Saturday, August 7, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 399

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!

As usual time is flying by, hubby and I try to get out often for our walks with nature. The following images are from our walk on the local NCR trail (North Central railroad trail) and some back yard birds seen on our Zinnia plant.

1. I am not sure if the top left flowers are honeysuckle or fuchsia, Damselfly, Fleabane, view of the trail and signs about the old NCR Railroad, A male Scarlet Tanager, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and another look at the Scarlet Tanager.


2. A beautiful male Scarlet Tanager perched in a tree along side the trail, once in awhile he would start singing. 



3. Another look at the Scarlet Tanager,  he is red with black wings. The Scarlet Tanager is a summer breeder for my area. 



4. A mosaic with the American Goldfinch top left, two Eastern Bluebird. Later 3-4 Goldfinches could be seen on eating the  seeds off my Zinnia plant. 




5. I think the Bluebirds were curious at to what the Goldfinches were eating, they must have been hungry. 




6. A closer look at the American Goldfinch. 



7. A second young Eastern Bluebird was coming in for a landing on the Zinnias, the bird there looks surprised.





8. I am lucky to watch this scene with the Goldfinches and Bluebirds right outside my dining room window.




9. The young Bluebird with it's speckled chest, was looking around the zinnias for food. 




10.  I counted at least 4 Goldfinches on the Zinnias below, how many can you find? 



I hope you enjoyed my birds and photos this week. I look forward to seeing your critter post. 


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!



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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. 


131 comments:

  1. I love all of your birds… I found all the goldfinches (reminded me of a puzzle in a child’s magazine. Lol, you can save it for Wyatt!). Thanks for all you do.

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    1. Thank you Sallie!
      It would make a colorful puzzle.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  2. The Zinnias and these colorful birds are made for each other. They make great photos together. I enjoyed seeing the Scarlet Tanager, Fleabane flowers, Goldfinch and the young Bluebird. Great post!

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

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  3. Eileen - wow, I didn't know birds liked to visit zinnia plants. I am excited about that because I planted zinnias in my driveway baskets this year. They are not outside my window, but I can go out there occasionally and see what I observe! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      I was surprised to see the goldfinches pecking away at my zinnias, the flower petals were just being thrown off.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  4. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful birds and flowers! The American Goldfinch is very pretty.
    Take care, and have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      The Goldfinch is a pretty bird.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  5. I enjoy your birds and flowers from your walks. Scarlet Tanager is striking. I spotted 5 birds on the zinnias in the last picture.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  6. Beautiful photos :)
    Thanks for hosting.
    Happy Weekend.

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

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  7. Hari OM
    You did good, I can only spot three for sure! Again I fight the green monster that you have such visitors just beyond your window!!! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM!
      I am lucky to see so much nature right out my windows.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  8. These birds are so brightly coloured and it is always great to see some young birds Eileen. Your flowers are beautiful and even the birds think so. Thanks for hosting, stay safe and have a wonderful week ahead

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  9. Hi Eileen,
    What a beautiful series of photos and collages you have made during your walks.
    Beautiful this male Scarlet Tanager and the young Bluebird, again bird species that do not occur here.
    Would you mind posting my link, I can't do that myself.
    I wish you a nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  10. Both Scarlet Tanager and Bluebird are so gorgeous. I don't think I have ever seen them here...all we here are just loud parrots!

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      I would love to see the loud parrots!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  11. I counted 4 of them too! What a lovely scene! The Tanager is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Rain!
      The Tanager is one of my favorites.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  12. Dearest Eileen,
    I also see 4 goldfinches on the zinnias. You live in a wonderful bird paradise and you also do a lot to make the birds feel comfortable. I am very enthusiastic about the colorfulness of your birds - the Scarlet Tanager is again an impressive example! The red flower on the top left is probably a Fuchsia boliviana or a Fuchsia loxensis (according to Google lens :-))
    Hugs from Austria,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/08/ruckblick-auf-unseren-juli-2021.html

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    1. Thank you Traude!
      The Fuchsia is a beautiful flower.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  13. Lindos pássaros e flores e tudo muito alegre por aqui. Bem primaveril! Qyue seja lindo o teu fim de semana! beijos, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  14. Muy bien captadas, esa preciosidad de aves. Las flores es un buen complemento muy bellos para tus fotos.

    Besos

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      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  15. The NCR trail looks beautiful and greenish to walk, besides watching the birds and flowers, and the bluebirds and goldfinches seem naturally decorating the zinnia plant you got.
    Have a nice weekend

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    1. Thank you Jeevan!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  16. ...the Scarlet Tanager is my favorite today, I rarely see them. Thanks Eileen for hosting, enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      The Tanagers are hard to find, staying high up in the tree tops.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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

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  19. That tanager was a gift! I miss all the bird songs, most of our birds are finished nesting. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      I love hearing the Tanager singing.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  20. I have loved scarlet tanagers since my childhood bird book — yours look beautiful.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae!
      The Scarlet Tanagers are a favorite of mine too.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  21. The Scarlet Tanager is my favourite, beautiful, he looks from South America.

