Monday, February 27, 2023

Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!


"The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to get sharper."




"Take time to enjoy the simple things in life."

The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes Delaware


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

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 480

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!


Hubby and I enjoyed a short getaway just one night in Lewes Delaware. We stopped first at the Bombay Hook NWR, Prime Hook NWR and Silver Lake in Rehobeth Beach Delaware. The images on this post are from Bombay Hook wildlife refuge and at the Silver Lake in Rehobeth Beach Delaware. 


1. Feb 7th, the Snow Geese, a huge flock was seen on the road leading into the Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge.  

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2. These large flocks of Snow Geese are too hard to fit into one photo. This is distant shot is trying to show there were at least a few hundred Snow Geese on this field. 





3. A closer look at these cute Snow Geese, they are all white with black wingtips. 







4. Winter months can be a great time on the Delaware shore to see various ducks species. Below are some of the birds we saw at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge. The Great Blue Heron, Ruddy Duck, Northern Shoveler, Tundra Swans, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Yellowlegs, female Hooded Mergansers and the  Northern Pintail. 



5. A group of Ruddy Ducks, they are cute with their long stiff tail and the scoop shaped bill. 





6. The Northern Pintail is an elegant duck with a long neck and a long pointed tail. 




7. The Tundra Swans are a common sight in the winter months, all white with a black bill that slopes away from the head. 




8. Silver Lake, Rehobeth Beach Delaware we saw a few Gulls, one Great Blue Heron and a big flock of Canvasback Ducks. 



9. A distant shot of the Canvasback Ducks and there is a Great Blue Heron on the shore. 




10.  A closer look at the Canvasback Duck,  the male has a pretty Chestnut colored head and neck, a white body with a black rear. Females are a pale brown head and neck with a grayish body. 





Bombay Hook NWR is one of my favorite places to visit, there is always something to see there. 


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Sunday, February 19, 2023

Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!


"Live your life like someone left the gate open."




Panama Canal, Panama  November 2011

"Polite words open iron gates."


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Saturday, February 18, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 479

 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!

These photos are all from my neighborhood which backs up to the Prettyboy Reservoir Watershed. Hubby and I made repeated visits to try and see the Golden Eagle. Just a short drive minutes from our house, we could visit early in the morning and go back later after lunch. You will see below, my persistence finally paid off.


1. Jan 29th,   These are all images from my repeated visits to where the Golden Eagle was being seen at our lake, the Prettyboy Reservoir.  

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2. The Ring-necked Ducks joined the party with the Common Mergansers and the Canada Geese near the boat dock. 





3. We know of at least 2 Bald Eagle nests in this area, so seeing a Bald Eagle in our neighborhood is a common sight. Below are a Bald Eagle and a juvenile Bald Eagle posed in the same tree on the same day. 





4. This Bald Eagle below was seen in the same area where we finally saw the Golden Eagle.  





5. Various birders posted on Ebird that there were 150 or more Ring-necked Ducks being seen near the boat dock. We saw a big group but I did not count them and I could not fit them all in one photo. 





6. Jan 30th, I feel like i should have drum roll happening here. After so many tries, I finally saw the Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle is a lifer for me,  number 503 on my life list. Thankfully some photographers were there and showed us exactly where the Golden Eagle was perched high in a tree top. 





7. The Golden Eagle is dark brown with a golden brown plumage on their nape. You can see the golden plumage in my photos above, the head and back of the neck area. Their tails also have some white, you can see the white tail feathers above in the middle of the bottom row. 





8. The Golden Eagle stayed in this spot during the time of our visit. It walked along the branch and stopped to scratch.  




9. Feb 6th I have some of my back yard birds, they enjoy coming to the deck for some peanuts. Male and female Downy Woodpeckers, American Robin, Blue Jay, Red-bellied Woodpecker with a male Cardinal and a Tufted Titmouse. 







10. Hubby and I took a walk on the Mary Ann Furnace trail at Codorus State Park near Hanover Pa. As soon as I parked the car we saw a Belted Kingfisher from the car window, others birds we saw and heard were the Carolina Chickadees, Cardinals, Gulls, Killdeer, Robins and the Titmouse. 






I am a happy birder being able to see the Golden Eagle, a nice way to end the month of January.  

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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! Also, I am also linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post.  

