Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday's Critters #202

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love critters like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters and your family pets, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

I am sharing a mish-mash of images from the end of September to the middle of October. Some photos were  taken in my yard, some on the fire road  and at our lake.

Sept 29th, I was seeing at least two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at my feeders.



Sept 30th while walking on the fire road we found a toad. Luckily, I did NOT step on the toad, it looked camouflaged in the leaves.


Oct 1st, the Yellowlegs was still being seen at the lake, near the mudflat area.  Great or Lesser, that is the question?


Oct 1st, a group of Canada Geese at the lake.


Oct 1st, a Ruby Throated Hummingbird still visiting the feeders.


Oct 10th Marlow, our neighbor's dog.


Oct 13th an Eastern Phoebe on my deck



I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy my post and photos too! Thanks to everyone who left me comments on my last post, your visits are always appreciated. 






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Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

143 comments:

Shiju Sugunan said...

Beautiful pictures!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Sweet hummingbirds - and great shot of the frog - it sure is well hidden. Have a grand weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

great colelction of critters. Love the hummingbirds of course and the little Phoebe is so cute to watch :)

Thanks for hosting and wishing you a great week.

italiafinlandia said...

Hummingbirds are incredible!
You are lucky having the possibility to see them so close.
Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting!

Mildred said...

Happy Saturday. Nice selection of pictures. I really miss seeing hummers and butterflies in our garden! Your neighbor's dog is very sweet. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Phil Slade said...

Good morning Eileen. It's good to be able to join in today. You did well to spot that camouflaged toad. You probavly saved its life. Like the "legs", I'm sure it's a Greater. How rather special to have that Eastern Phoebe on your deck and the humminbirds too.

Best wishes and have a lovely day.

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Wow! You still had hummingbirds in September. Amazing.
Glad you didn't step on any toads. :-)

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, the toad looks very healthy; luckily you didn't step on it! Thanks for hosting this meme. Have a great Saturday. Jo

David Gascoigne said...

Good to see those migrants stopping by to say hello on their way south.

Nancy Chan said...

Pretty cute birds and I like your neighbour's dog, Marlow. Have a great weekend!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice series of daily activities. I have the feeder out and hoping to see a hummer. The hurricane destroyed many flowers so they should be hungry.

Tom said...

...the toad blends right in!

rupam sarma said...

Loved the post and photos.
Keep sharing. Best wishes.
Happy Weekend.

Mia said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen! I love Marlow!!!!!!! Have a great weekend, my friend.

Nick V. said...

Wonderful photos, Eileen. That little phoebe is beautiful (and Marlow is lovable - you can tell I'm a dog person)...

carol l mckenna said...

Your nature photography is always awesome ~ such beauty in your photos ~ thanks for hosting ^_^

Love and Light,
A ShutterBug Explores
aka A Creative Harbor

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen! Happy Saturday!
Great captures! Such beautiful birds!
Lovely pictures of the cute Hummingbirds and the hidden frog!
Marlowe is so cute!Enjoy your weekend!
Dimi...

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Our hummers left a couple of weeks ago, there is still the odd butterfly around. Lots of the winter birds are visiting the feeders now. Lovely photos

eileeninmd said...

Hello, JoAnn
I do love the sweet hummingbirds. 
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Monica
The hummers will always be a favorite of mine. I will miss them till next summer when they return.
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend. Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello, 
Yes, the Hummingbirds are amazing. So tiny and they fly so fast. 
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.
Eileen

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Thank you for hosting this great party! I love the photo of Marlow! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Mia said...

I linked up again, Eileen!!!!!!!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mildred,
I am missing the hummers now too. We love the neighbors dog, he is so friendly.
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.
Eileen

Margaret Adamson said...

How exciting to have hummingbirds come to your feeders Eileen. Thanks for hosting and have a marvellous weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Phil
I was happy I saw the toad when I did. Thanks for the Yellowleg's id. It is always wonderful to see the birds visiting my deck, I will miss the Hummingbirds this winter. I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a happy day and weekend!

Jeevan said...

Interesting series of photos and the toad really blend with dry leaves… loved the natural light in 3rd and 4th!
Happy Weekend

Jenn Jilks said...

I love the toad, especially. I'm convinced we don't have any in our ecosystem.
We're still seeing Monarchs, but not hummers!
Thanks for hosting!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Our hummingbirds were gone by late September.

Nick V. said...

And thank you for hosting, Eileen!

Sussi said...

lovely photos!

photodoug said...

