Thursday, July 20, 2017

Silver Springs State Park, Ocala Florida


Hello and happy Thursday!


Back in March, hubby and I visited the Silver Springs State Park near Ocala Florida. It was a beautiful day for a visit to the park and for a hike on the trails. The main entrance is where you can find the glass bottom boat ride, some trails and a boardwalk with Macaques monkeys running wild. We were surprised to see monkeys wild in Florida, we have seen them in Costa Rica and Panama.

A pretty sky and reflection, the clear waters at the Silver Springs State Park is very clear and colorful.


The birds seen at Silver Springs State Park, Little Blue Heron, Anhinga, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk.


The Macaques monkeys seen on the boardwalk. I took a few photos of them but when they started moving towards hubby and I,  we decided it was best to leave. These monkeys have been in this park since the 1930's. Tour boat operator Captain Tooey released some monkeys on an island in the park  around the time of the filming of  a Tarzan movie film nearby.  The monkeys escaped the island and started breeding. It is said there are close to 200 monkeys in the park now.



The monkeys were running wild on the boardwalk, on the railing and they were in the trees above us.
There are warnings to stay a good distance from the monkey, they can bite.


There are different sections and entrances to this park on the same day we hiked on a trail that has views of the river. Some wildlflowers, egret, thrush, turtles lizards and the boardwalk.






























Another look at the pretty sky.


"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty."  John Ruskin



My list of thankful things:
I am thankful for good health.
I am thankful for pretty days and nice weather for our walks.
I am always thankful for nature I see.


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, July 17, 2017

Pileated Woodpecker

Hello and happy Monday,

I am sharing the Pileated Woodpecker for my wild bird and nature post this week. The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the largest woodpeckers I see in the USA. It is said  they are crow-sized and their habitat is deciduous forest. They are common birds seen and heard in the woods next to my house and these photos were taken mostly in Florida.




They ae mostly black with a red crest, the male has a red line from the bill to the throat. They eat carpenter ants and mostly dine on insects.


A Pileated Woodpecker couple will stay together year round in their territory.


They make large holes in dead trees and raise their young in a nesting hole. After the young lest the nest they will not use the same nesting hole. Other birds will take over the holes left behind.



My YouTube video




I am not sure how many bloggers are having problems with anonymous comments, what do you keep your comment setting on blogger? I am thinking about not allowing anonymous comments. I only get 1-2 anonymous comments that are legit. How do you handle these comments, thanks for any help.



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, July 15, 2017

Saturday's Critters # 187

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 some birds and wildlife seen on one of our bike trail walks. Below is the Eastern Towhee. This Towhee is seen and heard often in the summer months in my area. I have photos of the front and back of our male Eastern Towhee.









A Mourning Dove is peeking at me, there was a nest nearby maybe hers.





A Worm-eating Warbler was seen and heard often along this trail. They must be nesting  nearby.


I think this is a black snake crossed the trail in front of us.


Lately we have been seeing the White-tailed Deer along the bike trail.


This deer hiding in the grass was to busy eating to notice us walking by.












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, July 13, 2017

8th Blog Anniversary


Hello everyone,

This is my 8th Blog Anniversary. Those years just seem to have flown by. I have "met" so many wonderful people and traveled the world thru their blogs.   I appreciate and thank everyone who has visited and commented on my blog.

For my anniversary post, I am sharing some of my favorite blogs and blog parties. Some of these blogs I have been following since I started blogging. Blog parties like Skywatch Friday, I have always enjoyed I love skywatching, moon watching, sunrises and sunsets. This blog party has followers from around the world, I think it is awesome to see beautiful skies from all around the world. I have done 296 Skywatch posts since I started blogging.

I love to travel and have included many of our trips on my posts with nature scenes, wildlife, sunrises and sunsets have been shared. I hope you have enjoyed my photos.

