Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday's Critters #58

Saturday's Critters #58

It's Saturday and it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. 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.

These are some birds we saw last week at the Edwin Forsythe NWR in NJ.. Even though most of the water was frozen we did see some ducks and geese at the wildlife refuge..


A pair of Hooded Mergansers...




I believe these are Dunlins in flight and a couple of American Black Ducks..



A few male Hooded Mergansers along with a couple of female Hooded Mergansers. The females have those crazy "hairdos'. The Mergansers were seen in various spots along the wildlife drive.


I am pretty sure these are the Gadwall ducks..I do not mind if you need to correct any of my id's.. I can honestly say I know I have made id mistakes in the past..


A Northern Pintail is having a talk with the Gadwall ducks..



Above maybe an American Wigeon along with the gang of Gadwall ducks..Except for seeing some duck hunters we enjoyed our visit to the wildlife refuge... I hope you enjoyed your visit and my photos... As always I appreciate your nice comments..







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





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.

74 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a very nice day birding. Enjoy your weekend, Eileen!

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  2. I love seeing all the various species of ducks; I couldn't choose a favorite if I had to. They are all gorgeous creatures! :) Looks like a good-sized refuge for the birds.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Lindy

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  3. Thanks for this lovely post. Great pictures as always.
    Thanks for organizing this fun link-up too.

    Have a great weekend

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  4. There are so many different kinds of ducks. I guess I never looked too closely before I started taking their pictures!

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  5. What lovely waterbirds. I love the female mergansers' quiffs. Thanks for hosting this Critter Party. Have a wonderful Saturday. Jo

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  6. great day out I´d say. It is so interesting to see different species side by side. It shows the difference between them. :)

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  7. Great critters as usual Eileen, love the pic of the Pintail chatting with the Gadwalls,

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  8. Hello Eileen!:) So many sightings Great shots especially the of the Hooded Mergansers, and the spectacular scene of the Dunlins in flight.
    Have a good weekend.:)

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  9. The Merganzers are fantastic, they positively glow, especially their orange eyes and metallic tones.

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  10. Muito lindas!! bjs praianos,lindo fim de semana,chica

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  11. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful series of images of the ducks and birds.
    I love the Pintail.
    Have a very good weekend.
    Best regards, Irma

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  12. Cute birds, and the second picture is great. Regards.

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  13. Hi Eileen-love the photos.
    I always find it crazy that they call them "wildlife refuges" and then all hunting. Seems to be a bit of an oxymoron!
    Have a good weekend

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  14. The "Brig" is one of the great places I visited many times while living in New Jersey. My brother's back yard in Little Egg Harbor is just across from the refuge, so we have made a few more visits over the 50 years since we moved away.Your shots prove there is wonderful wildlife viewing there.

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  15. You have so many wonderful birds overwintering in your area! I 'm looking forward to seeing them head north. :)

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  16. I love those flying birds, they look like specks of light.

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  17. Outstanding Eileen! You have some great pictures here. I have linked up. Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend :)

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  18. i love all your duck shots! my favorite are the shots that include the female Merganser. what a wild hairdo! kind of punk!

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  19. i like the three ducks that seem to be huddling together for a nap... and the one with all the birds taking flight is awesome..

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  20. Good morning, Eileen! Joining in today. Love your beautiful wetland birds and the wetlands thatmake their home. Great shots! Hope you aren't getting pounded with snow!

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  21. Oh dear, seeing duck hunters while you're viewing the beautiful ducks does not sound like a good combination!! I hope you got the better "shots". Love these photos, and the little pintail looks like he's giving orders to the gadwalls ... so cute. Enjoy your weekend! Wendy x

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  22. I love the hairdos :)
    And the picture with the many Dunlins in flight :)
    Have a great weekend!
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  23. I know them as brown ducks, or black ducks, or white ducks. So you'll always be safe with me. I just love all nature, but don't need no names ;O)

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  24. Eileen, what a variety of ducks. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. love the hoodies. and yes, i'd say those were gadwalls as we have them here, too. i almost thought they were wigeons in eclipse mode, myself. :)

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  26. Eileen, I enjoy the ducks. Hubby belongs to Ducks Unlimited, so he has all these little miniatures that are so cute.

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  27. Hi Eileen,
    The assortment of birds is awesome.
    Thanks for this meme.
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

    PS.
    Sorry - I made a mistake and ended up adding my link twice.

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  28. Nice photos Eileen . . .
    Ducks always seem graceful to me . . .
    Gliding along in the water or in the air . . .
    Relaxing . . .

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  29. Hi Eileen - Some great photos you posted today! I love seeing Mergansers, which is rather rare around here.

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  30. Love your duck photos!
    Thanks for hosting this meme!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea

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  31. Thanks for hosting. Your birds are amazing. I've managed to have more fun with the Trailcam. Coyote seems to like it!

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  32. Hello Eileen!!!
    Wonderful series of pictures!Amazing captures!
    Such beautiful ducks!I really enjoyed your post!
    Have a happy weekend!
    Dimi...

