Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday's Critters #175

Saturday's Critters #175


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.

Finally, we had some nice sunny weather. I have some birds and critters to share from home in Maryland. A few backyard birds in a mosaic and some scenes and critters from a walk at the local Hashawha Nature Center Park. 

Below are my yard birds: Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Cardinals, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron near nest, Junco, White-throated Sparrow and a Tufted Titmouse. I included a pretty blue sky, some berries and my daffies.



The female Red-bellied Woodpeckers comes for a visit or a peanut.



I have seen as many as 6-8 Great Blue Herons flying around our neighborhood landing in the trees and their nest.




 The mosaic below is from our walk at the Hashawha Nature Center. They have a raptor center with rescued birds like the Barred Owl, Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawks and a Bald Eagle.  Near the lake we saw the Canada Goose, Cardinal, turtles, Tree Swallow, Song Sparrows and a Chipping Sparrow.



On the Nature Center property is the barn and silo. I thought it would be a good shot for Tom's Barn Collective.



A cute Slider turtle.






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.

141 comments:

Nancy J said...

Every one is lovely, super photos of every one, but I like the barn and silo, I can see a quilted block right there. Daffs, I have bulbs ready to plant.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you Eileen for your photo post and especially the Great Blue Heron.
Joy

doodles n daydreams said...

I always enjoy your critter shots, they are always so stunning and today is no exception :)

Diana

Daniela said...

With utmost gratitude both for hosting and for sharing amazing shots of the wonderful critters surrounding you,
I'm sending blessings on the end of your week, adorable Eileen,
may it be filled with joy and love

XOXO Dany

Lady Fi said...

Your shots are just fabulous!

NatureFootstep said...

you are so lucky Eileen to have all this wonderful wildlife close to home. :)

Thanks for hosting and wishing you a great week :)

Florence said...

What beautiful creatures! And the turtle is just posing for you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Happy Earth Day Eileen - you have shown us so many of Earth's delightful critters on the wing... and in the water! YAM xx

Irma said...

Hello Eileen
Beautiful collages, including the woodpecker, I find fantastic
I wish you a very nice weekend.
Best regards, Irma

Gordon said...

My you must have been up early this morning, LOL. Great post, can't say which is my favourite, as they are all hight standard.
Have a good weekend, Gordon.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello Eileen,

Lovely post! I really love your photos. The little Red-bellied woodpecker was so cute, and the little turtle as well.
Happy Saturday, and enjoy your weekend ahead!

Tom said...

The female Red-bellied Woodpecker is a sweetie!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Quite a varied selection of critters and beautiful scenes! Love that barn!

Sue said...

LOVE that turtle shot!
Happy Weekend, Eileen

✿ chica said...

Espetaculares tuas fotos e mosaicos!ADOREI! Lindo fim de semana! bjs, chica

Christine said...

Wonderful mosaic of your yard birds, Eileen and great shot of the Redbellied Woodpecker!
The slider turtle is enjoying the sun!
Thanks so much for hosting!

Mosura said...

Very nice! The woodpecker and the turtle are my favourites here.

Gayle - venturesinphotos said...

The Heron wins my prize. Happy Day.

Denise inVA said...

Marvelous collection Eileen. Thank you for sharing your critters, always a pleasure to see. Happy weekend to you :)

Kalantikan said...

You will smile with my link, hehe! Anyway, we have lots of birds around the house, and a woodpecker's voice is always there the whole day, however i haven't yet seen how it looks like! I cannot see it among the thick canopies.

Jenn Jilks said...

You are a champion birder!!!!

Jo said...

hello Eileen, I always love all your critters, but the slider turtle is my favorite. Thanks for hosting this meme. I've linked the only "critter" I saw this week (at the beginning of our hike) and played around with the photos. Have a great Saturday. Jo

Lea said...

A great bunch of photos! Love the turtle!
Have a great week-end!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

love your critters...wishing you a great weekend

eileeninmd said...

Hello Nancy, yes a quilt block on that barn would look nice. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. I hope you have a great day and weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Joy, thanks for stopping by and for the comment. I hope you have a happy day and weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diana, thanks so much for the nice comment. I appreciate you linking up and sharing a post today. Have a happy weekend!

Sandra said...

love the heron and nest way up in the pine tree. now I wonder why we don't have any in our pines..

Mary Cromer said...

Your lovely Red-bellied Woodpecker...which immediately reminded me of one here that almost met it's end with a Cooper's Hawk this week...oh my. Those Red-eared Sliders are beginning to come out of hibernation around here, just in time for more cold temperatures here today. I hope that you and yours have a wonderful, relaxing kind of weekend Eileen and thank you for all that you do~

A Colorful World said...