Eileen, hummingbirds, how fortunate. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Shiju! Thanks so much for your comment. Have a happy day!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Crikey, I am late here today! You have some gorgeous shots here this post Eileen - the toad might be considered handsome by its mama and Marlow is handsome by anyone's standards! The hummer and pheobe add icing to this cake. Happy Saturday! YAM xx

Debbie said...

i saw my hummingbirds late into september also - i don't think i have ever seen them this late into the season. maybe by the 20th of september, they were gone. i like your collages, a good way to display your many beautiful images!! many thanks for hosting!!

September Violets said...

Nice shots of the hummingbirds, and the phoebe is so cute. I recently saw a flycatcher, and had to look him up as we don't normally get them here (no photo ... sorry). Your neighbour's dog looks lovely. Enjoy your weekend Eileen,
Wendy

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful photos! The hummingbird is so cute. You are lucky who can watch them so close.
Happy Weekend!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Love the shot with Mr. Yellowlegs

eileeninmd said...

Hi Debbie,
I was sad to see the hummers leave, Oct 2nd was the last day I saw them.  
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!

Farm Girl said...

I think you have lovely photos today. I linked up. My Field of Dreams. Its been so long since I did a linky party I don't know if I did it right. Thank you so much for hosting this. Its fun.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Wendy,
I always enjoy the bird sightings.
Marlow is such a good dog and he seems to love us too.
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Yam, we love watching Marlow the neighbors dog. He seems to loves us too. I was lucky to see the toad when I did, the hummer is a favorite of mine.
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello nick, thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thank you so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!

eileeninmd said...

to Brian





Hello, Brian
It was nice to see the hummer stay here until October 2nd.  I will look forward to their return in the spring.
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!
Eileen

William Kendall said...

Marlow is a cutie!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jen,
It is neat you are still seeing the Monarchs. I think I saw one yesterday here, not sure if it is late for them?
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeevan, I was lucky to see that toad, he did blend in well.
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Margaret, I am blessed to see the hummers in my yard an at the feeders during the summer. I was sad to see them leave for the winter.
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Dimi,
It is so nice to see your comment, I always appreciate your visits too.
I will miss my hummers this winter. I can't wait for Spring, lol.
Marlow is a sweet and friendly dog.
Have a happy day and weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Marci
Thank you so much for your comment. We love Marlow like he is our own dog.
Have a happy day and weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mia,
Thanks so much for linking up. Enjoy your day!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Linda, the last of our hummers left early October. I will miss seeing them, I am seeing a few butterflies.
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Carol,
Thanks so much for the nice comment on my photos.
Enjoy your weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Nick,

The dogs are so easy to love, they are eager to please.
Thanks for the comment and visit.
Enjoy your day and the new week ahead,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mia,
We love Marlow as if he was our dog. Such a sweet dog.
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thank you so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hi Tom, That toad did blend in. I am just glad I noticed it.
Thanks so much for the visit and comment. 
Have a happy weekend!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Ken
I am sure the hummers will appreciate your feeder.  Take good care of them.
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Nancy, Marlow is loved.
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Anni, I was happy to see the hummers here until the 2ns of October. I miss them now.
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jo,
I am glad I saw the toad move some. He was so close to my foot. 
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello David,
I was happy to see the hummers here until Oct 2nd. Not sure if they were migrants.
Thanks so much for your comment, always appreciated.
Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am so glad to see you linking up, always nice to visit new blogs. I appreciate your comment too.
Enjoy your day and weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Marlow is a sweeet dog.
Thanks for the comment and visit.
Enjoy your day and weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Mac, I appreciate the comment on my photo.
Have a happy weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Marit,
The hummers are so sweet, I am lucky to have them in my yard every year.
Thanks so much for your comment and visit.
Enjoy your weekend,
Eileen

Bob Bushell said...

Hi Eileen, didn't you get the Hummingbirds really well.

Karen S. said...

Happy Saturday Critters and weekend to you Eileen, Great views, and Marlow is adorable, a good neighbor to have. I'm betting that toad is happy you missed it too! Enjoy your day, I hope your weather is better than ours!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Great shots of the hummingbird, and my favorite Phoebe. I'll miss them both - Well, they're gone, so I already do! :-)

And I agree with the comment above mine, Marlow really is a cutie!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Fantásticas estas belas fotografias.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

A Colorful World said...

Awesome visitors, Eileen! Glad you are still seeing the ruby throats in October!

Denise inVA said...

I love Marlow, a cwet cute dog. All splendid photos Eileen, I liked the little hummer particularly as I just don't get to see them unless I go on holiday.

Karen said...

