Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday's Critters #297

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!

Photos from the second week of August. The American Robin on the fire road trail.

Dog-sitting, we walked the nearby fire road to the lake. A shadow shot of  hubby, furbaby and me.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the feeder. 

One of the few Monarch butterflies I have seen in my yard.  

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it's animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi

Random rants and in the news, for the critter lovers:

Some Whale info: The Blue Whale is the largest whale living today.  The Blue Whale mother gives birth to the biggest babies, 20-26 FT long.  The Blue Whales can sing for days and have 11 different song types. They are rare to see due to uncontrolled commercial whaling. Some populations could be endangered to the point of extinction. The Humpback Whale is one of the five baleen whales that are endangered. 

I have always had a love for Whales and Dolphins, it is a thrill to see them in the wild. We have taken various whale watching trips in Bar Harbor Maine and at Port Angeles Washington. Seeing a whale in the wild is an amazing sight. I have mixed feelings about protecting the whales from both whale watching boats and especially keeping whales and dolphins in captivity. 

I am all for protecting the animals, my thrill of seeing them comes in second. 

My archive mosaic of the Humpback Whale during a Port Angeles Washington Whale Watching trip. 

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  1. While I have seen several swallowtails in our yard this summer, I haven't seen a single monarch. A friend who does Monarch watch on her farm says she hasn't seen them either.

    I have very strong feelings about people interacting with wildlife......while I think seeing these majestic animals may spur some people on to good works on behalf of them, for the most part, it is very disruptive to the animals and leads to interaction that is not good for man nor beast. Zoos sadden me for the same reason.

  2. All wonderful critters Eileen! I got a lump in the throat with the Goldie....looks just like my Callie!

  3. Awesome pics.
    Have a nice weekend.

  4. That beautiful Monarch is like a stain glass window Eileen. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great weekend.

  5. Beautiful birds and butterfly from your walks. I like the shadow showing a couple and a dog. Thank you for hosting and have a great and enjoyable weekend!

  6. Hello Eileen,
    Nice series of photos of your walk.
    Really great that you were able to see the sperm whale, that seems to be a great experience.
    I really love the photo of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and the Monarch butterfly.
    Do you want to place my link, I still can't do it
    Best regards, Irma

  7. always love hummingbirds and butterflies. Loved to see the Humpback Whale. You were lucky to see that much :) Nice shots.

    Wish you a happy week. I´m starting an Exhibition this week and are sharing birds and Yellowstone photos for a start. :)

  8. Hello Eileen,

    Wonderful images! The hummingbird and the Monarch butterfly are so beautiful. Thank you for all your nice comments and visit om my blog.
    Have a nice weekend!

  9. Dearest Eileen; Beautiful shots of Robin and Hummingbirds; Hummingbird is still my dream but maybe impossible(^^;) Love the colorful picture of butterfly with flower♬ And also LOVED your sweet family shot(♡˘◡˘♡)
    Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  10. Beautiful pics of wonderful critters.
    Love the family shot with shadows.

  11. You really wonder about the future of these creatures. The first two emails I read this morning are about the destruction of the Amazon rain forest and the permission to use cyanide bait again in the United states. Some of the Barn Swallows we just radio tagged are headed for Amazonia. What awaits the there?

    1. Hello David, I am really sad to hear about the Amazon wildfires. Where will the birds go? Thanks for the visit and comment. Enjoy your weekend!

  12. Beautiful photos, Eileen. Very nice shadow pic, I like it.
    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

  13. I agree about protecting all our animals and environment. the amazon fires are burning on the TV as I type this.. it is a scry thing, the rainforest provides 20 percent of the EARTHS oxygen. fantastic photos of the butterfly and humming bird. my favorite of course is the three of you and the dogs shadow is priceless

  14. What a beautiful shot of the hummingbird! I haven't seen a Monarch in years.
    Have a great day!

  15. ...Eileen, you sure have a diverse selection of critters, the humming birds are my favorites. Thanks for hosting and have a great day.

  16. I think you'll be seeing monarchs soon. Ours are onto the supergeneration, and reading to migrate. We have had 6 chrysalis and two hatched!
    Thanks for hosting!

