Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday's Critters #234

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love all God's creatures 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, 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!

These are all photos either from my yard or our walk on the local fire road.  I have been enjoying the Hummingbirds and lots of Goldfinches. On our fire road walk we have been seeing and hearing lots of Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers and Wood Thrushes. On this day we saw a Summer Tanager.

The male Ruby-throated Hummingbird



Goldfinches


One morning I was on my deck and heard the Great Blue Herons going nuts, around 10 of them took off and flying circles around a juvenile Bald Eagle.



The Summer Tanager seen off the local fire road.



The Summer Tanager flew from one side of the fire to the other side. It is the same bird as in the photo of above just a different tree.


I think this is the American Toad. If not please let me know. I almost stepped on this toad sitting right in the middle of fire road.




I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments ! 






Here is a list of my linky parties;
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.

Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

68 comments:

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello Eileen,

Wonderful photos. I love the Anerican Toad. I think toads are so pretty. Happy Weekend!

GreenComotion said...

Hi Eileen-
The Herons circling the Bald Eagle is an extraordinary event and the photo tells a lot.
The Tanager is a beautiful, bright colored bird, which I don't think I have ever seen before.
Mr. Hummer in the first photo is also very lovely.
Thanks for hosting.
Happy WE!
Peace :)

Nancy J said...

Beautiful birds, those colours are so lovely,sorry about the toad, I would give him a very wide step aside. Maybe he would be somewhere near the bottom of my fav lists.

NatureFootstep said...

a wonderful range of critters. It must be hard o be a raptor with all other bird going nuts :) Always love to see the hummers.

Have a great week.

italiafinlandia said...

Hello, the Tanager is again something new for me.
Nice to see it! I am learning a lot...
Have a good weekend and thanks for hosting!

Mildred said...

Good Morning, Eileen. Very pretty pics this morning. I hope you will have an enjoyable weekend.

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful pictures of the birds and the frog.
All photos are beautiful and perfectly sharp.
Photo 5 is my favorite
Best regards, Irma

Rejane Tazza said...

Muito lindas! Adorei a segunda e a última me fez saltar,rs...Tenho medo ou uma sensação estranha,rs...beijos, lindo fim de semana,chica

Lynne said...

I enjoy your Saturday varieties . . .
I do think a Tannager has been visiting here . . .
Makes me happy . . .

David Gascoigne said...

Nice shits of the Summer Tanager, a species that we rarely see here and then generally only in the southernmost part of the province.

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Eileen, Thank you for hosting. It is always lovely to see your little birds, although I think I might squeal if I stood on a toad!
Have a happy weekend.
Wren x

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful bird pics.
Happy Weekend :)

Joyful said...

Fabulous bird photos. It must have been quite the experience to see the heron going wild in the sky. Have a great weekend Eileen.

Tom said...

...the Summer Tanager is the bright spot! Enjoy your week.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

São de uma grande beleza estas fotografias.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Absolute delights! YAM xx

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for all the comments!

Karen said...

Great photos. I would love to see a tanager! Happy weekend to you.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely 'feathered friends' photography and of the toad too!

Happy Weekend to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka ( A Creative Harbor)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The Tanager is such a perfect color...a summertime color! And how neat to see those herons with the eagle. Nature at it's best...WILD!!! Enjoy your weekend!

Nick V. said...

A fine collection of birds and an unexpected toad, Eileen!
Thanks for hosting.

Betty Crow said...

Mr. Toad was hiding in plain sight. Love the summer tanager. I saw goldfinches in the winter, but haven't seen any since the weather warmed up. And the hummer. They are so much fun to watch! Have a wonderful weekend.

Nick V. said...

PS: Have a great new week!

Nick Va said...

Love that tanager, Eileen!

photodoug said...

Eileen, nice variety, especially the Great Blue Herons in flight. Thanks for sharing.

Phil Slade said...

Hi Eileen. Wow, I like that Summer Tanager with those lovely looks and matching name. Nice to see your Goldfinch still around. Our own Goldfinch are in the garden 12 months at a time, now the most common garden bird.

Thanks for the link-up today and have a lovely week ahead.

Cloudia said...

Thank you dear friend!

Linda W. said...

The tanager is such a pretty bird!

Sandra said...

the tiny birds are so cute and that tanager is just amazing to see. I have never seen one in real life.

Ella said...

Hello Eileen,

Beautiful pictures of the birds, I don't like frogs! I'm afraid of them ! :))
Have a nice weekend!
Best regards, Ella!

Mary Hone said...

The tanager is so handsome, I would like to see one of those. What fun birds to have nearby.

