Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday's Critter's #108

Saturday's Critter's #108

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 am sharing some of my yard birds from this past week. It has been cold outside and I have take all these shots from my dining room window.


 A male Cardinal with a Carolina Chickadee.




Those darn branches keep getting in my way.


The Blue Jays come around for the peanuts I sit out on our deck railing.


For Teresa's Friday's Photo Hunt. This weeks prompts. Thanks to Teresa for hosting..

1. The letter "B"
2. Week's favorite
3. Outside

My entry below for the letter B.. is too easy I am seeing lots of Birds in my yard.


One of my regular visitors... a Blue Jay.

For the prompt *Outside* I had a sighting of a Cooper's hawk outside my window.


A Cooper's hawk sitting in our weeping cherry tree. Needless to say all my feeder birds disappeared. I hope you enjoyed my yardbirds, what birds are you seeing in your yards?





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.

98 comments:

Cloudia said...

Oh I adore these, and will be back with my link in the morning, Eileen!

ulla laiho said...

So colorful birds you have outside your window. Beautiful pictures!

Margaret Adamson said...

All the birds in this posst are fabulous Eileen. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! It looks your yard is a paradise of wild birds. Thanks for sharing.

ladyfi said...

Such pretty birds.

NatureFootstep said...

you have such lovely birds in your garden I would be very happy if I had. I don´t even have a garden :( I share dogs this week. Not mine of course.

Thanks for hosting.

Mascha said...

You have beautiful visitors!
By the way: here in Germany on this weekend is the "Hour of winter birds". We will go to the cemetery and watching for birds one hour. We will count them and report to the German Nature Conservation.
Only with my small camera I cann not make bird photos...
Have a nice weekend

Jo said...

Hello Eileen, I love your Blue Jays. And the Cooper's Hawk was a great sighting, although other birds are very wary of them. Thanks for hosting. I'm still struggling with my photo uploads (only on Blogger - FB works fine) but have linked what I have here below. Have a great Saturday. Jo

Ela said...

Your birds are beautiful !! I love that red creature !!
Have a nice weekend :)

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Enjoyed seeing all your yard birds from your dining room window. It's always a treat to see your beautiful Bue Jays, but a special treat today to see the Hawk.
Have a happy weekend!:)

Denise inVA said...

My favorite backyard birds Eileen. Great shots!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the blue jay since we don't get to see them here in South Texas.

A Quiet Corner said...

I haven't seen a lot of Cardinals around so far this Winter so seeing your shot is nice! That Cooper's Hawk is very handsome too!! Eileen, I love your cluster of red berries in your header...:)JP

Phil Slade said...

Good Morning Eileen. Thank you for allowing me to join in again today. Your yard birds are so colourful, the blus of the Blue Jay and the red Cardinal. That is a very good looking Cooper's Hawk, posing so nicely for your picture.

Have a lovely weekend and week ahead.

rainfield61 said...

B for birds, B for beautiful.

Gemma Wiseman said...

These little ones are so lovely. Amazing how they manage to survive the cold. Adore the blue tones of the blue jay.

genie said...

Eileen....Is your garden actually the Secret Garden? Is that what brings all of these gorgeous birds to visit. Whatever you are doing is right. You and Brian. You all give us the BEST shots. Love the cardinal and the chickadee, and to have an owl visit you...wow...they are all wonderful captures.Happy Saturday.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Love the Hawk photo, I always enjoy seeing them in the back yard.

Tom said...

Love your noisy blue jays!

rupam sarma said...

Lovely bird pics :)
~ Have a nice weekend ~

Cranberry Morning said...

I enjoyed your yard birds. I always like to see the pairs of cardinals in our yard, the chickadees and juncos, and even the bully bluejays. Thank you for hosting, Eileen. I hope you have a great weekend.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Outstanding winter colour in those feathers! YAM xx

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh, lucky you to have seen a cooper's hawk. I was just looking for one on Thursday where I've seen it before...but no luck! Thanks for hosting this fun meme!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Cooper's Hawk, it was superb image.

Ana Freire said...

From your dining room windows, Eileen?!?!
What an amazing shots!
And you have so lucky, for having such beautiful visitors!...
I'm speechless!!! Pure beauty, in every single photo!
Have a great weekend, Eileen!
Kisses
Ana

Cath said...

Really lovely Eileen....I just love those blue jays so I was thrilled to see a pic or two of them and the Cardinal is such a beautiful and colourful little chap too.

Lowcarb team member said...

I just love the array of colours in your birds - lovely to look at.
Thank you.

Have a great weekend

All the best Jan

Lisa Comperry said...

Pretty birds! I love bird visitors, especially first thing in the morning when I have time to drink my coffee outside and watch them :-)

Kate said...

