Saturday, December 5, 2020

Saturday's Critters # 364

 

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


Hello and happy Saturday!
 
 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!


1.  The House Finch is another bird I see come and go to my feeders. The male has a red streaked breast and a brown crown.  The male is seen below with a mouthful. He was seen before and after eating, that is food on his beak. He is a messy eater, not sick.  He needs a napkin to wipe it's beak. 
 
 

 
2.  The male and female House Finch. The female has a dull brown back and is evenly streaked on the front breast area.



 
 
3.  From the neighborhood, I went to pick up our carry-out food from the nearby Friendly Farm family restaurant.  The are always lots of Canada Geese hanging out.



 
 
 
4. This family style restaurant has three ponds, I usually check out the ponds for different birds when I drive by.  Usually I see the geese and ducks on the ponds.  There have been times when I see a Kingfisher, the Killdeer,  a GB Heron or the Great Egret.  There is a Bald Eagle's nest nearby, a few times I have seen the Eagles on the ground near the pond or flying around the area.
 
 

 
 
5. I found a few Ruddy Ducks at the pond, the females have a cheek stripe and they have the stiff tail.







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

108 comments:

  1. I thought the Canadian/US border was closed...I guess no one told those Canadian Geese! How fun to catch the male and female finch together at the feeder. Have a great weekend Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Ellen!
      LOL, these geese have moved to the great USA.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  2. Beautiful! Guess what - I dreamed I took pics of beautiful birds, those red Robins (we don´t have) and blue ones...

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    1. Thank you Iris!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  3. Hello,
    love the funny "expression" of the House Finches.
    Nice to see all these feathered beauties...
    Have a blessed second Advent weekend!

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    1. I wish you a blessed second Advent weekend.
      Thank you for the comment and visit!
      Take care, stay safe!

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  4. Lovely area to see critters as you drive by. Love your finches. Thanks for hosting, stay safe adn have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  5. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful photos. It was impressing many Canada Geese there!
    Happy Weekend, and take care!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      These Geese love this area, they seem to stay year round.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  6. Lidos todos eles,belas fotos que nos mostram a natureza! beijos, lindo fim de semana,chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  7. I love yours photos ...
    Everything is green there so you might think it's spring!
    Thank you for hosting.
    ~ Be safe and well ~

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    1. Thank you Ella!
      The property owners take great care of the lawn and ponds.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  8. The ponds seems like a great place to see the birds and ducks as you pick up your food. Have a great weekend, stay safe and thank for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  9. lol, I thought those ducks were Pintail´s :) I love to see the geese still there. How nice to have those ponds nearby. Always something to watch. In Sweden the geese left almost two months ago. :(

    Take care!

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      I was surprised to see these Ruddy Ducks at the pond.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  10. Hello Eileen,
    What a funny pictures of these birds.
    They are so nice and great with that red head.

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  11. now THIS is a GAGGLE of Geese. wow.. the most i have seen is 5 together. and that only once. the male finch faces is so cute, but I still think it is unfair that the males are so much prettier than the females. i do understand why, she needs to be NOT seen to protect the nest, he needs to be bright to make predators look at him, not the family.

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    1. Thank you Sandra!
      I have seen more Geese at this place, they love the fields and ponds.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  13. So now you have your next project set out for you, Eileen, a bill-wiping station for messy birds! I will look forward to seeing it!

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    1. Thank you David!
      I will try to figure out a bill wiping station.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  14. Those little finches are beautiful, Eileen. Nice that you have such a variety of wild birds close to home.
    Keep safe!

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    1. Thank you Nick!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  15. The birds and ducks are so free to gather in flocks but we humans have to avoid gathering in groups. Beautiful countryside.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      I feel it is best not to gather in groups at this time.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  16. PS: And as always, thank you for hosting, Eileen!

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    1. Thanks again Nick!
      I wish you a great new week ahead!

