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Cape May NJ

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I am linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences
I hope you can join in on the fun and share your fence scenes and pretty skies.

For this week's Good Fence and Skywatch Friday memes I am sharing an overnight visit to Cape May/Atlantic City, New Jersey earlier in July. It was a pretty day to visit Cape May and the beach, I think I even got a little sunburnt.



A mosaic of the Cape May wildlife: Top Row is the Purple Martin house, Halloween Pennant Dragonfly, Carolina Wren. Second Row : Black Crowned Night Heron, Muskrat, Bunny, Third Row: Least Tern, Oystercatcher, Black Skimmers. Bottom Row: Blue Grosbeak, Mute Swan, possibly Forster's Terns.


For my Skywatch shot, the Cape May lighthouse and the Purple Martin birdhouse.


You have to look closely for this fence, just a white string tied to the area closed sign. This is to protect the birds nesting on the beach and dunes.


Another sky shot,  hubby and I sat on our beach chairs watching the waves. A few dolphins swimming by and…

Gull-billed Tern

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Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes and NC Sue Wordless
I hope you can join in and share your wild birds and nature scenes.

For this week's wild bird I am sharing my latest lifer #451, the Gull-billed Tern. Hubby and I took a quickie overnight visit to the Jersey shores. We visited Cape May NJ and one of our favorite wildlife refuges Edwin Forsythe NWR near Atlantic City NJ. My lifer was seen at the wildlife refuge and hubby was the first to spot the Gull-billed Tern.


Hubby was the first to notice this bird's bill. It is a heavier black bill than the small terns. The Gull-billed Tern is considered a scarce coastal species seen in the summer months.



We watched the Tern for a while splishing and splashing in the water.



I hope you enjoyed my latest lifer and wild bird post and photos. Till next week's wild bird post. Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird and nature photos please visit:

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Trough Creek & Raystown Lake

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I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

They are all fun memes I listed above to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts.

Back in June, hubby and I took a daytrip to Trough Creek State Park and the Raystown Lake and Dam in Pennsylvania.

I read about this park on Felicia's Blog and we are always looking for new places and parks to visit. Felicia's photography is awesome, my images do not compare but I hope you enjoy.

At the park we took the hike to the Suspension Bridge, Rainbow Falls and the Balance Rock.


It felt a little shaky while crossing, but is was fun.  And while crossing the bridge I saw a  Great Blue Heron flying down stream. During this outing I heard more birds than I actually saw.



Here is the Rainbow Falls, I was hoping for a little more water on the falls.  I assume there had not been enough rain in this area at the right time.


We saw a lot of butterflies while at the Balance Rock. On…

Saturday's Critters #84

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Saturday's Critters #84

It's Saturday and it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post..

May you find moments that make you smile today! Happy Saturday!

I am sharing some of the birds hubby and I saw during our visit to Ocala Florida. This was at a local park called Tuscawilla Park. This was a great local park jammed pack with birds.

Thanks to my Florida blogging friend Wildlifewatcher posting about this same park. I hope you can visit her blog.


Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, is it just me or do some of these whistling ducks have grouchy looking faces.


Muscovy Duck


White Pelicans with more Black-bellied Whistling ducks.


A female Wood Duck


A Cormorant, Egret and more Whistling Ducks. LOL, I think they are all camera shy and turned their heads. Or, I just caught them all during their nap time.


Turtles taking a break from the water.



The Pileated Woodpecker.


More of my favorite Whistling Ducks, two Egrets and a Wood Duck.

I hope yo…

Chesapeake City, Maryland

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I am linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences
I hope you can join in on the fun and share your fence scenes and pretty skies.

For this week's Good Fence and Skywatch Friday memes I am sharing a daytrip hubby and I took to Cecil County Maryland. We did some birding in a local hotspot called Courthouse Point and we visited the C&D Canal Museum.



A view of the pond from the trail, wood duck, Canada Geese, Indigo Bunting and Cowbirds. Courthouse Point is a wildlife management area, hunting is allowed during the regular hunting season. Hikers and birders are allowed each day during the year but only on Sundays during the hunting season, which is September thru the end of January.


A couple of Brown-headed Cowbird with the pretty blue sky for a background.

Above in my mosaic a pretty puffy cloud, the trail, a farm/fence scene off in the distance, Queen Anne's Lace, Dragonfly, Great Egret.


I have found a few quotes about clouds that I like this is one of my favorites by Bo…

Great Crested Flycatcher

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Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes and NC Sue Wordless
I hope you can join in and share your wild birds and nature scenes.

For this week's wild bird I am sharing the Great Crested Flycatcher. It is one of my backyard birds in the summer season.





The flycatcher has a large head and a crest that is not always prominent. This bird also has a bright lemon yellow belly.


 This is a back view of the Great Crested Flycatcher, it seemed to be checking out the bird seed on my deck railing.


This image above and the one below were taken at a local park, this young Great Crested Flycatcher was begging for food on the boardwalk.


I hope this enjoyed my images of the Great Crested Flycatcher, it is one of my many favorite backyard birds.  I hope you enjoyed my wild bird post and photos. Till next week's wild bird post. Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird and nature photos please visit:

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Ocala Florida

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I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday    and NF Trees

They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts.

I am sharing more from our Florida visit, this was toward the end of our March visit in Ocala Florida. We walked a loop around the lake in Tuscawilla Park. It was a lovely path lined trail with some of the Spanish Moss covered trees that I just love.


A Pileated Woodpecker was seen in one of the moss covered trees.


Ocala is known for all it's gorgeous horse farms. So, it is fitting that there were horse sculptures in the park. In the background are some of the native trees in Ocala and the moss covered trees are common.


A pretty painted horse sculpture.




A look at the lake and  various trees across the way, I love the palm trees.


I like this statue, it could be hubby and I in our golden years.


Anhinga with his dinner.


The abstract fishing pole is one of the many sculptures seen in th…