Saturday, May 8, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 386

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!


Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!!   😊

 

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I am seeing and hearing about the spring birds and migrants moving around I try to get out to do some birding at our local parks and my favorite parks.  On this day, hubby and I took a loop walk around Hashawha Nature Center. These are some photos from our walk. 

1. Below are the Brown Thrasher, Eastern Bluebird, Chipping Sparrows, Northern Cardinal and a Song Sparrow. 



2. At the raptor center, they have a male and female Barred Owl, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawks and a Great Horned Owl.




3. As the day warmed up, we saw lots of turtles. They could be the Eastern Painted Turtle. The Red-eared Sliders are being seen in Maryland after people have released unwanted pets into the wild.




4. Various scenes from our walk, the pond and Hashawha Lake.




5. Hellebore, Bluebells, some unknown wildflowers and the Bloodroot. 



6.  The male Eastern Bluebird, I wish the twig was not in front of his face.  They are a common bird seen at the park, there are a lot of bird houses set up for the bluebirds to use.  



7. These Painted Turtles were seen sunning along the lake shore. 



I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out!


 Thanks to all my visitors and for your comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves critters and has linked up their critter post. 



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125 comments:

  1. Your walk looks lovely. Spring is so welcome here too, after the very locked-down winter.

    best,,, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae!
      I am happy spring is here, the flowers are beautiful.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  2. That looks another place Eileen were you see a lot of birds. I love the colour of the Eastern Bluebird. Thanks for hosting, stay safe adn have a wonderful weekend and week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      More birds were heard that day, It is hard to get their photos.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  3. Hello Eileen.
    Wonderful photos and beautiful places.
    The bluebird is such a beautiful bird. It might also sing beautifully?
    Thank you for hosting. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thank you Anu!
      The Bluebird does have a sweet sound.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  4. Hello, beautiful view of the birds in the "rehab" and the flowers. It must have been a joyful walk. The Bluebird is awesome!
    Enjoy your weekend, with new lovely captures...and Wyatt! :)

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    1. As always I thank you for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  5. Hello Eileen,

    Happy Mother's Day! Here vi have Mother's Day in February. Beautiful photos! The male Eastern Bluebird is so pretty, and all the flowers too. The same flowers are blooming here too.
    Happy Weekend, and take care!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      I remember your Mother's Day was earlier. I am loving this spring with all the lovely blossoms.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  6. Flora and fauna! Thanks dear E

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    1. Thank you Cloudia!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  7. Happy Mother's Day to you too. Great photos from your walk with your hubby. The male Eastern Bluebird is very attractive. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      The Bluebirds are lovely.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  8. Happy Mother’s Day, Eileen! Haha … looks like the pretty bluebird is playing hide and seek.

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    1. Thank you for the comment!
      LOL, those darn branches just keep getting in my way.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  9. Happy Mother's Day to you Eileen! Lovely pictures as always. The Bluebird is a real beauty.

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    1. Thank you Adam!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  10. Today is the Big Day for birding and your photos energize me to get out early. No hope of seeing most of your species but it will be fun trying. Happy Mothers Day!

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    1. Thank you Ken!
      I broke my toe so I will not be out there birding this weekend, maybe a little bit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  11. Unbelievable those turtles in the sun and that blue orange bird. Great nature shots.

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit and comment.
      I do love all things nature related.
      Have a great weekend!

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  12. It is fun to see the turtles, we never see them here only sometimes some toads.

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    1. Thank you Marianne!
      I like seeing the turtles, they are cute.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  13. Wonderful nature images, love those turtles. Happy Mothers Day to you and have a wonderful weekend.

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

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  14. Lindas fotos ,como sempre! Feliz dia das mães pra ti também! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

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

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  15. Are the birds at the raptor centre injured birds that are unable to be released back into the wild and are now used for breeding purposes where possible? It certainly provides a great opportunity to study plumage at close quarters.

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    1. Thank you for the comment David.
      These raptors have been injured and can not be released. I am not sure if they are breed.
      I did see the Hawks working on a nest, gathering things in their cage. Happy birding, enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Happy Mother's Day to you too, Eileen.

    I love the bluebirds. We don't get any in our yard here.

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    1. Thank you Dee!
      Take care, have a happy Mother's Day weekend!

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  17. Such a great place for you to visit. I don´t know of any such place as Hashawha Nature Center in Sweden.
    We have, of course, some places with birding towers and a few larger ones with Visitor centers. But none that I know of has caged birds. They use to invite visitors to see when they are ringing the birds. That is a nice thing to visit.
    Glad you had a nice day.
    Take care!

