Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday's Critters #58

Saturday's Critters #58

It's Saturday and it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who has linked up in the past and for those who are linking in on this week's critter party. And of course I always appreciate my blogging friends stopping by just for a visit.

These are some birds we saw last week at the Edwin Forsythe NWR in NJ.. Even though most of the water was frozen we did see some ducks and geese at the wildlife refuge..


A pair of Hooded Mergansers...




I believe these are Dunlins in flight and a couple of American Black Ducks..



A few male Hooded Mergansers along with a couple of female Hooded Mergansers. The females have those crazy "hairdos'. The Mergansers were seen in various spots along the wildlife drive.


I am pretty sure these are the Gadwall ducks..I do not mind if you need to correct any of my id's.. I can honestly say I know I have made id mistakes in the past..


A Northern Pintail is having a talk with the Gadwall ducks..



Above maybe an American Wigeon along with the gang of Gadwall ducks..Except for seeing some duck hunters we enjoyed our visit to the wildlife refuge... I hope you enjoyed your visit and my photos... As always I appreciate your nice 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.





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

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

75 comments:

Gunilla Bäck said...

Looks like you had a very nice day birding. Enjoy your weekend, Eileen!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I love seeing all the various species of ducks; I couldn't choose a favorite if I had to. They are all gorgeous creatures! :) Looks like a good-sized refuge for the birds.

Thanks for hosting!

Lindy

Derek said...

Thanks for this lovely post. Great pictures as always.
Thanks for organizing this fun link-up too.

Have a great weekend

bettyl-NZ said...

There are so many different kinds of ducks. I guess I never looked too closely before I started taking their pictures!

Jo said...

What lovely waterbirds. I love the female mergansers' quiffs. Thanks for hosting this Critter Party. Have a wonderful Saturday. Jo

Nora said...

Love the gadwells and the top picure of the Mergansers.

NatureFootstep said...

great day out I´d say. It is so interesting to see different species side by side. It shows the difference between them. :)

Linley S said...

Great critters as usual Eileen, love the pic of the Pintail chatting with the Gadwalls,

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) So many sightings Great shots especially the of the Hooded Mergansers, and the spectacular scene of the Dunlins in flight.
Have a good weekend.:)

Hannah said...

The Merganzers are fantastic, they positively glow, especially their orange eyes and metallic tones.

✿ chica said...

Muito lindas!! bjs praianos,lindo fim de semana,chica

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful series of images of the ducks and birds.
I love the Pintail.
Have a very good weekend.
Best regards, Irma

Giga said...

Cute birds, and the second picture is great. Regards.

Sue said...

Hi Eileen-love the photos.
I always find it crazy that they call them "wildlife refuges" and then all hunting. Seems to be a bit of an oxymoron!
Have a good weekend

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

The "Brig" is one of the great places I visited many times while living in New Jersey. My brother's back yard in Little Egg Harbor is just across from the refuge, so we have made a few more visits over the 50 years since we moved away.Your shots prove there is wonderful wildlife viewing there.

EG CameraGirl said...

You have so many wonderful birds overwintering in your area! I 'm looking forward to seeing them head north. :)

Indrani said...

I love those flying birds, they look like specks of light.

DeniseinVA said...

Outstanding Eileen! You have some great pictures here. I have linked up. Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend :)

laura.forestdreams:) said...

i love all your duck shots! my favorite are the shots that include the female Merganser. what a wild hairdo! kind of punk!

Sandra said...

i like the three ducks that seem to be huddling together for a nap... and the one with all the birds taking flight is awesome..

Marie said...

Good morning, Eileen! Joining in today. Love your beautiful wetland birds and the wetlands thatmake their home. Great shots! Hope you aren't getting pounded with snow!

September Violets said...

Oh dear, seeing duck hunters while you're viewing the beautiful ducks does not sound like a good combination!! I hope you got the better "shots". Love these photos, and the little pintail looks like he's giving orders to the gadwalls ... so cute. Enjoy your weekend! Wendy x

Knipsa Passtscho said...

I love the hairdos :)
And the picture with the many Dunlins in flight :)
Have a great weekend!
【ツ】Knipsa

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I know them as brown ducks, or black ducks, or white ducks. So you'll always be safe with me. I just love all nature, but don't need no names ;O)

photodoug said...

Eileen, what a variety of ducks. Thanks for sharing.

TexWisGirl said...

love the hoodies. and yes, i'd say those were gadwalls as we have them here, too. i almost thought they were wigeons in eclipse mode, myself. :)

Linda Kay said...

Eileen, I enjoy the ducks. Hubby belongs to Ducks Unlimited, so he has all these little miniatures that are so cute.

Chandra said...

Hi Eileen,
The assortment of birds is awesome.
Thanks for this meme.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

PS.
Sorry - I made a mistake and ended up adding my link twice.

Saun said...

Love the ducks !

Sandy Kessler said...

superior photos enjoyed here

Lynne said...

Nice photos Eileen . . .
Ducks always seem graceful to me . . .
Gliding along in the water or in the air . . .
Relaxing . . .

Montanagirl said...

Hi Eileen - Some great photos you posted today! I love seeing Mergansers, which is rather rare around here.

Lea said...

Love your duck photos!
Thanks for hosting this meme!
Have a great week-end!
Lea

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Thanks for hosting. Your birds are amazing. I've managed to have more fun with the Trailcam. Coyote seems to like it!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!!
Wonderful series of pictures!Amazing captures!
Such beautiful ducks!I really enjoyed your post!
Have a happy weekend!
Dimi...