Wonderful shots, Eileen!

Mary Hone said...

Love all the different birds, and the turtle....he's great.

rupam sarma said...

Helloo, So nice post. Beautiful bird pics.
Have a nice weekend.

Alexa T said...

Hello Eileen! And Happy Spring on Earth Day!
You always have such beautiful birds, amazing critters in your collection of photos and posts. It's impressive to see aspects of nature and to think of her beauty. Many thanks for sharing all of these, as always so, so lovely.
In this Spring I saw for some moments blackbirds in the park and even listen to their songs. So, you know that i'm not so good at capturing birds, but this time I'm glad I had the chance. Hope to like the little bird and her song.
Best regards to you; A very beautiful and sunny Spring, as well! Alexa

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hello!! Beautiful mosaics and pics.. Happy weekend..

Mildred said...

I love all the photos but especially the woodpecker. Thank you for hosting and I wish you a nice weekend, Eileen.

Nick V. said...

Another fine collection of critters, Eilleen!
Have a great week and thanks for hosting.

carol l mckenna said...

You are a true 'birder' and how blessed to have some beautiful ones in your very own back yard ~ All very wonderful photos and collage of photos ~ Delightful post, thanks, Eileen and also for being a great hostess ~ with beauty.

Wishing you a fun weekend ~ ^_^

Al said...

Very nice birds, but I like the turtle best.

Dee said...

Usually I comment about your beautiful bird photos, but today ............I'm all about that BARN! That is gorgeous. (I WANT one!)

Debbie said...

we saw little peeks of the sun, it's raining today and i am pretty sad about that. i enjoy the bright blue sky in the background of my pictures!!! you are seeing lot's of beautiful birds since arriving home, good thing they didn't forget you!! love the turtle, all of my picture friends are seeing them everywhere!!

all of your images are beautiful - nice capture of the red bellied!!!

Linda W. said...

Love your woodpecker pic! Have a good weekend.

William Kendall said...

I love watching herons- they're such patient birds! They're up here now for the season.

Phil Slade said...

I'm so glad you have sunny weather Eileen. We have too at last after a somewhat wet and dreary winter. How fabulous to have the Red-bellied Woodpecker on your bird table. What a looker! And to have so many Gret Blues flying around is real nice and spring-like.

Have a fun weekend.

GreenComotion said...

Hi Eileen-
Lovely post of many different birds and the lovely turtle.
I think the winning prize should be shared by the Red-Bellied Woodpecker and the Turtle.
Beautiful things, aren't they all?
Thanks for hosting.
Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

troutbirder said...

Wonderful birding shots. I particularly envy the idea of tufted titmice. They are very very rare here in southeaster Minnesota and the far end of their northwestern range...:)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Dany, you are so kind! Thank you for the nice comment and visit. I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, yes I do feel lucky. We live next to a park like setting. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Florence, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Yam! Happy Earth day to you! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Irma. I do enjoy seeing my woodpeckers daily. They almost become used to me! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Gordon, thank you for the nice comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the turtle is a favorite! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Tom, I see her come to the deck every day. She is sweet! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Ken, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sue, I've been seeing a lot of turtles lately. Thank you for the comment. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Chica, thank you so much for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Christine, the woodpeckers are one of my favorite yardbirds. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Linda said...

Gorgeous captures, Eileen, and I absolutely love turtles! Well, I love nature. Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you are having a great weekend.

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic birds in USA, I love your Woodpecker, umm beautiful.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Que maravilha, belas fotografias.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

RedPat said...

It is always fun to spot a turtle!

Maria Glória said...

Hello Eileen!
As fotos de aves são tão belas e delicadas. Bons cliques. E gostei da foto da tartaruga.
Ótimo final de semana.

Karen said...

Colorful scenes and great collages. I look forward to your photos.

happyone said...

Wow wonderful photos. Loved the mosaics and the turtle is my favorite.

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I love the woodpecker !

Jeanne said...

LOVE your wood pecker and how amazing to have the chance to see these cranes right in your neighborhood!

A Quiet Corner said...

Eileen, you've got a bird sanctuary in your backyard, for crying out loud!!!! To have those Blue Herons so active on your property must be AWESOME!!!!...:)JP

Michelle said...

Wow! What a great selection of birds. You always have a great selection of bird photos. I really enjoy them.

Martin Kloess said...

Thank you for bring us these wonders. Happy Earth Day.

Rose said...

Fantastic captures. Wish I had Blue Herons in my neighborhood!

The Yum List said...

That's a lovely collage Eileen.

Linda said...

That's a cute slider turtle!

krishna said...

The slider turtle is so gorgeous...

orvokki said...

Heipsan
Lovely collages. But it would be amazing to see the Great Blue Heron in the tree here.. :) It would be impossible. It's so big bird and good-looking.