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      This raptor center is nice, these are injured birds and can not be released.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  18. Thanks for taking us along and showing us all the fantastic critters you see along the way! Have a great weekend Eileen. :)

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    1. Thank you Martha!
      Take care, have a happy Mother's Day weekend!

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  19. ...a Happy Mother's Day to you Eileen and thanks for the Bluebird, it's a treat.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      The Bluebird is a treat to see.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  20. All these moms and babies are wonderful! And oh, that bluebird!

    You broke your toe? Ouch! I hope it doesn't take too long to heal.

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      Yes, I did break one toe. I would have never thought a broken toe would make my foot hurt so much.
      Take care, have a happy Mother's Day weekend!

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  21. Hi Eileen,
    What a wonderful series of photos and collages.
    I really love the male Eastern Bluebird.
    Would you like to post my link, I cannot do that.
    I wish you a nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      I linked up your post, love your beautiful Oystercatcher images.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  22. I know how much your birding and walking and visiting other places means to both of you and so glad you are now able to get out more than during the pandemic...

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    1. Thank you Sandra!
      I wish I could be out walking more. I am resting my foot some.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  23. I love your shadow shot!
    The bluebird shot is a hoot. Like it knew... Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  24. Happy Mother's day weekend! I love seeing the turtles and all the wildflowers blooming now. How nice to get to see those beautiful birds at the nature center. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day weekend!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  25. Happy Mother's Day, Eileen.
    A lovely set of photos.

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

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  26. Lovely capture from the walk, and beautiful light presence to shoot the natural aspects. Neat collage work! Have a great weekend Take care

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    1. Thank you Jeevan!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  27. Yes, the bluebird is a beauty, Eileen! And just as you wanted, the Photoshop fairy has granted you a Mother's Day wish:
    https://share.getcloudapp.com/rRuGKDBj
    Enjoy your special day!

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    1. Thanks again Nick!
      Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  28. Wow, lovely photos from what must be the most wonderful rambles! The bluebird photo is gorgeous and yes, I have the same problem with some of my better photos...twigs in the way but that is nature too. I have also photographed our painted turtles in our little pond. They only appear when it is sunny and since we seem to have turned cool and rainy, I haven't seen them this past week at all. What a treat for you to spy so many!

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn!
      lately, we have been having a lot of cooler, rainy and windy days. Not good weather for walking and birding.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  29. PS: Thank you for being our gracious host, for yet another week, Eileen!

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  30. For you, Eileen, bluebird's face restored!

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    1. Wow, thanks Nick! You did great restoring the Bluebird's face. Have a happy day!

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  31. happy mothers day eileen, you are a mom to many, i alway think of the puppies too!! beautiful captures this week, especially the bluebird, BUT there is almost always that one stick....so we all "get it"!!

    awesome captures of the turtles, i have been seeing them everywhere too!!

    have a wonderful weekend, i think they have updated the forecast to sun tomorrow!! many tanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I always love seeing the turtles. They are cute.
      I hope the sun comes out, it is raining this morning. Happy Mother's Day weekend to you!

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  32. You remind me that spring bird count is coming up.

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    1. Thank you Red!
      I assume you will be out helping with the spring bird count.
      Have a great day!

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  33. wow! gorgeous nature photos as always ~ love the single bird photo of the eastern blue bird ~ Xo

    Happy Mother's Day to you,

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      I hope you are having a happy Mother's Day weekend!

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  34. Hi Eileen. As usual I have mixed feeling about seeing those birds in cages but as long as the centre is using them for the correct motives then it is OK. Great captures again of the birds and it is good to know your spring birds are arriving, even though all over the world, people seem to be finding it a very cold spring, depite "global warming". LOL. Those turtles are just amazing to see as we have nothing like that here, just terrapins released into the wild by people who tire of looking after them.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend and many thanks for thee opportunity to join in today.

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    1. Thank you Phil!
      The raptors are well cared for even though they each have some kind of injury. They would not survive in the wild.
      I enjoy seeing the turtles, this park is a great habitat for the wildlife. Enjoy your day, happy weekend!

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  35. Love that blue bird photo even with the twig in front. You had a nice photo walk for sure! Happy Mother's Day to you!

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    1. Happy Mother's Day Ellen!
      Thank you for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  36. I am always thrilled to spot turtles in the wild! You saw so many of them! Thanks for hosting us each week, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  37. Wow, the Eastern Bluebird, beautiful Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  38. Hi Eileen,
    this is very strange.
    I share the link with the blue heron and the fish and then I see the blog with the beard men from 2020 !! ?? !! I really understand!
    Greetings, Helma

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    1. Hello Helma,
      I fixed your link, it is the heron now.
      Thank you for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  39. It has been a long while since I've shared any photos with Saturday's Critters.

