Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My favorite birds of 2014

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's wild bird.. I am sharing some of my favorites from the past year.. One  bird ( maybe two)  for each month..seen during that month..I hope you enjoy my review and favorite birds of 2014.


Wishing you beautiful moments, treasured memories and all the blessings a heart can know! Happy New Year 2015!

I wish you a happy and magical New Year. I hope it brings you lots of new birds, joy and happiness. All the best in 2015.


 January 2014...Snowy Owl seen in at the Edwin Forsythe NWR in New Jersey.

 February 2014 ..A juvenile Bald Eagle seen at the Blackwater NWR in Maryland.



March 2014..The Pine Warbler seen on my deck railing..


April 2014.. the Yellow Crowned Night Heron rookery in Baltimore City.


May 2014.. I have two favorites for May this is a Virginia Rail seen near Aberdeen, Md



May 2014  and also from May from my Belize trip a Violet Sabrewing..


June 2014..the Scarlet Tanager in my backyard..a breeder in the woods near my house.


June 2014.. another favorite the Green Heron seen at Bombay Hook NWR.


July 2014..A Little Blue Heron seen at North Point State Park in Maryland.



August 2014.. an Eastern Towhee seen at Shenandoah National Park.



September 2014.. a Dusky Grouse seen in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.



October 2014..Black Skimmers on the beach at Ocean City, Maryland.



November 2014 .a Bald Eagle seen at the Conowingo Dam, Susquehanna River, Maryland.



December 2014... An American Bittern seen at the Chincoteague NWR in Virginia.


Till next week's wild bird post.. I wish you happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful birds and nature photos.

 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes

Thanks to all of our hosts... Michelle for Nature Notes and Stewart of Wild Bird Wednesday.






Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Mosaic Monday

I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and Christmas.. I wish everyone all the best in 2015..Happy New Year!

I am sharing a year in review of my favorite mosaics for  my Mosaic Monday post..January 2014-December 2014..These are some of my favorites for various reasons, favorite bird, a great trip and of course spending time with my great-nephew Neill.


January 2014.. the Snowy Owl sitting on top of the Edwin Forsythe NWR visitor center..



February 2014.. a pair of Bald Eagles on nest near the Great Falls Nat'l Park.


March 2014..a visit to the Delaware shore and the Prime Hook NWR.



April 2014.. the Yellow-crowned Night Heron rookery in Baltimore..


May 2014.. our trip to Belize at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest resort.


June 2014.. baby Neill's baptism


July 2014..sighting of a couple of juvenile Baltimore Orioles at Hashawha Nature Center. It is always a treat to see the Orioles.


August 2014..a daytrip with my friend Janis to the Hershey Gardens and butterfly house.


September 2014.. our trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. A cool moose sighting.


October 2014..some fall colors seen at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware.


November 2014.. Baby Neill on Thanksgiving Day.


December 2014.. our trip to Nags Head beach in the Outer Banks North Carolina..


It has been a wonderful year visiting so many wonderful places, enjoying nature and my bird sightings and Baby Neill.. I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. BIG news for me I am retiring from my job as of December 31st after 30 years plus 5 months.

May everyday of this New Year glow with happiness and cheer for you and your family. Happy New Year 2015..


 I hope you can join in on our fun at  Mosaic Monday and   Our World Tuesday



 Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week ahead!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday's Critters #54

Saturday's Critters #54

Happy weekend everyone, I hope your Christmas was wonderful ! Ok, it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do.. I appreciate everyone who has linked up in the past and for those who are linking in on this week's critter party. And of course I always appreciate my blogging friends stopping by just for a visit..

Also, I hope you can check out the post at Anni's I'd-Rather-B-Birdin.  You should also check out Misty Dawn's Camera Critters.

I am sharing a variety of birds seen at Chincoteague NWR at the beginning of December..



A Song Sparrow


A Pied-billed Grebe



A Brown Creeper blending in with the tree. Chincoteague NWR is one of my favorite places to visit. There are always some great birds to see there.


May your New Year be decorated with sweet memories, wonderful days and memorable nights. Have a great new year ahead.



Thanks to Tex Theresa aka Tex, I was able to add this link up button and thanks to  Jennifer for creating my photo badge.





Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I also appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends................... Have a happy weekend!
To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences  


Wishing all my blogging friends that celebrate a very Merry Christmas!!
May your home be filled with the joy of the Christmas season. I wish you a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year.


