Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cunningham Falls State Park

Hello,

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week. My last quarter moon photo taken on the morning of January 7th.







Below from the morning of January 9th, we woke up to our deck and driveway being covered with a layer of sleet and ice.


January 9th, we were finally able to get outside for a walk and a short visit the Cunningham Falls State Park, in Catoctin Maryland. 

A sun flare seen while walking on the trail to the Cunningham Falls.


Birds seen and heard at the park were the Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco and the Carolina Chickadees. I am sure there were more birds there but they were hiding from me.





The frozen Cunningham Falls is hard to see covered with snow and ice.


A pretty view of the blue sky and a few clouds.


The frozen manmade lake at Cunningham Falls State Park.

This is for Tom's Barn Collective, a barn seen from the road near the park. 






I am thankful for good weather and spending time outside. 
I am thankful for the state parks in Maryland.
I am thankful for all your visits and comments this past year. 


Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday
Thank you to Tom for hosting The Barn Collective

Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Blue Jay

Hello,

Happy Monday, wishing everyone a great day and new week! January 15th,  the month is almost half over. Time is flying and Spring will be here soon.  Today is federal holiday for Martin Luther King's birthday and a Happy Birthday to my niece Melissa. 

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King


January 7th,  I have been seeing lots of Blue Jays, they can be bullies and piggies.  They are beautiful birds a lovely color blue and pretty patterns on their feathers. 


Below, there are about 7-8 Blue Jays eating the sunflowers seeds I laid out on our deck railing.  Click on the photos for larger viewing.


This photo below show some of the Blue Jay's tail feathers.



The Blue Jay range is mostly east and central United States. Thanks to David comment, the range also includes part of eastern and central Canada and the Boreal Forest.


The Blue Jay feeds mostly on nuts and seeds.


I hope everyone enjoyed my Blue Jay post.  As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday's Critters #213

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love critters 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!

My bird photos are from January 4th, this male Cardinal was enjoying the sunflower seeds I spread out on a table.



January 4th

The Pine Warbler was checking out the Sunflower seed feeder. You can see some snow coming down on this day.


A pair of House Finches, they also love the sunflower seeds.







I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments this past year !


Here is a list of my linky parties;
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wolf Moon

Happy Thursday,

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe in this cold weather we have been having, I am ready for Spring.  Sorry, if I am repeating myself, but I am not a Winter lover.  The almost full moon on Jan 3rd. This moon is called the Wolf Moon and there will a second full moon on January 31st called the Blue Moon. Both January full moon are supermoons. 






Jan 3rd, I captured this pretty female Cardinal.



The Starlings are not one of my favorite feeder birds, they are pigs and make a mess on the deck. They are pretty with their green and purple sheens.  I was happy to see these birds move on. Here is a Starling fact, they were introduced to Central Park NYC in 1890 and quickly spread.



January 4th the morning of the big storm, we had a dusting of snow. Much of the storm stayed east of us and closer to the coast. 







What is your latest favorite book?  I saw that Jeanie of The Marmelade Gypsy recommended The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. I was able to download this ebook and read in one day, it was not very long but I enjoyed the story. I am always looking for good books to read and would be happy for more recommendations. 

I am thankful for a good book to read on a cold winter day.

I am thankful we had heat and a warm house on the super cold days. I can not imagine going without heat, we have much to be grateful for. 

I am thankful for all your visits and comments this past year. 


Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday


Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Burrr!! It's cold!


Happy Monday,

We've have had some super cold weather the last few weeks. Temperatures from 2° to 20°'s . These temps do not count in the wind factor, which makes it feel even colder. We had a little snow that just will not melt. I go outside long enough to fill the feeders and add some water to the heated bird bath. In that amount of time, my face and fingers are hurting from the cold. I am just not a winter or cold weather person, I am counting the days till spring. Yes, I am a wimp!  Spring can not come fast enough for me. 

I have been putting out peanuts in the shells for the Blue Jays, they love the peanuts. 





I've been throwing some seed on the ground after feeling sorry for the ground feeding birds.


The Carolina Wren will eat anything, but the suet is a favorite.




The Mourning Dove is a ground feeder, I have put some Sunflower seeds on the deck for them to eat.




When the temperatures drop it is important for the birds to find food that helps to keep their bodies warm. I help them by providing the seed and suet and a heated bird bath for their water source. It is easy to do and just a little thing since I enjoy watching the birds. 




As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Cunningham Falls State Park

Hello, Happy Thursday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week. My last quarter moon photo taken on the morning of January 7th...