Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday's Critters #113

Saturday's Critters #113

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.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone and  Happy President's Day!



This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count,  you can find more info here at Cornell's  GBBC  Feb 12th -15th

Sharing some of my backyard bird couples for Valentine's Day, they were all visitors to my yard at one time or another.


 The Eastern Bluebird couple, male on the left and female on the right.



 In the spring and fall I can usually see the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak couples stop in my yard to refuel.



I am seeing the Purple Finches now, the male is a pretty raspberry color.


 The Eastern Towhee, male on the left and female on the right.


The Scarlet Tanagers are breeders in the woods next to my house. They seem to love the blooms on our Crepe Myrtle bush.



I am looking forward to seeing Mr and Mrs Ruby-throated Hummingbird arrive back in my yard.


The pretty Cardinals are a lovely couple.

The Pileated Woodpeckers, the male is one left with the red moustache and the female is on the right.


The Red-Bellied Woodpecker, male on the left and female on the right side of the photo.


The Downy Woodpecker, again the male is on the left and female on the right.


I hope you enjoyed this post and photos. 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.

92 comments:

Tom said...

lovely flock of love birds. Happy Valentine's Day

Linda W. said...

I love all your bird "couples" - especially the eastern bluebirds! Happy Valentines Day!

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, Happy Valentine's day to you! The humming birds, woodpeckers, bluebirds and more are all so special because I don't have them here in South Africa. Thanks for hosting this meme. I love joining in. Have a great Saturday. Jo

Linley S said...

Such a beautiful collection of very pretty little birds Eileen. I would love to have so many birds of different colours visiting my backyard.

diane b said...

That is a fantastic post. I was amazed to see the differences between male and females. You sure know your birds. I hope you and your husband have a great Valentine's Day.

NatureFootstep said...

Love all the backyard birds of yours. You are so lucky to have them. :)

Thanks for hosting and have a great week coming.

Small City Scenes said...

Happy Heart Day to you too.

Lovely images of all the birds.
MB

✿ chica said...

Um post lindo como o AMOR! Happy Valentine Day! bjs, chica

Daniela said...

Your couples of birds are so stunning, I'm amazed by your photographs more and more, my derest one !

Have a Happy Valentine's day you too, sweet Eileen, filled with love and joy,
sending dear hugs to you,
with all my heart
Dany

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful collages of different birds.
Well done.
I also wish you a very nice Valentine's Day.
Best regards, Irma

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Gorgeous photos, Eileen!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Denise inVA said...

Happy Valentine's and President 's Day Eileen. Your bird photos are wonderful! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend :)

Nancy Chan said...

Hello, Eileen. Your backyard is a great place with all those beautiful winged visitors! You have a wide varieties of colourful birds visiting you. Have a great weekend!

rupam sarma said...

Lovely bird pics, Awesome. Greetings.
~ Have a nice weekend ~

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:)What a lovely post, with gorgeous photos. It's delightful to see all the beautiful and colourful birds that visit your garden. Have a wonderful Valentine Day!:)

Joyful said...

Awesome bird photos, Eileen. So many wonderful colours and varieties.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

You did so well, getting all those pairs in your yard and now displaying them in a Valentine theme!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Such a beautiful collection of very pretty little birds!!
Great shots!Lucky little critters visiting your yard!The Cardinals are my favorite!
Have a happy weekend!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Dimi...

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Wonderful post with all these wonderful birds.
So amazing to see them. They are very special. I like the woodpechers so much.

Many greetings and have a happy valentine!!
Marco

Lowcarb team member said...

Once again a lovely selection, and they are just so colourful.
I love the Bluebird couple ...

Have a Happy Weekend and Happy Valentine's too.

All the best Jan

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a fabulous idea - and I am a wee bit 'jelly' that you have all these at your lens-tip!!! Have a super weekend... YAM xx

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You do enjoy birding! Great work!

Ana Freire said...

What a beautiful and lovely post, Eileen...
To appreciate again... and again... Beautiful images!!!!
Happy Valentine's Day!
All the best!
Ana

photodoug said...

Eileen, Happy Valentine’s Day. Nice Valentine theme with the reds. Thanks for sharing.

JP A Quiet Corner said...

Eileen, I adore this post...so the love between all these couples has come shining through!!...:)JP

The Furry Gnome said...

