Saturday, January 22, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 423

 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!

I have some various yard birds and some neighborhood birds seen during one of our fire road walks to the lake. These may be the same birds seen on different days, from late December and early January.

1. Seen outside my windows in December, the Hermit Thrush and a Northern Mockingbird. 




2. Our Prettyboy reservoir, Belted Kingfisher and a few Canada Geese. 





3. A Belted Kingfisher seen at our local lake. 





4. A Hermit Thrush is seen often outside my den window, I keep my exercise bike right in front of the window. I get to watch the birds while riding. 






5. Our first accumulated snow storm was on Jan 6th, we woke up to around 5 inches of snow on the ground. 





6. Jan 8th, I watched  this Mockingbird in my yard, it found some berries and snow to eat.  





7. Northern Mockingbird was seen eating snow of the top of the bird house below. 




Our Grand-dogs have been keeping us busy, they are fun to have as house guests.  Nibbles is a Shepherd mix and Winnie is the Corgi. 




Extra, extra read all about it, Wyatt will be a big brother very soon!





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Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



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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!

117 comments:

  1. What fun to have another grandchild! I hope you teach them both to be birders.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae! We are looking forward to meeting our new grandson.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  2. Hari OM
    Well, congrats on the news of a new life on the way!

    The snow looks beautiful - as long as you don't have to go out and about... and a delight to see so many birds in the winter. Have a good weekend! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM! I have a low tolerance for walking out in the cold windy weather.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  3. Your snow photos look so beautiful. A future big brother; what a fun time Wyatt will have.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  4. All great sightings. The belted kingfisher, the snow scene and the soon-to-be big brother are my favourites.

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

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  5. The photo of the snow is very pretty Eileen and it is always lovely to see the birds in your garden. Great news that you will have another grandchild. Thanks for hosting, take care adn have a wonderful weekend with those beautiful dogs.

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    1. Thank you Margaret! We are excited, looking forward to meeting our new grandson.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  6. Those belted kingfishers are very hard to shoot!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia! Yes, the Kingfisher are shy birds.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  7. Que lindo post recheado de belezas! Adorei ver tudo e saber que terás mais um netinho!
    WYatt está lindo e terá um parceirinho!
    PARABÉNS!Adorei a neve! beijos, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  8. Hello Eileen,
    The Northern Mockingbird is so beautiful. You are so lucky who have so many different birds in your yard. I am happy for your coming grandchild!
    Take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  9. You got a gorgeous capture of the Belted kingfisher! Very nice.
    I like the Thrush and the Mockingbirds too...

    Congrats to Wyatt! ;)

    All the best to the whole family!

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

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  10. Hi Eileen,
    What a wonderful series of photos and collages these are.
    How nice that it has snowed with you, here only fog and rain, this year it has not really been winter yet.
    The kingfisher is really beautiful, we don't see this species here in the Netherlands.
    How nice that Wyatt is getting a brother or sister.
    Would you mind posting my link??
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      Wyatt will have a little brother to play with.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  11. As always, you are blessed with so many different types of birds to photograph. I do miss having pet dogs and miss hugging them and playing with them. Wyatt is cute and will make a wonderful big brother. Congrats to you too. Keep warm and stay safe.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      The dogs do love attention, lots of hugs.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  12. Wyatt is lovely. I am sure he loves to play with your grand dogs.
    Many beautiful birds, I hope they succeed in finding something to eat despite the cold and the ice.
    Here the Canada geese are "disappeared" at the lake but they will come back very soon.
    Have a great week end.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      The geese are plentiful around here, year round.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  13. Mucha nieve tenéis, por aquí heladas y mucho frío. Wyatt ya casi listo y pronto caminará solo. Que guapo está.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Abrazos.

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

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  14. lol, your family is growing by the day. With both two and four legged ones it seems. :)
    Love the birds. I´m not sure I have seen the Belted Kingfisher. I have seen a few kingfishers but they were mostly more colored.
    Cool to see the Mockingbird eating snow. Maybe there was somthing it discoverd in the snow. Or another way of drinking water :)

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      Yes, the family is growing quickly.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  15. Lovely birds, Eileen and beautiful dogs. As for Wyatt, he seems pleased about having a sibling soon!

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    1. Thank you Nick!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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    1. Thanks again Nick!
      Have a great new week ahead.

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  17. ...GREAT news about Wyatt! Take care and stay warm and well.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  18. I have no doubt that you are looking forward to being a grandmother for the second time. Congratulations.

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    1. Thank you David!
      Yes, we are excited about our second grandchild.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  19. wow lots of snow! Really beautiful though. Your local lake is a treasure. Congratulations to Wyatt, who is going to be a big brother soon :))

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  20. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!
    Great birds, as always. Thanks for hosting and have a great day.

