Saturday's Critters #81

Saturday's Critters #81

Happy 4th of July everyone! It is Independence Day for the United States, the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. It is also a day for families and friends to enjoy the parades, fireworks and the BBQ's. Have fun and be safe!

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.

For my critters I am sharing some shots of the Black Vulture and our grandpuppy Nibbles. We watched Nibbles for four days while my son went on a little vacation. It was fun having a dog around the house and Nibbles was well behaved during her visit.

This Black Vulture was eating the peanut suet balls I put on our deck railing for the song birds.

When I looked out, there were 4 Black Vultures on our deck. Three were on the pergola and one walking around.

I am not sure what attracted these Black Vultures to our deck. They were eating the regular bird food and drinking water I put out for my yardbirds.

Nibbles was not happy seeing the Black Vulture out on our deck. She was looking out the window whining and crying.

Nibbles, hubby and I took a walk on our local fireroad trail near our house.

Isn't Nibbles cute?

A bunny seen on our deck. The bunny has to hop up a few steps to get to this spot.

Nibbles says goodbye for now, she will be back to visit again in July..I hope you enjoyed my photos and critter post. Now, I am looking forward to see your critters. Thanks for your visits and comments. Have a happy weekend!

Above is a Youtube video of the Black Vultures on the street in front of our house.  A dangerous place for them to hang out.

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.

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.


Montanagirl said…
Super photos of the Vultures!
A happy 4th of July to you too, Eileen! Nibbles is a cute pup. I don't think I have seen a black vulture here. Thank you for hosting every week. You have a wonderful community here.
Linda W. said…
Very cool that the vultures visit your back yard. And Nibbles is very cute!
Nancy Chan said…
Hi Eileen, Nibbles is so cute and lovable! If only I could get to pat and hug Nibbles! Your photos are as usual fantastic! Happy Independence Day!
Chandra Eswaran said…
Hi Eileen,
Happy 4th!

I can associate with Nibbles. I would be a bit curious too, if I saw those Black Vultures on my deck.
But, they are majestic and beautiful like many other creations of nature.
Glad you got to see them outside of a zoo.

Thanks for hosting the Saturday's Critters Meme.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!
Peace :)
Gunilla Bäck said…
I love Nibbles and the bunny. Both are adorable. Happy 4th of July!
Hello Eileen, what a wonderful post! The vultures are fascinating. Imagine having them on your balcony! I loved seeing their walk and even one of them running in the movie, though I do hope they watch out for the cars. Nibbles is adorable! Black Jack would have totally lost it if she had seen that rabbit. :) Have a very happy Saturday and happy Independence Day as well!
How bizarre. They are handsome critters though.
Happy weekend and enjoy the 4th
Ela said…
Lovely photos and your critters are beautiful !!
Happy Fourth of July !!
NatureFootstep said…
Nice post. Must be strange to have vultures on you deck. Is it too hot and dry so that is why? Great shots anyway.

And little Nibbles is gorgeous :)

Thanks for hosting!
Uppal said…
The vulture looks so smug and why not. It is a potent force in the bird fraternity
Louisette said…
Happy national day, wonderfull series fotos,greeting from Belgium with a hot weather!
Hannah said…
That would be a little spooky, I'm glad the vultures can't make gloomy comments. I don't blame the cute dog for whining. But Nibbles looks like he enjoyed the walk, anyway.
Tinna Sjoeberg said…
I love all critters in your pictures,
especially Nibbles, she is very cute :)
I still can't stand vultures, but the
pictures and the video you took are great :)
They seem to have a very heavy butt :))

Happy 4th and a happy weekend to you!
Tinna ✐

Yes Nibbles is very cute Eileen. I never knew Black Vulture would come into your garden and I am not surprised that Nibbles wanted rid oof them. Loved the video and their funny gait and then how they gavea a hop skip and a jump. you know Eileen there is a stabiliser tool you can use in YouTube. Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful weekend.
Irma said…
Hello Eileen.
Beautiful pictures and collages.
The dog I love.
I wish you a happy weekend.
Best regards, Irma
Louisette said…
Happy summer with pets
Zita golden retriever 14 years old
✿ chica said…
Que lindo tudo! Feliz feriado por aí e aproveitem bem pra passear, descansar! bjs, chica
Irene said…
Amazing shots from your deck, so many critters!

Happy 4th!
Happy 4th! Love the vultures!
Jo said…
Hi Eileen, I love the Black Vultures and I LOVE Nibbles. Thanks for hosting this interesting meme. Happy 4th July to you and yours. Jo
Frank said…
Hi Eileen. Lovely shots and video clip of the Vultures who are obviously opportunistic feeders taking advantage of your handouts.

