Saturday's Critter's #45

Saturday's Critter's #44

Happy Columbus Day weekend.. I have  a long weekend...we are off Monday....YAHOO!!

Happy weekend everyone! I am looking forward to seeing everyone's critters this week..I appreciate everyone who has linked up in the past and for those who are linking in on this week's critter party.

 I hope you are not all tired of seeing my Colorado photos, but here are some more birds and  critter shots.

I notice these cute Barn Swallows screaming for food outside the restroom. Do birds have tonsils?

I just think these two shots above are so funny..even if they are fuzzy..

The lighting was not the best for taking photos, but you know me I will take them anyway.. Especially if it is a lifer bird like this Pygmy Nuthatch. It looks similar to the Brown-headed Nuthatch.

Another Pygmy Nuthatch shot.. Sorry is was a gray drizzly day.. This Pygmy Nuthatch was seen at the Beavers Meadows Visitor Center..

 This is a cute little Pika, and was seen at one of the overlooks on the Trail Ridge Road close to the top..

Sorry, this shot would have been better except for the little plant in front of the Pika, you can see it cute ears.. It was running away with a clump of something in its mouth..

 Another shot of the Barn Swallows..They are adorable birds..

A cute puppy outside the visitor center. I always notice puppies and dogs during my travels. 

The Uinta similar to the ground squirrel.. The difference is the ground squirrel does not have stripes on it's face.

I hope you enjoyed this series of Colorado birds and critters.. As always, I appreciate your stopping by to see my post and for all the wonderful comments..

Thanks to Tex Theresa aka Tex, I was able to add this link up button and thanks to  Jennifer for creating my photo badge.

Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I also appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends................... Have a happy weekend!

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

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


Linley S said…
Great shots of the baby birds with their mouths wide open. Another good selection of critters.
Gunilla Bäck said…
Wonderful critters. The pika and the chipmunks are so cute. Have a great weekend!
Hannah said…
Such cute animals! The baby barn swallows are darling, their open mouths remind me of flowers. The Pygmy nuthatch is so cute, and tiny. I especially like your Pika photos, I was thrilled to see them when I climbed a mountain above the timberline many years ago, so I'm happy to see your cute photos.
Jo said…
Hi Eileen I never tire of seeing anything in nature! I love the squawking baby swallows. Congrats on your lifer Pigmy Nuthatch. Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend. Jo
Jocee said…
Great photos, I'm enjoying them all. I do love the Swallow nests and babies though. :)
NatureFootstep said…
I love the photos of the barn swallow chicks, I have no clue if they have tonsiles. :)
Cute little puppy.
HI Eileen great post as usual and great to get another lifer. Love those Swallows. Now you ask the question, do birds have tonsils? I looked that up as I had never thought of it. Here is what i found. Simply stated, yes they do have tonsils. Unlike humans with our two large tonsils birds have between 6 and 8 'tonsular units' situated at the top of the oesophagus. They perform much the same task in birds as in other animals, namely the filtering. I am having trouble embeding my video so hope you will put the link into you server as it will be worth it today. Thanks for hosting adn have a great weekend.
rainfield61 said…
Small birds, but big mouths.
Sue said…
Good Morning, Eileen
Loved those sweet little baby birds! Can you imagine those parents facing those hungry mouths every time they come to the nest with a morsel? I guess you have to hope they can remember which one gets the next bit!
Have a wonderful weekend
Nancy J said…
The wee pup takes my choice, and a Pika, I haven't heard of that before, they are what I would call almost cute. Cheers,Jean. p.s. you did see so much there.
Bob Bushell said…
Oh yes, the Swallows are my favourites, but I do love Chipmunk.
✿ chica said…
Fotos encantadoras as tuas. Os passarinhos com o bico aberto, momento lindo! Todas maravilhosas! bjs, tudo de bom,chica
Irma said…
Beautiful series of photos, Eileen.
The puppy is adorable.
The ground squirrels, I love.
This species is not in the Netherlands.
Icy BC said…
They are all wonderful critters, but the puppy stole my heart :)
The most interesting photo for me is the real close up on the swallow nest construction!! Wow. And such a cute puppy!!!
Brian King said…
Nice shots of the baby swallows! I see why that nuthatch is called a Pygmy - quite tiny. The Pika looks like an oversized hamster!
Wandering Wren said…
So many that I love from the hilarious chicks in the nest and the bird with enough bedding in her beak for a king sized nest, the cute puppy with the wet paw marks. Lovely to see all of them Eileen!
Wren x
DIMI said…
Hello Eileen!!
What a lovely post!!Great shots of the Swallow nest and the little ones!The ground squirrel is so beautiful!!What a cute little puppy!!Have a happy weekend!
You're right, the baby birds are cuties!
orchid Miyako said…
Oh I just LOVE your first two photos of baby Barn Swallows, Eileen. I smiled your description about tonsil:-) They sure look crying hard.
Your varieties of critters shots always amaze me; lifer,pika, chipmunks♡♡♡ And I LOVE the cute little puppy so mucho♪