Marlow stole the show today! If I had a dog, I would want one like that! Have a wonderful weekend.

RedPat said...

The hummers are so cute but that Eastern Phoebe is a sweetie, Eileen!

krishna said...

Beautiful nature..

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Bob! Thanks so much for the nice comment. I do love the hummers.
Have a happy weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, the toad and I are both happy. Marlow is a sweet dog, we enjoy watching him.
Thanks so much for the comment and visit. Happy weekend to you!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Kim, I miss the hummers. I spring comes back quickly, lol.
Thanks so much for the comment and visit. Happy weekend to you!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Marie, my hummers are gone now. I wish I saw them year round.
Thanks so much for the comment and visit. Happy weekend to you!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise,

We all love Marlow, he is a cute dog. Thanks for the comment and visit.
Have a happy day and weekend,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, Yes, Marlow is loved. Thanks so much for the comment.
Have a happy day and weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I thought the Phoebe was a sweetie too.
Thanks so much for the comment.
Have a happy day and weekend!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
Yes, I am a nature lover. Thanks so much for the comment.
Have a happy day and weekend!
Eileen

Christine said...

Hello Eileen I really enjoyed your mish mash especially the first shot of the hummingbird!
Marlow is such a sweet looking dog!
That was a big toad - what a shock if you had stood on him!
Happy weekend and thanks for hosting!

Our photos said...

That's nice ! I love the hummingbird !

Jeanie said...

I'm glad you didn't step on him either, but he would have been an easy mark. Talk about nature's camouflage! Lovely images as always -- you see the best birds!

Charlene N.K. said...

I also love hummingbirds though I haven't seen one yet, which I hope I'll see someday. Nice pictures, as always!
Thanks for another week of hosting.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Lovely photos as usual! :) I had a little Carolina Wren singing his heart out on my front porch a few hours ago this Saturday. Made me smile :)

ellen b. said...

Love those hummers and the sweet bird who visited your deck. Lots of great critters today.

Liz Powley said...

Thank you for sharing such gorgeous photos. And for hosting this blog hop. I haven't joined in yet, but I'm hoping to next week as I love photographing our wildlife and have plenty to share from Southern Australia.

I'm always fascinated by what other people see as 'everyday' wildlife in locations far from me, because that wildlife is so different from our 'everyday' wildlife and it is so fabulous to share.

We have no Hummingbirds here (in fact, I don't think I've ever seen one in real life), so they are a treat (and you captured them wonderfully, iridescence and all).

We have toads and frogs, of course, however we never seen them. They are tiny and hidden (unless you travel north to Queensland where the cane toads torture everyone). So I'd consider that photo of the toad a great find. Do you see them often?

Thank you so much for sharing, and I'm so happy to have found a fellow nature fan.

Best wishes,
Liz

rainfield61 said...

Every month the month of beautiful critters.
So nice.

Linda said...

Great looking critters! I guess the hummingbirds have gone south now.

The Yum List said...

Wow. What a toad. Glad you didn't step on him. Hope you're having a great weekend Eileen.

Powell River Books said...

At least my toad was under rocks so I couldn't step on it. That little hummingbird sure looked all fluffed up. - Margy

Lea said...

Wonderful Hummingbird photos!
Hello to Marlow
Have a wonderful day!

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eileeninmd said...

Hello Lea,
I do love the hummers, I will miss them this winter.
As always, thank you for your visit and comment.
 Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Margy, 
I heard it is good to not rake the leaves and to leave them for the critters.
They do like to hide under the leaves. I love my hummers and will miss them this winter.
As always, thank you for your visit and comment.
 Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead,
Eileen

happyone said...

Always enjoy your many beautiful photos.
Great collection of critters!!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Christine, Marlow is a sweetie, he has kind of adopted us. I will miss my hummers this winter.
I am hoping the toad would have jumped away if I got too close. But, I was close.
As always, thanks for the comment and visit.
Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

eileeninmd said...

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

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie, 
I was so glad I saw this toad before I moved. He was camouflaged.
As always, thank you for your visit and comment.
 Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Charlene, The hummers are my favorite.
They will be missed this winter.
Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead.







eileeninmd said...

Hello Deb, the wren are sweet. They have a pretty song too.
Thanks so much for your comment.
Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Ellen,

The hummers are my favorites, thanks so much for the comment.
Have a happy day and new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Liz, I am so happy you stopped by my post and critter party. I hope to see you join in some day, you can link up a new or old post. I am not picky about the critters either, they can be real critters or images of critters. I do love anything nature related especially the animals. Thanks again for the comment and visit. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Rainfield,
I appreciate your visits and comments. Thank you!
Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Linda, Yes, the hummer have gone south for the winter. I will miss them
Thank you for the comment and visit.
Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I think both the toad and I are happy I did not take another step. Thanks so much for the comment.
 Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead,

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thanks so much for the visit and comment.
 Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead,

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen,
Thanks for the nice comment on my critters. I was happy to see you link up this week.
 Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Jean @sonotorganized.com said...