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  17. That is so cool, having three ponds there. Good for you for supporting a local restaurant.
    Thanks for hosting. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      Yes, we love this restaurant. It has been there since I was a kid.
      We will have their carry-out tomorrow for our dinner.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  18. We have one feeder that's almost entirely dominated by a flock of house sparrows. They even swarm on our front porch. They are very boring birds but I have a soft spot for them anyway. Your feeder looks very exciting!

    be safe... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae!
      I do not usually see the House Sparrows around my place.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  19. House Finches seem to be quite reliable when it comes to being at feeders. Beautiful pond where the waterfowl hang out! Nice that you have an eagle nest nearby, too.

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  20. That's a LOT of Geese! Beautiful photos as always Eileen. Enjoy the weekend :)

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  21. Isn’t it amazing when you take an interest in birds they’re everywhere! Lol.

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      Yes, the birds can be seen and heard everywhere I go.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  22. How neat to see so many geese! Love always carrying a camera in case we see something too! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  23. my male house finches are messy eaters as well, the girls are fine!! we get so many Canadian geese here in this area and they are so messy!!! i like the ruddy ducks, i am seeing them at lake of the lilies and they are always sleeping!!

    have a great weekend eileen, and many thanks for hosting us critter lovers!!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!
      You photos are beautiful, I always enjoy seeing your birds.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  25. That's a herd of geese! We have had a few on our pond in the past two or three years, but this year tehy skipped us. I only have the lone egret that hangs around any more. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you Terri!
      We seem to see geese here year round, they do not migrate.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  26. The male & female finch at the feeder the same time is a terrific comparison image!! A great "birder" book photo. And the field of Canada Geese is fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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    2. Thanks for joining us this weekend at IRBB!

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  27. I wonder if the house finch is similar to a Purple Finch, which has much the same coloring. Of courseI don't have the advantage of feeders any more. But I never could figure out how a reddish bird got called Purple!!

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      I think the Purple Finches are more of a raspberry color and the House Finches are more reddish.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  28. Not only are house finches messy eaters, they are gluttons. There that's my short rant.

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    1. Thank you Red!
      The squirrels are the gluttons here.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  29. Hi Eileen. Your Friendly Farm seems like a useful place to both shop and eat. And then you have the added bonus of those birds you describe and name. Maybe your friendly Farm could undertake some work to attract in more people to bird watch as well as shop - perhaps a hide or two? Those finches are rather lovely even though they are messy eaters!

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Phil!
      The last time I drove past the farm, ponds and driveway, there were two birders with their scopes. I think there was big group of ducks on the pond. I did not have time to stop and check out the scene.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  30. Great photos!
    Some years we have those Finches coming to our feeders, but some years not.
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thank you Lea!
      I only see the House Finches occasionally.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  31. Hi Eileen, I got a kick out of that messy eater. :-) I really like the area around the pond with the Canadian Geese. Open countryside like that is very appealing. The Geese remind me of the way they love Green Lake here in Seattle. Thank you for hosting and sharing. Have a happy weekend, take care, and be safe my friend! John

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    1. Hello John,
      The geese do love this farm, the fields and ponds.
      Thank you for the link, comment and visit!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  32. Dear Eileen, I have never seen such a red finch - probably these birds do not exist in Europe. Hihi, yes, he would need a napkin :-D
    The restaurant has tons of geese! And you tell about many other interesting birds - it seems to be a very special place!
    Have a wonderful second weekend in Advent! 🌟🕯️❄️☃️❄️🕯️🌟
    All the best, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2020/12/unser-november-von-himmelblau-bis.html

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    1. Thank you Traude!
      I enjoyed your post and always happy to see you link up!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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    2. PS1: I read the English translation of my blog post and had to laugh when I read "Our neighbors used to have a hangover, but he passed away a few years ago" ... They didn't have a hangover, they had a male cat. (In German language it's the same word - "Kater" - for both ;-DDD)
      PS2: I'm your follower #760 now :-)

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  33. Nice capture of the red finch with a mouthful!!

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    1. Thanks Karen!
      I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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  34. House finches come to my place every spring. They have a nest close by my front door, so every time I open it I scare them. I tell them I'm sorry, but they should have checked out my house before starting construction. (Or would that have been an ancestor who built the nest? Not sure how that works.) I miss them when they fly away after raising their young.

