Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday's Critters #329

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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 photos from our early March getaway to Delaware and Ocean City Maryland. I am so happy we took this trip before all the requests to stay safe at home and the park closures.  On the last morning,we left early in the morning, so we could visit a few parks on the way home. 


Two birding spots were new to me and right off the highway we were taking to go home. Below a quickie stop at the Ocean City inlet before slowly heading home.  Top row is the Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon. Middle row more Common Loons.  Bottom row is from W. Ocean City pond Gadwall and female Ring-necked Duck.  

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Ocean City inlet, there were a lot of Gulls and Cormorants.




More ducks from the West Ocean City pond, a male Ring-necked Duck, 2 Tundra Swans, Gadwall, a Northern Shoveler. Bottom row are the Tundra Swans, Bufflehead Ducks and a pair of Ring-necked Ducks.



Tundra Swans, Northern Shoveler and guessing a Gadwall.






Below is another new spot for me was at the Berlin, Maryland @ Heron Park.  We saw a lot of ducks, of course they were all floating on the opposite side of the pond and lighting was not the best in the morning. Plenty of Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Redhead Duck and Ruddy Ducks.



A large group of Northern Shovelers seen in Berlin Maryland at the Heron Park.





Thanks to all my visitors and for all the wonderful comments. I appreciate everyone who loves critters and has linked up their post.


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Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the host Anni.

128 comments:

  1. Eileen Thank you for sharing so many photographs of birds. one favourite of mine is the Merganer especially the male with his tuft of hair at the back. Thanks you for hosting. Stay safe and have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thanks Margaret! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  2. Hello Eileen,
    This is a real bird paradise with you and you have photographed so many different birds, fantastic!
    have a nice weekend and stay healthy!
    Hugs, Elke

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    1. Thank you Elke! Stay healthy, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  3. So calming yet exciting seeing your birds, E!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia! Take care and enjoy your day!

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  4. Hello Eileen.
    Fantastic serie of birds. I like Northern Shovelers. They look comical because they have a long beak.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Hello Anu, the Shovelers do have a comical look about them. Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  5. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful photos and collages show you.
    The male ring-necked duck and the 2 tundra swans are really great.
    Will you want to post my link, I can't do it.
    Have a great weekend and stay healthy.
    Best regards Irma

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    1. Thanks so much Irma! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  6. Hari OM
    Gorgeous as always - but am particularly loving the jetty image with all its symmetry!!! YAM xx

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    1. Thank Yam! I almost did not include that photo, I have so many from that day! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  7. Hello,

    Beautiful birds! Nice photo of the Gulls and Cormorants.
    Happy weekend, and stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Marit! Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  8. wow, that´s a lot of birds. I really miss those travelling and birding days. When you could stay for several hours without being bored. Love your shots Eileen.
    Take care and stay safe.

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    1. Thanks Monica! Yes, I could stay all day at these places and watch the birds. Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  9. How nice to see all that free wildlife!
    Let's hope animals do not get affected by this awful virus...
    Thanks for sharing. Be well!
    Have a serene weekend!

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    1. Thanks Luisella! I hope all the animals are safe too! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  10. Great photos, I like the gulls sitting on the posts, very nice.
    Have a wonderful day and weekend, stay safe and thank you for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Bill! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  11. estos patos son preciosos, buenas fotos

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    1. Thank you for the comment! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  12. Tão lindos,Eillen! Bom ver ,passando aqui! beijos, fica bem,chica

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    1. Hello Chica, thank you for the visit and comment. Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  13. Hello Eileen,
    Very nice series of birds. The Gulls and Cormorants are very beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend and stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Ella! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  14. Bellissime queste foto di Anatre e Cigni che nuotato indisturbati, danno una grande sensazione di pace che in questo momento fà bene al cuore.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  15. I would love to see such a number and variety of waterfowl. We only see a few puddle duck species in our local lake. Stay dafe!

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    1. Ken, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  16. That was a very productive outing, Eileen, with a great range if waterfowl. Our local areas are now yielding a wider variety and greater numbers, but migration northwards still seems a little spotty.

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    1. Hello David, I am waiting to see more migrants. My favorite are the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, I usually see a few in my yard when they are passing through. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  17. ...I've always enjoyed seeing bird atop pilings! Take care and enjoy your day.

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    1. Tom, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  18. Lots of nice ducks and water birds!

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    1. Thanks Brian! Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  20. You've got birds, we've got bears!!!
    Have a good one, in this trying times. Thanks for hosting. It's a day for looking at critters!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! The bears are cool critters. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  21. My favorite image today is the gulls & cormorants all in a line! (Thanks for hosting!)

