Tuesday, December 31, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Sparrows Part 1

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

December 31, 2013


 Wishing everyone all the best in 2014,  a HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!

May each day of the New Year
bring happiness, good cheer
and sweet surprises
to you and all your dear ones!
Happy New Year!

For my post I am sharing some Sparrow's I have seen during various birding outings.. One bird (photos are from my archives) was a special Sparrow not usually seen in Maryland the Harris's Sparrow.




Above is a Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow and the  Fox Sparrow


 This shot shows the dark head of the  Harris's Sparrow on the ground behind the Fox Sparrow. And along with the others I mentioned above.


One of my New Year goals.. I am trying to arranged my blog and labels showing all my life birds seen at different times of course..So, I may be sharing some archived birds on more recent post. 



Above are the White-throated Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Fox Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and a Robin.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these pretty sparrows and birds.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year's.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.  Thanks to our host Michelle our host Stewart.  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Year-end review 2013

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

December 29, 2013...

I wish everyone all the best in 2014..a very happy, healthy New Year.

On this post, I am finishing up with my favorite birds, photos, sunrises and sunsets..All simple pleasures I have enjoyed over the past year.. 



July...my favorite time to enjoy the beautiful flowers and butterflies.. And I love my Ruby-throated Hummingbirds..Goldie Girl is always a favorite of mine.





August..a sunset on our lake, a cool Green Heron, Bambi and a Great Crested Flyctcher in the backyard..

September was also an awesome month to see the warblers in my backyard.


More from September... favorite sightings..are the Shenandoah Black bear and some great backyard birds.  Like the Scarlet Tanager, Black-throated Green Warbler and the Chestnut-sided Warbler.




October....Pretty sky shots taken during our New Mexico Vacation.


October....I added 13 lifers to my list during our New Mexico vacation. It is always fun to find new birds.






November..the Snowy owls started being seen along the east coast. Like the one above seen at the Indian River inlet in Delaware....a cool backyard Red-shouldered Hawk, Bald Eagle and some cute Brown-headed Nuthatches..


December was another awesome month for viewing Snowy Owls in Maryland..I love my Canon SX40...I can take cool moon shots..like the moon shot above was taken hand held and SOOC.


A special time in December was spending time with my great-nephew on Christmas day, along with a pretty sunset...bottom left is a scene from our walk on the nearby fireroad..

May each day of the New Year
bring happiness, good cheer
and sweet surprises
to you and all your dear ones!
Happy New Year!


As always, I hope you enjoy seeing of  my  favorites and post! Thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

Join in on the fun and for more wonderful photos please visit  Mosaic Monday and more
 from  Our World Tuesday

 Thanks to our host: Mary 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 28, 2013

Saturday's Critters #4

 December 28, 2013

Saturday’s Critters #4

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas holiday. If you do not celebrate Christmas I hope you enjoy your holiday.. I thank all my blogging friends and visitors for their visits and comments over the past year.  I have to say I enjoy blogging and visiting everyone's blogs...I wish everyone all the best in 2014..Happy New Year..

These are some of my backyard birds and some critters seen in my sister's yard on Christmas Day..


There were about 5 deer seen in my sister yard.. she feeds them corn and has a salt lick.. Sorry the pole is in the way some...



I have been seeing a lot of the White-throated Sparrows in my yard.. they are one of my winter birds.


The Bluejay is a year round visitor and love the peanuts.

I hope to see everyone join in on the critter party,  link up your blog post sharing your cute critters. Any kind of critter will do. I am sure most everyone knows how to put a link on your post for Saturday's Critters. Also, I hope everyone will take some time and visit with some of the other bloggers linking up.......

I am so happy you joined in on  my Critter party....I hope to see you linking up again..





 To see more beautiful birds and cute critters

Also please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious host: Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin. Also, sharing with Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting.

 Thanks for stopping by and  I wish everyone a happy & safe New Year..

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas sunset

December 26, 2013

Linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday 

We had somewhat of a quiet Christmas morning, my son opened his presents early and I had some time to watch my backyard birds.. Christmas dinner and family gift exchange was at my sister's house.  We had lots of yummy food and desserts and were happy to see baby Neill for his 1st Christmas..


For NF Winged I am sharing some of the finches seen in my backyard on Christmas morning.


A couple of my American Goldfinches..


A pretty male House Finch..enjoying the Christmas feast on my deck railing..


The sunset on Christmas day was gorgeous..



A flock of geese flying over during the sunset..I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day..I wanted to say thank you to all my blog followers for all their visits and comments over the year. I wish everyone all the best in 2014..Happy New Years..


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

December 25, 2013


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY BLOGGING FRIENDS





May the JOYS of the season be with you throughout the year!   EileeninMd.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Birding is Fun

December 24, 2013

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes


 Merry Christmas everyone...Have a safe and happy holiday!!!!

Today my post for December is up click here for my  BIRDING IS FUN   I would love if you could visit me there. Just click on the link above.






If you visit my BIRDING IS FUN  I have posted a Birding in Curacao trip report.

As always, I hope you enjoy my post and thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.  Thanks to our host Michelle our host Stewart.  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Half Year Review 2013

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

December 22, 2013...Merry Christmas everyone!!

I still can not believe Christmas is only days away, I still have my wrapping to do and a pie to bake.I guess I better get with it, time is running out. I know a lot of my blogging friends are taking breaks for the holiday, which was probably a good idea.
I have a lot of favorite photos from 2013, I would like to share just the first half of the year.  There were so many favorites, favorite sunrise and sunset, favorite bird and feeder and favorite photos. So here is just a quick review...


