk on the fire road with the grand-dogs. I was able to capture somewhat of a decent photo of the Eastern Wood Pewee, view of the fire road and the dogs.





2. A larger view of the Eastern Wood Pewee, they have the wing bars and I think I can make out a partial eye ring.





3. May 19th,  another fire road walk different direction from our walk the day before.  The Indigo Bunting was singing loudly from a nearby tree top, American Goldfinches were pecking at something on a pine tree and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers..





4.  Is this a Magnolia Warbler or a Yellow-rumped Warbler. This bird has a broken eye-ring, yellow on the sides with white underparts and black streaks.

Edit: thanks to Sondra and Ken for confirming my Magnolia Warbler.




5. Along the fire road I found a few  Magnolia Warblers. A few were chasing each other around the trees and bushes. I do believe they are breeders in my area. 





6. May 20th, another local walk with the dogs. We have lots of fire roads here that wind through the Prettyboy Reservoir Watershed and our neighborhood. This walk is one of my favorites, I usually always see birds in this area. The Slider Turtles were lined up on a log, a Chipping Sparrow and a Red-eyed Vireo were also seen on this walk.





7. We saw two Spotted Sandpipers in an area where a creek goes into the reservoir. 





8. May 20th,  I've been hearing and seeing the Pileated Woodpeckers in our yard. They have plenty of wood piles to peck away.




9. May 21st, another walk with the dogs on the fire road, the Pink Lady Slippers were still blooming nicely and hubby and I found a Box Turtle next to the trail. 





10. May 22nd, a walk on my favorite fire road to the lake, The grand dogs will miss these walks, we are still waiting to hear when my son's home will be finished. I was happy to find a Baltimore Oriole nest in this area and a pretty male spotted in the tree tops above our heads. 





11. May 22nd, the male Baltimore Oriole. The male Baltimore Oriole has a black head, orange and black wing and orange rump and underparts.




I hope you enjoyed my photos, the grand-dogs, the birds and a few critters. 



Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



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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!

Monday, June 13, 2022

Happy Monday!

 Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and happy new week!

"The waterfalls is nature's laughter."





Looking Glass Waterfall, near the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. 

"As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls, birds and winds sing."  John Muir






"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 443

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 various images from our local walks, I never know what we will see on our walks. I always take some photos of whatever I see, mostly anything nature related. 

1. May 9th I have photos from our walk to the lake with the dogs and some more of my back yard birds. In the mosaic are the grand-dogs, a view of our lake, Canada Geese, a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher on the nest, A Baltimore Oriole half hidden in the leaves, Mallard Ducks, more dog photos and a wild azalea. 




2. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is seen and heard in our forest. I found this one on a nest near our lake. 





3.  May 7th, I've been seeing the Scarlet Tanagers all around our yard also on the same day I saw the American Redstart in our back yard. I think they were enjoying our pond and catching bugs to eat. 





4. The male American Redstart was hanging out in the back part of our yard.





5. May 10th, our back yard birds. The Scarlet Tanager is being seen just about every day, another Northern Parula and the Red-bellied Woodpecker. 





6. May 10th a larger view of the male Scarlet Tanager, he is a beauty.

He sat in the dead tree in our yard, that we left for the woodpeckers. 





7. May 11th, our walk on the fire road a Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly , Pink Lady Slippers, Winnie the Corgi, Scarlet Tanager and a Blue-throated Blue Warbler. 





8. May 12th, our morning walk to the lake with dogs, we saw a fishing boat, the Canada Geese, Solitary Sandpiper and a Black Vulture. 




9. May 15th, another walk on the fire road with the grand-dogs. Another sighting of the Scarlet Tanager and back in my yard a wet Tufted Titmouse. 




10. May 16th,  Photos from our morning walk to the lake with the dogs. Near the lake we saw some wild azaleas in bloom, an Osprey and some unknown pink wildflowers. 





11. May 17th, our walks continue some times without the dogs. On this day hubby and I took a walk to see the Bald Eagles nest at the lake. We saw two Eaglets and the Bald Eagle couple all on the nest. Other birds seen were the Ovenbird and the Eastern Kinglets. We heard multiple Hooded Warblers calling while we walked on the fire road. 




I hope your enjoyed my photos, I am looking forward to seeing your critter post. 


Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



Here is my linky:


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!

Monday, June 6, 2022

Happy Monday!

 Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and happy new week!

" We build too many walls and not enough bridges." Isaac Newton



Swinging Bridge, Grandfather Mountain, Linville North Carolina, Blue Ridge Parkway. 

"Travel is the bridge between you and everything." Rumi



"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." 





"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 442

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.  May 2nd,  hubby and I went birding and looking for wildflowers at the Susquehanna State Park. These images are from the picnic area and the pond. The Eastern Bluebirds were catching bugs in the grass, guessing at Rough-winged Swallows, Slider Turtles at the pond, Robins, Cardinal couple, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler and a Canada Geese family. 




2. May 2,  our timing was a little off for seeing more of the wildflowers along the Susquehanna River trail. We did see some of the Bluebells and the Trillium. Also seen at the Conowingo Dam area were the Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue heron with Eagle, Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Spotted Sandpiper. 





3. May 2nd  at the Susquehanna River below the dam, we could see lots of the Bald Eagles and the Great Blue Herons have a rookery in this spot too.





4. May 2nd , Susquehanna River below the dam is a little island in the middle of the river. That is where the Great Blue Heron rookery is located. 




5. May 3rd, our local walk to the lake with the dogs, hubby is ahead with me following along with Winnie the Corgi, unknown plant with flower, Canada Geese, Gray Catbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Solitary Sandpiper and Double-crested Cormorants on the lake.

Edit: thanks to both Sondra and Rose for the Mayapple plant id.





6. May 3rd, I saw a Black-throated Blue Warbler a few times near the lake. 




7. May 3rd, I am guessing this is a Solitary Sandpiper, seen along the George's Creek. 





8.  May 4th, a walk with the dogs on the local fire road, we saw a few Pink Lady Slippers starting to bloom. 




9. May 5th, George's Creek at Prettyboy Reservoir. We saw the White-eyed Vireo, Red-winged Blackbirds, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, various wildflowers, Slider Turtles, Yellow-rumped Warbler, view of the reservoir.



10.  May 6th, a rainy day and I was able to catch some birds just outside my windows.  The top two photos are the Veery , seen on the driveway. The Veery has returned to our forest, I love the sound they make. The bottom images are the Scarlet Tanager, it was seen in a pine tree in my back yard. 




A bonus this weekend, a photo of my grandchildren celebrating Memorial Day. 




Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



Here is my linky:


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!

Happy Monday!

  Happy Monday! Have a great day and a happy new week! "Life is bliss if spent close to nature." "Take only memories, leave n...