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  21. Beautiful pics! Wyatt is going to be the big brother. How exciting for him. Stay warm and cosy!

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  22. nice variety of birds. Now that I am living up north you give me hope of seeing a mockingbird. As a kid in New Jersey I had to visit family in Annapolis to see my first one. Now they have spread far to the north. Wyatt looks like a proud brother-to-be.

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    1. Thank you Ken!
      I hope you see a Mockingbird there soon.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  23. Yay! Another little sweetie to love. I love the bird photos, Eileen, but Wyatt wins the day!

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      Wyatt is a cutie, I am sure his little brother will be adorable too.
      Have a great weekend!

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  24. The belted kingfisher is a first for me. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks so much for linking up and for the comment.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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  25. The Hermit Thrush is splendid, love it Eileen.

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  26. Wyatt and his little brother can grow up together since they are so close in age. I love that cute kingfisher and of course LOVE the dogs. Not sure if I even told you my son and his wife, the one in TN at one time had 1 Male Chihuahua, 1 male Corgie just like yours, and 5 Chi-Corgies that looked just like their momma, they sold 3 kept 2 had 5 more and at one time had 7 Chi-Corgies for years. The mama lived to 16 the Chihuahua lived to 20 and just dies last year, the last puppy died last year at 18

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    1. Thanks Sandra! Wyatt and his brother will be Irish twins. It seems like the mixed breed dogs live longer than the pedigree dogs. I have never had a dog live 20 years, that is amazing. Have a great weekend.

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  27. The kingfisher looks quite distinctive.

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  28. awesome birdies today, you are seeing a lot outside your window. i am as well!! i know you are a very welcome and happy dog sitter and babysitter, but having wyatt must be the best. and becoming a grandma again even better!! life is good isn't it!!

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

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    1. Thank you Debbie! We do enjoy spending time with Wyatt and the family. It will be less often when they move in a few weeks, the family will be living further away until their new place is built. We will meet our new grandson next week!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  29. As always, very pretty birds here! Congrats on new grandbaby! It's sure nice having dogs to keep for a while, as well as your sweet grandson! Thanks for your frequent comments. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Barbara! We do enjoy having the dogs here.
      Wyatt is a joy and the new grandson will be even more joy.
      Have a great weekend!

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  30. Extra...extra...that IS exciting news! I know everyone is happy about that! What a cutie Wyatt is! And it's neat to see your pretty snow and the birds enjoying the feeders. LOVE seeing and hearing Kingfishers! They are beautiful birds. Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      It is a treat to see the Kingfishers.
      We are excited for Wyatt and the family!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  31. Hi Eileen, and congratulations to your family!! I always enjoy seeing a hermit thrush and had one taking a snow bath on the top of a post here this morning. I was so tempted to drive up to DC and see the snowy owl...if it was not IN the city it'self I almost think I'd go for it. I enjoyed all your photos!

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    1. Thanks Sandra! Duchess the Snowy Owl has been seen often on the Md Birding facebook page. She must have her favorite place to perch on top of Union Station. Plenty of rats in DC to eat. Happy birding, enjoy your weekend.

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  32. Oh WOW, Eileen, I have been off this meme for an age. Congratulations on the news of another grandchild. Wyatt is a handsome lad already. I love your granddogs as well. Thank you for visiting my blog even while I have been so absent from visiting yours. Have a great day. Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo! We do love our grand-dogs and Wyatt. Mason will be an added joy to the family.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  33. Congratulations on a new grandson coming!!! You saved the best news for last.

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

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  34. Hello Eileen. I have been seeing a lot of the Belted Kingfisher on other blogs, unfortunately not first hand. I didn't know that birds ate snow, a way of drinking water I suppose. Great news about you becoming a Grandma for the second time Eileen, and company for Wyatt. Many Congratulations!:=))

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    1. Thank you Sonjia! It was a treat to see the Kingfisher, usually they spook easily.
      We are excited to have another grandchild, it will be great for Wyatt to have a sibling.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  35. 5 in of snow makes things attractive.

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    1. Thank you Red! it is so cold, those 5 inches are taking a long time to melt.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  36. Hi Eileen. I always think of a mockingbird as being quite good sized bird and then I remembered how much of the size belongs to that sticky up tail that you captured so well.

    I wonder how Nibbles and Winni get on together? They do look to be best of friends.

    Congrats in advance to both you and Big Bro. More babysitting to come for you and hubby. Enjoy.

    Thanks for the link today and have great week.

