Saturday, June 5, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 390

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!

Can you believe, it is the first Saturday of June. Time is flying by, I am hoping to see some birds flying into or around my yard.  These are some birds I have seen recently during our local walks. 

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1.  The end of April, I watched the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds coming and going to the feeder.




2. May 3rd, may have been my last sighting of the Red-breasted Nuthatch for the year.  





3. May 10th , I watched a female Black-throated Blue Warbler out my front window.  This view is from my exercise bike, I can watch various birds hopping around the rhododendrons and front yard. 

It is not the best photo taken out the window, these warblers move quickly. The female has a white arc under the eye and a little white wing patch.



4. May 16th, we took a walk on the local NCR bike trail. We saw a couple of Worm-eating Warblers chasing each other along the trail.


This warbler has a head stripe with black eye line and stripes on the buffy head.



5. I have been seeing bunnies in the back and front yard. I think the baby bunnies have grown quickly, but these two maybe the parents. 




6. The Tufted Titmouse is a year round visitor to my yard.  



7.  At our local Prettyboy Dam, the Cliff Swallows can be seen nesting under the dam bridge and flying over the reservoir.  





8. On another day we took a local walk on our fire road and to the lake. near the lake shore I saw a first year Baltimore Oriole, a first time seeing a Blackburnian Warbler in my neighborhood, a Red-eyed Vireo is bottom left, Canada Geese and some large Slider Turtles. 



9.  Not the best lighting looking up in the tree at this Blackburnian Warbler. 





I hope you enjoyed my yard and neighborhood birds.  Other birds I heard nearby but I was not able to take photos yet are: Ovenbird, Wood Thrush, unknown Thrush, Gray Catbird and the male Black-throated Blue Warbler, Indigo Bunting and the Scarlet Tanager. 




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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122 comments:

  1. Always a joy to see the pretty birds and bunnies. I have the common sparrows visiting my garden and another type of bird that is black with red eyes which I do not know its name. They have been feeding on my figs and looking for worms and insects in my garden. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy! It is good to have the birds around eating the insects.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  2. That's a good variety of visitors. Nice recap!

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    1. Thank you for the comment!
      Have a happy weekend!

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  3. Hello Eileen, all birds are cute! My favourite picture is the first one! Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you Klara!
      The hummer is one of my favorites too.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  4. Great shot off the Tufted Titmouse and Nuthask. Great t be able to see birds from the comfort of your oawn homw and while exercising Eileen. Thanks for hosting, stay safe adn have a good weekend.

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  5. So beautiful photos.
    Have a nice weekend. Stay well.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment!
      Have a happy weekend!

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  6. Your photos aways make me happy, E

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  7. We love hummingbirds! We saw 9 species on our trip to Arizona, but now we are back in our own backyard, which has far fewer species than yours. We have no hummingbirds this year, so far.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae!
      Your trip sounds awesome, I would love seeing all those hummingbirds.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  8. Hello Eileen,

    The litte hummingbird is so cute! The birds and the bunnies are all so beautiful too.
    Enjoy your day, and have a Happy Weekend!

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  9. I just love to see the Hummingbirds. I find it hard to see past them when they are included in a post. Absolutely stunning birds. Have a great weekend Eileen. :)

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    1. Thank you Adam!
      The hummingbird is one of my favorites.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  10. Hi Eileen,
    What great photos and collages those are.
    I enjoyed it.
    Would you mind adding my link, I can't.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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  11. ...all of these would be welcomed visitors in my garden except the rabbits. This year seems to be a good year for rabbits and my garden is showing it. Thanks Eileen for hosting, enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      We have a variety of critters eating our plants, like the Groundhog, Rabbits and the deer.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  12. Wonderful photos, Eileen. The Cliff Swallows found a great nesting area under the dam bridge. It's amazing where birds make their homes. Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting.

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  13. hummingbirds, bunnies, swifts, titmouse and warblers! What more can one ask for? Even the dam bridge is quite beautiful.
    This week I had a LOT of birds but few species, you will see. :)
    Take care!

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      I enjoyed ALL your birds, great post.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  14. Todos tão lindos, adorei ver! Que o fim de semana seja lindo assim! beijos, chica

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  15. Hari OM
    Always such variety - and always a delight to see them through your lens! YAM xx

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  16. Aaaah, dearest Eileen - Hummingbirds! I love them so much! (A pitty that we don't have them in Austria...)
    So sweet, the Tufted Titmouse and the bunnies, I am so happy that you have so many birds and other critters close to your home!
    Hugs from here and happy weekend, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/06/museumsdorf-niedersulz.html

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  17. I love them. You have a wider variety than we do here. Thanks for hosting. Happy Saturday.

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  18. Thanks for sharing this series of lovely critters. The Tufted titmouse is the prettiest today.
    I wish you a sunny and peaceful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, I appreciate your visit and comment!
      Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you for visiting.
      Have a great weekend!

