Saturday, June 26, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 393

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!

Lately I only have my hummingbirds feeders up, so I am not sharing many photos of birds at feeders.  Recently I've been seeing and hearing a Gray Catbird banging on our front windows. It has been hanging around the front Rhododendrons, there must be plenty of bugs for the birds to eat. We also have blueberry bushes that all the wildlife seem to enjoy eating. 


1.  Gray Catbird seeing it's reflection in our windows. 




2. The Gray Catbird posed for me, I was standing  inside at my window. 





3. The Gray Catbird is in the Thrush family. It is slaty gray with a dark crown and has a rusty undertail. 





4. Another shot of the Gray Catbird.  One evening the Catbird was making a lot of noises, I looked out my bedroom window and a Screech Owl was sitting in the rhododendron, the Catbird and a Cardinal were fussing until the Owl flew away. I wondered if it was the same Screech Owl I have seen previously in our yard. 




5. The American Goldfinch, one day I saw them picking at the clematis that were done blooming. The male Goldfinch looks bright and beautiful in the breeding and summer season. 


6. A Fritillary butterfly on our Bee Balm.



7. I've been seeing deer in our yard and on the neighbor's driveway just about every day.  




I have been hearing more birds from my yard than I am actually seeing, I am wondering what the birds think about all the cicadas we have flying about. From my yard, I can hear the Eastern Wood PeWee,  Eastern Phoebe, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Parula, Pine Warbler, Northern Cardinals, Chickadee, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Tufted Titmouse.




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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YOU are all # 1.



140 comments:

  1. wha a great variety of birds you have!

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

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  2. Hello Eileen.
    There are so many stunning and beautiful birds in your yard. Wonderful serie of photos.
    Take care.

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

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  3. Hope you are doing well.
    Beautiful pics.
    Greetings from India

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

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  4. You have many more sightings of different birds in your yard than I ever do. Lovely to see your photos. So far, no cicadas this year just south of Nashville.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne!
      I hope the Cicadas are gone soon.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  5. Great shots of the Catbird, American Goldfinch and butterfly. Sighting of a deer in your yard, wow!

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      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  6. The Catbird is a lovely looking bird Eileen however for its colour the Goldfinch takes the star! Great to see Deer so close coming into your garden and a very pretty butterfly. Thanks for hosting, stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      The Goldfinch is a bright color, so pretty in the summer.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  7. Hi Eileen, I really wish I had a garden like yours. Being able to see the wildlife from "the comfort of your own home". :) The deer is such a sweet one. And having a converstion with the Gray Catbird is wodnerful.
    I have not seen much deers lately. To hot for everybody and the females dissappeared. I have no clue of where they are. I was hoping to be able to see some fawn, but no. It was the same last year, no females in June :(
    Now I´m going to visit my daughter.
    Wishing you a great weekend amd week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      Happy Midsummer, enjoy your visit with your daughter.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  8. Could it be that the Gray Catbird banging on our front window is asking why there is feeder for hummingbird and none for them. Lol! The male Goldfinch and butterfly are beautiful. How wonderful to be able to see deer in your own yard. Thank you for hosting, Eileen. Happy weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      I am lucky to see so much wildlife out my windows.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  9. Hi Eileen,
    What a wonderful series of photos.
    Photos 5 and 6 are my favorite.
    Would you mind posting my link, I can't.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      Thanks again for your post and I did link you up today.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  10. Beautiful pictures. The birds are my good friends: in my garden a family of blackbirds live and I enjoy listening their songs.

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      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  11. Hari OM
    how joyous to peer through the glass and find such neighbours! Happy weekend. YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM!
      I do have great sightings out my windows.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  12. ...the Gray Catbird is something that I rarely see. Thanks Eileen for hosting and sharing, take care and enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      The Catbird is a daily visitor now.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  13. Hello Eileen,

    The Grey Catbird, The American Goldfinch and the butterfly are very pretty. Beautiful photos.
    Enjoy your day, and have a Happy Weekend!