What a great collection of birds for your backyard!

Phil Slade said...

Good morning to you Eileen. you do have some wonderful visitors to your yard. I'm hard pushed to name a favourite from your super pictures but I think it has to be the Pileated Woodpecker, closely followed by those Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

A Happy Valentine's Day to you. Enjoy your cards! Not sure I'll get any - LOL.

Cranberry Morning said...

I love your bird couples, Eileen! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day and thank you for hosting.

Brian King said...

Fantastic bird photos! Love the bluebirds and Pileated woodpeckers!

Lynne said...

WONDERFUL EILEEN . . .
What a treat . . . really great post.
Loved seeing the side by side male and female.
And to think that each picture was one of yours . . .
Happy Valentines Day and weekend my friend . . .

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awwwwwwwww

lovely collection of shots. Love 'em

Country Gal said...

Happy Valentines Day to you both to ! Lovely photos . It has been cold and blustery here for a few days now the sun pops out every now and then from the gloomy sky , our winter arrived late and is here with a vengeance . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

Lee Ann L. said...

Gorgeous Birds!

Phyllis Oller said...

I LOVE how you did this for valentines day! Thanks for sharing & hosting!phyllis

Sandra said...

all the bird pics are beautiful. i love the round and fluffy ones best, the birds not the pics. ha ha.. they remind me of ME...fluffy and fat ...

Grantham Lynn said...

What a great Valentines Day post! Thanks for sharing. I've linked a few cows. BTW I'm having a linky party. Come over and check it out.
Have a great party, weekend and Valentines Day!
XXOO

Rose said...

Wow, Eileen. Your sure have some lovely couples! I wish I had this variety.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Happyone said...

What a great variety of birds. Can't even pick a favorite, all are beautiful.

Marie C said...

What a great idea, to do bird couples for Valentine's Day! Hope you have a good one, and President's Day too, Monday is also my aunt's 91st birthday! :-)

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely array of beautiful bird photos and gorgeous Valentine!

Happy Valentine's Day to you ~ ^_^

Karen S. said...

Good morning and happy Saturday Eileen. What lovely feathered friends you have for us. I need to catch a few of my incoming birds around here. I had a gorgeous Cardinal the other morning, but he was too far out for my camera to be any good, but the color was so RED! Enjoy your weekend.

June Caedmon said...

What a lovely Valentine's edition, Eileen! Nicely done! Happy St Valentine's Day to you!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Wow Eileen .... what a beautiful selection!
Happy Valentines Day and Happy Weekend to you.....

Ruby

Liz said...

You have so many wonderful birds visiting your garden!!

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! That was a special Valentines edition & I loved seeing all the bird couples, several of which are new to me! Your photos of them are just wonderful!
Have a lovely Saturday & special Valentine Day!

Nora said...

Oh my this post was like a Valentine gift to a birder. I looked at each in large version and can see a lot of work went into the collages. I enjoyed each one. I do love bluebirds. Yours are all Eastern, mine Western. You have so many more colorful birds there. cheers, Happy Valentines!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy Valentines Day , Eileen. Your happy bird couples are wonderful. What a sweet idea for the Holiday weekend. Thank you for hosting this great party, it is always so much fun!

Anni said...

To see all those in your own backyard must be 'heaven on earth'!!! That Pileated Woodpecker is one I really want to 'find and photograph'.

Thanks for hosting, and thank for adding your link this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'

Debbie said...

hi eileen, second try...i am having macbook issues, already!!!!!

you are seeing such a wide variety of birds, i don't see all of these. although bluebirds are in my area, i never see them in my yard. i don't see grosbeaks or purple finches either. i had a towhee once, during winter, a few years ago and never saw one again.

happy valentines day and many thanks for hosting!!!!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful bird shots!

Helma said...

Really beautiful pictures in your post great beautiful birds. Cardinals, woodpeckers, hummingbird, and all the other birds are fantastic. I'm a little jealous of all those beautiful birds.
Also for you a very happy Valentine's Day.
Greetings, Helma

Chrys Fey said...

Those birds are stunning! I love the one that's a raspberry color.

Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

RedPat said...

A great post for the day, Eileen!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I still have not ever seen any Grosbeaks or Scarlet Tangers. Your woodpecker pictures are great (you knew I would say that). Have a super nice Valentine's Day!