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

I especially enjoyed seeing that little Pika storing away hay for the winter. I remember seeing them putting the green grass out on the rocks to dry, but never have caught sight of one since taking up photography. Have a nice weekend. We are in travel so will not have much screen time until after the long weekend.
chipmunks are every where out west ... some one has been feeding some of them too - they are huge!! need to go on a diet.

not sure i have ever seen a pika? what a cutie. ( :
Phil Slade said…
Good question about the tonsils Eileen. Sorry I don't know the answer but your pictures of the young Swallows are lovely.

Thanks for hosting the party again and have a lovely weekend ... and Monday.
EG CameraGirl said…
The pygmy nuthatch is sooo cute! I take photos of lifers matter how bad. :))
DeniseinVA said…
I am enjoying seeing your Colorado critters Eileen. I had never heard of a Pygmy nuthatch before. Always exciting to see a lifer. The swallows were adorable. The pika is a very cute little animal as is that chipmunk. I like to take pictures of dogs on my travels too. Thank you for hosting and have a great Memorial Day weekend.
Montanagirl said…
Love your baby bird shots! Nice set of photos, Eileen. Have a wonderful weekend.
Ela said…
Eileen, what a lovely post and so gorgeous photos !
These little open beaks look sweet :)
Have a nice weekend :)
TexWisGirl said…
barn swallow youngsters are so cute! that tiny nuthatch and the pika are both adorable! thanks for hosting, eileen!
carol l mckenna said…
All wonderful shots as always! Love the baby birds and that cute little doggie!

Happy Weekend to you.