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  21. May delivered a great variety for you, Eileen. I envy you the relative ease with which you see Worm-eating Warbler. I have only ever seen it once in North America, in south Texas in early May, and a couple of times in Costa Rica. It is quite drab as warblers go, but very attractive nevertheless. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thank you David!
      We have been seeing some great warblers right in our neighborhood. Some are breeders here for the summer.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  22. Gorgeous collection of sweet critters. Have a great weekend Eileen! :)

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  23. Great bird photos and the bunnies are so cute. Happy day and weekend Eileen :)

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    1. Thank you Denise!
      The bunnies are cute.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  24. Who can resist those wascally wabbits?

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    1. Thank you William!
      I love the wabbits too.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  25. It's good to see that your hummers are back Eileen. I'l bet that is a sure sign that summer is upon you? Thanks for sharing your walks and pictures today. You had some list there today!

    And of course allowing us all to link up today. Enjoy your Sunday.

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    1. Thank you Phil!
      Yes, I am happy to see my hummer return.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  26. Hi Eileen, Some great birds in your post today, the Blackburnian is a real treat. We are now in a rainy pattern so Im not getting out much the last 4 days...so good to see your trips virtually...Hope you have a good Weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sondra!
      A few days later I saw a Prothonotary Warbler in the same area.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  27. Hi Eileen, Here's to a great weekend with lots of sighings! I hope you'll be able to keep cool -- it's supposed to be hot, at least here in MIchigan!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      I hope your weekend is lovely. It is hot here too.
      Have a happy day!

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  28. I so enjoy your enthusiasm about the birds. It is infectious. I have caught it too.

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      Yes, I am addicted to the birds. LOL!
      Have a happy weekend!

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  29. I haven't seen the nests, but the Lake Tomahawk swifts are active swooping to catch bugs along the water...so fast!. As always I love seeing all your critters! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      It is neat seeing the birds swooping low on the water catching the bugs.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  30. Beautiful critters, as always, Eileen. I love those hummingbirds!

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  31. PS: Thank you for hosting, Eileen!

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  32. I always enjoy your Fire Road Findings! I thought of you while I was in the pool this week doing my excercise. a common black bird, with red under the beak, sat down about 10 feet from my face on the leaf of the banana tree. he totaly ignored me and sat staring down at the bush, about 20 seconds later he dived on the ground and came up with a 3 inch lizard, he flew/hopped about 10 feet and proceeded to thump it about until it was dead and flew off with it.

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    1. Thank you Sandra!
      Wow, that was a cool sighting to see the birds swooped down for the lizard.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  33. you (and i) are so lucky to see so many beautiful birds. you are much better at identifying them!! my hummingbird feeders are out, but i have yet to see one. i keep changing the food, waiting and hoping!!

    i have never seen a blackburnian warbler, i wonder if that is a bird you see often. it's a beautiful bird!!

    have a great weekend, it's going to be a hot one. many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!
      The Blackburnian Warbler was a first time sighting for my neighborhood. Your hummers may still be there, maybe at your flowers more than the feeder. Have a happy weekend!

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  34. Hi Eileen, happy saterday. Beautiful photos. The nuthatch I saw in Germany. Have a nice weekend.

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  35. Hi Eileen, A good Saturday morning to you! I just spent several minutes enjoying this latest edition of Saturday’s Critters. You won’t be surprised to know my favorite is the photo of the hummer at your feeder. Great shot! I’m always impressed with the variety of birds you see in your yard. And other critters too! :-) Now that the pandemic is fading I wonder if you and hubby have been over to the Family Farm Restaurant? Ever since you told us about that place I’ve been fascinated with their menu. Their selection of family style meals is super. I see, on their website, that they are hiring. If I lived out there I might consider applying! :-) Thanks, as always, for sharing and hosting Saturday’s Critters. Hope you and hubby have a fine weekend and a happy week ahead. John

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    1. Thank you John! Hubby and I have been to the restaurant recently, the chicken dinners and their crab cakes are delicious. It is nice it is only like a ten minute drive from our home. I love my hummers! I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a happy weekend!

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    2. Thanks Eileen! I just got my new post linked up. Thank you for hosting Saturday's Critters!

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    3. Thanks again! It is always nice to see a new post from you!

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  36. Lovely birds!
    We are enjoying the Hummingbirds here too!
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thank you Lea!
      I do love seeing the hummers here.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  37. Birds are interesting to watch and listen to but they don't make it easy for the photographer.

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    1. Thank you Red!
      No, photographing the birds is not easy, I wish they sat still for a bit longer.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  38. What beautiful birds and how clever you are to recognize so many songs and calls too. I am hopeless at that. But our Phoebes have made another nest on the house just a foot from the first nest that they just fledged 3 from...so they must like it here. At least I think it is the same pair. I wonder is it because we have so many mosquitoes this year...terrible for us humans.