You have an amazing yard where these equally amazing birds come to visit. Great photos!

Debbie said...

you are blessed eileen to have such beautiful views outside yours windows. your colorful yard birdies have found the perfect spot to stay and enjoy the love you are providing!!!!

now let's just hope that hawk keeps to himself and doesn't stay too long!!!! smart birdies, taking off

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Love the jay photos....and we have a Cooper's hawk hanging around as well catching poor unsuspecting birds at feeders. He has been unsuccessful catching them at my one suet feeder and the other suet feeder is caged for protection especially for little birds. Have a fabulous weekend. Going to be 50 and rainy here.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Just like the cardinals, the blue jay is a bird I get very thrilled about seeing, Since we don't have those in western Oregon ( they have stellars, scrubs, and gray Jays, but not this one). Beautiful pictures of this gorgeous bird. And the hawk as well, of course very handsome, but they sure can clear the yard of every other bird! As always, thanks for hosting.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Nice pictures of these wonderful birds.
Great to see them.

Many greetings,
Marco

Sandra said...

number 3 jay pic made me laugh, what an expression and that hawk is really beautiful.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That hawk is a nice sighting..such pretty feathers! Happy Saturday my friend. Hugs, Diane

Lei Angeles said...

You live in a beautiful place Eileen! I hope I can find few critters here in my place but because I live near the highway so they don't really stay around.

Karen S. said...

Good morning Eileen, those are some lovely shots from inside even! We are beginning to experience that deep freeze as well! Yesterday I was outside without a coat for a long time! Today, not even for a second! Enjoy your weekend hope it warms up for us all soon!

Brian King said...

Jays definitely love peanuts! Nice shots! Love the Cooper's Hawk! There was a juvenile here the other day.

Ranten said...

Hei Eileen! Lovly pictures! Happy weekend!

Linda said...

I love these gorgeous and closeup photos, Eileen! Wow!

Linda Gross said...

Nice shots of the cardinal, blue jay and hawk.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

My friends the squirrels don't like it when any kind of hawk comes around. If they just got the mice around my feeders, it would be okay. But for being so beautiful, they're pretty gluttonous. L(

edenhills said...

Thanks for joining in. I love all your bird photos, as always. I have that problem with branches whenever I try to photograph the cardinals for some reason. That Cooper's hawk looks quite intimidating.

Crissi said...

Oh so lovely birds - very nice shots!
Happy weekend Eileen
hug Crissi

Uppal said...

Hello,you're lucky to take pics of such amazing birds around your house. I'd say WOW!

carol l mckenna said...

Always a delight to see all the birds you photograph so well ~

Wishing you a fun weekend, ^_^

Christine said...

Super shots from your window Eileen! The Cooper's hawk is a handsome bird! What a piercing stare!
Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Great shots, but that first one is definitely my favourite. I love cardinals and wish so much that we had them here.

Linda W. said...

Great pic of the cardinal and the hawk. We don't have cardinals in Oregon so I enjoy seeing other's photos.

Florence said...

Oh those gorgeous bluejays!!

GreenComotion said...

It is not often that I have seen a Cooper's Hawk up close like in your photo - perfect way to start my day looking at those beautiful birds. I am currently in an urban jungle, temporarily, and don't get to see many a bird.
So, thanks for making my morning great, and for hosting SC!
Have a Beautiful Weekend, Eileen!
Peace :)

Mary Hone said...

The blue jays you have back east are so handsome, I love them.

Katarina said...

How pretty the Blue jays are!
Enjoy your weekend!

Gayle atMuldoon said...

At first I thought the cardinal was my picture but I hadn't made an entry-haha. Then I noticed his buddy---really cute pic. Happy Day.

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh great shots this morning. The cardinal and Blue Jay are so pretty. I especially like them because they are birds I see around here.
We actually saw some Bald eagles last Sunday. I only had my phone so we couldn't get a good shot though. I'm carrying my camera from now on!
Thanks for the linky. Have a great party!

Laura. M said...

They have brilliant colors. Beautiful birds.
Good Saturday Eileen ;))
Besos.

Giga said...

I can only envy such a little cute birds outside the window. In the beautiful place you have to live close to nature. Regards.

Barb said...

I love the hawk with his yellow eyes! Only the Gray Jays are braving the cold to visit me now.

Marie C said...

Beautiful bird visitors...and great Coopers!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Lovely birds.. Have a great weekend :-)))

Linda said...

Love the blue jay and the hawk! I see hawks along the roads but not so close to my windows.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That's the All-American Greeting Card flock ob birds! Great clarity, and through the window?

Mama Zen said...

These are just stunning, Eileen!

Patty Woodland said...

