Saturday, June 11, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 443

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 am sharing various images from our local walks, I never know what we will see on our walks. I always take some photos of whatever I see, mostly anything nature related. 

1. May 9th I have photos from our walk to the lake with the dogs and some more of my back yard birds. In the mosaic are the grand-dogs, a view of our lake, Canada Geese, a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher on the nest, A Baltimore Oriole half hidden in the leaves, Mallard Ducks, more dog photos and a wild azalea. 




2. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is seen and heard in our forest. I found this one on a nest near our lake. 





3.  May 7th, I've been seeing the Scarlet Tanagers all around our yard also on the same day I saw the American Redstart in our back yard. I think they were enjoying our pond and catching bugs to eat. 





4. The male American Redstart was hanging out in the back part of our yard.





5. May 10th, our back yard birds. The Scarlet Tanager is being seen just about every day, another Northern Parula and the Red-bellied Woodpecker. 





6. May 10th a larger view of the male Scarlet Tanager, he is a beauty.

He sat in the dead tree in our yard, that we left for the woodpeckers. 





7. May 11th, our walk on the fire road a Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly , Pink Lady Slippers, Winnie the Corgi, Scarlet Tanager and a Blue-throated Blue Warbler. 





8. May 12th, our morning walk to the lake with dogs, we saw a fishing boat, the Canada Geese, Solitary Sandpiper and a Black Vulture. 




9. May 15th, another walk on the fire road with the grand-dogs. Another sighting of the Scarlet Tanager and back in my yard a wet Tufted Titmouse. 




10. May 16th,  Photos from our morning walk to the lake with the dogs. Near the lake we saw some wild azaleas in bloom, an Osprey and some unknown pink wildflowers. 





11. May 17th, our walks continue some times without the dogs. On this day hubby and I took a walk to see the Bald Eagles nest at the lake. We saw two Eaglets and the Bald Eagle couple all on the nest. Other birds seen were the Ovenbird and the Eastern Kinglets. We heard multiple Hooded Warblers calling while we walked on the fire road. 




I hope your enjoyed my photos, I am looking forward to seeing your critter post. 


Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

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!

109 comments:

  1. Eileen - amazing that you saw that gnat-catcher - it is so well-camouflaged in the nest. I am thrilled to see the photos of a Scarlet Tanager - I have heard of this bird, obviously, but have never seen it in the wild. How wonderful that you see multiples of it! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Angie! I was happy to find the Gnatcatcher on the nest. Have a great weekend!

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  2. The scarlet tanager has been one of my favorites for a long time -- and I do mean long, as I had a child's bird book before I went to school, and I remember this as one of the depicted birds! Tanagers are such amazing colors. I enjoyed all your bird pictures. Thank you for hosting and for visiting my blog.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae! The Tanager is a beauty, one of my favorites too.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  3. The dogs enjoy their walk as much as we humans do. You have spotted and captured great shots of some beautiful and colourful birds. Beautiful photos and collages from your walks. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy! We do enjoy our walks.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  5. Those birds are so beautiful! Love that shot of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on nest.

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

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  6. Hello Eileen,
    Wonderful photos! The area around the lake is very beautiful.
    Take care, and have a happy weekend!

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

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  7. Hello, today you are bringing to us a delightful series of critters again.
    Love the Scarlet Tanager, it is even more beautiful than the Cardinal.
    Also the Vulture is an excellent capture.
    Happy weekend with your dogs!

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    1. Thank you Luisella! I agree the Scarlet Tanager is beautiful.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  8. Hi Eileen,
    It is again beautiful photos and collages that you show.
    Indeed the male Scarlet Tanager is a beauty, very well photographed.
    Would you mind posting my link??
    I wish you a good weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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

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  9. Hari OM
    Every one stunning... the Tanager on the branch is definitely eye-catching, but that shot of the Gnatcatcher on nest... well... gorgeous! YAM xx

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

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  10. NO doubt about Eileen the Scarlet Tanger stole the show today Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend

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    1. Thank you Margaret! The Scarlet Tanager is a beauty!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  11. Beautiful birds, Loved all pics.
    Thanks for the post.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  12. Really nice birds in your environment

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  13. Congratulations on photographing the gnatcatcher on the nest. A few years I watched a pair busy constructing a nest, for about an hour or so, and it was fascinating.

