Thursday, April 16, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!

 Happy Thursday everyone!


"All is well, Be Joyful, Be Happy!!

"Life is so much brighter when you focus on what truly matters."

I am thankful for the simple pleasure of skywatching.  This is the view from our deck, pretty blue skies and puffy white clouds.  One morning I went out to fill the feeders, I ended up spooking 3 large deer that were in our yard.  I watched them until their white tails disappear into the woods.


 Watching the birds in my yard is another simple pleasure, below are the American Goldfinch, Pine Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and the Brown Thrasher.  These were all seen on April 7th. 


 While following the stay at home orders, I have been able to watch the Great Blue Herons from my yard.  There are times I can find 6-7 different areas where the herons are nesting.  This day I found 3 near one tree, can you find them?


 The Chipping Sparrows have returned for the season, they are cute birds.


Another pretty sky, looking up from our deck. 


"Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible. "

I am thankful my family and I have been virus-free so far, I wish the same for everyone! Take care and stay healthy!

I am thankful for all the books I have been downloading from the library. My latest books were: 
Chamomile Morning by Laura Childs  # 6 in the Tea Shop Mystery series.
The Bookman's Wake by John Dunning # 2 in the Cliff Janeway Series
The Burglar by Thomas Perry, a new author for me.

I am always thankful for your visit and comments. 

Live simple and be happy!  😊 Spread joy & happiness!


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday


Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!


100 comments:

  1. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photos and collages.
    You really live there with a beautiful view.
    American goldfinch, pine warbler, chipping sparrow, dark-eyed junco and the brown thrasher are really great to see.
    Many do not occur with us in the Netherlands.
    Best regards Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma, we do enjoy our view and the birds. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  2. Hi Eileen, I love how you can see those herons nesting. Yes, watching what's happening around the garden gives immense pleasure and is a great distraction. Thank you for your photos, always enjoyable xx

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    1. Hello Sue, I do enjoy watching the heron nearby! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  3. Hari OM
    You truly are blessed with the variety of birds in your own backyard! Stay well my dear blogpal. YAM xx

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    1. Thanks Yam! I am blessed with great backyard birds. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  4. Hello Eileen,

    Simple pleasures are always nice! In times like this we must focus on them. Beautiful photos!
    Enjoy your day!

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    1. Hello Marit, simple pleasures are the best. Thanks! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  5. Thanks for sharing the beautiful views of the sky and the pretty birds.
    Have a nice time in your home!
    Be well!

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    1. Thank you for visiting! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  6. Beautiful Skywatch Entry Eileen! That sparrow looks so cheeky and cute!

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    1. Hello, the sparrow is a cutie! Thanks for visiting! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  7. Maravilhosas tuas fotos,adorei! Beleza! beijos, lindo dia! chica

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    1. Thanks so much Chica! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  8. ..."Life is so much brighter when you focus on what truly matters." That's for sure!

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    1. Yes Tom, happiness matters along with our health. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  9. We keep looking, but haven't seen any goldfinches yet. Plenty of purple finches, but no gold.....I like the brown thrasher and the chipping sparrow really is cute.

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    1. Thanks Vera! My Thrasher is disappeared. Or maybe they are working on a nest. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  10. Beautiful photos, Eileen.
    Stay safe!

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  11. Chipping Sparrows have been reported here for at least a week now, but I have yet to find one. Usually they put in an appearance in my backyard but not so far this spring. Yesterday I saw my first Hermit Thrush of the year and both kinglets.

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    1. Thanks David! I just love these cute Chipping Sparrows. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  12. you are blessed to have a beautiful deck to view skies and critters, all kinds of critters. wow on spooking deer. the only thing we see are birds and bunnies and raccoons. we had to save the same silly coon out of the same trash can again today.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! My hubby sees a raccoon on our deck every night. It there eating leftover bird seed.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  13. Thank you for your uplifting post as I view the new fallen snow out our windows; a preferred discovery for December ;) Happy Day.

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    1. Thanks Gayle, I am glad the snow is not here. It is cold here though! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  14. Great blue heron nesting where you can see them regularly...what a treat! Enjoy the day!

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    1. Thanks Barbara! It is a treat to see these herons so close. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  15. Hello, Just read your post. Lovely birds pics.
    Stay well. Take care.
    Greetings to all.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  16. Does that little sparrow eat those BIG seeds?

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    1. Thanks Dee! The sparrow usually grabs a seed and flies off. Enjoy your day!

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  17. I like the Jane Whitefield series that Thomas Perry writes best. They aren't new books but SO good! I started reading them all a second time! Love your pretty birds and that you have deer close by. We are getting some much needed rain here...I'm thankful for that! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Diane, I will check out that Perry series. It is new to me. I am glad you are having some rain there. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  18. Your deck gives you a great view of nature, Eileen! Stay well.

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  19. Your first photo is a winner as you have the cloud nicely placed between a gap in the trees.

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    1. Thank you Red! I appreciate your visits. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  20. I haven't seen him yet but word on Facebook is that Harry is back! I love seeing this guy in your trees -- he's like a king!

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    1. YAY, welcome back Harry! Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day!

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  21. Lovely time to spending in your garden, beautiful Dark-eyed Junco is my favourite, love it.

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    1. Thanks Bob! Take care, have a happy day and great weekend!