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    1. Hi Anni, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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    2. Thanks so much for this. We birders at I'd Rather B Birdin appreciate your blog post & photos!

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  22. Eileen I see giant birds again! Those Tundra Swans look so big!!! I really hope I can see those big creatures someday. Plus those birds perched on the marina, what a sight! I'm sure they also make those seabird sounds that are quite loud but relaxing for me.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  23. Beautiful shots, Eileen. I think we are all glad to have some photos in the archives now that we are confined indoors.

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    1. Thanks Nick, for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  24. Your visit proved to be good timing Eileen. Lots of wildfowl to see and count. It's very annoying when the light and sun are straight into the lens I agree. In those circumstances I experiment with over exposing the subject but the result is never right, but often a little better. Stay safe this weekend.

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    1. Thanks for the tips, Phil! Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  25. Lovely series of birds and glad you able to made this trip before the lockdown! Hope you guys are staying at home safe

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    1. Hello Jeevan, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  26. PS: I hope you're staying safe and healthy, Eileen.
    Nothing to do at home? Try these :-)
    http://nicholasjv.blogspot.com/2020/04/coronavirus-diaries-v.html

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    1. Thanks Nick! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  27. I love the photo from the Ocean City inlet with the birds on the posts. Not a lot of critter photos this week due to staying home and social distancing, but a couple from the garden.

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    1. Hello Linda,

      Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  28. I love ducks. How fortunate you were to see such variety!

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    1. Thanks Marie! Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  29. now that is a lot of birds in one place.. I know you are missing your short trips and long walks.. we are basically stay at home people, so not to much to miss exept our Ymca and bobs park visits

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    1. Hello Sondra, Yes, I miss the longer walks and the trips! Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  30. Those posts make a perfect landing pad for seagulls. The timing was right and you got out and about just under the wire!

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    1. Yes, our timing was good. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  31. Great photos dear! =)
    https://antonellabasile.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  32. those red-breasted mergansers are so funny looking, with their disheveled hair and swoopy beak!! but i love ducks. i have seen gadwalls and they have a certain elegance about them! so many beautiful ducks here, many i have only seen in my books!!! the birds on the posts is typical and an awesome capture!!

    stay safe and be happy, many thanks for hosting!!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, the Merganser are cute with their funny "hairdo". It was great to see all these winter ducks. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  33. There is something about ducks gliding on the water that provokes peace and calmness. Beautiful!

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    1. Hello Anne

      Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  34. What a wonderful place for birding! My favorite shot is the one right below the first collage!

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  35. Good morning! Your photos offer such peace and tranquility! For that I an truly grateful! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  36. The virus "lock down" is going to change our routines. I can't take out my bird watching group.

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    1. Hello Red, thank you for the visit and comment. BTW< I made some rice pudding. YUM!

      Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  37. At least our feathered friends are able to socialize ~ Lovely photos of the groups of feathered friends ^_^

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

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    1. Hello Carol,
      Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  38. I'm intrigued by the name Northern Shoveler, what are they shoveling up north, snow? You have a great eye for wildlife as usual, Eileen. No herons in Heron Park? I'm wondering when the Great Blue Heron rookery in Devil's Lake will start showing activity, I should check in since it's pretty close by. It's one of my favorite places to sit and watch.

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    1. Hello Jeanna, they shovel that food into their mouths, lol. I would love watching the rookery too. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  39. Eileen - don't you wonder what gulls and cormorants did before there were man-made pilings? Perch in trees, I suppose. Nice to see such a wide variety of ducks and other birds. Thanks for hosting, and enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hi Angie, they probably sat on the trees, beach or even a boat. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  40. I'm very fond of water birds! You saw many wonderful ones on this journey!

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    1. Hi Jeanie, I love all the birds, especially the water birds. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  41. What a great assortment of birds, Eileen! I love the pic of all of the gulls and Cormorants on the posts! Stay safe!

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  42. So many birds to see on that walk. :-)

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    1. Thanks Dee! Stay safe and take care! Have a great new week!

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  43. Hello Eileen,
    I hope everything is fine with you and your health.
    I can't get my link posted. He is headed into the beam but does not want to be drowned.
    So cannot link.
    I see beautiful pictures in your blog and the merganser is really fantastic to see. the other ducks are also great. very nice varieties :-)
    Think carefully about yourself and your loved ones.
    Greetings, helma

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    1. Hello Helma,
      Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  44. Hello Eileen,
      you say that the blog with curlews is on your list but I really don't see it !!

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    1. Hi Helma, I meant the Curlews are on my list of Bird I most want to see! I have not found one yet.