Alexa T said...

Beautiful birds in all posts of this week and like always, actually!! Lots of lovely ducks and birds I never knew or saw before, like for instance Hooded Mergansers or Gadwall ducks. In my post I found it and I posted an image of mallard ducks, more usually seen in our areas, in nature...
Lovely shots, Eileen!! A very fine weekend with lots of sunny moments!

Mama Zen said...

That shot of the Dunlins in flight is really gorgeous.

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

I haven't been seeing hardly any ducks and I miss seeing them! Love the Dunlins! Wonderful photos Eileen! Happy Birding to you and everyone this Saturday!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely collection of waterfowl, Eileen. Thanks for putting the party up!
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Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

It's amazing how YOU can always find so many birds no matter the weather. Have a nice weekend Eileen.

edenhills said...

Lovely captures. What a wonderful array of ducks.

Cloudia said...

You did a nice job once again. And look at all of us who want to play and comment! Awesome.
I feel a little funny because there is only one creature pic in my post. But it is the post I wanted to share. Hope it's OK - it is a nice creature :-) <3

carol l mckenna said...

Always gorgeous nature photography here ~ All are excellent!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Small City Scenes said...

All lovely shots. We have Dunlin here in the late winter-early Spring. I love watching them flit about.
MB

Bob Bushell said...

The Gadwall and the Hooded Merganser are my fave. And, happy birthday to you.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Ohhh Eileen!! The female Hooded Mergansers --- I see that crazy hairdo everyday at one of the high schools I visit weekly!! On girls!! This gave me a good laugh!!
Lovely shots!
Happy Birthday to YOU :-}}}

Linda W. said...

Loved your middle shot of all the birds in the flight!

lina@happy families said...

Happy Birthday, Eileen...
Awesome bird shots!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thanks but it is not my birthday.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Suzan, I am not sure why but everyone is wishing me a happy birthday.. I thank you but it is not my birthday..

eileeninmd said...

Hello Bob, I am not sure why but everyone is wishing me a happy birthday.. I thank you but it is not my birthday..

eileeninmd said...

Hello Cloudia, no problem. I love your cute kitty photos..

Black Jack's Carol said...

Hoping to post later today, Eileen, but want to comment for now. First, I trust your i.d.'s more than mine :) Interesting to see that you have many of the same ducks we are seeing here, though the Pintail is one I've only seen at Reifel Bird Sanctuary (we haven't been there for a couple of years now) so that one stood out. Always love the lady Mergansers' crazy "do's" and the Dunlins in flight always make my pulse quicken. They require a drive so we haven't seem them for a long time as well. All to say, I loved your post. Thanks so much for your faithful hosting and wonderful photographs!

Gerald (SK14) said...

nice shot of the hooded mergansers

Debbie said...

oh they are all so wonderful but that second shot, be still my heart....it is amazing!! i hope you survived the "snow"!!! more on monday i think!!!!!

Missy George said...

Love the ducks..I know all those names but would have trouble matching them to a Duck!!! We were lucky with the snow..It was a night time event ..Now the sun is out..More Sun eve??

Merlesworld said...

feathers must be wonderful things birds don't mind the cold or heat.
Merle..........

Ratty said...

I love the eyes on the Hooded Mergansers. The rest of the ducks are beautiful as well. But something about those eyes fascinate me. Great pictures.

The happy wanderer. said...

I saw a pair of Hooded Mergansers when I was in Seattle last year - just beautiful. The Gadwalls remind me of it too - a lovely post.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Thanks for sharing your ducky photos. Whenever I hear a flock of ducks in the distance, I go to the window hoping I'll get a glance of them. I'm always too late to run outside to look up.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love all the duck photos - I've not seen Gadwells - but love their name. The Pintails overwinter here by the thousands - it is amazing.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

i love their eyes. so cool!! hope you are having a great weekend, Eileen!! take care. ( :

Stephanie said...

Great series!

Linda said...

Lovely shots. I watch ducks and geese from our window and marvel at how they thrive in the cold weather.

Ela said...

Eileen, that's always nice to see your pictures. I love the ducks. They are so beautiful !
Have a happy Sunday :)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Another interesting collection of captures from your lens. Haha, someone obviously started a rumour that it was your BD but I know that it is retirement you are celebrating!
Have a good day.

Adam Tilt said...

Spot on with the names Eileen. Great photos.

Bethany Carson said...

Very nice captures of all the ducks!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It is so interesting to see how ducks and geese thrive on the waters in winter. Great photos, Eileen!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Oh, how spectacular these geese and ducks must be seeing with your own eyes♡♡♡ And Hooded Mergansers couple is lovely; yes, female's hairdo is funny and I noticed the color difference of their of eyes♪
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen I am home again, had a great time. Thanks for hosting and linking me in. These are all fabulous photographs in this post. Great close ups of the ducks. Have a wonderful week ahead.

Susan (ABON) said...

So pretty!

Linda Gross said...

I like how you say that you enjoyed your day, except for seeing the bird hunters. You captured nice pictures of the water birds. I thought of you this weekend, as I was attempting to take pictures of a lot of birds in flight :)

lorik said...

I love you duck images...my favourites are no. 2 and no. 3. On my holiday I took lots of pics of ducks...most of them turned out very badly...but maybe I can find one that i can share next week. Thanks for your visit.

Helma said...

Many beautiful animals I see come over. I will next time go to link again. I again enjoyed a lot of animals:-)