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  22. Hi Eileen. I am thankful also - for your beautiful photos to look at :)
    I hope you and your family continue to remain well. Be happy, stay safe, hugz, Mxx

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    1. Thanks M! Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  23. I love the sky too. Clouds are wonderful---all so different. I see 3 Herons. Good eye to you.
    Glad all is well with you and family.
    MB

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    1. Thank you MB! The herons do blend in, you are the only who mentioned finding them. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  24. it's so good to have a thankful heart and a positive attitude, it sure does make you feel good!! the view from your deck is always magnificent, i have not seen any goldfinches in a while, perhaps they are busy changing their clothes!! awesome captures today!!

    you are lucky that staying home is so fulfilling!!

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Yes, I am happy to stay at home. My yard birds are entertaining. Being positive is less stressful. Thanks for the comment. Take care and stay safe! Have a happy day!

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  25. I'm so grateful that my Hubby and I can still walk the neighborhood and work in our yard too.
    Such lovely photos of the skies and the adorable birds.
    I have seen a pair of Thrashers in our yard too. I think the other one I have seen is a Mocking Bird. He comes every evening to feast on the bugs under our tree.
    Thankful for all God has given us.

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    1. Hello,
      Both the Thrashers and Mockers are great birds, I love them all. Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  26. We have our feathered friends to keep us connected to nature during this crazy time in life...
    I enjoy the tour of your yard birds...pretty skies too. Another week almost ended, happy weekend.

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    1. Thanks Sondra, Happy birding to you! Have a great weekend!

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  27. What a bird haven you have right in your own backyard ~ gorgeous feathered friends photos and lovely sky shot ~ ^_^

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Hello Carol,
      Thanks for the comment. Take care and stay safe! Have a happy day!

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    1. Hello Carol,
      Thanks for the comment. Take care and stay safe! Have a happy day!

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  29. The simple pleasures are the best. Imagine being able to see deer in one's backyard. That's great.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Hello Yogi,
      Thanks for the comment. Take care and stay safe! Have a happy day!

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  30. Yes, I spotted all three.
    Wonderful photos.

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    1. Thanks Karen! The herons were hard to spot. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  31. How wonderful you can get out to such a lovely spot with lots of wildlife. Stay safe and happy :)

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    1. Hello Denise,
      Thanks for the comment. Take care and stay safe! Have a happy day!

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  32. What fun that would be to watch the herons, and yes I found the three!

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  33. Pretty skies and pretty birds. Glad you are being joyful and thankful. Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

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    1. Hello Ellen,
      Thanks for the comment. Take care and stay safe! Have a happy day!

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  34. Love those sparrows. I’ve never seen one here however.

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    1. Hello Marie,
      They are cute Sparrows! Thanks for the visit. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  35. A beautiful post Eileen. I am so thankful for my blessings too and I am staying home also to try and stay as healthy as I can. Thankfully my family and friends are also fine. We are blessed to have such beautiful skies. I don't have the bird life you do but I can enjoy looking at your photos of them. Have a wonderful evening and Friday ahead. xx

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    1. Thanks Penny! Stay well and safe. Enjoy your day and weekend!

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  36. Magnificent photos!
    Beautiful sky and adorable little birds.
    Stay healthy!
    I was happy to be here.
    Warm greetings from Germany
    My Sky ...

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    1. Hello Jutta,
      Thanks for the comment. Take care and stay safe! Have a happy day!

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  37. I would always be thankful to have the little birds in my garden too!
    Happy bird watching
    Wren x

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  39. Oh, my but it's Friday again and your post from yesterday is just grand. Hoping you have a wonderful weekend and your gorgeous blue skies continue! It's so good to be here!

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  40. Hello Eileen,
    Very beautiful series of photos and collages.
    Have a nice weekend ahead!
    Hugs!

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    1. Hello Ella,
      Thanks for the comment. Take care, stay safe! Enjoy your day, wishing you a healthy new week!

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  41. Always important to enjoy the things around you. Love your scenes today, Eileen. Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Thankful Thursday is one of my favorite linky party's. Thanks for the comment. Take care, stay safe! Enjoy your day, wishing you a healthy new week!

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  42. Beautiful skies and birds! Stay safe.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  43. Birds are arriving here this week. Butter butts etc. And chickadees checking out our bird house.

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    1. Hello, it is great to see the new birds arriving. Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  44. We currently have a lot of the dark-eyed juncos here, and boy oh boy, are they ever enjoying the sunflower seeds I've put out. I can't keep up with them! I just love the soft sounds they make though.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Andrea

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    1. Hello Andrea,
      I am still seeing a few Juncos here, they have not all left yet. Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  45. Love your birding pictures! We had about 10 heron nests near us a few years ago. I haven't been back to see if they have returned. They are amazing to see.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  46. I love the photos you are able to capture from your deck! Have a safe and healthy weekend.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Take care, stay safe! Enjoy your day, wishing you a healthy new week!

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  47. You take care as well. Staying at home has been hard but so important for us and those in our community. - Margy

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    1. Hello Margy,
      Yes, we are staying safe and healthy.
      Thanks for the comment. Take care, stay safe! Enjoy your day, wishing you a healthy new week!

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  48. Very cool clouds! I wish I could watch herons without having to travel. Nice!

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    1. Hi Brian,
      It is cool to look out my kitchen window and see the herons in the tree tops.
      Thanks for the comment. Take care, stay safe! Enjoy your day, wishing you a healthy new week!

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  49. Uma vista absolutamente deslumbrante, que rodeia a sua casa, Eileen!...
    As imagens estão incríveis!!! Adorei todas! Beijinhos
    Ana

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