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

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  14. The Gray Catbird is a beautiful bird that I've never seen. Beautiful butterfly and what a surprise to see a deer. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      I am sure it is the same deer I see so much walking around our yard and the neighbors yard.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  15. Tão lindos os pássaros e adorei ver o bambi também,! Lindo fim de semana! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

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

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  16. Dearest Eileen; Oh, such beautiful birds; Love both catbird and finch ♬ 
    How gorgeous of the color of the finch is! And the blurry back is stunning as well.
    I always hope more nature for birdies around my area p;-)
    And how surprising you can see the deer so often from your neighbor's driveway.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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

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  17. Tu jardín es un buen mirador. Ves las aves si moverte de casa.
    Buen fin de semana Eileen. Cuidaros.
    Un abrazo.

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

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  18. May I point out that the Grey Catbird is not a thrush (family Turdidae). It is in the family Mimidae along with the familiar Northern Mockingbird, and others of course.

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    1. Thank you for the Info and the comment David!
      Have a great weekend!

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  19. That's interesting, we've had catbird in the past but not in a couple of years!
    I love your birds! Thanks for hosting.

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

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    1. Thank you for the visit!
      Have a great weekend!

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  22. Eileen...these are ALL so amazing. To see a deer in the driveway just boggles my mind. And to hear all the birdsong throughout the day would be phenomenal. Lucky you.

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    1. Thank you Anni! We do live next to a forest, the bird sounds and deer sightings are a joy to me.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  23. Excellent capture of the birds and the butterfly! The goldfinch is cute and puffy. Hope you have a good weekend.'
    Take care

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

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  24. Funny coincidence-- just after seeing your catbird photos, I heard one singing. They departed from Florida more than a month ago, but I am now sitting on the deck of a cabin along a lake in western Tennessee (Paris Landing Sate Park). Delightful few days with family.

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    1. Thank you Ken! Your getaway with the family sounds wonderful.
      Have a great weekend!

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  25. The Goldfinch is beautiful and I have never seen a Cat bird---interesting.
    MB

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  26. Those cicadas would be a big mouthful for a bird! Love the sound of the cat bird! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      I hear the birds are eating the cicadas, they have an all you can eat buffet.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  27. Beautiful photos of these lovely birds, Eileen. I like the catbird!

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  28. Great photos Eileen! The beautiful little Goldfinch is my favorite of all. Enjoy the weekend! :)

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    1. Thank you Martha!
      The Goldfinch is beautiful!
      Have a great weekend!

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  29. Enjoyed these photos very much, Eileen. You have quite the ear too to distinguish bird calls; I wish I was better at that. Meanwhile, so you take down your feeders during the summer? I just run one and wonder about that.

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn! I have been on many bird walks, the walks and experts usually help with id-ing the bird sounds.
      I took the feeders down awhile back, it has been a few months. We were having too many squirrels hanging on the feeders. Some critter did damage to our car a few times, ate part of the gas line, tank and wires. We have plenty of berries, plants and trees for the birds. Have a great weekend.

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  30. we rarely see birds in our yard, a few now and then, since we don't feed them, but we sure hear them. we have an odd sound, one we have not heard before but can't see the bird, he hides in the foliage of the trees

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    1. Thanks Sandra!
      The birds do love hiding in the tree tops.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  31. PS: Thank you for hosting, Eileen.
    Have a great new week!

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  32. I always hear more birds than I can see. With hearing aids it's worse. You can't get the direction that the sound is coming from.

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    1. Thank you Red!
      I have trouble finding where the sound is coming from too.
      Have a great weekend!

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  33. You got some great shots of the Catbird, Eileen! Love the Goldfinch shot too.

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  34. The Catbird is a summer fav of mine as well, they are very curious...Im happy to say my bee balm has 2 buds this year hasnt opened yet but I can't wait! I 've been using the miracle grow on it. So good to see a deer in the post too...
    enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sondra!
      We have some bee balm in a pot and some is growing in our garden too. The bird, bees and butterflies love the bee balm.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  35. Beautiful shots...loved the birds and the deer. Have a great weekeknd!

