Monday, December 11, 2017

North Point State Park


Happy Monday,

On Nov 16th hubby and I went on a wild goose chase, really it was a chance to see the Snow Buntings in Baltimore County at the North Point State Park.  We have been to this park often  here is my link to some  previous visits to North Point State Park.  I dipped on seeing the Snow Buntings, they must have left over night.  At least I did not travel far and we were able to take a nice walk in the park. Here are some birds and scenery we saw during our park visit.

A pretty Song Sparrow


 Common Mergansers in the Chesapeake Bay



A reflection of the sky on the marsh!


I think this is a Black Rat Snake, we saw a few snakes out on this day.





The Black Marsh Trail


A large ship out in the Chesapeake Bay,  in the background you can see the twin spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridges.



The Snow Bunting were seen  on the rocks along this pier. The only birds we saw were the Song Sparrows, Common Mergansers and some gulls way out in the bay.


A view of the picnic tables and park and the bay.




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, December 9, 2017

Saturday's Critters # 208

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 photos from our latest walk on the Susquehanna River trail. I was hoping to see the Bald Eagles below the dam but the only way to get in was to take a shuttle. The parking lot was full and they let cars in when someone leaves. Hubby and I decided not to wait, neither of us likes crowds of people so we took a walk further downstream.

 On the way to the river and trail we came across this large flock of Common Grackles. They are on the fields on both sides of the road. Some took off and flew across in front of my car.









I believe these are the American Black Ducks.


Cedar Waxwings, view of the river, Bald Eagle, Mallard Duck and a view of the river and bridge.






We saw a small flock of Cedar Waxwings at the beginning of the trail.


I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.



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



Here is a list of my linky parties;
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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sunset Beach, Part III

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Today is my son's 25th birthday, Happy Birthday Brian. I am sharing some more images from our weeks visit to Sunset Beach. We walked on the beach every day, seeing birds, dolphins and a beautiful sunset. I hope you enjoy my photos, who doesn't enjoy the beach.


A group of Brown Pelicans flying over the Atlantic Ocean.



The Northern Gannet looks like a gull, they are mostly white and have black wing tips. They dive head first into the ocean for their meals. 



It is not often I see Bald Eagles on the beach but here they are, I think the Mrs is telling the Mr to go after her dinner.


A few Semipalmated Plovers on Sunset Beach.


We were always looking for shells and sand dollars. We found this live Sand Dollar mixed in some sea weed on the beach. We put it back down in the surf after taking a few photos. You can tell it was alive with the dark color and  fuzzy hairs or feet.



Sunset @ Sunset Beach North Carolina. The beach had a lot of Sanderlings  and Plovers.


The sunset on Sunset Beach.. I do not know of many places on the Atlantic Ocean you can see a beautiful sunset, this is the place.




I am thankful for my hubby, son and my family. 
I was thankful to stay a week at my sister's home while she and my BIL went to Bermuda. 
I am always thankful for your visits and your comments. 


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, December 4, 2017

Backyard Bird Watching


Happy Monday, have a great day!
My world consists of me enjoying and watching the birds, it is a relaxing hobby and I enjoy taking their photos. I have various yard birds to share. I was tired of seeing the squirrels taking over my feeders and purchased a Squirrel Buster Bird feeder. So far it is working, it will close if a squirrel decides to hang on it.

Just 15 minutes after hanging my squirrel proof feeder I had a Chickadee captured mid-air visiting my new feeder.


Two Tufted Titmouse sharing space on the new feeder.





The White-breasted Nuthatch sat in front of some suet nuggets and would not leave. I think it was saying " all mine".





One day the Tufted Titmouse flew into my dining room window, it appeared to be stunned but was ok and left a little later.



The Northern Mockingbird





The White-throated Sparrow






Here is a cute American Goldfinch.



I hope you enjoyed my yard birds, I have always enjoyed seeing the birds visiting my yard. Beside the feeder, we have plenty of wild berries and water for 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

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Saturday's Critters # 207

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!

Happy Birthday to me! I hope you will join in with your critters and celebrate my birthday with me. I am sharing more photos from our week at my sister's place. We walked on the beach just about every day. Below are some Sanderlings foraging for food in the surf.



Below are three different bird species, from left to right are the Black-bellied Plover, Willet and a Ruddy Turnstone.


The Ruddy Turnstones can usually be found near the rock jetty.


Not the clearest shot, but I zoomed in on the juvenile Black-bellied Plover. It is a cute bird.





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;
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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ocean Isle Beach

Happy Thankful Thursday!

I have more to share from my week visit to Sunset Beach, NC. We saw an amazing sunset at the beach. Lots of birds and lovely beach scenery. On this day hubby and I walked on the nearby Ocean Isle Beach. 

