Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park


Hello and happy Thursday, 

Ruby Beach located on the Pacific Ocean and is part of the Olympic National Park. Hubby and I love the Pacific Northwest, the coastline in Washington state was one of our favorite places to visit. 

The view of Ruby Beach from the trail. 



A Chestnut-backed Chickadee seen off the trail.


A view of the beach, a lovely place for a walk during the low tides.




An arch in the sea stack.



A Wilson's Warbler was one of the common Warblers seen during our walks.


Not sure if this is a female Wilson's warbler or a Yellow Warbler, my field guide says the female Wilson's has the black cap but not as noticeable?


The Bald Eagle was another common bird seen along the Washington coast.


More coastline and sea stacks.



A look back at the ocean while walking back up the trail.




My thankful list for today:
How could I not be thankful for these beautiful blue skies and lovely views of the ocean. 

I am always thankful for your visits and your comments.

"I am awake, it is a beautiful day and I am thankful."

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, October 16, 2017

Dunlin


Happy Monday, enjoy your day!

My wild bird this week is the Dunlin.  These images are mostly from my trip to Washington State but I have seen the Dunlin in Maryland, Delaware and Florida. They are shorebirds with a short neck,  bright red back and a black belly. The black belly appears during the breeding season. Their legs and bills are black.



Their foraging has been compared to a sewing machine, with their bills going up and down picking up small food and insects.


I have seen large flocks of the Dunlins, they can be found on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches.







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, October 14, 2017

Saturday's Critters #200

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!


Wow, this is my 200th Critter party post. Sorry, I do not have anything exciting planned for this 200th post. I do want to thank all my blogger friends for participating. I love seeing all your critters and I hope you keep those critter posts coming.  Again, I thank everyone for sharing your post and linking up and commenting! I hope you get a chance to visit the blog post and comment.

I am sharing some images from a day trip to Shenandoah Nat'l park. We saw a lot of deer along the Skyline Drive and lots of birds. We hiked on a few trails and enjoyed our lunch at the Big Meadows campstore.

This buck was standing along side the Skyline Drive. It was too busy eating to move away.


A Field Sparrow at the Big Meadows.


Eastern Bluebird at the Big Meadows.


American Goldfinch at the Big Meadows.


A white-tailed Deer next to the Appalachian Trail.


I am joining in with this post to Tom's The Barn Collective


I was able to zoom in on this farm and barns from the Appalachian Trail.







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.
Thanks to Tom for hosting The Barn Collective

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hashawha Nature Center

Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

I am sharing another visit to our local Hashawha Nature Center, hubby and I often enjoy our walks on their various trails. These images are from Sept 15th. The Green Heron perched on a wire above the Hashawha Lake. 



The sky was a pretty blue, some white puffy clouds around.



A pretty flower, I believe the insect is a skipper.

"Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature." Nerval







A view of the sky and Lake Hashawha.





A Great Blue Heron walking in the lily pads.


Below are two Sulfur butterflies, not sure exactly which ones. They are several Sulfur species. There is the Orange Sulfur, the Clouded/Common Sulfur, Clouded Yellow, Pale Clouded Yellow. 

My guess and it is only a guess this is the Common Sulfur. Let me know what you think?


The flowers were beautiful near the lake.



I think these are Asters, they are a pretty pink.


For Tom's Barn Collective, we pass by several barns on the way to the nature center. This barn has a pretty quilt.


This one street has lots of farm and barns, I like this big yellow barn.






Some fall colors along the road.


Another barn and farm scene a little further down the road to the nature center.  Sorry the willow trees are blocking this barn.



I am thankful for the time to enjoy the flowers, birds and our walks.
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 to Tom for hosting  The Barn Collective

Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pied-billed Grebe


Happy Monday, I wish everyone a great day!

This week I am sharing the Pied-billed Grebe. I see them often lately, they were in Florida, Maryland and seen on my last visit to Pennsylvania. The Grebes are cute waterbirds. Often while trying to get a shot of them they will dive just as I want to take their photo.


The Pied-blled Grebe is also known as a Dabchick. Isn't Dabchick a cute name!


Small, stocky and short necked birds. They breed throughout the United States. they have a chicken like bill. In the summer their bill is enhanced with a small black band.


They feed on small fish and frogs. They dive for about 30 seconds, especially if they feel they are in danger besides looking for food.



I was surprised to see this large group of Pied-billed Grebe at the Lake Apopka wildlife drive in Florida.



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, October 7, 2017

Saturday's Critters #199

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!


I am sharing my backyard warblers, in the fall it seems some warblers like the Cape May Warbler and Tennessee Warbler like to eat the wild berries growing in my yard. They are fast moving little birds, hard to get clear photos from my dining room window.

Cape May Warbler, they love the berries growing on the Devil's Walking Stick plant.


Pretty sure this is the Tennessee Warbler


Any help with this id? Edit: thanks to Ken this is a Bay-breasted Warbler.


Another Cape May Warbler


1st year Bay-breasted Warbler




My mosaic includes, the Cape May Warbler, Eastern PeWee and or Phoebe, Black-throated Green Warbler and an unknown warbler. The fall warblers look different than their spring colors.



I am just thrilled to see these warblers in my yard and from my window. There were more warblers I did not get photos of, they seemed to notice me at the window and were camera shy.

These are some birds from our local fire road walk. The the top row is the Black & White Warbler. The Black & White Warbler hugs the trees like the Nuthatches.  I was told the bird on the bottom row is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I wish these birds were more out in the open, so many tree branches and twigs.








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!



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Enjoying My Neighborhood

Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Have you ever notice all the variety of life in your neighborhood and nearby habitats? Definition of Biodiversity: the variety of life in the world, or in a particular habitat or ecosystem. 

I live near a lake and forest, in which there is always something to see. If you have a small pond, river or your very own backyard habitat, the ecosystem is amazing. The threats to the ecosystem are many, a few are loss of habitat, over exploitation and the spread of non-native species. 




The first time I saw the Green Heron at our lake. It is great to see such a variety of birds at our lake.


Lesser Yellowlegs, I was confused since this bird's leg colors look like bright orange to me?


A couple of Solitary Sandpipers at our lake.


Below some shorebirds, the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and a Solitary Sandpiper.


My mosiac from our walk on the local fire road lined with tall pine trees, next to the lake, some fall leaves and mushrooms, an Osprey in flight, our lake and a Belted Kingfisher across the lake.



A view of the sky and clouds, later the same day after our walk on the fire road. 





I am thankful to live in a state and neighborhood with such biodiversity. It is the variety of life,  I have only seen a small amount of species contained on earth. Biodiversity is important to people and the health of ecosystems. It is beautiful when you take in the wonder of it all. 

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, October 2, 2017

Little Blue Heron

Happy Monday,

I had a nice new theme picked out and my critter linky was not compatible. So, I had to change the theme again.  I am not sure how much I like this one, but maybe it will grow on me until I find another.


My wild bird this week is the Little Blue Heron. I have seen this bird in Florida and in Maryland. These are some various shots of the juvenile and adult Little Blue Herons.

The Little Blue Heron is 24inches long, is blue-grey in color with a purplish head and neck.


The Little Blue has a long pointed bill with a black tip.


The young juvenile Little Blue Heron is all white, with greenish legs. They turn the blue-grey color as they mature.










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

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park

Hello and happy Thursday,  Ruby Beach located on the Pacific Ocean and is part of the Olympic National Park. Hubby and I love the Pacifi...