Nibbles looks very contented. Have a great Independence Day.
Phil Slade said…
Brilliant shots of the vultures Eileen. How strange they decided to eat peanuts in your yard unless there was a shortage of their natural food or they are becoming adept at exploiting new sources of food?

Very wise of Nibbles to not wish to become a "nibble" to the vultures.

Have a happy weekend.
Sandra said…
Nibbles is soooooo beautiful I want to hug him... I have never seen vultures at a bird feeder.. very strange... great shots of them.
Awwwwwwwwwww, love the Nibbles~~she's a doll face.

And it's strange to have a vulture eating peanuts. You'd think they'd prefer Road Kill Cafe just down the street a bit instead....maybe the cafe was closed for the holidays? Or the health department shut 'em down....y'never know.
Betty Manousos said…
good morning eileen!
happy Fourth of July!
Tom said…
The first one is a beaut. Tom The Backroads Traveller
Yamini MacLean said…
Hari Om
Happy Holiday to you and yours Eileen!!!

Crikey, your deck is ALIVE with critters - the vultures are amazing, even if uninvited... and your Nibbles is adorable!!! (You'll have gathered by now I'm partial to pupsters &*>) YAM xx
Gayle said…
The week for buzzards I see. And we both had four. Loved the video; especially when one of them went into a little trot!
Thanks for hosting. Such fun!
They may have learned to look for dog/cat food in peoples' back yards. There must be a serious shortage of roadkill, but by walking in the roadway they may be doing something to alleviate this!
Karen S. said…
I guess it's a dangerous place to hangout! They are a lovely creature, as are all your critter photos today! Sounds like you had a wonderful walk with such a cutie pie pup, and the bunny close-up is very precious too. Do enjoy your Fourth of July celebrations and be safe too!
Mildred said…
Happy Fourth, Eileen. Wonderful pictures. Nibbles has the sweetest face. I know you enjoyed her company. Thanks for hosting.
Happy 4th Eileen! Wow that is amazing to see those vultures....we see red-headed turkey vultures from time to time flying over but they never land here. I did spot our little bunny up on the patio sniffing in the pots...thankfully I net many I know are a temptation....I am linking in my hummer story...thanks for hosting!
sandyland said…
We have way too many vultures here in Fl lots of roadkill for them I guess
Ptaki super takie inne i piesek ładny,pozdrawiam.
It must have been interesting but also somewhat off putting to have the Black Vultures right there at your home. Enjoy your 4th of July!
Bob Bushell said…
Is that Nibbles your new dog? Lovely video of the Black Vultures.
TexWisGirl said…
nibbles is a cutie. :) i think black vultures are very handsome. i love all their shades of gray and their stout build.

happy 4th to you, eileen! thanks, always, for being a great host!
"Isn't Nibbles cute?" Definitely ...

I also like the rabbit - not so sure about the vultures, but our world has many varieties of species we should embrace them all.

Have an especially nice weekend.

All the best Jan
Lynne said…
Not sure if I would want those vultures around but I would enjoy a visit with your " grandddog!"
Happy Fourth of July weekend Eileen . . .
Thanks for hosting Saturday's Critters.
John's Island said…
Hi Eileen, Wow, that first pic of the Black Vulture is awesome ... almost looks like a statue. Neat capture! Love the last picture of Nibbles ... he is cute! Happy 4th of July to you and yours! Excellent Saturday Critters post! said…
Unusual feeder birds! Very sinister-looking. Nibbles is a beautiful pup.
Great pic of the vultures! The only ones I usually see are turkey vultures.

Can't blame Nibbles for being concerned!
Snap said…
Nibbles is just too cute. The black vultures are very impressive. Happy 4th of July and thanks for hosting!
Ileana said…
Lovely shots and video clip of the Vultures. Nibbles is very cute! :) A happy 4th of July to you too, Eileen!
Sue said…
I don't know if I would like having Vultures hanging around. I'd wonder if they knew something I should know---LOL!
Have a happy 4th!
Rose said…
Nibbles is such a cutie, and can't believe you had a black vulture on your deck! That is strange but wonderful, in my opinion!
Marie C said…
Those funny vultures! That was a delightful thing to see this morning. And that delightful bunny! And I loved your sweet pups!
Andrea Priebe said…
I love the Vultures ... they are such cool birds. The Black Vultures are more aggressive than the Turkey Vulture and often takes over the Turkey Vultures meal once he has found it. The Black Vultures follow the TV around because the TV has a sense of smell that can smell carrion from as far as 10 miles. Then there is Nibbles ... do you have to ask if he is cute? He is just adorable. Has the perfect German Shepherd head, but the rest of him is something else :) Do you know what breed he is? I love all of your pictures and am so jealous that you have such interesting characters that come right up on your deck. You must live in the perfect spot :) Great post, Eileen. And, yes I am enjoying my new camera and getting a little better at managing it ... thanks for asking.