Red said...

Now the great blue herons and bald eagle must have been a very strange conflict. They have very different flying patterns. It would have been interesting to watch.

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful photos! Love the Summer Tanager!

Debbie said...

oh that summer tanger, what a treat!!

and the toad, they sure do have characteristics where as you could miss them....or even step on them!! hehehe

we appreciate you eileen, for bringing us all together!!!

William Kendall said...

A rare moment when a hummingbird isn't flying, I see!

Al said...

I love that Summer Tanager. Have a great weekend!

Frank Boxell said...

Eileen, the Tanager certainly brightened up my day.

Sandi said...

Ah..gasp...that red Tanager is so beautiful!

The toad looks American. I don't know how, he just does. :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Yeah for Saturday critters

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, I enjoyed all these photos. I think you have seen my posts about the eagles in my neighborhood. What fascinates me is the way sometimes very little birds will torment the eagles as they are flying around here. I guess the little ones figure the eagle can’t be flexible enough to flip around, grab them, and take them to the ground. Now, the Great Blue Herons are probably as big or bigger than the eagle, but again, they would be little match for the eagle’s talons and their powerful wings. Fascinating stuff! Neat post, thank you for sharing. Hope you have a happy weekend.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Amazing photos, I especially loved the shots of Summer Tanager.
Have a nice weekend
Maria from
Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Great shots! I especially love the hummingbird.

Have a great weekend.

Andrea

Schotzy said...

Your friendly visitors are awesome.. I would swoon if I saw a red tanager!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Nice to see the tanager. I haven't ever seen one but maybe I will get lucky. Sweet hummer, I'm going to read up on diff between male and female. Thanks for hosting this party.

RedPat said...

That must have been amazing to see all of those herons flying around the eagle, Eileen!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful flying machines, birds.

Sondra said...

Love the Summer tanager, and I should be seeing some at home. Glad you noticed the frog and didn't step on it!

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I love the hummingbird !

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I have never YET been able to capture a hummingbird even though they visited often in years past.

As to TOADS!! LOL I forgot this until your post! I was mowing the grass 2 weeks or so ago and narrowly missed a little baby toad...shut off the mower and spent a few minutes trying to capture him ( just to show the grand kids for a bit and then set him free ) but he was too quick for me and disappeared under some bushes :)

Missy George said...

Wonderful pictures, Eileen..Love the Hummingbird shot..good catch..I see one every day or so..Impossible to be there at the right time..Hope you are having a good weekend..Thanks for hosting..

happyone said...

That must have been cool to see so many herons flying around.
The tanager sure is pretty.

Jenn Jilks said...

I'm just not ready to post. Tons of photos from our trip. I love your birdies!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh the pretty summer birds - and those herons with the eagle - I've never seen anything like that - amazing - and then to have captured it. Happy week ahead.

Linda said...

Love the tanager! I am amazed at the herons

Jeevan said...

Lovely capture on birds and summer tanager is pretty in red and I enjoyed the second one of the bird in green background.

Happy Sunday Eileen

Nick V. said...

I think my cats like your birds, Eileen ;-)

Bee Dilly Doo said...

what wonderful photos!

Jean @sonotorganized.com said...

Love all the photos! I bet it was something to see all those Herons.

Anni said...

I bet that WAS a ruckus with the herons & eagle! Great series Eileen.

Thanks for linking in this weekend.

Denise inVA said...

Wonderful photos Eileen, lovely collection. Happy week coming up.

Lowcarb team member said...

Another wonderful selection here Eileen, thank you.
I love the colour of The Summer Tanager, just lovely.

I hope your weekend has been good, my best wishes for the new week to come.

All the best Jan

Victoria said...

Thank you for hosting this, Eileen! I'm a day late, I hope it's still all right to link up.

JP A Quiet Corner said...

You KNOW I was glued to that Eagle, Eileen, although the GBHs are becoming a favorite visitor for me this year...:)JP

Powell River Books said...

We are having a hummingbird frenzy here at our feeders. It's hard to keep them full longer than a day. But they are so much fun to watch. - Margy

Ashley said...

what sweet pictures! i was always so fascinated with birds...what beautiful creatures! thanks for sharing :)

Jeanie said...

I've never seen the scarlet tanager. Glorious!

Angie said...

What I wouldn't give to get such a close-up of a tanager! We have seen the Western Tanager here a couple of times, but never in a position to get a good picture!

Klara S said...

The tanager has beautiful colour.

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Hello and happy Monday I am sharing some images from our visit to Calvert Cliffs State Park, located on Maryland's Western Shore. T...