Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday's Critters #55

Saturday's Critters #55

Happy weekend everyone and Happy New Year! I am glad to see you sharing your critters.. Any kind of critter will do, even if you have an older post it will do.. 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..

Also, I hope you can check out the post at Anni's I'd-Rather-B-Birdin.  You should also check out Misty Dawn's Camera Critters.

These shots are from last weekend's walk at Loch Raven Reservoir..


A mixture of Canada Geese, Ringed-necked Ducks, Gadwall and possibly some other ducks..


Rows of Coots.. I was amazed at how many Coots there were, I could not fit them all in the photo..


This could be a Hairy woodpecker but I am not sure sometimes the angle and distance can throw off the size of the bird. To id you are supposed to look at the beak and head size..



An InLinkz Link-up

I wish everyone a happy & healthy New Year!


Thanks to Tex Theresa aka Tex, I was able to add this link up button and thanks to  Jennifer for creating my photo badge.





Again I thank you for linking up to the critter party. I also appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends................... Have a happy weekend!
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.

66 comments:

  1. Great photos Eileen, and thanks so much for hosting.

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  2. WOW!I have never seen that many Coots together in one place before.Have a great weekend and thank for hosting.

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  3. Now, we are on the right side of New Year and it is not too long until the geeze returns to us. That´s a nice thing to think about.
    Have a great weekend :)

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  4. Just posted my take for Saturday critters. Eileen, Your pictures are always,beautiful and well composed!

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  5. Lovely pics, especially the last one, whoever he turns out to be :-)

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  6. It's always rather amazing to see Coots in a raft - ours do it too.

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  7. Hello Eileen, Happy New Year to you and thanks for always hosting this meme. I'm amazed at the many coots you have on that Loch. Great post altogether. Have a great day. Jo

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  8. That's a lot of birds. I love the woodpecker. Have a wonderful weekend, Eileen!

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  9. I love the big rafts of birds - and the woodpecker is wonderful. We seem to have very few woodpeckers close enough to photograph.

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  10. Dearest Eileen;  OMG!!! Look at the SO MANY Coots there☆☆☆ Definitely the grand view to see, my friend♡♡♡ And geese and ducks are adorable, I cannot tell the difference, haha.

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

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  11. Good Morning and A Happy New Year Eileen. Thank you also for embarking on another year of hosting your Saturday link-up, it is much appreciated.

    You found a great selection of geese and ducks there at the lake and to see so many coots together is amazing. Can't help definitely with the pecker but I suspect it is Hairy,

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  12. Hello Eileen,
    What a beautiful pictures.
    The last one is my favorite.
    Have a very good weekend.
    Best regards, Irma

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  13. Those are awesome photos Eileen. Oh, and I do love the name of the reservoir!!

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  14. Nice woodpecker shot! I'd guess a Hairy too, but really hard to tell the Hairy and Downy from a distance.

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  15. Dá para encher os olhos de tantas belezas por aqui! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

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  16. Looks like that was a great walk last weekend! Thank you for hosting again.
    Had a whoop whoop moment this week when I knew I'd have a post for Saturday's Critters!
    Wren x

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  17. Looks like you had some pretty weather for your outing.
    Have a nice weekend, Eileen

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    1. Thank you, Sue! I appreciate your visits and comment. Happy weekend!

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  18. Dearest Eileen so lovely the first post of this year ! I wish to you and your family all the best for the new year ,love, healthy ,joy and many -many smiles !

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  19. Happy New Year and allways succsess with your cahallenge.
    Your photos are great.
    Greetings from germany

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  20. those canada geese look so content to be on the cold water. i simply love the woodpecker pic. it's adorable. so good to be back with Saturday Critters. hope all has been well in my absence. have a great day~

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  21. Harry the Hairy Woodpecker is precious and i love that view

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  22. That is a beautiful bird, whatever he is. And what a gaggle of geese!

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  23. It's fascinating how they gather to migrate. Great photos, as ever!

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  24. love the flotilla of coots! :) thanks for hosting, eileen!

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  25. it looks like a hairy to me, larger beak!! I love woodpeckers, they have such beautiful markings!!!! thanks for hosting Eileen, happy 2015!!!!

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  26. That is a lot of coots! I thought our flocks were big. Beautiful photo of the woodpecker!

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  27. I am seeing geese everywhere now.