Monday, February 13, 2023

Happy Monday!

  Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!

"The moon taught me it's ok to go through phases. 




Moon rise near Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. 


The sun taught me no matter how many times you go down, keep rising!"


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

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 478

 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 more from our neighborhood lake and back yard.  We usually take our walks on the local fire roads and to the lake.  

1.  Jan 21st, one of the highlights of this walk to the lake was a closer look at the White-breasted Nuthatch. 

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2. We see a lot of  White-breasted Nuthatches in our neighborhood. Some times they come to my deck for some peanuts I put out on my deck railing. 





3. Jan 22nd , We drove around our lake and took a walk to the lake where we can see the Bald Eagle's nest.  The Eagles were perched in two different trees not far from the nest. We saw a big group of Common Mergansers and another group of Hooded Mergansers. Also on this walk we saw a large flock of Robins and lots of Cedar Waxwings. 





4. This was one of the two Bald Eagles we saw in trees next to the lake. Their nest is close by. 




5. We spooked the Hooded Mergansers when we got closer to the lake, they all flew off.  





6. We stopped on the fire road to watch a large group of Cedar Waxwing, maybe 20 or more. They found a lot of berries to eat. 




7. Jan 25th we had a light dusting of snow, is this a Red-tailed or a Red-shouldered Hawk. It was perched in a tree next to the driveway. 





8. This hawk sat in tree for awhile, looking this way and that way. Hoping to catch a meal.  




9. Bonus our grandson Wyatt will be 2 years old on the 15th, Happy 2nd Birthday Wyatt!





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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! Also, I am also linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post. 

Monday, February 6, 2023

Happy Monday!

 Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!


"Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts."




"Leave footprints of love and kindness wherever you go."



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

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 477

 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!

Can you believe it's February, here I am still sharing some January photos. These are images from my neighborhood and back yard.  Hubby and I have not been anywhere special to see the critters and birds. Hopefully soon we can get out soon and see some different sights.  

1. Jan 12th, Hubby and I tried on various days to see the Golden Eagle, it was still hanging around and some lucky birders and photographers were able to see it. We did see the usual birds at the lake and in the area.  Below are an Eastern Bluebird, not sure of the flock of birds flying away, a view of the boat ramp at the lake, the Common Mergansers are being seen every day, a bridge over the lake close to where the Golden Eagle was being seen and Canada Geese are regulars. 

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2. Jan 12th, a large group of Common Mergansers. Every morning, they were seen in the same area of the lake. 





3. Jan 15th, we drove around the lake giving ourselves another chance to see the Golden Eagle. The usual Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers and a juvenile Bald Eagle. I did catch a glimpse of the Golden Eagle, which was only a tiny brown speck in the distance. Other birders were there and able to capture some good photos that day. Timing is everything, my timing is not so good. 





4. Jan 16th,  I was getting obsessed with the Golden Eagle. It is being seen only a short drive away 5-10 minutes around the lake. I could not count my sighting of a tiny brown speck flying away as my first Golden Eagle sighting.  Some birders were lucky to see the Golden Eagle perched in a tree right next to the bridge. 

My sightings, the moon and a contrail, another juvenile Bald Eagle, I did see a beautiful leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers, Belted Kingfisher, adult Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, vultures on a deer carcass. It was interesting to see another hawk chasing the leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, they put on a little air show. 





5. Jan 16th, we drove around the lake making a loop on the way home. I caught what I believe is a Red-shouldered Hawk. 





6. Jan 18th,  I noticed the Turkey and Black Vultures flying over our neighborhood. At one time there had to be at least 30 vultures flying around. Another chance to see the Golden Eagle, no luck there. I did see the Northern Mockingbird, I heard a lot of Nuthatches and the usual Common Mergansers out on the lake. Hubby and I did drive and walk on the NCR bike trail that day. 




7. Jan 18th, seen from my deck, the vultures are often seen in our neighborhood, I think they know the hunters leave the deer carcass in the forest or at the edge of parking areas. There were more vultures in the sky at this time, I could not fit them all into one photo. 





8. Jan 18th, a Northern Mockingbird was seen hanging out in a tree on the boat ramp parking lot. 





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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! Also, I am also linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post. 

Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a ha ppy new week! "If a flower can flourish in the desert, you can flourish anywhere." Saguaro N...