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  33. Beautiful birds in all posts of this week and like always, actually!! Lots of lovely ducks and birds I never knew or saw before, like for instance Hooded Mergansers or Gadwall ducks. In my post I found it and I posted an image of mallard ducks, more usually seen in our areas, in nature...
    Lovely shots, Eileen!! A very fine weekend with lots of sunny moments!

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  34. That shot of the Dunlins in flight is really gorgeous.

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  35. I haven't been seeing hardly any ducks and I miss seeing them! Love the Dunlins! Wonderful photos Eileen! Happy Birding to you and everyone this Saturday!

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  36. Lovely collection of waterfowl, Eileen. Thanks for putting the party up!
    ~

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  37. It's amazing how YOU can always find so many birds no matter the weather. Have a nice weekend Eileen.

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  38. Lovely captures. What a wonderful array of ducks.

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  39. You did a nice job once again. And look at all of us who want to play and comment! Awesome.
    I feel a little funny because there is only one creature pic in my post. But it is the post I wanted to share. Hope it's OK - it is a nice creature :-) <3

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    1. Hello Cloudia, no problem. I love your cute kitty photos..

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  40. Always gorgeous nature photography here ~ All are excellent!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  41. All lovely shots. We have Dunlin here in the late winter-early Spring. I love watching them flit about.
    MB

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  42. The Gadwall and the Hooded Merganser are my fave. And, happy birthday to you.

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    1. Hello Bob, I am not sure why but everyone is wishing me a happy birthday.. I thank you but it is not my birthday..

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  43. Ohhh Eileen!! The female Hooded Mergansers --- I see that crazy hairdo everyday at one of the high schools I visit weekly!! On girls!! This gave me a good laugh!!
    Lovely shots!
    Happy Birthday to YOU :-}}}

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    1. Hello Suzan, I am not sure why but everyone is wishing me a happy birthday.. I thank you but it is not my birthday..

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  44. Loved your middle shot of all the birds in the flight!

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  45. Happy Birthday, Eileen...
    Awesome bird shots!

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  46. Hoping to post later today, Eileen, but want to comment for now. First, I trust your i.d.'s more than mine :) Interesting to see that you have many of the same ducks we are seeing here, though the Pintail is one I've only seen at Reifel Bird Sanctuary (we haven't been there for a couple of years now) so that one stood out. Always love the lady Mergansers' crazy "do's" and the Dunlins in flight always make my pulse quicken. They require a drive so we haven't seem them for a long time as well. All to say, I loved your post. Thanks so much for your faithful hosting and wonderful photographs!

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  47. oh they are all so wonderful but that second shot, be still my heart....it is amazing!! i hope you survived the "snow"!!! more on monday i think!!!!!

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  48. Love the ducks..I know all those names but would have trouble matching them to a Duck!!! We were lucky with the snow..It was a night time event ..Now the sun is out..More Sun eve??

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  49. feathers must be wonderful things birds don't mind the cold or heat.
    Merle..........

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  50. I love the eyes on the Hooded Mergansers. The rest of the ducks are beautiful as well. But something about those eyes fascinate me. Great pictures.

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  51. I saw a pair of Hooded Mergansers when I was in Seattle last year - just beautiful. The Gadwalls remind me of it too - a lovely post.

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  52. Thanks for sharing your ducky photos. Whenever I hear a flock of ducks in the distance, I go to the window hoping I'll get a glance of them. I'm always too late to run outside to look up.

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  53. I love all the duck photos - I've not seen Gadwells - but love their name. The Pintails overwinter here by the thousands - it is amazing.

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  54. i love their eyes. so cool!! hope you are having a great weekend, Eileen!! take care. ( :

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  55. Lovely shots. I watch ducks and geese from our window and marvel at how they thrive in the cold weather.

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  56. Eileen, that's always nice to see your pictures. I love the ducks. They are so beautiful !
    Have a happy Sunday :)

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  57. Another interesting collection of captures from your lens. Haha, someone obviously started a rumour that it was your BD but I know that it is retirement you are celebrating!
    Have a good day.

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  58. Spot on with the names Eileen. Great photos.

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  59. It is so interesting to see how ducks and geese thrive on the waters in winter. Great photos, Eileen!

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  60. Dearest Eileen; Oh, how spectacular these geese and ducks must be seeing with your own eyes♡♡♡ And Hooded Mergansers couple is lovely; yes, female's hairdo is funny and I noticed the color difference of their of eyes♪
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  61. HI Eileen I am home again, had a great time. Thanks for hosting and linking me in. These are all fabulous photographs in this post. Great close ups of the ducks. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  62. I like how you say that you enjoyed your day, except for seeing the bird hunters. You captured nice pictures of the water birds. I thought of you this weekend, as I was attempting to take pictures of a lot of birds in flight :)

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  63. I love you duck images...my favourites are no. 2 and no. 3. On my holiday I took lots of pics of ducks...most of them turned out very badly...but maybe I can find one that i can share next week. Thanks for your visit.

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  64. Many beautiful animals I see come over. I will next time go to link again. I again enjoyed a lot of animals:-)

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