Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday's Critters #109

Saturday's Critters #109


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.

We are enjoying our life right now just being able to pick and go whenever we want. Hubby and I went on a getaway to the Delaware and Maryland shores. I am sharing some recent photos from our trip to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware.


One of the first birds  we saw above, when entering the wildlife drive was this Bald Eagle.



I like the eye on this Northern Mockingbird and the blue sky is pretty.



Across the pond we saw this fox weaving in and out of the tall grasses. Can you find him?



The Snow Geese flying into the refuge.


Too far away, I tried to zoom in on the Snow Geese.


One of the few Great Blue Herons braving the cold windy day.



I was once told by a friend that also goes birding to stop and check out the fields, you may suddenly see the field moving. This was true the fields right off the road to Bombay Hook NWR, we saw a hundred or so Horned Larks pecking away at the ground. the birds are seen in a line across the middle part of the photo. You have to look closely at the photo, these birds blend in well.

The next images are for Teresa's Friday's Hunt  Thanks to Teresa for hosting this fun linky party. I hope to see you there.

1. Starts with the letter "C"
2. Week's Favorite
3. Inside



1. The letter "C" .  We picked a Cold windy day to visit the wildlife refuge. These Tundra Swans look Cold sitting on the ice.


1. Letter "C" .. not the best photo from Bombay Hook but we saw a lot of Canada Geese at the wildlife refuge.

2. Week's Favorite


2. Week's Favorite....From my earlier post this week, this was my favorite shot of the moon. I hope you enjoyed you visit and my images from the wildlife refuge.



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.

84 comments:

Indrani said...

Great series Eileen and the fourth pic is stunning.

Margaret Adamson said...

Burr! it does look cold but at leastthe sun was outto help warm things up. A lovely spot and seeing the Snow Geeseflying in must have been amazing. the Heron looks fed up and cold was a great outing and a lot of birds seen and photoraphed and of course your moon shots is excellent. Certainly a wonderful outing with lots of birds seen (and fox). Thanks for hosting adn have a lovely weekend.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Happy Saturday, dear Eileen!
Your photos are beautiful, as always, and I also like the new look of the blog. Thank you for hosting Saturday's Critters! xx

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, I almost didn't recognize your blog page. Did you change the layout? I love the Northern Mocking bird and the flying snow geese in formation. Great moon shots. Thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend. Jo

NatureFootstep said...

great images as always Eileen. I loved to see the "lark field". It is really hard to find the birds sometimes :)

Thanks for hosting :)

vivi ka said...

Beautiful critters and i loved the shot of the moon. I hope you like my Saturday's Critter's! Have a happy weekend!

Mascha said...

What a marvellous post! Have enjoyed it, my favorite ist the second photo. Oh, yeah, any fields are moving... -
Have a nice weekend

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Always a breath of fresh air here... and love the 'refreshed' wallpaper too!!! Have a great weekend. YAM xx

Nancy Chan said...

Thank you, Eileen for hosting Saturday's Critters. I can see the fox among the tall grasses. The snow geese formation is pretty against the clear blue sky. Have a great weekend!

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful series of photos.
My favorite are photo 2 and 10.
Best regards, Irma

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos! Bombay Hook NWR looks like a great place to see many different birds.

Gayle atMuldoon said...

My favorite is the fox.
More frigid weather is predicted for the coming week.

Sue said...

Good Morning, Eileen
I'm so very happy you two are having such wonderful times during your retirement. I knew you would. It's a terrific feeling being able to just "GO" when the urge hits.....and likewise being able to be hunkered in when you want as well.
Have a wonderful weekend

biebkriebels said...

You made some very pretty photo's of the birds. I like the bald eagle and the mockingbird very much. We don't see them here.

Tom said...

So many critters this week...outstanding

Phil Slade said...

Good Morning. I like your new blog layout Eileen. I find it easier to read black on white - just a personal preference. I love that shot of the Snow Geese coming in to land, it's very atmospheric.

As usual your moon shot is spot-on.

Thanks again for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That flock of Snow Geese is so impressive, and I loved the swans,,, and everything else about your chilly trip!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Loved your photo of the Northern Mocking bird, loved seeing them all really, but not too keen on being reminded of a fox, as one ate all our ducklings last night.:(

BYBirdBlog said...

Eileen, I love the shot of the moon. Great detail. Good work as always. Have a great Saturday. We are finally getting some snow up here in the Albany area.

Brian King said...

Great photo of the mockingbird! Beautiful shots of the flying geese and the eagle!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias.
Gostei.
Um abraço e bom fim de semana.

photodoug said...