A favorite sunrise photo from Florida


 If you click on the Skywatch Friday link above you will see so many more wonderful blogs and fantastic photos. I thank them for sharing their wonderful skies and images. Thanks also to the hosts of Skywatch    Lady Fi and Alan @ Yogi's Den,  



I am providing links to some of my favorite fellow skywatchers who share  amazing sky photos, I hope you can take some time to visit these blogs to see their awesome photography.

  Lady Fi    

Spare Parts and Pics

Carol @ Cape Ann

Cloudia

Irene

Here are  more of my favorite blog parties. Over the years I have done 281 Nature Notes posts .  Michelle is the host of Nature Notes  . Also another favorite linky party is Stewart's  Wild Bird Wednesday  .  I have done 224 Wild Bird Wednesday posts

and then there is Anni's party. She is the host of  I'd Rather be Birding. I have done 227 I'd Rather be Birding posts..

The past 8 years blogging I have shared images from around my yard, flowers, plants, birds and the butterflies.

Fritillary butterflies on our Bee Balm plant




These are a few of my favorite nature bloggers, photographers and a few birdwatchers and their blogs. It is cool to see birds from around the world right from my computer.

Jo from South Africa

Nora

Phil in the UK

Monica

Bob in the UK


I love seeing wild birds and most of my post over the years have been about the birds.

Sandwich Tern, Florida


I also wanted to share some other blogs I love to read and follow, they share their pets, gardens, hobbies and their fabulous photography. I have way too many favorites, I hope I do not slight anyone by not including them on my list. I could go on and on with my favorite blogs. You can find more links to my favorite bloggers on my sidebar list.

Mary shares her travels in their RV

Marit, a gardener and photographer

Karen, shares daily life, family quotes and photos

Tom, host of the Barn Collective, wonderful photographer

Sandra, shares her photography and is awesome with editing photos

Kim, rescues Golden Retrievers

Linda, a hiker and a fantastic photographer

Michelle host of Thankful Thursday

"We do not need more to be thankful for,  we just need to be more thankful."


My list of thankful things for this week

I am thankful for all the blogging friends I have "met" over the last 8 years of blogging.
I am thankful for all the visitors and comments on my blog.


Thanks so much for your visits and comments. I wish everyone a great day and weekend ahead.






Monday, July 10, 2017

Various Swallows

Hello,


I am sharing various swallows we saw while visiting Washington State and some other Swallows seen while on other trips. I have a mix of Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, an awful photo of the Violet-green Swallow, a distant look at Cave Swallows.  I am always working on getting what I think is a great shot of any bird I see. When it comes to a new bird, I will keep what I think is an awful photo just to record the time I actually saw my life bird.


Barn Swallows on their nest under the pier. The Barn Swallows have a steel blue upperpart and a rufous forehead, chin and throat.


Barn Swallow collecting mud for their nest. The building a cup nest from mud pellets.



Two Northern Rough-winged Swallows. These swallows are brown above and white underparts. Their throat is white with a brownish gray wash.


They usually nest near streams, we saw these birds next to the Hoh River in the Olympic National Park.


This swallow photo below  is not my best, I will still have to work on getting a better shot of the Violet-green Swallow. I was able to get an id confirmation with this photo and that is why I am keeping it for now.  This swallow has long pointed wings, has a glossy green color on top of it's head and white cheeks.



Below, a Tree Swallow sky. Swallows are fast flyers and it is very hard for me to get a clear shot and closeup of a moving swallow.


Tree swallow talk. These swallows have a iridescent blueish-green upper part and white underparts.


Below are the Cave Swallows seen as they excited the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. They nest in natural caves. They have grey-blue upperparts and brown-tangerine forefront. It is hard to see their colors in my photo.


Other swallows seen in my area are the Bank Swallow and the Cliff Swallows.

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, July 8, 2017

Saturday's Critters # 186

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 have done many posts about our walks on our local fire roads and to the lake. These are photos from June 22nd,  just a few of the birds I was able to get some shots.