Seeing your hummingbirds makes me miss our warmer weather even though the cold weather just arrived! Enjoyed seeing all your critter photos, such an interesting variety. Glad you didn't step on that toad!

Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Eileen, lovely post. I just love when the Phoebes come around here. Their calling out their own name reminds me of being a child and having a friend come by the house, stand outside and yell your name for you to come out an play. Funny how things bring back memories like that. I hope you are having a great weekend.

Missy George said...

Love the Hummers..Nice series of pictures..Hope you are having a good weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean,
Thanks so much for the comment. I miss my hummers already, they are gone for the winter now.
Have a happy day and new week ahead!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Carol
The Phoebes do have a cute call and sound. Always nice to re-live happy times and memories.
Thanks so much for the comment.
Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Missy,

I miss my hummers, I wish it was spring already, lol.
Thanks for the visit. 
Enjoy your Sunday and the new week ahead.
Eileen

Ela said...

Such beautiful serie of photos !!!! Oh, how I would like to see hummingbirds in my garden! Unfortunately here in Poland we can watch these little birds only in the zoo!
Greetings

♥ Anni ♥ said...

It was great visiting today and I appreciate your linking with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend.

A Quiet Corner said...

The Hummingbird shots are fantastic, Eileen! And yes, leaf litter makes wonderful camouflage for so many critters. My Hummingbirds are gone and off enjoying warmer weather I imagine until next year!!...:)JP

Lois said...

Beautiful hummers Eileen! So glad the toad didn't get stepped on.

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a lovely post and a great selection of critters.
Love the birds and your neighbours dog takes a great photo too!

Enjoy these last October days ...

All the best Jan

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What a beautiful mish mash :) That toad reminds me of one that visited us regularly out on the porch stoop when I was a child / my mom named him " Terry"

Lady Fi said...

Utterly gorgeous - I especially love those hummingbird shots.

handmade by amalia said...

Beautiful photos. Birds are on my mind as we are seeing more and more flocks migrating to warmer climes. It is a beautiful sight.
Amalia
xo

Prunella Pepperpot said...

I loved the Eastern Phoebe and the hummingbird is super cut. Lucky you spotted the toad as you would have been devastated if you had trod on it!!!
Have a brilliant new week :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Ela, I think you would enjoy seeing the hummingbirds. Thanks so much for your comment and visit.

Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Anni, I appreciate the visit. Enjoy your day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello JP, thanks so much for your comment, I will miss my hummers. I am not looking forward to winter.
Have a happy day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Lois, I think both the Toad and I are happy I did not step on him. Thanks for the comment and visit.
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jan,

I appreciate your visit and comments. October is almost over, amazing how fast the month went by.

Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Terry is a cute name for your toad visitor. Thanks for the comment and visit.
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the Hummers are my favorite too. I will miss them this winter.
Thanks for the comment and visit.
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Amalia, It is neat seeing the migrating birds. Our winter birds are arriving now.
Thanks for the comment and visit.
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Prunella
I am happy your enjoyed my birds. I was happy to see the toad before moving another step. Thanks for the comment and visit.
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Suzanne Prickett said...

Hi Eileen. I'm running behind on blogging this past week. But I wanted to stop in to see your Saturday critters. What a sweet little hummingbird, and he looks so healthy! The Canada Geese look like they're enjoying the day! It's good you didn't step on the toad...would not have been pretty! Have a great week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Suzanne, The hummers are my favorite, they will be missed this winter.
Thanks so much for the comment and visit.
Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely critters -- winged and pawed! We have not seen enough birds recently -- it has been one of those summers.

Red Rose Alley said...

The hummingbird is a beautiful and special little fellow, and these are wonderful pictures of it. They are always fluttering about, and it's hard to get a picture of them, but you managed nicely. Enjoy these Autumn days while they last, Eileen.

~Sheri

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Sheri
Thanks so much for the nice comment and visit. They are much appreciated.
I love the hummers, mine have flown south now for the winter.
Have a great day and week ahead,
Eileen

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sallie, I have slowed down with my birding trips. Lately it has been more scenery type outings.
Thanks for the comment and visit.
Enjoy your day!

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