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    1. Thank you Phil! Winnie and Nibbles get along fine, they are both good dogs.
      We are excited about the new grandson, the family is growing quickly.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  37. Eileen ~ wonderful series of beautiful bird photos ~ And Love the doggies and Wyatt is adorable and another grand child ~ how exciting for you ~ Xo

    Wishing you lots of loving moments,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  38. You got lots more snow that we did (so far). I do love that mockingbird shot! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      I've been seeing and hearing the mockingbird daily.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  39. The only birds I have been seeing are starlings and House Sparrows. Also a few hawks way up in the sky but it has been very cold here and all the creatures are hunkered down somewhere.
    Congrats on the coming addition to the family.

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      I've been seeing the Vultures flying high up in the sky.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  40. Hi Eileen, Thank you for sharing your photos. Neat photos of the Belted Kingfisher! Your shot of Prettyboy reservoir reminds me of my walk this morning … Puget Sound was like a mirror … so perfectly smooth. Great idea to watch the birds while on the exercise bike. Image #5 You sure got a good snow. It looks like about the same amount we got in early January. I’ll bet folks in Maryland know how to drive in the snow. Unlike Seattle :-) Wyatt looks so happy. Congrats on a brother on the way! Happy weekend and week ahead to you and yours. John

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    1. Thank you John! LOL, the drivers in Maryland are not that good. Many drive too fast on icy roads. Wyatt is a happy boy, always a joy to visit. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  41. Very nice. I love the small birds !

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      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  42. Lovely to see all the birds.
    How wonderful to have another grandbaby on the way. Wyatt sure seems happy!! :)

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    1. Thank you Karen! Wyatt is a happy baby!
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  43. Hello Eileen
    Well, I always enjoy seeing your birds and critter photographs, but today I really enjoyed seeing your snow photographs too.
    Great news too that Wyatt will be a big brother very soon ... so exciting.

    Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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

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  44. Well...that is the best of news for Wyatt, his parents and his grandparents! Congratulations to all. Those pups look well. Wyatt's eyes are amazing! Happy weekend to you.

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

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  45. Great bird photos!
    Pretty snow scenes, and I always enjoy seeing your family photos

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

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  46. Dearest Eileen; Oh, M!!! Great phots of sweet bides. I LOVED the Handsome "Kingfisher". And "Hermit Thrush" looks so sweet♬ Oh, surprised see Mockingbird with snow p-;) We haven't experienced snow this year yet, bird with snow is really wonderful to see and I thought they won't feel cold eating snow, haha. Loved the last picture of that bird with snow. So sweet to see with doggies and your grandson, yes he will be their big brother quite soon, with Lots of Love Miyako
    o sorry for my late

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    1. Hello Miyako, thank you for visiting and for the comment!
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  47. Congratulations to Wyatt and everyone else!

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

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  48. Wyatt soon to be big brother!! How exciting. News like that just dims the birding a bit...love it Does he know if he'll have a sister or brother?!!

    Love the fact you can exercise and view backyard birds at the same time.
    And thanks for stopping by to link in this week.

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      Wyatt will have a little brother Mason.
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Shirley for visiting and the comment!
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  50. Gorgeous! I love most the photo with the Northern Mockingbird eating snow!
    Have a nice new week!

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      Have a happy new week!

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  51. It's been an icy winter so far..Love seeing your photos as always..ENjoy your week..

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  52. All photos you shared here look beautiful! Especially Belted kingfisher looks very tiny but looks very smart. Bye the way, your grandson is so cute (God blessing). Here it has snowed since last Tuesday and we had over 8-10 inch snow. Weather is so cold here. Have a wonderful new week.

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      Take care, have a great new week!

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  53. beautiful snow....

    we don't have snow yet in Louisiana this year....

    Thank you for sharing beautiful photos.

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    1. Thank you Tanza!
      It is so cold here, the snow from a week ago is not melting.
      Take care, enjoy your new week!

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  54. Love the beautiful snow photos, Eileen.

    How wonderful that you will have another grandchild!

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  55. I love how you have your exercise bike by your "bird window" -- that sure would help me be more dedicated to an exercise program! And I'm glad you have your camera handy. Glad you're staying warm and cozy and getting along with your two cute houseguests. And congrats to all on the happy coming event!

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    1. Thank you Sallie,
      I do love my exercise window, watching the birds is fun. The dogs seem happy.
      Have a great day and a happy new week!

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

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  57. How exciting about your second grandchild. Congratulations to all of you :) I love those cute dog names, Nibbles and Winnie. Great series of photos again. Right now I am watching a Downy woodpecker, several finches and Junco’s on my deck. They do entertain me. Have a great day and continued good week.

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    1. Hello, Denise
      Watching the birds is entertaining, you may see a new one show up at your feeders.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend!

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  58. Eileen - congrats on your upcoming new grandchild! (And all the lovely critters as well.)

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend!

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  59. Nibbles!!! I love that name!!! :) The Kingfisher is so beautiful, lovely pics Eileen! :)

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