Various shorebirds and gulls resting on a sand bar in between Ocean Isle beach and Sunset Beach. The birds were too far away to get a good clear shot.  This photo just shows that it was a large group of various birds.












These beaches were beautiful, nice clean sand and gorgeous views of the ocean and sky. 


I am thankful for all the good that is in my life and being here to enjoy a walk on the beach.
I am always thankful for your visits and your comments.


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. Have a happy day!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Our world, my world


Happy Monday! Wishing everyone a great day and new week ahead.

Hubby and I often take walks on our local fire roads in our neighborhood, we can also take side trails to the lake. The lake is a reservoir for Baltimore City's drinking water. These are some images from late Oct-Nov 2017.  The state's DNR allows bow-hunting in this watershed area, trying to control the deer population. We have to pick and choose when we take our walks on the fire roads from Sept thru January and hunting season.




We often see Double-crested Cormorants at our lake, sometimes groups of them. On this day we just saw one perched on a tree branch sticking out of the water.








The Waxing Crescent moon on Oct 24th , I took this photo from my deck.




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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Getting to know me

Hello and Happy Sunday,


Getting to know me, getting to know all about me. 
I am doing something different today and following  Dee  and Mildred
You can copy the questions and fill in your answers if you want to play along. 

1.  What is your middle name?   
Louise

2.  What was your favorite subject in school?  
Geography




3.  What is your favorite drink? 
Red wine, Sangria, Mojito ...not all at one time...I love coffee, can not start a day without it.

4.  What is your favorite song at the moment?  
I love all kinds of music, it is hard to pick a favorite. Mostly Classic Rock and Country.

5.  What is your favorite food? 
Pizza

6.  What is the last thing you bought?  
Leggings from LuLaRoe and a new External Hard Drive. 

7.  Favorite book of all time?
I have so many, mostly mysteries.

8.  Favorite color?
Blue

9.  Do you have any pets?
Not all at the same time, but we had 6 dogs. Sunshine a yellow lab was our first dog together, than we added Daisy a Golden Retriever, we kept one of Sunshine's pups a Chocolate lab named Maui, and one of Daisy's pups Sierra, than there was mixed dog named Lucy who was sick and was not around long and Goldie Girl was the last. The bottom row of my mosaic shows our first dogs, Sunshine, Daisy, Maui and Sierra. 



10. Favorite perfume?
I am allergic to perfume.

11.  Favorite holiday? 
Christmas, I love the lights and seeing all the decorations, the music and the Hallmark Christmas movies. 



12.  Are you married?
27 years

13.  Have you ever been out of the country? How many times?
Yes,  14 times.  London and Windsor England, Cancun, Switzerland (we drove from Luxembourg, thru France and Germany to a B&B in Switzerland) , Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Curacao, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Canada ( Niagara Falls and New Brunswick)  and 4 cruises ( 2 Caribbean, 1 Bermuda and 1 Alaska) . 



14.  Do you speak any other language?
No

15.  How many siblings do you have?
3 siblings, 2 sisters and 1 brother

16.  What is your favorite shop?
No favorite. I am not much of a shopper. 

17.  Favorite restaurant?
Pappas, they have great Maryland Crab Cakes.

18.  When was the last time your cried? 
Not sure, probably over a movie

19.  Favorite blog?
I have way too many favorites to list.

20.  Favorite movie?
Sound of Music, Pearl Harbor, Homeward Bound, Harry Potter Series, Hallmark Christmas movies.

21.  Favorite TV show?.
The Voice

22.  PC or Mac?
PC and a mini ipad.

23.  What phone do you have?
Iphone 5

24.  How tall are you?
5.5 and shrinking

25.  Can you cook?
Yes, I like trying new recipes. Especially easy ones with not too many ingredients.

Beside Thanksgiving dinner, my latest recipe I tried was this Italian Sausage soup with Tortellini. It is delicious!




Saturday, November 25, 2017

Saturday's Critters #206

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!

Some of my Sunset Beach, North Carolina birds and a gator near the golf course. They are not the best photos, on this day we had some clouds and the birds were all a good distance away.  :(




White Ibis and a Great Blue Heron


White Ibis on the golf course.


An alligator in the golf course pond. For those who did not know, yes there are alligators in North Carolina. We saw a few at this spot near a golf course.


I think this is the same gator as above, on this day he was enjoying the sunshine.






A Great Blue Heron and Great Heron, some crows in the background. They were all hanging out at a golf course.


An Osprey was seen in this same tree on a few different days.







For the birders out there, there are a few Black Crowned Night Herons in the photo below, can you find them?  How many do you see, I must admit a few are hidden in the leaves. Click on the photo for larger viewing. My version of where's Waldo?




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!

North Point State Park

Happy Monday, On Nov 16th hubby and I went on a wild goose chase, really it was a chance to see the Snow Buntings in Baltimore County at...