Monday, August 21, 2017

Belted Kingfisher


Hello,

This week I am sharing the Belted Kingfisher. Unless it is a rare sighting, the Belted Kingfisher is one of the only Kingfishers seen in the USA. I usually hear their sharp rattle sound before I see them. They are shy birds around me, take off before I can get a sharp clear photo. I am always trying for that great shot though. I hope you enjoy these Belted Kingfisher photos.



The are known to hover and then plunge head first into the water for their catch of fish.



The adult female Belted Kingfisher has a rufous belly band. The male has a bluish belly breastband. Both male and female have white underparts and a dark crest.



They are often seen perched in trees near the water.



I have so many favorite birds, the Kingfishers are another favorite.



I hope you enjoyed my photos and 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 Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday's Critters #192

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!


These are some images from our last visit to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. On this day we saw a lot of birds, awesome sightings of the Purple Martins, Great Egrets, Mallard and ducklings, American Avocets, a few sightings of a Red Fox.


The Purple Martin houses are close to the visitor center.



This Red Fox was laying right on the wildlife drive. I think it is a young one and looked sick.


A view of one of the ponds and some Great Egrets and Canada Geese.



I believe this is a Mallard with her ducklings.



The American Avocets, a pretty shorebird.




I have much more from our visit to Bombay Hook NWR, we visited for two days. There is always so much to see.  I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too!









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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cape Flattery & Neah Bay

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I have a some Washington State photos to share, these are from our visit to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery. Cape Flattery is the most northwestern spot you can visit in the United States and it is part of the Makah Reservation.


You will need to buy a special permit from the Makah  to hike on the trail to see the Cape Flattery Lighthouse.



A view of the Cape Flattery trail.


The beautiful Pacific Ocean, seen from one of the Cape Flattery overlooks.


A look toward toward the Makah Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


Some of the birds seen Western Grebes, various Gulls, Harlequin Ducks, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Grebe, Red-throated Loon, Cormorants and a Bald Eagle with a fish.



While we were in the area we ate lunch at a restaurant called the Warmhouse in Neah Bay. We had eaten here before back in 2015, they have great milkshakes.  We also enjoyed watching the Bald Eagles right outside the restaurant windows. On this day there had to be 20-30 bald Eagles both adults and juvies. They put on a show for us while ate our lunch.


Neah Bay Bald Eagles. I think one Juvenile Eagle had a fish which attracted all the other eagles. The juvie eagle  held tight onto his fish and was not going to share.




Back at our Ocean Resort and First Beach for the sunset.



"May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace."



My thankful list for today:
I am thankful for good health to hike on trail like the Cape Flattery Trail.
I am thankful for blue skies and lovely weather.


I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.  Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!

Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday



Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Monday, August 14, 2017

Killdeer


Happy Monday everyone!


I am sharing the cute Killdeer for this week's wild bird post. It is a medium sized plover. They are considered shore birds but can live far from the water. It is named after it's shrill wailing call.



The Killdeer have a brown back and wings with a white belly. Their bill is short, black and thick.
They have a round head and flesh colored legs. They forage for food in fields and mudflats, they eat insects.




They can nest on dry gravel with little or no vegetation around.


The Plovers are some of my favorite birds, these Killdeer's have the sweetest faces. You just have to love them, lol.   I hope you enjoyed my photos and 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 Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday's Critters #191

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

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I am sharing some critters from our last visit to Shenandoah Nat'l Park and Skyline Drive. It is a favorite place for a daytrip,  we enjoy hiking on the trails and just riding on the Skyline Drive.

I have to admit, seeing the black bears at this park is a thrill. This black bear below looked kind of young and skinny. I hope it survives.


On the Limberlost Trail I watched these two Hairy Woodpeckers pecking at the same tree. The Hairy Woodpeckers look like the Downy Woodpecker only bigger in size. Their bill is larger in size too. It is hard getting a clear shot of one moving woodpecker much less two woodpeckers. Their heads are always pecking into the trees, lol.


I believe this is the Field Sparrow below, if not I would appreciate the id help. It was seen at the Big Meadows, Shenandoah. The Field Sparrow has a pink bill.


Also on our Big Meadows walk we saw lots of Swallows, I believe these are the Barn Swallows.





The Big Meadows is an awesome spot in the park for a walk. We saw lots of butterflies and birds. I think this is the Wood Nymph Butterfly. Edited my butterfly id thanks to Karolina.








I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too!



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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bushkill Falls


Happy Thursday,


At the end of June, hubby and I visited East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania and the Delaware Watergap. The area is known for it's many waterfalls. On our first day we went to the Bushkill Falls, this is the only waterfalls where you pay an entrance fee. It was worth paying the fee, this waterfall and hike was awesome. There are a lot of steps, going up and down. I felt like I got a work out. Here are some of my photos from the Bushkill Falls, I included a couple of Baltimore Oriole photos, showing the sky for more Skywatch entry.


My pretty sky and a couple of Baltimore Orioles sitting in the tree tops at Bushkill Falls.







Our view of the Bushkill Falls.


There were many Rhododendrons growing along the trails.



The boardwalk trail at Bushkill Falls.





More pretty Rhododendrons.





My thankful list for today:

I thank you for visiting and your comments.
I am thankful for my health, I able to go on these hikes.
I am thankful for my blogging friends like Linda of The Beauty Around Us, it was her blog post that I found out about this area and  these waterfalls.



I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.  Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!

Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday



Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Monday, August 7, 2017

Osprey


Hello, happy Monday everyone!


I am sharing the Osprey, it is also known as the Fish Eagle. It can be found along lakes, bays and rivers. They hover over the water and plunge down to grasp their fish. They are seen in Maryland during the summer season. I saw many Osprey while in Florida where they are considered residents.

Osprey with fish. The Osprey are dark brown above and white below.





Osprey perched near nest.


Osprey hovering.


A wet looking Osprey.


A talking Osprey. On the photo below you can see their dark eye stripe.


Osprey posing.





I hope you enjoyed my photos and 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 Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday's Critters #190

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!


Hubby and I visited the Delaware Water Gap and East Stroudsburg Pa on June 27-29. We saw a lot of waterfalls and I found some birds along the way.

I took this shot  of the Baltimore Oriole while sitting in my car, I had to zoom to the tree tops way across the Bushkill Falls parking lot.





Below is the Wood Thrush seen off the trail at Bushkill Falls.





This Cedar Waxwing was seen at the Resica Falls.





Great Blue Heron in a dried up lake.



Louisiana Waterthrush  at Dingmans Falls


A large group of Mallard Ducks seen off the road.


More Mallards, I have never seen so many Mallards together.


A Gray Catbird from our walk on the McDade Trail at the Delaware Watergap.


Also on the McDade Trail a Song Sparrow.


Another bird on the McDade Trail the Brown Thrasher almost hidden in the grass.


I know these are not the greatest photos but I wanted to record the birds I saw while visiting Stroudsburg Pa and the Delaware Water Gap. I will show some of the waterfalls on another post.



I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too!



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!