Sunday, July 31, 2016

Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland Florida

Hello

First I want to thank Maggie of Normandy Life she is the new host of Mosaic Monday. Can you believe tomorrow will be August, where did the summer go?

During our visit to Florida I managed to fit in some time for birding. The Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland Florida is one of my favorite spots. I love the gorgeous trees with the spanish moss and the birds are just awesome. I am sharing some of the scenes and birds we saw there during our short morning walk.


I love the moss covered trees and bottom right corner is a Great Blue Heron.




As I walked on the trail in the photo above this snake crossed in front of me. Thanks to Sandra the Mad Snapper for the id. She told me it is the poisonous Coral Snake. It is a colorful snake, I am glad I used the zoom on my camera.

Coral Snake rhyme: Red touches yellow, dangerous fellow. Red touches black, friend to Jack


One of my favorite herons, the Green Heron seen right off the trail.



The Common Moorhen was seen often, their population must be booming.


Common Moorhen family.


Swallowtail butterfly.  It was a hot day so we only spent a short time at the Circle B Bar reserve but during the short time we enjoyed all these nature scenes.

Here is my list of memes for the week, I hope you can check one or some of these fun memes and the participants post. Have a great new week ahead!

Thanks to Maggie of Normandy Life  the new host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
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, July 30, 2016

Saturday's Critters #137

Saturday's Critters #137

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

I have some Florida birds and a lizard, we saw plenty of anoles or lizards while visiting Florida.


Duck family, the little ones in the grass were so cute.


A Muscovy Duck, they are strange looking.


Laughing Gulls on a light Pole.


Anhinga near the lake.


This lizard has a long tail and weird looking feet. I hope you enjoyed my post and critters. I am looking forward to seeing your critters and post. As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!








To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also 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, July 28, 2016

Florida 2016

Hello,

I am back after a trip to Florida and a quickie stop to see my sister's new place near Myrtle Beach North Carolina. I think I managed to take a few fence shots, sky shots and my usual birdie photos. These images are from Lakeland Florida.


Skywatch at the lake.



A neighborhood Limpkin.


A couple of White Ibis seen on the Walmart parking lot.


A nice sitting area near the lake.


Neighborhood Tricolored Heron and possible a Mottled Duck. The Florida birds were very cooperative posing near the fences.


Another view of the lake, palm tree and sky. I hope you enjoyed your visit. I appreciate your nice comments. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!


Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, I hope to see you there. I have a few fence and my deck railing for Tex's Party and some pretty sky shots.

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday's Critters #136

Saturday's Critters #136

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.


Everything is OK but, I will be away from my computer but as soon as I can I will be visiting everyone who links up and everyone who leaves a comment.

These are some shots of the Canada Geese and Mallard ducks in a local park.












As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!


To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

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

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday's Critters #135

Saturday's Critters #135

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

Everything is OK but, I will be away from my computer but as soon as I can I will be visiting everyone who links up and everyone who leaves a comment.

Not sure which Damselfly?


Male Downy woodpecker. Tractor Supply started selling these suet balls, perfect size for this feeder. The birds loved the suet too.








Eastern Box Turtle on the fire road


I am pretty sure all the butterflies in this post are the Great Spangled Fritillary.


As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!





To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also 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, July 14, 2016

7th Blog Anniversary



I can hardly believe it was my 7th Blog Anniversary on July 13, 2016.  It seems like a lot of bloggers lately were also celebrating their 7th year of blogging. I have enjoyed sharing my nature photos, the birds and critters, beautiful scenery and skies. I appreciate everyone that has been following me, visiting my blog and for all the wonderful comments.

To start off my 8th year of blogging I am sharing photos from past 7 anniversaries. I hope you enjoy and thanks again for being here to share it with me.

1st Anniversary, I share this pretty moon photo.


Also from my 1st anniversary..Memories of my Goldie Girl swimming at the lake.



Year 2, we went on a cruise to Bermuda. I captured this Great Kiskadee on a fence.



Also from year 2  and Bermuda. Another shot of the Great Kiskadee.



3rd Anniversary, some backyard birds, butterflies and blooms.


Also 3rd year, my hubby's hibiscus plant was blooming well. This year it is not doing well, the critters are attacking it.



4th Anniversary, a bear cub seen during one of our Skyline Drive trips.



Also 4th year, A trip and scenes from a visit to Shenandoah National Park.



The 5th Anniversary, A Scarlet Tanager in the weeping cherry tree.


Also the 5th year, mosiac of my backyard birds. They like to sit in our weeping cherry tree.




From my 6th Anniversary. I shared the female Cardinal and some of the summer blooms in our yard.


For my 7th Anniversary, I have a pretty Fritillary butterfly on our Lantana plant.




Also sharing for the 7th anniversary the Strawberry moon.


 I hope you enjoyed my Anniversary post. Again,  I thank you for all your visits over the last 7 years. I appreciate the time you take to leave me comments.
 I wish everyone a happy day and weekend ahead.

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, I hope to see you there. I have a few fence and my deck railing for Tex's Party and some pretty sky shots.

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

York PA rookery

 Hello,

This year we only visited the York PA rookery a couple of times. We did manage a visit on June 11th. The Black Crowned Night Herons and the Great Egrets had some competition with a nearby Great Horned Owl nest. We were told that this year there were not as many nest because of the nearby owl.

The Great Egrets seem to be doing well at this York, Pennsylvania rookery.



 Two Great Egrets chicks on the nest.


Two Black Crowned Night Herons at or near their nest.


A Black Crowned Night Heron playing peek-a-boo.


The Great Egrets chicks almost look like adults at this time. You can still see a little fuzz on their heads.




Two Black Crowned Night Heron Chicks, one chick only has it's head showing on the right.



A view of park and lake, the trees around this lake hold the rookery. We also saw lots of Mallard, hybrid ducks and Canada Geese.



For Tom's Barn Collective, I have another local barn/farm in our neighborhood. I hope you enjoyed our visit to the rookery.



Thank you for visiting and for the nice comments. As always, thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, Sunday thru Wednesday. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Jesh our host for Seasons
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
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, July 9, 2016

Saturday's Critters #134

Saturday's Critters #134

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

Sharing some butterflies and birds seen during one of my walks on the near by fire road. I also saw some turtles at our lake.

This is the female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the male is a pretty yellow color.



 I am pretty sure this is the Great Spangled Fritillary.



Turtles on a tree hanging out of the lake, another turtle close by the shore and a Louisiana Waterthrush seen during my walk to the lake.


The Ovenbirds are a common breeder bird seen and heard in the woods adjacent to our house.



The Scarlet Tanager  is a another breeder in the woods next to our property.


In the same tree as the Scarlet Tanager I watched the Cedar Waxwings and there was a Baltimore Oriole that skipped the scene when I snapped the pic. There are two Waxwings on the left of the photo and one just about to eat a berry on the right side of the photo.


As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!







To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

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

Saturday's Critters # 209

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...