Saturday, December 23, 2017

Saturday's Critters # 210

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Merry Christmas everyone!




These photo were taken on the same day Dec 14th. It was a snowy morning so I did my walking on the treadmill. I saw a blur go by my window, I was not sure what went by. When I finished my walking I looked out my window to see this hawk below.  I am not sure, but I was told it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It was small in size.






My version of Where's Waldo, my Dark-eyed Junco tree. How many can you find?


I was able to zoom in on two of the Dark-eyed Juncos sitting close together.


The Sharp-Shinned Hawk decided the back yard was a better setting for eating his meal.











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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

112 comments:


  1. ...wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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  2. Thank you Eileen for sharing your Saturday's Critters bird photos this year. Have a good Christmas.
    Hugs.

    Joy

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  3. Merry Christmas.
    This is a year full of critters.

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  4. I see 6----how many???
    Nice shot of the Hawk with dinner.
    Love your Blue Jay too
    Merry Christmas and happy weekend
    MaryBeth

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  5. The hawk will have a full tummy for Christmas Eve, and the others have good perches in the tree. were there 5?

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  6. Handsome birds!

    Merry Christmas!

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  7. Hi Eileen! Wishing you A Blessed Christmas to you and your family!

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  8. Merry Christmas! You captured some great photos of the hawk. I know you tire of snow there, but the birds show up really well against the snow. I appreciate your blog friendship and you hosting Sat. Critters. All the best to you in the new year.

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  9. Feliz Natal, que ele seja iluminado e abençoado e dure cada dia do ano novo que se aproxima! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

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  10. Hello,

    The Hawk is pretty, and it's very similar the hawk who lives here too. I don't like that they are killing "my" little birds in the garden, but there isnothing I can do about it.

    Thank you for visiting my blog, and all your nice comments!

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

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  11. You have something to admire, you can see great birds through the window. Merry Christmas.

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  12. Your critter pictures are fascinating as always!

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  13. Hi Eileen, I can find 5 Juncos :) And maybe one in the lover left corner.

    Wishing you and your famiy a Very Merry Christmas :)

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  14. love the Jay image. I see 6 birds in that other shot. Thanks for hosting and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas

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  15. Beautiful photos! I've enjoyed visiting here so much during the year. Thank you for sharing your photos with your readers.
    Merry Christmas!
    Toni

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  16. Merry Christmas dear Eileen
    Healthy happy New Year
    ♥hug from Germany Crissi

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  17. I counted 5 Juncos. Such cute little birds. We only get them in the winter here in Georgia.

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  18. Neato! We have a sharp-shinned, too. He's not hungry enough to come to the house and perch, but he has done so!
    Thanks for hosting!

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  19. Hi Eileen, thank you for hosting this meme. A very blessed Christmas. Greetings Jo

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  20. Lovely shots, Eileen! Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas, with health, happiness and prosperity for the New Year!

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  21. I have been trying to figure out what the hawk caught, but I can't get enough detail. Do your know?

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    1. Hello David, I am pretty sure the Hawk caught one of my Junco's. Thanks for your comment and visit!

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  22. Hari OM
    These are wonderful images for the festive time, wintry and elemental as they are! Wishing you and hubby all the very best of the season, Eileen, and may 2018 bring joy and many sightings! YAM xx

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  23. Good morning Eileen. And Happy Christmas to you. I guess that Sharpies must eat too, especially in cold weather. Thank you so much for your link ups throughout 2017. It reallis a way to see birds from other continents and to make friends across the oceans.

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  24. How amazing to see that small hawk! I always loved seeing the Juncos when it snowed...hope you have more of them! Merry Christmas sweet friend. Holiday hugs, Diane

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  25. ooooh those darn hawks. i do enjoy seeing them but i don't like when they dine at my feeders. the juno's are so beautiful, i saw a few and now i have not been seeing them.

    thanks so much for hosting this, 210 weeks, we all appreciate it so much!!

    merry christmas eileen, to you and your family. i hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!

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  26. Your Juncos are very pretty.
    All the best for Christmas!

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  27. Love the hawk. Lucky you! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Betty! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  28. Love that hawk! Christmas Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  29. Hello Eileen!
    Great captures of the hawk and the Junko!
    Beautiful captures and Preety birds!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Happy Holidays!
    Dimi...

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    1. Hello Dimi, Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  30. Eileen, great capture of the hawk. Thanks for sharing. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  31. Wonderful bird photography ~ as always!

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Merry Christmas to you, Zoe and your family!

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  33. Have a Merry Christmas. You had a front row seat for watching the hawk have dinner.

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    1. Thank you, Red! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  34. Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year Eileen!

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  35. Merry Christmas, Eileen! The Sharpie exhibits a couple of distinctive ID features which I re-learned a few weeks ago when I misidentified a small male Cooper's Hawk as a Sharp-shinned. Aside from the small size, note that its eye seems to sit almost in the middle of its face, and the black on its head is more confined to its cap and does not extend down the nape. Your photos show this beautifully. I counted 5 juncos but probably missed a couple of more-- maybe the hawk's dinner!

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    1. Thank you for the id help, Ken! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  36. Gorgeous photos !!! Merry Christmas to you Eileen and to all friends visiting your blog !!!