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn. It is good to have the birds there eating the mosquitoes. The birds here are eating some the cicadas that are here now. They have a feast to eat. I would love to have a Phoebe nesting in my yard. Right now, I have a Catbird banging on the front windows, it is a crazy bird. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  39. You have such a huge variety of birds, Eileen! My latest project is to try to get a pic of one of the Chimney Swifts that fly around our place each day. They are almost impossible to get a shot of since they change direction so quickly. Thanks for hosting us each week.

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    1. Thank you RedPat! It is a challenge to capture those fast moving birds.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  40. Aren't they lush, the gorgeous Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Cliff Swallows are my favourite Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob! I really loved your duck photos.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  41. Happy Saturday, it's great to be posting on time for my critter post and having this weekend off! I saw the cutest hummingbird swing that they say if you put it by one of their feeders they will swing on it. I'm hoping they're right. Great critter post as usual and your photos are always a delight and inspiring for me. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Karen! It is always good to have a weekend off.
      The Hummer swing sounds interesting. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  42. It's fun to see what you are seeing now and compare it to FL. Very different! But you would think we would be seeing hummers but I haven't seen one yet. Love your photos this week. You've been busy!

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    1. Thanks Diane!
      I think I had an easier time in Florida finding the birds, they get lost in the trees here.
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  43. Wow! What an awesome blog. I love all your outstanding photos. I sure wish I could take pictures of birds, but they are too fast to capture with my little camera.

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    1. Hello Brenda,
      Thanks so much for the nice comment. The birds are quick, it is hard to get a perfect shot.
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  44. Those tufted titmice have such sweet faces.

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    1. Thanks Dee!
      The Titmouse are cute!
      Have a great new week!

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  45. So enjoy seeing all your fabulous photos. That first one is my favorite.

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      The hummers are a favorite of mine too.
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  46. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds look so beautiful.... excellent captured.

    Have a wonderful weekend

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    1. Thank you Tanza!
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  47. I don't think I have any warbler photos. Thanks for sharing yours.

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    1. Thank you Linda! The Warblers are usually found high in the trees, hiding behind the leaves.
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  48. Your knowledge of birds astounds me. I enjoy seeing them and listening to them but cannot be bothered to learn about them

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    1. Thank you Diane! I try to learn the birds and their sounds.
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  49. Love the photos, especially the cute hummingbird.

    Happy Sunday, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  50. Por mi patio lo que acude son gorriones. Vienen a recoger las migas de pan, que deposito allí a propósito.

    Me gustán los colibrí, que has fotografiado bastante bien.

    Besos

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    1. Thank you for the comment. It is nice you can feed the sparrows.
      Take care, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

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  51. The full lockdown here lets me enjoy the sounds of birds and somehow less noise and pollution. But perhaps it could become less from tomorrow, as some relaxations were announced, would interrupt the connection with nature and me. I love your photos of birds and the nice collage on the dam and other little birds. Hope you have a good week

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

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  52. I've often said how I envy your yard birds while you exercise. Lucky, lucky you. Great birds all the way around Eileen. A real treasure.
    Thanks for lending the link to this post for us all at IRBB this weekend.

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      I do feel lucky, seeing the birds right outside my windows.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  53. You see so many wonderful creatures around your area, Must be really exciting to live in a rich, abundant place. I think you are right about my last bird call video being a black capped chickadee. I've listened to so many recorded bird calls my head is spinning :)

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    1. Thank you Yvonne!
      We have cicadas now drowning out all the bird sounds.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  54. So nice to see the hummingbirds return! Happy new week to you Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Ellen!
      The hummingbirds are favorites, they are so cute.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great week ahead.

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  55. Such a great hummingbird photo! You see the best variety of birds. Hope you have a wonderful new week!

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    1. Thank you Jean!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great week ahead.

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  56. Unas preciosas fotografías. Besos.

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  57. Sorry to be late in commenting ~ Gorgeous hummingbird photo ~ love the bunny rabbit and awesome nature shots as always ~ Happy Week to you ~ Xo

    Live in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol! You are kind to comment at any time you like.
      I appreciate you linking up and visiting.
      Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  58. Knock on wood, but I haven't seen any bunnies here YET!! Loving the bird photos as always, Eileen...jp

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    1. Thank you JP! Enjoy you day and week ahead!

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  59. Gusta venir a verte por ver la variedad de aves que no tememos por aquí. Gracias.
    Buen martes Eileen. Cuidaros.
    Un abrazo

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    1. Thank you Laura! I would love to see the birds in your country.
      Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  60. Hello Eileen! All birds photos you shared here are amazing! Beautiful. Thanks.

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

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Have a happy day, Eileen

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