JANUARY....A beautiful Maryland sunrise and from my favorite birding place in Delaware..Hooded Merganser couple seen at Bombay Hook.


FEBRUARY...A favorite feeder with the birds..seen above a few of my favorites birds...the female Northern Cardinal, Pine Siskins, Carolina Chickadee and a Red-Breasted Nuthatch...


MARCH...Ocean City sunrise...Common Loons @ OC inlet, Snow Buntings one of my favorite birds, our resident nesting Great Blue Heron and a cool Belted Kingfisher..


APRIL....Florida vacation...Burrowing Owl lifer..Wood Stork lifer..Roseate Spoonbill, juvenile Anhinga and a Key West sunset.


MAY...migration has started and summer birds are returning..these are some of my favorite birds and sightings...Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Least Bittern lifer, juvenile Brown Thrashers and a Indigo Bunting.


JUNE....Sunset over our lake and some of my favorite yardbirds: the singing Pine Warbler, two Redbellied Woodpeckers, Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a pretty local breeder the Northern Parula seen in my yard.

I will do a later post on the second half of 2013 sharing more of my favorites...I hope you enjoyed this post and my favorite photos..For some reason or another they are special to me..

I wish a very Merry Christmas to everyone and their families... a Happy & Healthy 2014...

As always, I hope you enjoy my post and thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

Join in on the fun and for more wonderful photos please visit  Mosaic Monday and more
 from  Our World Tuesday

 Thanks to our host: Mary 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 21, 2013

Saturday's Critters #3

 December 21, 2013

Saturday’s Critters #3

First, I wish Merry Christmas to everyone. I know a lot of bloggers are taking blogging breaks.  I  want to wish them and you a happy holiday with family and loved ones.

My Saturday’s Critter post and photos are from our yard and a walk on the NCR trail a few weeks ago. A cold day but clear skies perfect for a brisk walk and to look for birds..

 After filling the feeders at home I was able to watch some of my yardbird.  The American Goldfinches are here year round and are showing off their winter colors.




One of my most popular feeders has a Goldfinch and a White-Breasted Nuthatch.


I seem to see the Redbellied Woodpecker everywhere I go.




This area has was popular with the Tufted Titmouse.





My Goldie Girl always enjoys our walks.





I hope you enjoyed my Saturday’s Critter post and I am so happy you stopped by. I appreciate all my blogging friends linking up to Saturday’s Critters.  Thanks for the comments. Have a happy weekend.




I hope to see everyone join in on the critter party,  link up your blog post sharing your cute critters. Any kind of critter will do. I am sure most everyone knows how to put a link on your post for Saturday's Critters. Also, I hope everyone will take some time and visit with some of the other bloggers linking up.......

I am so happy you joined in on  my Critter party....I hope to see you linking up again..

 To see more beautiful birds and cute critters

Also please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious host: Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin. Also, sharing with Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting.

 Thanks for stopping by and  I wish everyone a happy weekend.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Around the Yard>Dec 19

December 19, 2013

Linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday 

 I am sharing some of my backyard birds for NF Winged and some of the skies over my yard one evening. We need some warm days to melt the snow and ice that is still hanging around our yard.



I have a faithful Redbellied Woodie couple that frequently visit my feeders. They especially love the peanuts in the shell.


The Mourning Doves are all puffed out trying to keep warm. The weatherman is forcasting warmer temps at the end of this week and weekend. I hope they are right..



Another shot of my Redbellied Woodpecker..


 Wednesday evening there were a few colorful clouds around the backyard..



 

The moon this morning, was looking beautiful.


Seen this morning the waning gibbous and Jupiter above and to the right of the moon.

 I hope you enjoyed my birds, sky and  post. Thanks for visiting my blog and I always appreciate your comments.

I am looking forward to seeing you join in and share your critters on my MEME called Saturday Critters..early Saturday Morning..join in on the party and post your cute pets, wild animals, birds and the cute farm animals.

To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and to see more of the winged critters check out NF Winged

Thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday! Thanks to Monica the host of NF Winged.   I wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cardinals in the snow

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

December 17, 2013

 I am not really much a lover of snow or winter.. But, it is Ok if I do not have to go out and drive in it. I deal with crazy drivers on dry roads every day going to work and they scare me.....So, these same crazy drivers on wet, snowy and icy roads are just plain dangerous.


Our last snow was on Saturday, so I enjoyed watching the birds coming and going at my feeders. There seems to be a feeding frenzy when it snows..They do not have to worry, I have stocked up on the sunflower seeds, suet and peanuts. They will not go hungry around my yard..






In the spring, this Cardinal pair will chase off any other Cardinal that shows up in their yard. But, I think they become nicer during a snowstorm and actually become civil and share the seeds and feeders.

My poor female is not looking happy with this cold weather and snow...I think she is ready for spring just like I am..bring it on.


 I have been seeing the House Sparrows going inside one of my birdhouses. I think they are huddling in the house to keep warm.. We do have protection for the birds from the weather with all the birdhouses, pine trees, shrubs, the wood pile and bushes..
 

Thanks for visiting my post and for the nice comments.

I hope you can join in on my MEME called Saturday Critters..early on Saturday Mornings ...join in with the party and post your cute critters.
Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.  Thanks to our host Michelle our host Stewart.  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!