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  28. Eileen I love all your birds and the great raft of coots especially. Happy New Year and thanks for hosting ....

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  29. I'm guessing Hairy Woodpecker too, Eileen.

    Let's hope we all have a great new year of critter pics!
    ~

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  30. Things look much different by you ... our lake is all ice and though we had some open water for awhile because of some unusually warm weather, it is frozen again. Once it freezes the birds leave to find open water. They don't go south necessarily ... they will find a dam on a river that has small areas of open water. You are lucky to have so many birds to watch.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  31. Love the woodpecker! Hey, I have a critter post that I'm going to try and get on my blog today. So I'll be able to participate in your meme! :)

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  32. Hello Eileen!!
    Great post!!Wow!!So many Coots !!And the view is breathtaking!!
    Great captures!Gorgeous pictures with my favorite the woodpecker!
    Have a happy weekend!
    Dimi...

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  33. Enjoyed seeing the Geese, Coots and other ducks! We haven't seen many ducks at all; sure hope it is just where we have traveled here in Florida these last few months. Happy Birding! Happy Saturday!

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  34. Brilliant images Eileen, all in need of water.

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  35. Nice collection of waterfowl. I see some Gadwall in there. If you take that woodpecker's bill and push it in it will poke out the back of its head-- ugly thought but sure sign of a Hairy.Happy New Year!

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  36. That's a great shot of the woodpecker. Looking at the length of that beak. I'd say Hairy too.
    I've never before seen so many coots flocking together. Cool capture!

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  37. Looks like a lot of birds are enjoying the lake!

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  38. wow that is alot of birds in the second image, all pretty captures.

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  39. Always enjoy looking at all the birds. You sure do get some great shots.

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  40. lovely photos, and a beautiful woodpecker whichever species it is!

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  41. I get the Hairy and Downy mixed up quite often! He's a cutie, whatever he is!

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  42. Eileen, it's always a pleasure to have you join at the Bird D'Pot.

    Thanks for sharing your link today!!

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  43. So enjoy these walks together, E


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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  44. Hello Eileen,
    I have my kestrels but linked with you.
    Have a great weekend.
    Greetings, Helma

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  45. Beautiful shots. I think that's a Hairy Woodpecker, too. I think the beak is too long for a Downy.

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  46. The woodpecker is cute, they do look a lot alike. The long strings of coots are amazing, they would be fun to watch.

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  47. Very nice ! I love the woodpecker.

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  48. There are Lesser Scaup and Gadwall in amongst the ducks in the first picture.
    HAPPY NEW year,

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  49. Hello Eileen, I will add my contribution later this evening though I don't have any unusual sightings. Perhaps, I'll go back to some old files as you suggest. I miss the outings we used to do before Bill sold his truck. In the mean time, I enjoyed your Ring-Necked Ducks and Geese milling about together. We usually only see three or four Ring-Necked at a time here. And, I always love to see woodpeckers. They are special for sure! Many thanks for hosting.

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  50. Great shots! I have lots of bird pics to post from our trip to Florida so I should make it every Saturday.

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  51. Happy new year! We've been seeing huge flocks of Canada Geese. I enjoy seeing them fly.

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  52. Dear Eileen,

    You have made my day with your splendid photos!!! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty.

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  53. I won't help you out with this bird's ID!!
    But I enjoy discovering birds we don't have here :)
    That many coots is incredible, we rarely more thant 60/70 at one time.
    The weather has gotten much better in my area so I spent much more time out than in front of my computer ;-)
    Keep well Eileen, hugs from France!

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  54. Birds galore. Funny name - "coots". We have Coots here but they are not birds!
    Cheers
    Colin (Brisbane,Qld)

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  55. I think it's a Hairy, Eileen as Downies have smaller beaks.

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  56. neat birdie times. what fun!! looks cold though. brr!! ( :

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  57. Eileen, your shots are wonderful ! That's fascinating to watch the birds on the water !
    Have a nice Sunday :)

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  58. Wonderful photos...especially the close shot of the hairy woodpecker. Hope you are having a great week. I tend not to link in unless I have critters other than birds because I don't trust myself to have time to visit everyone on all three memes within days. I'm so far behind with all my comments too! :-) I don't think I will ever catch up...maybe by the end of the year! :-)

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Have a happy day, Eileen

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