I am pretty sure this is a Red-eyed Vireo sitting way on a tree top. It has the eye line and a heavy bill?


We have been seeing many of the Eastern Box Turtles, at one time they were listed as threatened. I believe many people pick them up and keep them as pets.


Below is a Worm-eating warbler with some kind of grub. They are also a local breeder in the woods near our house, I hear them often while walking on the fire roads.



The Scarlet Tanager is another breeder in our woods, they nest high in the tree tops. Some times I am lucky to see them come low while looking for bugs to eat.


The Cedar Waxwings are also seen eating the many berries that are popping out now.


Closer to home and still off the fire road, I can watch the Great Blue Herons on the nest. There are three herons below, can you find them all?







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, July 6, 2017

Deception Pass State Park


Hello and happy Thursday!

I am sharing our visit to the Deception Pass State Park, The park is located on two islands, Fidalgo and Whidbey Island.  The Deception Pass Bridge connects the two islands. We bought the Discover Pass to cover all our visits to Washington State Parks. We visited the park twice during our stay in Anacortes Washington.

I am sharing various scenes from our hikes at the park, some fabulous views of the bridge from the beach below. Of course I have some birds seen along the way.

This pair of Bald of Eagles was seen from the parking lot at the trailhead.



A view of the bridge and sky from the beach.



A couple of Common Loons.


A couple of Pigeon Guillemots.


A juvenile Bald Eagle chasing an Osprey.



Pretty shiny colors on this Cormorant.






Hubby and I celebrated our 27th anniversary while we were in Washington State


Some driftwood and another look at the Deception Pass bridge.


A few Western Grebes.


This pretty Anna's Hummingbird was seen in Anacortes.




"Be thankful for every new day."

For my list of thankful things this week:
I am thankful for my hubby and all the wonderful and fun times we have had together.
I am thankful for all my experiences while traveling.
I am always thankful for my blog visitors and the wonderful comments.

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, July 3, 2017

Bald Eagle

Hello,


Happy 4th of July, wishing everyone a safe and great holiday!

I think the Bald Eagle is a perfect symbol for our nations independence day.




For my Wild Bird this week I am sharing the Bald Eagle. We saw so many eagles while visiting Washington State,  some posed nicely on the tree tops.

The Bald Eagles have been making a great come back in many states. They are common to see around Washington state. They like to be around large bodies of water with an abundant food supply. I wonder with our new head of the EPA and regulations being reversed how fast will the poisons be back big time affecting the birds and wildlife.


The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the USA.



Both the male and female are alike in plumage, but the female can be 25 percent larger than the male.


The Bald Eagle is known to build the largest nest of any North American bird.





I hope you enjoyed my photos. The Bald Eagle is always a treat for me to see. 
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, July 1, 2017

Saturday's Critters # 185

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!

On  June 1, hubby and I decided to visit the Baltimore Zoo, years ago we were members and went often. We walked 3.7 miles, it seemed like more because of the hills. We arrived in time to see the African Penguins being fed. They are numbered with tags, this way they make sure every Penguin is fed.





The zoo has a very nice Prairie Dog exhibit. There were some cute little baby Prairie Dogs.




I believe these are all birds seen in Africa, the Black-crowned Crane, Blue-bellied Roller, Von de Decken Hornbill, Saddle-billed Stork.




Below are images from the Africa exhibit, sharing the Elephant, Giraffes, Tortoise and Rhino. The giraffe laying down is the newest addition named Willow and is now 3 months old.


The children's zoo has a barn and various buildings that hold the farm animals like sheep, a hog, the donkeys, alpacas and some chickens.


For Toms Barn Collective, a barn at the Baltimore Zoo, the children's section.


Some of our native North American birds, Black-crowned Night herons, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, Ruddy Ducks, Wood Duck, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Crane, Little Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Herons on nest.


Here is the linky


I hope you enjoyed my Baltimore Zoo critters and birds.
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.
Another linky party is Tom's Barn Collective. Thanks to Tom for hosting.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!