Eileen, great finds at the Bombay Hook NWR. Thanks for sharing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What sharp eyes to see that fox! They are so beautiful but elusive. We see the storks here and they fly in a v a lot of times overhead...so neat! Hugs, Diane

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful captures Eileen. I loved the one of the mockingbird particularly, and the snow geese in flight. All of them were very enjoyable. Thanks for hosting and have a great day :)

Debbie said...

i found the fox, they seen to be abundant all around the shore, growing in numbers. you always seem to find such large groups of birds, the snow geese are beautiful!!

love the new?? lighter background, i am trying to do the same thing!! many thanks for hosting eileen!!!

Sandra said...

love the little mocking bird and wow on the eagle. i wondered why you posted a field of grass/rocks. did not see the birds until you said to look for them in the middle. you sure have lots of beautiful critter pics today

genie said...

All of your pictures from your walk in Delaware are beautiful, but my favorite have to be the ones of the snow geese in flight and the fox “airborne.” Hope you have a wonderful picture filled weekend, Eileen.

Ileana said...

Great images as always, Eileen! Have a happy weekend!

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures! Happy weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Great macro shots of the birds and delightful photos all! Love the fox!

Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

Bob Bushell said...

The Northern Mockingbird was quite excellent, but all yours are beautiful.

Lowcarb team member said...

All great shots, but that second one is my favourite ... stunning.

Have you changed your header banner? I like it!
Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

GreenComotion said...

The favorite is also one of my favorites, Eileen.
I am always amazed how cold-tolerant many of these birds are.
Beautiful photos!
Thanks as always for hosting SS.
Have a Great Weekend!
Peace :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely set of photos, Eileen. The moon is great, and what a nice sight that red fox is!
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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That fox must have plenty of food with so many birds nesting there, Ellen. Beautiful nature preserve, and wonderful photos! Have a good weekend!

Christine said...

Another wonderful series Eileen! Great shot of the fox and I particularly enjoyed seeing a mockingbird!
Have a great weekend and thanks so much for hosting!

Laura. M said...

If I have enjoyed watching your photos. Nature is full life. I like the sky full of birds flying. The moon is very cute Eileen.
I wish you a good Saturday ;)
Besos.

edenhills said...

Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. I hope to have my critter post later today. That shot of the mockingbird is gorgeous! How lucky to see the fox! You are certainly brave out in the cold. I'm huddled in the house.

Lynne said...

Exceptional Eileen . . .
Really liked the Great Blue Heron
and the many field Larks . . .

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I'm behind in my posting AND visiting today!!
Love the snow geese in flight!! Wow...so pretty the white against the blue....and the horned larks. Yes indeed, I've experienced this a few times where the 'ground' is moving!

Christian Weiß said...

Great series of photos.

Linda said...

Glorious series of captures, Eileen! I did find that sly fox, too! :) I hope your weekend is going wonderfully.

TexWisGirl said...

i love the curve of the snow geese in flight. :)

A Quiet Corner said...

Nice shot of that young Eagle, Eileen and to see a fox during daylight is outstanding luck, I think. Windy days seem to be good for the birds! Thanks for having us..:)JP

Missy George said...

Great Bald Eagle shot...Yes, I imagine the ground would be moving with all those birds hiding in that grass,,I guess they aren't hiding but just camouflaged well..Hope you are having a good weekend..Thanks for hosting...

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Loving the new look of the blog....and all those critters...pretty quiet here right now.

Marie C said...

Wonderful sightings! Love the fox! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well.

Gail said...

Your photography is so wonderful.

I remembered to join this week!

Have a blessed weekend.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your day was amazing, Eileen! So many gorgeous birds and that cute fox. That's a great photo of the moon, too.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - what lovely photos. The flying snow geese are fabulous - but the swimming ones -with all the thousands and thousands of snow geese that overwinter here in NW WA I have never ever seen them swimming - what a treat. We always see them in the farm fields. Someday I hope to see them swimming - fabulous shot - eve from a distance.

Love the new meme too - great shots.

Jim said...

Hi Eileen ~~ I'm not a bird lover but I do like your bird finds here, especially the eagle and the heron. We have both those here north in the Texas Gulf Coast. The Saturday hunt looks nice too, I did Friday's .
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Al said...

Very nice - I love all the geese flying in the sky.

The Yum List said...

I didn't realize there were foxes in North America. We have them in Australia too - they're an introduced species.

Rose said...

Fabulous captures...love it when I can see the eye so clearly in a bird photo. Whether mine or someone else's...LOL

Linda W. said...

Wonderful collection of photos, but I especially liked the northern mockingbird.

Cath said...

your bird shots are always amazing Eileen but that shot of the mockingbird just took my breath away.....I can almost count the feathers! How far are you from your subject generally and what size lens do you use for these wonderful shots? I am having a significant birthday soon and a new lens is on my birthday wishlist!!

