Saturday, May 13, 2017

Northern Parula

We hiked at Blue Run in Dunnellon this week and saw a bird that we've never seen before. Or at least never identified before. We see a lot of warblers and they have splashes of color so that's what we thought at first. 


But looking at our photos and using our ID books, we believe it's a Northern Parula! 


Oh happy day! Of course they were flitting about and hard to capture but it sure was exciting to try.

Something else we've never see there before was this River Otter.


 It swam right down the middle of the Rainbow River and under the bridge we were standing on.


 That was fun to see.



I barely caught this Ibis in flight.


And I thought this dragonfly was pretty.


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 


 A special Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there!


I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

42 comments:

Jeanie said...

These gorgeous birds take my breath away, Diane. It's amazing, isn't it, how birds differ in color and all from one region to another? I see photos here of birds I've never seen in my part of the country. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough!

Boopnut said...

I can nature watch with you!!! Blogging again too.

Arlene Grimm said...

Otters are the cutest animals!! congrats on adding to your birding list!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

LOVE the dragonfly photo! Happy weekend Sis!

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh my Diane,
You got some great shots here - lovely to see the otter, the dragonfly is an attractive colour, and that water is a gorgeous blue colour.

Enjoy your weekend

All the best Jan

A Colorful World said...

Great N Parula sighting! Just loved seeing the river otter. All the shots were great...love that macro dragonfly!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Nice shots. Love dragons too. And otters are the funnest thing to watch.

Latane Barton said...

You really captured a bunch of what nature has to offer. Great shots of so many wonderful creatures.

Sandy said...

I always love your photos. I wish I could do the same with a camera. Not my talent though. I have been walking each morning around the neighborhood. I love seeing all the different species of birds. We have a lot of trees in our neighborhood so lots of birdies too.

Patsy said...

Always enjoy your post, Thanks for showing us things we will
never see on our own.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh my - what pretty birds - and the scenery is simply gorgeous. Your hikes always bring us such wonderful critters. Happiest Mother's Day my dear, enjoy the weekend. We are moping around with colds this weekend -seems our entire family has a cold - isn't that weird? And we've not been around each other enough to pass it along.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely nature shots ~ all wonderful! ~ thanks,

Happy Mother's Day ~ ^_^

Susie said...

Diane, What a great adventure. I love seeing new birds. We have spotted a couple here this week. Happy mother's day to you dear friend. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Daniela said...

Dearest Diane,
what a stunning Nature !!!
Wonderul critters and such a charming river, I so love the place you live in !

Wishing you a most lovely Mother's Day weekend
I'm sending blessings to you

XOXO Dany

Aritha said...

I so love the pic with the Ibis! Never seen this bird. Thank you so much for sharing it!!!

Kathy said...

Wow! I am so impressed with your photos. Especially the dragonfly. That is wonderful! I hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for posting such great pictures.

happyone said...

So many wonderful sightings on your walk. Thanks for sharing them. : )

Sam I Am...... said...

Gorgeous nature at it's finest! I love otters! Happy Mother's Day to you!

Lea said...

A great series of photos!
Beautiful Dragonfly!
Happy Mother's Day!

Gina said...

Diane, that dragonfly is such a gorgeous blue! I do love to watch otters. They are so playful! ♥

Rose said...

Really nice captures...I would have been beyond thrilled to see the river otter. I have never seen one.

Linda said...

Your dragonfly shot is fantastic! I haven't seen an otter in ages.

Blondie's Journal said...

You caught in one hike what many would wish for in a whole summer!! The otter was precious!!

Jane x

BeachGypsy said...

those otters are fun to watch!! They are very playful! they usually run (well, swim, lol) in groups though, don't they?---not sure. So neat you got to see one! Maybe it was the daddy out hunting for food for the nest. Have a great day today my friend!!

Lynn said...

That first bird is a pretty boy! Happy Mother's Day-enjoy:@)

cucki said...

Beautiful.
Happy Mother's Day,

Ariadne said...

What a great dragonfly photo!AriadnefromGreece!

Cherdecor said...

Our son just got home last night from camping at Lake Erie with his bird club. They were watching the warbler migration when thousands of warblers come through.

I love that little river otter. He is so cute!

Happy Mother's Day!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too! That was a great walk.... you saw some great birds, beautiful scenery and a river otter bonus -- what could be more perfect!

Vee said...

Lovely all...but the blue that dragonfly is wearing is truly beautiful.

Jacqueline said...

awwww..... that river otter!!!!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice discoveries on that hike! We enjoyed a three generation Mothers Day brunch this morning-- Happy Mother's Day!

Red Rose Alley said...

What a lovely picture of the dragonfly. They always fascinate me.

Happy Mother's Day, Diane. I hope you are having a nice and restful weekend.

love, ~Sheri

Lorrie said...

Beautiful photos, Diane. The dragonfly is gorgeous, as is the ibis - well, actually all of them are! Hope you had a nice Mother's Day even though your children are far away.

bettyl-NZ said...

These are definitely some awesome captures! Congrats on the new bird. Love the dragonfly.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It is always fun to see a new species of bird that you have never seen before--this is a pretty one! The river otter is cute and you took a nice close up of the dragonfly--what delicate wings he has!

I hope you had a very Happy Mother's Day!

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Unas fotografías preciosas, la de la libélula me encanta!!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, awesome outing and sightings. The otter is cool! I love the northern Paula too!

I am still running a little behind visiting my critter links! Thanks so much for linking up, have a great new week ahead!

♥Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'♥ said...

...and you got the ibis in all its glory [breeding colors!]...wonderful. Love the Parula. Aren't they dashing with their beautiful coloration?

Oh the otter...cute!!

Thanks so much for sharing this with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend...and hope you have a joyous week ahead!

Linda said...

River otters, exotic birds and exotic insects! How exciting! I go nuts over the fire flies here in Texas!

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful wildlife and nsture :) Hope it stays that way.

Mary Cromer said...

Marvelous assortment of nature at it's best Diane. I hope that you are enjoying your week. YES, I keep secrets ;) Hugs~