So many beautiful birds. I don't get cardinals or blue jays here in Montana so it's a treat to see such pretty pictures.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Hello Eileen! Cardinals and Blue Jays are two of my favourite birds and you have some wonderful shots here. Yes, those darn branches do get in the way, don't they? :) Nice shot of the Cooper's Hawk as well, though I doubt your yardbirds agree with me. Thanks, as always, for your wonderful meme, shared sightings and much appreciated comments!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful spots of color. :)

pattisjarrett said...

Lovely birdies!

AlexaT said...

What a cute hawk, anyway!... I'll have to go, soon, to the park if i want to see some birds... but weather is a key element; not sure if it is more like the cold autumn, or a strange winter with snow and rain, in the same week... *-*
Greetings, again!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos . We pretty much have the same birds here , all though the Pine Siskins and Juncos are taking over our yard this year lol ! The birdies here have to watch out for hawks and feral cats good thing Miggs helps in keeping both away from the little birdies ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

Love the birds in your yard. Blue Jays and Cardinals add such beautiful color to any winter day, but especially a gloomy one.

Y'all come on by,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Missy George said...

Those HAwks have a way of thinning out the population more ways than one...Great shots..Tis the season for taking pictures thru windows..Thanks for sharing..Hope you are having a good weekend..

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a great and unique photo of the cardinal and chickadee! We also had a hawk around our feeder this week, and unfortunately and sadly "someone" ended up as a meal.

Stewart M said...

I think that the cardinals must be one of my favourite birds (in the category, of those I rarely see!)

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Rose said...

Such beautiful creatures...I always say God was having fun when he made the birds and the butterflies.

The Yum List said...

What beautiful close up shots - that blue bird has a gorgeous coat.

Jim said...

Pretty birds, the pictures are "E" for 'Excellent'. The Blue Jay is my favorite even though they would pick on my cat back when we had one.
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..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

i love the hawk & the chick-a-dee. so cool! i have yet to capture a hawk in my pics taking time. ( :

happy weekend!!

Kojo Baidoo said...

Amazing photos! That hawk is actually a Sharp-shinned Hawk; the markings are a lot heavier and the brown on the back has a colder feel to it. You can see a bit of a contrast between the color of the belly markings and the cold brown back. Hope this helps :)

amanda | wildly simple said...

I love the cardinal and chickadee together! Great birds of winter. Happy 2016, Eileen!

Beate said...

Those are some amazing shots! I would have never guessed they are taken through a window! :) The Blue Jay is so beautiful and I always love seeing a hawk.
Have a wonderful Sunday, Eileen :)
Lots of hugs to you,
Beate

Betty Manousos said...

good morning,eileen. lovely shots. love the blue jays!
thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos with us.

happy weekend!

Tomoko said...

How wonderful that you have frequent visitors in your yard!I think I have not seen those beautiful birds in person.

Anni said...

Hi again Eileen...thank you so much for sharing/adding your post link to I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend.

Nick Va said...

Beautiful, Eileen. My fave is the red cardinal!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Wow! So fascinated that you had seen a Cooper's hawk outside your window; his/her yellowish eyes, beak and feet are so lovely:-) For me, doesn't look like threatening p:-)

So sorry for my belated comment, Dear friend.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Nick V. said...

Lovely blue jays, Eileen!
Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

Kayni D said...

Beautiful photos! My favorite is the Blue Jay. I see one on our backyard but they're tough to take a photo of.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Blue and red birdies, so very festive, Eileen.

I see the Cardinals much more in the bush in back, but I can't get super sharp pics with my G15 from the 2nd floor window. Nonetheless, I'm glad they love that bush!
~

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thanks, Eileen, I think you might be right. I was just totally blanking on what that bush looks like when blooming.

By the way, I just looked out the window and there were 6 male cardinals in it, along with some lady friends. They really seem to like those fruits (there aren't many left; I see them looking on the ground for fallen ones, too.)
~

photodoug said...

Eileen, Cooper’s Hawk interesting yard bird. Thanks for sharing.

i beati said...

so so lovely

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Of the birds pictured, the Cooper's Hawk picture is the best. Great shots, all. Have a happy day today and a pleasant coming week!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I had no doubt that 'B" would be for bird with you Eileen. :-) Holy smokes, your participants are up in the 70s, that will keep you busy.

betchai said...

beautiful birds, it's always a joy to see and hear them

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The Cooper Hawk is handsome and has such a friendly face. It has me imagining that he swung by to make friends with the other birds and sighed when they flew away.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Hannah said...

I would so love to see Cardinals here, Eileen! My jays are Steller's, so darker, the personalities are very similar. Chickadees, Juncos, a few sparrows and towhees, a rare thrush...

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fabulous photos of all these wonderful birds. Great !
Best regards, Synnöve

Connie Smiley said...

Hi Eileen, you have some beautiful blue jays in your yard!