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    1. Thanks Bob!
      The Tanager is a beauty!
      Have a great weekend!

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  22. Such lovely birds, love the scarlet tanager.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      I love all the birds. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  23. The Tanager sure is gorgeous! And I think we saw a juvie Bluebird yesterday. We got out but it was hot! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      The young Bluebirds are so sweet!
      Have a happy weekend!

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  24. Nice images of three of my favorite birds. If you had not told me I would have counted only three goldfinches.

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    1. Thank you Ken!
      It is hard to see the female Goldfinch, she blends in well.
      Have a great weekend!

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  25. Scarlet Tanager is a dramatic bird! i guess it could equally have been named a Black-winged Redbird! I quickly counted three goldfinches, but had to search a little for the drab female.

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    1. Thank you David!
      The Tanager is a beauty, such a lovely color.
      Have a great weekend!

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  26. Hi, Eileen! You are indeed lucky to have the Goldfinches and Bluebirds right outside your dining room window. Constant entertainment! :-) I enjoyed all your photos and your flowers are so pretty. The Scarlet Tanager … wow, what a beautiful bird. As a railfan (one who loves trains and railroads) I’m especially interested in trails along abandoned rail lines. Thanks for sharing your photos and for hosting another Saturday’s Critters. Best wishes to you and hubby from Seattle. John

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    1. Thank you John!
      The birds are entertaining, always a treat to see out my windows.
      We are lucky to have the rail trail just a short drive away.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  27. Delightful photos of beautiful birds, Eileen. The red flower you are unsure about is indeed a fuchsia, (Fuchsia triphylla), see:
    https://worldoffloweringplants.com/fuchsia-triphylla/

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    1. Thank you Nick!
      I appreciate the flower id and the link too.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  28. So many colourful birds in this post! I only see goldfinch here. And those rarely!

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  29. Brilliant captures as always!

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      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  30. Happy Saturday, Eileen! That goldfinch with those zinnias looks great. That little fellow sure knows how to pick the right spot to pose!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      I love the zinnias, even more when they attract the birds and butterflies.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  31. Wishing I had the very same dining room window!! How perfect in every way...and ever-changing beauty

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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    2. I wish you a joyous week ahead, and thanks for linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

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  32. The Scarlet Tanager pics are fabulous, Eileen! I saw the 4 Goldfinches.

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      The Tanagers are beautiful.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  33. You have some very colorful flowers and birds.

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    1. Thank you Red!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  34. I've never run into Scarlet Tanager, and would definitely stop to enjoy it. So glad to see the birds loving your flower seeds! A first for me to see zinnias attract them!

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      I was lucky to find the Scarlet Tanager in the open, there are so many leaves around.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  35. you are so lucky to see the bluebirds, right in your own backyard!! those male goldfinches really do steal the show, so nice to be able to capture them right on your flowers - it really makes for a beautiful image!!

    the scarlet tanger is gorgeous, what a thrill to see and photograph it!! many, many thanks for hosting, we are almost at 400...have an awesome weekend!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!
      Yes, I was thrilled to see the Bluebirds so often in my yard. They are so pretty.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  36. Gorgeous photos as always! Love seeing the tanagers, such beautiful birds. Not sure about the top left flowers but since I have a pot of fuchsia wilting away on my back deck and the blooms look a lot longer, I don't think it's those. Hope you are enjoying your Saturday!

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    1. Thank you Jean!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  37. today all your birds and all your flowers are my favorite. the flowers are just so brilliant and the scarlet and the goldfinch are fantastic

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    1. Thank you Sandra!
      Birds and flowers, they are a lovely sight.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  38. The Scarlet Tanager is an absolute charming beauty! Your Zinnias are beautiful too. I believe the birds are busy around them. ;)
    Enjoy your weekend, your flowers and all the cute birds!
    All the best!

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    1. Thank you Luisella!
      The zinnias are great, blooming most of this summer.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  39. Hi Eileen, thank you for visiting my blog. Beautiful photos of the birds. I like the beautiful colours. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thank you Caroline!
      I appreciate your visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  41. HI Eileen, love seeing all the birds on the Zinnia, and the Scarlet tanager is awesome. The flower is what I call Trumpet Honeysuckle, it grows wild here too along my fence line. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sondra!
      I appreciate the flower id, it picked a weird place to grow.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  42. I really enjoyed seeing that scarlet tanager. Not something we see here. Hope your weekend is peaceful and restful!