Stephanie said...

Great series!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've seen on Facebook a page asking people in our county to keep track of the birds they see this year -- You would have quite a list, Eileen! I would love to see the geese, and Horned Larks would be a real treat too!

I hope you're having a good weekend!

rainfield61 said...

Happy weekend. My Bill the Lizard pays you a visit.
Say hello to him.

Linda said...

The heron looks cold!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Eileen
Oh your wonderful bird photographs take my breath away.
The Canada geese are amazing - I very rarely see large flocks of birds now, but I remember seeing them when I was young.
A good shot of the fox - survival of the fittest in the wild.
Thank you so much for hosting Eileen and I'm so glad I had some critter photos to share.
Shane

Nick Va said...

Wonderful photos, as usual, Eileen. MY fave is the one with the snow geese flying overhead.
Thanks for hosting and enjoy your week.

EG CameraGirl said...

I especially like the photo of the mockingbird!!

Ela said...

Fantastic series of photos !
Greetings !!

Linda Gross said...

Wonderful group of pictures. Bob is on voluntary layoff, until Jan. 25. He has been off work since the Monday after Thanksgiving. We have had a taste of retirement. It is great to be able to,pick up and go in the middle of the week :)

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Those swans do look cold. We're getting some snow drifting down today, so I'm watching the birds through the windows.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW!! You saw a lot in one outing!!!
My amazement is the eagle and those swans!!!
For some reason I only think of swans as a German bird!!
Lovely photos!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! The eagle is very handsome. Have a great week ahead, Eileen!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Great photos Eileen! So sorry I haven't joined in the past couple of weeks, Hopefully things slow down a little around here this week. Looks like there are a lot of great links to visit too.
Sometimes I find it difficult to balance between adding content to my blog and visiting everyone else's.
I hope you're having a great weekend!

Karen S. said...

Okay first thing, your capture of the Northern Mockingbird is incredible. I'd really like to see one and snap it's photo too. Lucky you. Then your skies are all lovely, we have far too much grey around here, and what is that first tree, with the very round buds attached. Very curious as to what they are! Enjoy your weekend, (you'll see what my yesterday was like when you view my post) and I hope you have warmer weather, cuz it's really cold here.

Betty Manousos said...

looks like a wonderful day! great photos as usual, dear eileen. i like the eye on that northern mockingbird, too!
happy weekend~
big hugs!

Mama Zen said...

I'm so jealous of your fox sighting!

Tammie Lee said...

lovely to see all of your images.
i enjoy seeing birds that we do not have here, at least not this time of year. wishing you a sweet weekend.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Another excellent Saturday's Critters. Enjoyed your birding photos and another wonderful moon shot. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a fine week ahead!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, My two favorites are the Fox and Mr. Moon! By the way, I have found my "Missing" White Pelicans! Over a hundred on a golf course water hazard pond on a local golf course here. I will include pictures in a post soon. Have a fabulous coming week! Very cool and windy here now.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Glad you pointed out there were larks in the field Eileen, at first glance I wondered what that photo was about.

AlexaT said...

Lots of critters, snow geese and a mockingbird, (it is a singing bird, right?)...
OH my, So lovely pictures with blue and orange skies in previous posts, half of the moon... Amazed by...
Warm greetings from a white january... (finally some snow came in here!...)*-*

June Caedmon said...

Great shots, Eileen. How wonderful that you get to go and enjoy such wonderful places. I love the new blog! Thanks for hosting such a fun link up!

Patty Woodland said...

That is a stunning shot of the moon. I love to watch the birds that come to visit on our river. We had some Canada geese visit last week flying from somewhere to somewhere. They didn't stay long.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
a fantastic sunshine and fabulous photos. My favorite is your shot with the many birds in the sky. Marvelous !
Best regards, Synnöve

twobarkingdogs said...

I'm cold just looking at those photos! Poor birds should have flown south for the winter. Florida is way better than freezing to death! Thanks for sharing the photos!

orchid Miyako said...

Hi Dearest Eileen; When I saw your post first, I wished to say the picture of the flying Snow Geese is like a painted art♪ So many of them and I also love Horned Larks blended in the field.
Oh, I also have seen cold looking blue heron p:-)

Thank you so much for your kind comments for my pc trouble. I have no clue but happy being able to visit friends again(^^;)

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


Liz said...

A great series of birds, and the fox (Yes, I saw him). I was so impressed at seeing and photographing a Bald Eagle when I was in Alaska last year. I love the image you have captured of all the birds in flight!

Ana Freire said...

Impressive details in every single image!...
I love them all!!! What can I do?...
Kisses
Ana