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    1. Thank you David! I was happy finding the Gnatcatcher nest, I hear them way before I can find these cute birds.
      Have a great weekend.

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  14. Maravilhosas fotos e gosto sempre tde ver teus cachorros acompanhando os passeios. O edcarlate é lindo demais, com sua bela cor! beijos, lindo fim de semana! chica

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  15. You sure have an eagle eye! Spotting that nest, wow. The tanagers are fun to spot. I love that bright spot in the forest. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! I did enjoy finding that nest. Have a great weekend!

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  16. Excellent photos of the beautiful birds. Have a great weekend.

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

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  17. ...Eileen, the Scarlet Tanager is the show stopper for me this week! Thanks for hosting the party, enjoy your weekend.

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

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  19. You captured some fantastic photos of birds and nature in general!
    The vulture is majestic, and the scarlet tanagers seem to follow you around on a daily basis.
    And your grandchildren seem to adapt to your walk and become companions.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  20. Another great selection and report on your walks. The Scarlet Tanager is so captivating. I have had only two photo-ops with the bird this spring. First one at close range and the other (in my current blog) at quite a distance.

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    1. Thank you Ken! It was nice to see the Scarlet Tanager hanging around my yard for a few days.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  21. Once again you give us a treat of colourful migrant birds Eileen. It is never easy photographing birds at the nest because they are so reluctant to give the game away. I think you are very fortunate to be able to know where the eagles nest and to be able to see the whole family at the nest. If the adults have reared two this year, they have done very well. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for the link up.

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    1. Thank you Phil! I am happy to see the Eagles return to the nest each year. It is a good distance away so photos are not so clear. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  22. The little nest is so cute and I'm amazed that you spotted it! Love the Redstart and Scarlet Tanager! What bright beautiful birds! Enjoy your weekend!

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

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  23. Dearest Eileen,
    the Scarlet Tanager is really a beauty. I'm always amazed at the colors of the birds in America. We have kingfishers, bee-eaters, robins, bullfinches and various woodpeckers - but I think that sums up Europe's most colorful birds. In your blog and the blogs that I got to know through you, I always see so many beautiful animals and learn a lot. I am very grateful to you for that! There were many wonderful things to see in your post today as well.
    All the best and happy weekend!
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/06/italien-reisebericht-grado-und-aquileia.html

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    1. Thank you Traude! The Scarlet Tanager is a beauty. I would love to see the birds in your area some day.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  24. PS: Thanks for your comment to my previous post - you wrote "The Worm looks very long." - The slowworm is unfortunately often confused with a snake - in fact it is completely harmless: a lizard without legs, this one was only about 30 cm long, may be a young one? For more informations see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_worm
    Hugs Traude

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    1. Thank you Traude, for the Slow Worm information and the website.

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  25. What beauties to see and photograph! Loved the Tanager, and had never seen an American Redstart. I did see a house finch this morning when I opened my door...but didn't have a way to take his pic and he was quickly spoofed. Hope you have a great weekend!

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

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  26. Hello Eileen, how I enjoy seeing your many bird and critter photos. I love the Blue Gray gnatcatcher. Thank you for sharing and hosting this meme. I have added my link. Thank you for your comments on my blog. Have a great Saturday. Jo

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      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  27. Hi Eileen, loved all the birds but the Scarlet Tanager shot was perfection!! He loves something in yard to be out there in the open that way...and the Redstarts great finds also...I have always called the pink flower "wild honeysuckle", but in reality its called Piedmont Azalea. It's native. The vine honeysuckle we find everywhere is actually an invasive Japanese Honeysuckle...so the Piedmont is preferred and it grows in a bush form. This was one of my Mom's favorite wild plants..

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    1. Thank you Sondra! I think we have the invasive honeysuckle growing here too, it spreads easily. Have a great weekend.

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  28. A lovely walk with many great photo opportunities, Eileen. That scarlet tanager is very special!

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

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  29. The 2nd pic is my favourite today! Happy weekend!

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

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  31. The pooches sure love their walks! The tanagers are so pretty. The spring forests are full of such colourful birds these days!

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

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  32. what a thrill for me to view your images, most of these birds i don't see here. your pictures are beautiful really portraying the colors in these rare to me birds. the gnat catcher in the nest, wow, what a great capture, awesome of you to spot it!! have a great weekend and many thanks for hosting!! oooh and adorable pups, i know you enjoy your time with them!!!