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    1. Thank you Ellen!
      You have the beautiful Western Tanager.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  43. Birds and flowers sure make for great pictures. I so enjoy seeing the baby bluebirds. We had tons last year, but since our frigid temperatures last winter I haven't seen any. Too many didn't make it through the cold. :(

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    1. Thank you Betty!
      I hope your bluebirds return!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  44. I do like the Scarlet Tanager - such beautiful birds!

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      The Tanager is beautiful.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Wililiam!
      All the birds are a lovely sight!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  46. Absolutely stunning nature shots here always ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      Nature is stunning.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  47. Dearest Eileen; Oh, sweet birdies perching o the flowers; How Lovely♬ And I always admire and appreciate your contribution to us all and knowledge. Sorry that my link this week was not from real creature. I wish that it was OK to link.
    I always feel sad that I can't see the birdies used to coming to the big tree in front of my house seems not coming as often as they used to.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Thank you Miyako!
      I enjoyed your husband's dragonfly exhibit.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  48. I'm jealous. I want to see scarlet tanagers!

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      I hope you see them, there are a lot of them in Shenandoah NP
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  49. Love the crimson bird and the goldfinch How nice to be able to see them from your dining room.

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

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  50. All your birds seem so exotic to me, we are suddenly overrun by cheeky sparrows here in Thailand, which seem a tad ordinary for the tropics! Thank you so much for being the best supporter, saw you on my YouTube and absolutely love having you in my cheer squad. You are the best! Have a wonderful day
    Wren x

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    1. Thank you Wren!
      You have so much to share from your beautiful Thailand.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  52. Hello Eileen. Sorry I can’t help you ID the flowers but there’s no mistaking the Scarlet Tanager is there? You really captured that male in full summer plumage. Same with the Goldfinch, and the young Bluebird, which is so unlike an adult. I’ts good to hear that you’re both getting out for regular walks during these troubling times.

    Thanks for the links this weekend and enjoy your Sunday.

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    1. Thank you Phil!
      I hope the bluebirds are finding some good insects to eat.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great new week ahead.

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  53. I love watching your critters! Always nice to meet new bird species!
    Great photos !
    Happy weekend :)

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

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  54. Hello Eileen,
    That's very nice. Wonderful to see all these birds.
    That Tanager and the Bluebird are a very special appearance.

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco!
      I appreciate your visit and comment.
      Have a great new week!

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  55. Thanks for sharing the pictures of those wonderful critters. I love to see birds that I can't find in this part of Italy.

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  56. Dear Eileen, thanks for these beautiful images. The Goldfinch is spectacular. Your summer world looks so bright compared to mine, in the middle of winter I have linked to your meme. Thanks for hosting. Have a great day. Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo!
      Our summer is flying by, too quickly!
      Have a great new week!

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  57. Todas tus fotos son preciosos, como lo son los pájaros. Vi cuatro jilgueros, son muy bonitos. Besos y feliz domingo.

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      Have a great new week!

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  58. I see 4 Goldfinches too. :) The image with the young Bluebird is gorgeous. Loved that one. :)

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      The young Bluebird is a cutie!
      Have a great new week!

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  59. You are so fortunate to have such an array at your flowers and so close to your windows!! The tanager is striking, although I've never seen one here. The Eastern Bluebirds have been diving into my lawn right after I mow so perhaps cutting it often is a good thing. I don't grow Zinnias here but the Goldfinches are enjoying the Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan and Butterfly Bush (insects perhaps??)....jp

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    1. Thank you JP!
      I do think the birds have plenty of natural foods to eat right now, they do not miss the feeders.
      Have a great new week!

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  60. I am totally jealous of a few things ... The first one, your having Scarlet Tanagers on your side of the Potomac. How I would love to see such a beautiful bird! When we went to the sunflower fields a few weeks ago, there were a lot of Indigo Buntings, which are a treat to see too. The second thing I'm jealous of, are your Zinnias. I didn't plant them this year, and I am so missing having them. They attract the best to our yards, don't they?

    Thanks for another fun post! I hope all is well, and you've had a good weekend!! ❤❤

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    1. Thank you Kim!
      I do love the Zinnias, I think I will try to plant them each year.
      I heard there were crowds of people visiting that sunflower field.
      Have a great new week!

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  61. Hello Eileen, I hope the new week has started well for you.
    Beautiful photographs of both the colourful flowers and birds.
    I think the male Scarlet Tanager looks beautiful or should I say handsome! What a wonderful colour he is.

    Enjoy your week.

    All the best Jan

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  62. I love all the birds you get in your garden Eileen. Also your new post of the shot taken in Belize is fantastic! Thank you for sharing all these great photos. Have a super week :)

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  63. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I wish you a happy week. Greetings Caroline

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

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  64. Incredible nature shots as always, Eileen!

    Happy Wednesday!

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      Take care, have a great day!

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  65. Naruraleza preciosa y muy viva.
    Buen fin de semana Eileen. Cuidaros.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Laura!
      Nature is precious!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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Saturday's Critters # 405

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