Ela said...

Eileen, you are the perfect photographer!! You really show the beauty of nature!!
I hope you had a wodnderful Easter !!
Happy weekend !

♥Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'♥ said...

Love the collages today Eileen.

Thanks so much for linking in and sharing this with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend. It's much appreciated.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Gayle, it is neat having the heron nesting in our neighborhood. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, I always appreciate your comments and visits. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I enjoyed your post, the lambs are adorable. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, lol far from a champion. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jo, the turtle is popular with everyone. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Lea, Thank you for the nice comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mac, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sandra, I think we have 6 nest as far as I can tell. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mary! I love seeing the turtles out sunning. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mary, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Alexa, nature is grand. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Anni! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Ela, you are so kind. Thanks for the comment. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I appreciate your comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the turtle is popular! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Linda, seems like everyone likes the turtle. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Ana, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mildred, the woodie is my favorite too. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Nick, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Carol, I love the birds and all the critters. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Al, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Dee, I like that barn too. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I cut back big time on feeding the backyard birds. Too many unwanted critters coming around. I hope the sun comes out today. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Linda! The woodie is my favorite too. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love watching the heron too. It seems odd they nest so high up in the trees. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love my woodies. They visit a few times a day. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Thanks so much for the nice comment. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I did not know the Titmouse were rare in your area. They seem pretty common here. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Linda. Thanks so much for your nice comment. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Bob! You have fantastic birds there that I would love to see. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, yes I love seeing the turtles. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Maria, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, I am so glad you enjoy my photos. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, that turtle is very popular today. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the woodie too. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Jeanne! The woodie is one of my favorites. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello JP, it is neat having the herons right across our driveway. They do make a lot of noise.
Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Michelle, I am glad you enjoy my birds. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Happy Earth day, Martin! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Rose, the herons are cool to have around. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Super shots- love them all especially the turtle and the barn. Thanks for being a great blogger friend.

Lynne said...

Enjoyed your two collages . . .
And you get an "Oh My" for the Turtle Pic . . .
Happy Springtime Eileen . . .

eileeninmd said...

Hello Terri, thanks so much for the comment. You are a great blogger friend too. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Lynne, thanks so much for the nice comment. YAY for Spring! The sun is shining today too.
Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

rainfield61 said...

The red-bellied woodpecker is handsome.

Missy George said...

It's been a busier than usual week and weekend. Trying to play catch-up! Love the red bellied woodpecker her and a turtle. Wonderful shot of the barn.. hope you are having a happy Sunday.

Cat Lover said...

Wonderful photos Eileen! We seem to have many of the same birds as you do. Love the turtle photo!
Enjoy your week.
Robin

Lea said...

I love to see red barns!
Hope you are having a great day!

June Caedmon said...

Wonderful collages, Eileen! How fun that you have the herons nesting! We have an American Kestrel here and I enjoy watching him hunt. They are such neat birds! Have a wonder-filled week!

Powell River Books said...

Turtle pictures always remind me of Butch, my pet turtle.. Margy

Noushka said...

Great critters Eileen :)
You know, there are so many birds I see on your blog I'd love to see in the wild too! LOL!
Warm hugs, enjoy your afternoon and keep well :))))

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh I'm glad you got some sunshine ---and this post would make anyone wonder why you'd ever want to leave!! (Until they remembered all that snow you missed!).... Lovely walk -- thanks for taking me along. Your birds are wonderful and that Nature Center is a great one.

Felicia said...

a beautiful selection of critters and a great barn too.

have a great week Eileen.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Hm... let me see, oh yes, I love those woodpeckers! The heron rookery must be thrilling to see as well. Your photographs are great! Have a good week!

Lowcarb team member said...

So pleased you've enjoyed some nice sunny weather. We too have had a nice sunny day today in my part of the UK.

Lovely selection again Eileen, I love the mosaics and that's a great shot of the slider turtle.
That barn is perfect for Tom's barn link too!

I hope the new week will be a good one for you, sending my good wishes

All the best Jan

ellen b said...

Yippee for sunshine. We are in emotional need of a lot more sunshine here in the Seattle area. Wonderful birds and and interesting barn, too.

Karen S. said...

Good morning Eileen, yes! I think my link went through, even though it's Monday morning already! Your critters are sweet, and that barn is very cool! We have some new neighbors that are building a barn styled house! Seriously.

Pat Tillett said...

Lots of photos and all of 'em great!
I clearly need to take a bird class...

Maggee said...

Another great collection of pictures! The turtle is an Eastern Painted Turtle. I have taken an interest in turtles, butterflies and dragonflies this year... since they are often found where the birds go! Hugs!

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