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    2. Hello Eileen,
      what he actually means is that I couldn't get my link from my blog in the critters. Maybe you want to do that next Saturday because I am not getting the link since my new compurer.
      Greetings, Helma

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  45. I LOVE the photo at Ocean City Inlet with all the birds perched on the posts. It's outstanding.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much! Take care and have a great new week!

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  46. I love the way the photo turned out with all of them on the posts! So neat! I would print that one out! It's nice to get our photos out that we haven't had a chance to post while we are not able to go on our regular hikes! Take care and stay healthy!

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    1. Hello, Diane

      I have lots of photos in archives, we go on walks just about every day. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  48. Hi Eileen-
    This multilevel (perched at different heights in the same area) is truly captivating.
    Thanks for hosting.
    God Speed!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  49. Happy Wildlife - Many Thanx - March Seems So Long Ago

    Cheers

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  50. Great capture of all the birds on the pilings.

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    1. Thank you Karen, for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  51. WOW! The difference between the Swans and the "Gadwell" is amazing!!!...:)jp

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    1. Hello JP, the swans are huge. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  52. Hi Eileen, I am making my way, slow as a turtle crossing a road in Spring. I love the birds in the water, those Ring necked ducks, the Northern Shovelers are favorites around here too. WOW look how small the Double Crested Cormorants look next to those large Gulls. So beautiful all of them. I am so thankful when I can pop in and see everyone. I miss blogging on a regular basis, but one day soon...maybe...one day soon. ;) <3 Please take care of yourself and your family~

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    1. Hi Mary, I appreciate your visit and comment. Always happy to see your posts too. Take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  53. Those birds really do stake their claim on those posts! Great photos!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  54. Really love all the ducks...great comparison shot with the Swan...they are huge!

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    1. Thanks Sondra, Those swans are big! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  55. Stunning photos of all the birds - I certainly can't pick a favorite. I've missed reading your blog - plan to catch up soon. Stay safe.

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    1. Thanks JoAnn! Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  56. Glad you got in a trip before the shut down.

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    1. Thanks Linda! We were happy we made the trip when we did. Stay safe, take care! Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  57. Those photos are truly beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Lon! Stay well! Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  58. Tantas variedades de aves!...
    Uma maravilha, esta série de fotos, que nos devolvem tanta tranquilidade!... Por aqui, os campos florescem, e a natureza também se renova... mas ultimamente com as preocupações, nem me apercebi da fase em que as árvores floresceram, mesmo em frente das minhas janelas... e nem dei conta!...
    Por aqui, o álcool esgotou do mercado faz algum tempo... e para poupar o que tenho para reserva, tive que recorrer a soluções criativas... no momento, já estou na fase de lavar as compras do supermercado, irem por item, com gel de banho... desde cada peça de fruta, aos frascos e enlatados!... Se me dissessem que eu estaria fazendo isto, há dois meses atrás, eu jamais acreditaria...
    Que tudo esteja bem por aí, consigo e com os seus, são os meus votos, Eileen! Tudo de bom! Beijinhos! Cuidem-se todos! Usem máscara, quando estiverem com outras pessoas por perto! Aqui na Europa, também ninguém as queria usar... mas já se chegou à conclusão de que ajuda a evitar muita coisa, nesta fase!
    Ana

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    1. Hello Ana, your visit and comments are always appreciated. I hope you stay well, safe and take care. Wishing you a happy new week!

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  59. They are beautiful, the conglomerate of ducks are wonderful Eileen. Stay safe to you and hubby.

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    1. Thank you Bob! Stay well and safe! Have a happy day and a great new week!

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    1. Thank you Sussi! Stay well! Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  61. Dear Eileen, I'm a day late! My internet has been intermittent lately. I love water birds and enjoyed your post today. I'm linking to you with my entry. Be safe and take care. Jo

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    1. Hi Jo, I am happy to see you link up any time. Stay safe! Thanks and I hope you have a great new week!

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  62. Hi Eileen, your photos are beautiful, you were lucky to se so much water birds. Ocean city looks nice. Have a nice easter. Take care. Greetings Caroline

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    1. Thanks so much Caroline! Stay safe and well. Have a great new week!

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  63. Hello Eileen,
    Very wonderful pictures. Nice all these kind of birds.
    That duck on collage 3 is so very nice. Well done!!

    I wish you all the best for this time.

    Greetings, Marco

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  64. I love this post - What a great series, especially getting to see the swans are such a treat! I was feeling pretty good when I saw a couple of Mallards the other day! :-)

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Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

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Have a happy day, Eileen

Saturday's Critters #338

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