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    1. Hello Inger,
      Thanks for the comment! I think all the resident birds will re-use their old nest. They add to them and make them stronger. My finches come and go, I do not always see them. Have a happy weekend!

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  35. Hello Eileen, thanks for sharing your beautiful critters and thanks for hosting this meme. Have a great Saturday. Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo!
      I am always happy to see your post and updates on Skabby!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  36. I am always thrilled when I see that bit of pink at the feeders. At the farm, a pair of house finches nested in a tiny alcove between our bow window and the roof for many years. It was always fun to watch them. What a beautiful spread that restaurant has.

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn!
      I always enjoy seeing the nesting birds, I am looking forward to Spring.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  37. Nice yard and restaurant birds. I recorded my first Ruddy Duck on our local wetlands lake just this past week. It had me baffled for a while because it did not thrust up its tail. The streaks on the cheeks gave me the clue that is was a female Ruddy. I had never seen one alone, either, and this added to the mystery.

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    1. Hello Ken,
      I was surprised to see the Ruddy Ducks there, I guess you never know what birds will show up.
      I wonder if your one Ruddy duck was young or hurt in some way. Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  38. What lovely photos Eileen! Finches are such pretty birds. I laughed at the little one needing a napkin! :)

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    1. Thanks Rain! The finch was a messy eater!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  39. I love the House Finch, glorious photos.

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    1. Thank you Bob!
      Have a great Sunday and a happy new week ahead!

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  40. I love seeing the little messy eater. They are such pretty birds. Stay safe, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  41. Lovely treat Eileen. I look forward to the birds in their habitats.
    Hugs
    Joy

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    1. Hello Joy
      Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  42. Love the male and female on the feeder. You seem to be surrounded by lots of nature areas, lucky you.

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    1. Hello Diane,
      Thanks for the comment and visit.
      Have a great new week!

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  43. 'Lovely photos. Quite a few Canadian Geese have taken up residence here in Arkansas. They are so pretty! We also see house finches on our feeders. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thanks Marci!
      I appreciate the link and comment.
      The geese seem to stay here year round.
      Have a happy Sunday and a great new week!

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  44. Lovely photographs Eileen.
    Happy Weekend Wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  45. I think I saw a house or purple finch come to my feeder yesterday -- not the finch feeder but the seed one. It was nice to see him!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie!
      The finches love the sunflower seeds too.
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  46. Our house finches are messy eaters too! Glad it's normal.

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    1. Thanks Linda!
      Have a great day, a happy new week ahead!

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  47. I had to smile at the House Finch with food in his beak - it reminded me of watching birds trying to wipe something off their beak by swiping it side to side against some object. I'm sure they would find napkins much easier! :)

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    1. Thank you M, for the visit and comment.
      The birds do usually wipe their beaks on a branch or anywhere they are perched .
      Take care, enjoy your day!
      Have a great new week!

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  48. Although common, I also adore House Finches, Eileen. You're right about the males being a little sloppy too!!...jp

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    1. Thank you JP!
      Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  49. Love the house finch photos ~ ^_^

    Live with love each moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      Take care, have a great new week!

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  50. My house finch looked just like that and was deemed to be sick..He does look just like the pictures..Who knows?? Fun post..great pictures..Have a happy new week..

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    1. Hello, Missy
      Did a animal rescue see you bird and say it was sick? I was just wondering how you knew your bird was sick.
      I was happy to see my bird before after it was eating. Thanks for the comment. Have a great day!

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  51. I would love to have a farm to table restaurant with takeout nearby! Especially one that had all those wonderful birds on the property!

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    1. Thank You Sallie!
      Wishing you a happy day and a great new week!

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  52. I finally found some Arizona critters slow enough for me to photograph. The Gila Woodpecker was hard to photograph with my phone but great to view right in our campsite. - Margy

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    1. Thank you Margy!
      Wishing you a happy day and a great new week!

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