  17. I thought the feeder was a type of flower for a second-- WHOA!

  18. Sensacionais fotos!Lindas!Ótimo fim de semana! bjs,chica

  19. Thanks for hosting Eileen. Love the shadow picture with the dog.
    The hummingbird feeder is so pretty and so are the hummingbirds of course :)
    Have a lovely weekend.

  20. Hummingbirds are wonderful, not only for the wings but for the cute beak too.
    Thanks for the info.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  21. Nice to see the hummingbirds sharing. We have one that sits in the tree and won't others use the feeder. It's a real dive bomber! Happy Day.

  22. Watching whales or dolphins is so very exciting! There are some nature experiences that we never forget. Love your sweet hummer and how neat to see a Robin. The weather is changing! Enjoy your weekend!

  23. A lovely selection of critters again today, Eileen! Thank you for hosting and all the best for the new week ahead.

  24. the hummingbirds are beautiful, we have been seeing a lot of them is always a thrill!!

    i know you enjoy dog sitting, the picture is a nice one!!

    i have never been able to go whale watching, i get sea sick. today's pictures from the archives are really nice!!

    have a great weekend, many thanks for hosting!!

  25. Beautiful series, I do love the America Robin.

  26. One of my great memories is seeing wild dolphins swimming along beside our boat in the Everglades. They were playing and having fun!

  27. Whales are very majestic animals. I saw belugas quite a few times when I was in the arctic. I saw them once from a helicopter . You see much more of them when you're in the air.

  28. the shadow shot is so cool.. I'd love to see whales, having seen many dolphins over my life, I love them too. Major pic of a hummer!LeeAnna

  29. Love your whole attitude! Thanks 😊

  30. I saw a Least sandpiper recently. Such a tiny bird, about the size of a chickadee. From the blue whale to the hummingbird and everything in between, wildlife is such a wonderful gift.

  31. Excellent photos! Whales have been persecuted by man for is extremely horrible!!

  32. Great shots! Your hummingbirds look more cooperative than many of them are. I've watched them dive-bomb each other.

  33. I love the photo of the hummingbird at the feeder. I can tell that he is a very polite eater.

  34. I've always wanted to go whale watching! Loved seeing all your special birds... (a robin is a rarity in MY area of Texas)

    Love the post this week...thanks for joining us this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

  35. The lake is always beautiful to see. I love your shadow pics too!
    To see whales and dolphins is so awesome - great photos from your archives Eileen. All the best :D)

  36. Always nie to see your beautiful critters, Eileen !
    Great photos !
    Happy Sunday :)

  37. I love how long furbaby's legs are in the shadow shot. That is a terrific Hummer well as the Robin and Monarch.

  38. Wow! Thank you very much for seeing hummingbirds. They are beautiful birds. I am delighted with your photos. Hugs for your dog. I love these wonderful animals.
    I wish you a nice, successful week.

  39. I've been trying to get photos of the hummingbirds of which there are many now with two feeders for them to fight over. I had no idea they were so aggressive. \Your shot is fantastic.

  40. I have not seen a Monarch in over a month. Looking forward to the arrival of the hummingbirds. Maybe this winter we will even be blessed with a robin or two! Love those whales!

  41. Lovely post and photos ~ love the sweet robin photo and post about the sea mammals ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  42. Very nice ! I love the humming birds !

  43. I love the hummingbird photo! They are busy at the feeders, no doubt getting ready to leave us for the season. My friend and I counted 11 at her feeders this past Thursday, I've never seen so many in one place. And where are the Robins? I've not seen them since spring! :-)

    Enjoy your week - The weather was fabulous this past weekend, wasn't it?

  44. Love the hummingbirds, Eileen!

  45. You've shared some beautiful birds and beautiful butterfly from your walks.
    I think the shadow shot is fun too.

    All the best Jan

  46. Hummingbirds and shadow shots -- I love them both!

  47. Beautiful photos in your post.
    I'm also going to visit a few sounds :-)
    Greetings, Helma


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