Martin Kloess said...

Enjoyed this thank you for this little escape

jeannettestgermain said...

All such pretty birds! A happy Valentine to you, Eileen! Thank you for all the comments on my blog lately. Sorry, I most often don't get to them during the week, because am in a huge art project, but they are appreciated:):)

Dianne said...

You always find the cutest critters to photograph Eileen - it's a joy to visit your blog-site.
I've just noticed you have a blog-meme for critters - what a great idea so must remember to join up next week.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That is a wonderful set of Valentine birdies, Eileen.

;-)

Elizabeth. Beth. "E." Edwards said...

so many gorgeous birds. love them all ... really appreciate the blue birds, scarlet tanager, i had to go back and see how that one was spelled again. that is a wild word. ( :

The Yum List said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

rainfield61 said...

I wonder whether these critters have a similar Valentine's Day like us.

Michelle said...

This is a lovely collection! I always enjoy seeing the bluebirds and grosbeaks around here. We usually have a lot of Cardinals.

Mama Zen said...

These are just beautiful!

Linda said...

Love your bird couples! Perfect post for this weekend.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Happy Valentine's day! Many beautiful bird photos! Thanks for sharing.

Liz said...

Lovely series, Eileen!

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Every bird as a pair - very creative and beautiful, Eileen!
Have a Lovely Valentine's Day!!
Peace :)

handmade by amalia said...

Finally I have a photo that I can link, Eileen, having enjoyed your blog for so long. It is not a very clear photo of the bird and I have no idea what kind of bird it is, but I did want to participate :-)
Amalia
xo

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful birds! I love the woodpeckers. Happy Valentine's Day!

i beati said...

exemplary what I live for

Anni said...

Thanks for sharing this terrific post for the weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin' Eileen....happy valentine's day.

Ela said...

That's a lovely Valentine's post !!
Beautiful couples of birds !!
Happy Sunday :)

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Bom dia, maravilhosas fotos de enorme beleza.
AG

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Lovely birds and nice set of pictures.. Happy day.. LOVE :-)

Nick V. said...

Delightful bird couples for Valentine's Day, Eileen. Hope you had a wonderful day.
Thanks for hosting.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindas e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e bom Domingo.

Karen said...

What an amazing collection of photos. My third grade teacher taught our class all about birds and put feeders outside our classroom windows. That is a great memory.

magiceye said...

Such pretty birds!!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I thought I commented when I added my link, but I can't find it so....
Great shots of these cute birds..I love the woodpecker and of course the bluebirds and cardinals.
Happy Valentine's Day, Eileen!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I think the biggest thrill for me would be to see a scarlet tanager Eileen. I miss doing our winter bird count but I like being warmer for the month of February.
Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Missy George said...

Woodpeckers and Flickers...hard to tell the difference..Your woodpeckers look like the Flicker in your header?..All those birds hang out at my feeders as well..I have lost the Bluebirds.The only seed I have out is Safflower..It doesn't reseed as easily..We have a ton of Robins around lately..Happy Valentines Day..

Betty Manousos said...

happy valentine's day to you!
oh my word i just adore your bird photos! you have such a great eye for taking photos.
xoxo

Crafty Green Poet said...

Such lovely birds and very interesting to see the male and female together side by side. I love learning more about your birds over there!

Debby Ray said...

I love all of these lovely birds and I also see most of them in my yard, with a few exceptions...the Eastern Bluebird is around here but I rarely see them in my yard. I have never seen the Pileated Woodpecker but would love to! Great captures, Eileen!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Wonderful bird couples!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful pairs!

Lois said...

They all make cute couples!

edenhills said...

What lovely couples you've shared for Valentine's Day!

Hannah said...

Your wonderful bird couples are so terrific, Eileen, it's great to see the females with the more colorful males, they aren't always easy to identify. I have the Pileated Woodpeckers in my yard, I even heard one today.

What Karen Sees said...

I am really jealous of the colorful visitors you have in your yard. And you have captured them beautifully with your camera.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Beautiful red tangerine!! I've never seen this one!! You have a busy back yard!!!

Pat Tillett said...

Amazing photos!
You really captured the true beauty of these birds.
Very nice post...