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    1. Thank you, Ela! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you, Mac! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. Yes, all the hawks are impressive. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  39. Hawks are fascinating to watch. And Jays are colorful but they seen to have an attitude!! lol Thanks for sharing your pics.

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    1. I love watching all the birds! Thank you, Karen! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  40. That's a great-looking hawk. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Al! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  41. Love and best wishes for Xmas and the New Year... :-)))

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    1. Thank you, Ana! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  42. Lovely photos, the jay is very handsome! I counted 5 juncos.

    Happy Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Juliet! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  43. Great pics of the hungry hawk, Eileen! Merry Christmas to you! Are you off to Florida again this winter?

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    1. No Florida this winter, we are staying in Maryland this year. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  44. Love the blue jay.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  45. What a gorgeous shot of the Sharpie, Eileen!!! Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year!!...:)JP

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    1. JP, Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  46. Terrific that the Hawk stuck around for you to finish your walk! I am looking out in my back yard right now and the Juncos, Chickadees and House Finches are patiently waiting their turn to go to the birdfeeder from a nearby tree! Merry Christmas to you and all the Critters!

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    1. Thank you, Angie! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  47. Love your little Hawk! My mom had one visit during the cold winter in Missouri, and he drank from her birdbath. She was able to get some good pictures of it. Well, I counted 6 Juncos in your tree, but there was possibly one more, haha! And, a pretty Bluejay. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Eileen, and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  48. Hola gracias por pasar por ya tu blog.
    Te deseo feliz Navidad y prospero año nuevo.
    Besos.

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  49. Very nice. I like the dark-eyed junco !

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  50. A great variety of winter birds! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year11

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  51. It's always fun when something different like that Hawk shows up .

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    1. I am always happy to see a new bird show up! Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  52. Beautiful Cooper's Hawk, I love it. Festive greetings Eileen and all family.

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    1. Bob, Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  53. Hi Eileen, Thank you so much for the kind Christmas and New Year wishes. May I return same to you and yours! I enjoyed today's Saturday's Critters. Your photos of the Dark-eyed Juncos got me interested in identifying some birds that look similar in a tree just outside my window. I see them often this time of year when the trees do not have leaves. After doing some Google searches I think I've setteled on them to be Black-capped Chickadees. They are cute little birds and spring around (actually flying) from branch to branch in the big birch tree. I think they eat the tiny birch seeds. Anyway, these are some fun critters and someday I hope to get some pics of them to share on Saturday's Critters. Thank you Eileen for sharing your blog. Without doubt you are one of the best bloggers I have come to know. What a super job you do of publishing every week and always returning kind comments. Thank you, as always, for visiting and commenting on my blog. I look forward to your comments! Take good care and be well! Your follower from the Pacific Northwest, John

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    1. Hello John, thanks for the nice comment. I am happy to hear you are bird watching too. I appreciate all your visit and comments through-out the year. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  54. Lovely photo's, especially the Blue Jay.

    Merry Christmas Wishes to you and yours and all good wishes for 2018.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  55. Beautiful birds.. Wish you a Merry Christmas..

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  56. Merry Christmas to both of you Eileen and thank you for all you do all year long! You really don’t have to go anywhere to see great birds when you have these outside the window of your “fitness and exercise room. . Fantastic pictures.... I hope to be back to linking after the Holiday Season.

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    1. Hello Sallie, thanks and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  57. You too Eileen! Wishing you a wonderful festive season.

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  58. How neat to see a hawk so close to the house! Merry Christmas!

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  59. good morning eileen

    wishing you and yours good health, abundance and happiness.
    merry christmas! :))

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    1. Betty, thanks and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  60. Wishing you and all the critters a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy 2018!

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    1. Thanks! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  62. Oh my word that blue bird is absolutely stunning. Best wishes for a happy Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Polly! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  63. I love seeing the critters in your backyard. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  64. Wishing you the Merriest and Brightest Christmas ever,
    and a New Year filled with Love, Peace and many Blessings,
    thank you for sharing always the wonders you watch and for being so supportive, dearest Eileen !

    XOXO Dany

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  65. Is that a bird sitting next to that Hawk??He's pretty brave..I think it's a Coopers Hawk..I could be wrong...There sure are a lot of Junco's in there. Have a Merry Christmas..

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  66. I counted 5 Juncos, but am betting there are more! I was wondering how people tell Cooper's Hawk and Sharp shinned hawks apart...I think I have looked at All About Birds and still have trouble but going to look again. Whatever it is, it is a beauty.

    Merry Christmas, Eileen, to you and your family. Looking forward to blogging with you in the new year.

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  67. Just stopping by to say MERRY CHRISTMAS. Hope you have a wonderful day today and always... Let's feed those birdies an extra treat today!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  68. Merry Christmas Eileen . . .
    and the same to your usual, outdoor walking partner. . .
    Joy
    Peace

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  69. Merry Christmas, Eileen. And, what lovely shots. Absolutely beautiful.

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  71. merry Christmas Eileen, and all the very best for the new year,
    Take care, Gordon.

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  72. I wish you nice days ahead.
    Love Anne-Mari

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  73. I'm so glad I now know my "bird" is a junco! And they do seem to travel in a pack! I hope your Christmas was absolutely splendid!

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  74. Beautiful images! Wishing you a fantastic 2018!

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