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)
Willow said…
You really snapped some cuties !
Loved seeing that pygmy nuthatch.
Of course that puppy shot was adorable.
Linda Kay said…
Great pictures, Eileen....I can't imagine what kind of dog the puppy is!
Sandy Kessler said…
Every shot better than the next
Sharon Wagner said…
The baby birds may be blurry. But I'm glad you included them. They are hilarious! Hungry little monsters.
Debbie said…
what a great group of critters....i just adore those baby birds!!!
Linda W. said…
The baby birds, pika, and puppy are all super-cute! No, I'm not tired of seeing your CO photos. Bring 'em on! :)
Pat said…
Those cute baby swallows - so demanding!
Congratulations on sighting the Pygmy Nuthatch. The little wild, furry critters are pretty adorable, as is that young puppy!
Hi Eileen! I've enjoyed catching up on what I've missed--Your photos are really amazing, you catch the beauty of everything you photograph. I'm also drawn to the dogs when I see them, but seeing the elk would be a fun distraction, I would have missed the grouse! :-) Stay warm today, and enjoy your weekend!
Noushka said…
Wonderful post, Eileen!
I think it is the first time I see a Pygmy nuthatch, how cute!
Pica and chipmunks also are cute and your young swallows are quite funny... and nooo I don't think they have tonsils, no maaammm!! Hahaha!!!
The dog is precious, the colors are outstanding!
Enjoy your weekend too! :)
Happyone said…
Those little birds sure have big mouths - they must be very hungry. : )
Oh that puppy is so cute. I'd like to take him home.
Marie said…
Great sightings! Loved the pika and the barn swallows particularly! It was fun for us to come across the critters we did on our trip, but we saw SOOO few birds! I know it's because we don't hike anymore. I miss that a lot. No, don't stop with the CO pictures!!!
Cindy said…
Love your critters and pictures, yes they have tonsils I could see them when they were screaming, lol
Oh my, Eileen, no, I could never be tired of your critter photos, whether from Colorado or in your back yard. You get some really winners! Congratulations on a lifer! Barn swallows are a special favourite of mine. Only a couple of times, have I managed to catch feeding shots. They are very special indeed. Cute puppy too :) Many, many thanks for posting. Happy Columbus Day!
lovely series of photos, great sightings! I love the first photo of the pika...
Christian Weiß said…
Beautiful photos, the Pygmy Nuthatch is cute.
Never ever tire of beautiful Colorado. In pictures or in reality. We will be there in early December, hope the weather is decent enough to get out.

I love those little critters (picas) and the birds are great as always.
I just bust out laughing at the baby barn swallows! What fun shots; so darn cute
Poppy said…
Those barn swallows are TOO funny; I think I can hear their stomachs growling from here! What an adorable dog you came across; he's such a sweetie!

Have a great weekend, Eileen!

Hi Eileen,
Just stopping by with a little Hello!
These wee little birds are very cute and the puppy is darling.
Have a lovely weekend,
maryaustria said…
An amazing series of photos! Love the first one!
A Quiet Corner said…
I love any critter it seems too, Eileen and your pix are always enjoyable...:)JP
wildlifewatcher said…
Hi Eileen, Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. Love that Chipmunk and the precious little baby Swallows. Have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow!
Our photos said…
Very nice. I like the chipmunk !
Bethany Carson said…
Neat photos of the barn swallows! The puppy is adorable!
Felicia said…
those little swallows do look like they are screaming. wonderful series of critter images. I must hunt up some critters.
I love nuthatches. Never saw a pygmy nuthatch before!
Kalantikan said…
I've seen birds here with those mouths wide open, but they are not as wide as those two, plus the funny thing that they are yellow against black. LOL. I love your 1st shot it is so clear despite the distance, love the composition too!
Louisette said…
Wonderfull fotos, love much the twoo first,Greeting from Belgium.
alp said…
Unas estupendas imágenes, muy bonitas... Un saludo desde murcia
Gattina said…
The little hungry bird babies are too cute, but your other pictures are gorgeous as well !
Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of the different birds and animals. So beautiful !
Have a nice Sunday.
Best regards, Synnöve
Anni said…
And, thanks Eileen, for sharing the link today at I'd Rather B Birdin'
I also love the hungry baby bird shots :)
Lynne said…
Enjoyed these pics . . . the first two are pure delight!
Adam Jones said…
Love the baby Swallows.
wonderful array of photos

I love critters.

That puppy was beautiful
Ida said…
Very nice post.
Those first shots are so funny and so cute. They certainly were hungry!
Cute little chipper and that little dog was adorable as well.
Christine K. said…
brautiful shots of the critters! the Barn swallows are so cute.
thank you for hosting this wonderful meme.
thank you for visiting my blog.
Celeste said…
Oh my goodness, look at those little babies shrieking their heads off, super cute. Love the pika too, especially the one were he has the mouth full of nesting material.
Helma said…
There were whole again like animals parties in this blog:-)
Really enjoy:-)
Susan (ABON) said…
Cute critters ;) Love those baby birds and the sweet little puppy too!
I put up a few more critters from my visit to the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
Wonderful photos! That puppy is adorable!

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