Andrea @ From The Sol
Anni said…
...thanks, again, Eileen, for sharing your link with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'
Happyone said…
Great pictures of the vultures. They so much bigger up close!! So graceful when flying.
Hi Eileen,
fabolous photos of these special birds and a wonderful dog !
Best regards, Synnöve
edenhills said…
Can't believe you have the vulture right there on your deck! Cute bunny. I don't see many of them in my yard with the dog and cats.
Betsy Adams said…
Wow---the Vultures are huge --when their wings are spread, aren't they???? I've never seen any around here --but we do have Turkey Vultures around... They've never come close to my yard though...

Nibbles is gorgeous... Does that make you and hubby WANT another one?????

Happy 4th to you and yours.
Nice to see some photos of Nibbles again, guess he'll be back soon.
Hi Eileen! That Nibbles is really a cutie -- The vultures on the other hands, have faces only a Mother can love! Funny that you would have them on your deck, I've never heard of them eating bird food, I guess there wasn't anything "fresh" for them!

I do hope you're doing well, and despite our weather, I hope your 4th is fun and safe!
wildlifewatcher said…
Hi Eileen, Happy Independence Day! Glad you had fun with Nibbles. Seems like a nice dog. The Black Vultures are neat! Don't know what may have attracted them to your yard. Perhaps they just were hungry and thirsty. Perhaps something was in need of the clean-up squad in the region. Who can say? Have a pleasant Sunday tomorrow. Enjoy the fireworks if you have any near or even if only virtually.
orchid Miyako said…
Good Morning Dearest Eileen; Wow Black Vultures to your deck☆☆☆ What an Fascinating Scene you could see and made me feel to live with you p:-) Your grandpuppy Nibbles looks SO cute and how excited he must have been to see them!!! I smiled with the sweet picture his chin on your husband's leg looking relaxed♪♪♪ My husband woke up and we watched the video together,unbelievable for us and an amazing place to find them(^_^)v

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*
Happy Fourth, Eileen! Hope your dogs don't get too scared today:)
Our photos said…
Wow, that is really nice ! I like Nibbles !
J said…
Nibbles is a beauty! I think she wanted to protect you from the birds! The lighting on your first picture is so interesting. It makes the vulture look like he's made of concrete!
We have six cats - since most of them are rescued ferals I know they wouldn't hesitate to take on one of those birds, but I doubt they'd win! Their eyes would pop out of their heads watching out the window though!
DeniseinVA said…
Great photos of the vultures, grandpuppy and bunny Eileen. Hope to be back joining in with Saturday's Critters next week. Happy 4th :)
Missy George said…
Nibbles is cute which is more than I can say for the Vultures..Great shots though..Hope you are having a nice 4th..Sorry I don't have any critters to share this week..
Happy 4th Eileen! Great shots of the black vultures! That must have spooked you a bit to see them there! Such a cute little grand-pup! :)
Stephanie said…
I enjoyed the video of the Vultures. Super shots of your critters!
Great shots- Nibbles is very handsome! I don't know what it is about those black vultures, but they are pretty scary looking. Not sure I would want several of them hanging around.

Thanks for your kind comment on my post today!
Sweet Pea said…
Nibbles is a great name for a youngest son called his pet guinea pig Nibbles. We don't have vultures here in Australia so it's interesting to read about them and to see what they look like.
Wishing you a happy 4th of July.
Noushka said…
Hello Eileen,
Quite amazing to see these vultures on your deck, I wish our vultures would do the same here!!
Nibbles is growing well, you must a have so much pleasure with her :)
And my, the bunny looks enormous!!!
Lovely post!
Keep well and enjoy the coming week :)
David Gascoigne said…
Wow, Black Vultures on the deck. That is really neat! Hardly the feeder birds one normally thinks of.
Nick V. said…
Great post, Eileen with some wonderful photos. I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day celebrations.
carol l mckenna said…
The 4th took me away from the Computer ~ Now back and I must say you have quite the array of critters in your very own yard! All gorgeous photos ~ love your doggie, of course.

Happy Day to you,
artmusedog and carol
Wow - I've never seen vultures walking or running before - what a great video. Love the photos - especially the feathers.
janiceadcock said…
One must keep moving when the vultures are near!
Debbie said…
I have never seen or know vultures to come to backyard feeders. Your captures are extraordinary!! They are not seen much her at the shore but we see the turkey vultures all the time!!

Thanks for hooking me up Eileen, we are having a great time in Hershey!!
Laura said…
Wow, the black vultures are fascinating to watch. I have never seen them before. We have turkey vultures up here and lots of wild turkeys.
Celeste said…
Wow! How cool to see Black Vultures up close like that. And yes, Nibbles is adorable :)

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