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

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  33. Obviously some of these critters are breeding in the area. You have set up a good habitat for them.

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

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  34. Wow, the Scarlet Tanager is precious, thanks Eileen for all birds, and the dogs, you can't them.

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    1. Thank you bob! The Scarlet Tanager is a favorite of mine.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  35. That is a great shot of the Gnatcatcher in its nest. Thanks for hosting us, Eileen.

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

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  36. That Gnathatcher is impressive ~ sweet photo ~ lovely array of collage photos of our feathered and furry friends ~ Beautiful! Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter, and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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

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  37. Hello Eileen,
    What a nice post. So special to see the birds with their red colors. They are so nice.
    That must be great to see in real. I enjoy your pictures.

    Many greetings and have a nice day,
    Marco

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

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  38. What a great capture of the gnatcatcher in the nest!!
    The scarlet tanager sure is a beautiful bird.

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

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  39. Hello Eileen
    I can't believe Saturday has come around again, the days certainly fly by.
    Beautiful sightings, I have to say the Scarlet Tanagers are my favourite today, such wonderful colours.

    Enjoy your weekend and the coming new week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan! The days are flying by.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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

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  41. yes, the male Scarlet Tanager looks so beautiful....
    excellent shots

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  43. Good evening Eileen, Wow what a fine collection again really great photos and the woody wood-peckers in their glory of day to day life captured by you. The Blue Gray Gnatcatcher I think you called it, is adorable the photo looks like it's tucked in with a blanket! Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Karen! The Gnatcatcher is a cutie.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  44. I want to see a scarlet tanager! Send them to Virginia please!

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    1. Thank you Linda! The Scarlet Tanagers can be seen along the Skyline Drive, I have found them there at the overlooks.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  45. How brilliant and beautiful Scarlet Tanagers are! The back yard birds are so attractive, too.

    Yoko

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      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  46. love the in nest shot. so cute!! nature is great. we are enjoying a rainy day Sunday. so nice. i wish i had known it would rain because i watered my plants. oopies. lol!! have a great rest of your weekend. take care. ( ;

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    1. Thanks Beth! It is raining here this morning, the plants are happy! Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  47. You sure got some good photos...that Scarlet Tanager is so, so handsome.

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    1. Thank you Rose! The Scarlet Tanager is a beauty! Have a great day and happy new week!

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  48. I'm always amazed about how you can find birds and photograph them out on your walks. I hear them but hardly ever see them!!
    Thank you for posting.

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    1. Thank you Alan! I hear more birds than I actually see and photograph. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  49. That Blue-gray Gnatcatcher needed to be with us on our hikes in the woods. The gnats thought my scalp was a tasty treat. We have been home from vacation for several days. My scalp STILL itches! The picture of the Gnatcatcher on its nest is an awesome find. The scarlet tangier is a gorgeous bird.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and visit Linda. Sorry the bugs were attacking you, that's not fun. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  50. Hi Eileen, I was immediately curious about the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. I don’t believe I have seen one before. The “range map” I found does not show them getting into Washington, so, thank you for sharing your photo. The color of the Scarlet Tanagers gets me thinking about how nature applies colors to creatures. Truly fascinating. I love to see the dogs on the walks with you and hubby. :-) Image 11 of 11, lower right corner, looking up through the tall trees … award winner for sure! :-) Thanks for sharing Saturday’s Critters #443! Take care and have a happy week ahead! John

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    1. Thank you John, I appreciate your visit and comment. The Scarlet Tanagers are a lovely color, the male does stand out bright and beautiful. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is a summer breeder here, they are cute little birds. Take care, have a happy day and a great new week!

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  51. Maravillosas tus fotografías, todas las aves y flores me gustan. Muchos besos.

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  52. Brilliant Eileen, lots of gorgeous photos here. I have never seen a Scarlet Tanager nor an American Redstart. Hope to one day though :) Happy day to you and a happy week!

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

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  53. The Tanager is a beauty.

    Loved that shot of the gnatcatcher.

    Happy Tuesday, Eileen.

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

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  54. aww.... love to see the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher...cute

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  55. The American Redstart is gorgeous! I've never seen that bird before! Oh I love seeing the pups out and about!!

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