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  36. I always love your Critter posts! Nothing to add to the party today but I love seeing the others!

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  37. Hi Eileen :)) Nice photos. I've never seen a catbird! And what a great shot of the Goldfinch, very nice. You know, I hear cicadas only once in a while on very hot days, but we haven't had an overflow where I live.

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    1. Thank you Rain!
      The cicadas are so loud here, as the day goes on they get louder.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  38. Good morning, Eileen, I loved these bird pictures. The goldfinch is beautiful, the colors so strong. I don't think I've ever hear of much less seen the Gray Catbird, or any catbird for that matter. It's always interesting to see and learn about new things in life. Thnaks for this and have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you Inger!
      The goldfinch is beautiful, a bright cheery color.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  39. The catbird is trying to tell you something. Maybe it wants the feeders out again.

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      I think the birds are enjoying our blueberry bushes right now.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  40. Can you please delete my entry #32 Eileen.ASAP

    I absolutely love the Gray Catbirds. I enjoy hearing them as well~

    Hoping all is well your way~

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    1. Thank you Mary! Everything is fixed and all is well.
      I appreciate you linking up, sorry you had trouble. I looks forward to more of your blog post, happy blog anniversary!
      Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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  41. Those are fun shots of the Grey Catbird. It took it a while to realise that here was a mirror image rather than another catbird. The Goldfinch is a beautiful shade of yellow and I imagine that it's one of your favourite garden birds Eileen.We don't have blueberries but our garden cherries get eaten very quickly before we can make a pie. Thanks for the link today Eileen. And enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Phil! No, these are not mirror images, just photos taken while looking out my window.
      I appreciate your comment and the link today. I hope you can save some of the cherries.
      Have a great weekend!

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  42. Hello Eileen, I am fascinated by your Grey Catbird. And then I see you have an OVENBIRD! That is so cool. Thank your for sharing your beautiful critters and for hosting this meme. I have added my welcome find. Have a great weekend. Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo!
      Both the Catbird and Ovenbird are common birds seen in my neighborhood. They are a treat to see and hear.
      Have a great weekend and a happy new week ahead.

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  43. Great photos!! I am not sure that we have catbirds in Oklahoma. I love the pic of the deer as well.
    Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Alan! The Catbird is seen in most of the country in the summer months.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  44. I would love to see a Gray Catbird. We are in their range, but they must be hiding from me!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you lea!
      I hope you get to see the Catbird.
      Have a happy weekend!

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  45. I've never seen a catbird. Wonderful photos of it. My bee balm didn't come up this year. :(

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    1. Thank you Ellen!
      I am sorry your Bee Balm did not grow this year.
      I have a small bit showing up this year, it was planted years ago.
      Have a great weekend!

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  46. Dearest Eileen,
    I didn't know a gray catbird so far. How nice that you were able to watch it so well and often. The goldfinch glows beautifully yellow! We don't have any fritillary butterflies either, at least I've never seen one like this. It's wonderful that the Deer is so close to your house! So many great critters sightings again! I also brought some animal photos for you.
    All the best,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/06/zwei-gerettete-naturparadiese.html

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    1. Thank you Traude!
      The deer seem to be regular visitors this spring/summer.
      They will disappear when the fall hunting season starts.
      Have a great weekend!

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  47. What A Wonderful Window - Enjoy The Rest Of Your Weekend

    Cheers

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    1. Thank you, I do have a nice view out the window.
      Have a happy weekend!

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

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  49. Magnificent ~ our feathered friends are all wonderful and hard to pick a favorite ~ Happy weekend to you ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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

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  50. The Gray Catbird is a lovely view! You are lucky having all these cute visitors.
    Thanks for sharing. I wish you a joyful Sunday!

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

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  51. Hello Eileen
    You've shared some very good photographs of the Catbird.
    I think the Goldfinch is just beautiful, what a wonderful vibrant yellow colour it is.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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

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  52. Love that shot of the goldfinch. Always nice to see a deer walk by.

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

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  53. Excellent shots! I haven't gotten any clear shots of the bird that keeps tapping on our window. It moves quickly. Looks like a sparrow.