    Your photos are always lovely. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      I am happy to see you again!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  40. Todas las fotografías se ven preciosas, me encantó verlas. Besos.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  41. Happy Mother's Day, Eileen! You are so fortunate to be able to see so many wonderful birds in both your nature centers and in your own backyard! Have a good and healthy week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Pat!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  42. I particularly like those turtles.

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    1. Thank you William!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  43. Stunning shot, Eileen. today. I am seeing a lot of returning birds and have taken pictures but here I am again behind the eight ball again. Hopefully I will do better.
    MB

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    1. Hello MB,
      Thank you for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  44. People need to stop releasing pets into the wild.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      People do not understand the meaning of native species, they are disrupting the ecosystem releasing their pets.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  45. I would really enjoy visiting that raptor center!! And, that beautiful bluebird...it's gorgeous. As always, an excellent post & much appreciated that you shared it with us this week!

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

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  46. Beautiful bluebird and so many turtles!

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      I appreciate your visit and comment.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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    2. Landscapes photos are beautiful! I love blue bird and its colors. Happy Mothers day.

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  47. Happy mothers day dear Eileen

    thank you for connecting us with splendor of mesmerizing nature and so sublimely !
    blessings to you and loved ones!

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    1. Thank you Baili!
      Have a great day and week ahead!

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  48. You know well the name of the various turtles! Bluebird is so eye-catching and beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day to you, too.

    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko!
      I appreciate the visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great week ahead!

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  49. My gosh what a fun group of turtles and all the wonderful pictures. Happy Mother's Day to you.

    Hugs Diane

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

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  50. Good morning Eileen, and I just can imagine this being your first year as a grandma is an extra special Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy your day and thanks for all the beautiful caught in the act and hiding in plain sight sweet critters. Love the dirt pile, and gottcha birds! Take care and be safe.

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Yes, we are happy grandparents.
      Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  51. Precioso el macho Eastern Bluebird. Me alegra que ya estés vacunada.
    Buen domindo Eileen. Cuidaros.
    Un abrazo.

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

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  52. I always see Eastern Bluebird in my neighborhood... beautiful bird.

    # Happy mother day to you... have a wonderful day

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

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  53. Love all your photos Eileen. Wishing you a very happy week - and hope you have/had a great Mother's Day :) xx

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    1. Hello,
      Thanks so much for sharing your post this week! Take care, enjoy your dnew week!

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      Have a great day!

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  55. HI Elieen, Love the top shot of Bitter Lakes I visited there in 2017 really enjoyed it. Enjoyed your other walk around photos also...the bluebird shot is lovely for sure!! Have a good week.

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    1. Thank you Sondra!
      Bitter Lake was a great place, we saw lots of Sandhill Cranes while we were there.
      Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  56. Hi Eileen!!!... I wish you a happy week... Stay safe 💚

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

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  57. I love all your cute critters !
    Happy Mother's Day to you too!
    Happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Ela!
      Have a happy day and great week ahead.

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  58. Hello Eileen
    I hope you had a lovely weekend and a Happy Mothers Day.
    A lovely mix of photographs on your post.
    The Eastern Bluebird is such a wonderfully coloured bird, so nice to see.

    Enjoy your week.

    All the best Jan

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  59. Sorry I am late commenting Eileen, I thought I had done so already but it might have been one of those times I was on my iPad. Sometimes I have difficulty getting it to publish. And then sometimes I think I have made a comment and get a little confused. Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed your latest critters post and other nature photos. I focused particularly on your bluebirds. I saw them for the first time this year today. I don't think mine came out as clear as yours but so glad to have the memory of them even if the my photos come out a bit fuzzy. Always a pleasure to stop by here. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    1. Thank you Denise! I always appreciate your visits and comments.
      The Bluebirds are so sweet, always a treat to see!
      Have a great day!

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  60. Belated Happy Mother's Day, Eileen! Love the bluebird!

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  61. Fine Spring Bird selection and beautiful wildflowers. I'm impressed as always.

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  62. I wish I had bluebirds here at home. They are such a pretty little bird. My mom always had bluebirds that built and we could watch them from the kitchen windows.

    I am a bit envious of the turtles. I want to go somewhere where I can see them lined up like that but it has stayed so cool I have not even tried to find any. But it is supposed to start warming up so maybe I will get to go.

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    1. Thanks Rose! It is neat to see the turtles all lined up. We have really warmed up today, it is 81°.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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Have a happy day, Eileen

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