Sorry, I keep using my Christmas ball Cardinal.  He is cute though!


I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas Day. I had this post ready to go for Tex's Good Fences and for my Skywatch Friday post.. Some archived shots taken from our ride to my son's house and to my sister's place.. We take the back roads to Pennsylvania and enjoy the farmland and animals along the way..My sister will be having Christmas dinner at her place..lots of yummy food and baby Neill will be there..  Yea!


I just love these cute donkeys.. The are adorable, I want to stop and look at them every time I go by.


Some Longhorn cattle and a fence scene of course, lol!


Taking the back road to Pennsylvania we pass this farm with the Longhorn cattle. They are huge..


Another shot of the donkeys and fence... IF I had a farm I would want some of these donkeys..and alpacas and some chickens..maybe a horse or two..I need to win the lottery...



For my Skywatch Friday I have a sunrise seen from my deck looking into the woods next to my house.. The colors were amazing, as if the woods were on fire..



This shot above was the sunset seen from my deck..


This moon shot was taken from my backyard on December 7..I do not think I posted this shot yet.. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments..


 To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check for more fence shots at Tex's Good Fences


Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.   I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Snow Geese

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

Wishing all my blogging friends that celebrate a very Merry Christmas!!  


For this week's wild bird I am sharing the Snow Geese. They seem to be plentiful lately. I have seen them in the Outer Banks, NC and in Smyrna Delaware..and at Chincoteague NWR




The shot above shows the rusty stain  on the Snow Goose face. The rusty stain can come from feeding and sticking their faces down in the muddy grasses.


The Snow Geese is white with black wing tips..


This shot taken in Smyrna, Delaware landing on a field.. not from from Bombay Hook NWR.




The Snow Goose has two color plumage morphs.. the white and the blue..The Blue goose has a white head, neck and tail tip and bluish-grey plumage.


Above is a video of the Snow Geese during the sunset at Chincoteague NWR, I love listening to these geese..The video is long but the best part is at the end..
Till next week's wild bird post.. I wish you happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird and fence photos please visit:

 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes

Thanks to all of our hosts... Michelle for Nature Notes and Stewart of Wild Bird Wednesday.


  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas & happy Holidays

I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

The holidays are falling close together this year, I wish all my blogging friends a happy Chanukah, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa and whatever holidays they celebrate.



 A holiday post with some archived photos of the Cardinals, their bright red colors seem to fit perfectly with my Christmas tree and color theme..



Our Christmas tree, we have a smaller pre-lit tree..which seems a perfect size for hubby and I..


This shot of the male Cardinal on the feeder, reminds me a Christmas decoration..



Theresa reminded me of this puffy Christmas Cardinal.  Thanks to Picmonkey for all the neat things you can do to a photo.  Merry Christmas everyone!



Thanks for stopping by and for all the nice comments.. I hope you enjoyed my post and photos..

 I hope you can join in on our fun at  Mosaic Monday and   Our World Tuesday



 Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week ahead!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday's Critters #53

Saturday's Critters #53

I wish everyone a happy Chanukah, a very Merry Christmas and Kwanzaa and a happy New Year...

Ok, it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do.. I appreciate everyone who has linked up in the past and for those who are linking in on this week's critter party. And of course I always appreciate my blogging friends stopping by just for a visit..Also, I hope you can check out the post at Annis's I'd-Rather-B-Birdin.  You should also check out Misty Dawn's Camera Critters.

I am sharing some more birds from  Chincoteague and the wild ponies..


At first I thought the bird above was a Green Heron and posted the photo on my facebook page.. But a fellow bird club member told me it is actually the American Bittern..




I read in my birding field guide that the juvenile Black-crowned Night heron has yellow on its beak. So, I am going by that to id the bird above.. The juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron looks very similar.




While we were on the beach parking lot, these two wild ponies walked by..they were the same two horses I have on my sunrise photos on the previous post..


A few of the Chincoteague ponies were out in the field.. I think hubby and I counted around 16 horses all together but spread out around the field..


There were birds all over in the shot above.  How many do you see?  I see the DC Cormorants, a Great Blue Heron and Mallard Ducks.


Above more of the Chincoteague wild ponies.. I hope you enjoyed my critter post.. I am looking forward to seeing your critters..





Thanks to Tex Theresa aka Tex, I was able to add this link up button and thanks to  Jennifer for creating my photo badge.





Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I also appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends................... Have a happy weekend!
To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.


Please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

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