    There's a cardinal that attacks my car.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      The Cardinals are famous for attacking their reflections.
      Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  54. I love waking up to songbird very early in the morning.
    Amalia
    xo

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

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  55. You know all too well how I enjoy my time here with you, visiting and seeing your love of nature from your window & your travels!! With photos so fine. It's like seeing a PBS program of Nature!!
    Enjoy the day and thank you for taking time to share this with us birders!!

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

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  56. The Gray Catbird is my favourite, beautiful.

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    1. Hello Bob!
      Thanks for linking up and for the comment!
      Have a great new week!

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  57. Boa tarde Eileen,
    Belíssimas fotos das aves!
    Adorei a borboleta e o veado.
    Um beijinho e uma boa semana.
    Ailime

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  58. Good evening! Wow, you have quite the lovely collection again! I can almost hear their songs, which is such a lovely part about this time of year! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy next week. I can not believe that June is nearly over and the 4th is coming soon! Summer is always over in such a flash!

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      I do enjoy all the bird sounds. The days are going too fast.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great new week ahead.

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  59. Hi Eileen! I am late getting around to my comment. No worries if you don't have time to reply. You have probably heard about our "historic" heat wave. Today, Sunday, is the second day in a row I've recorded over 100 degrees here at home. Not a big deal if you have A/C but about 2/3 of Seattle residents don't. I'm drinking a lot of iced tea and staying in one room where we have one of those portable A/Cs. One more day to go and then they say we'll be back to just normal heat. :-) As always, I enjoyed all your photos in this Saturday's Critters. Lots of bloggers linked up! You do a great job with Saturday's Critters ... thanks Eileen! Hope you have a happy week ahead. John

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    1. Hello John,
      I hope you get some relief from the record heat wave. We are due to have some hot and humid days this week too.
      I can not imagine going through a heat wave without AC. It is good you have the portable room AC. Take care and stay cool. Have a happy day and a great week!

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  60. awesome feathery beauties dear Eileen !

    i loved the gold finch most ,reminded me some very colorful birds from my native town ,they probably visited us in winters every year .
    hope having deer around is not bothering as they look adorable :)
    Happy Monday to you too friend!
    blessings!

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    1. Thank you Baili!
      The deer do eat some of our plants, we keep some of our yard natural for the wildlfie.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great new week ahead.

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  61. You have a great birding yard! I just love the catbird! I’ve only seen one once, in Florida. Funny to think about those littl3 birds scolding the owl until it flew away! Sallie

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    1. Thank you Sallie!
      The smaller birds are brave, dive-bombing the raptors.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  62. I don't think I've ever seen a catbird--it looks like it has a lot of personality! The goldfinch was posing picture perfect. We see lots of deer at times although now that all my surrounding neighbors have dogs they are more skittish and don;t libger in my yard as long as they used to. Have a wonderful week, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Pat!
      The deer must be used to see and hearing my neighbors dog.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  63. Captivating shots! Love the birds and the deer.

    Happy Monday, Eileen!

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  64. Eileen, I always love your beautiful photos, but I was really happy to see the catbird photos, as I've never seen one before and have always been curious about them because of the saying "in the catbird seat."

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for the comment Jean!
      LOL, I think the Catbird would love having the upper hand.
      Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead.

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  65. Hi Eileen, beautiful photos of the grey catbird and goldfinch. The goldfinch we have too in the Netherlands. Have a nice week.

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    1. Thank you Caroline!
      Your Goldfinch is beautiful.
      Take care, have a great day!

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  66. Super photos and such a lovely variety. Thank you Eileen. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thank you Denise!
      Take care, I wish you a great week!

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  67. Preciosas fotografías, me encantan todos los pájaros. Besos.

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    1. Thank you Teresa!
      Take care, have a great day!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for the comment.
      Have a great day and happy weekend!

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  69. It is so nice to spot deer in your yard.

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

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  70. Eileen - great catbird photos! Happy Fourth of July!

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      Happy 4th of July weekend to you!

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