Saturday, August 6, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 451

 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!

A variety of photos and critters from our daily walks. 

1. July 18th, the fire roads are like an obstacle course having to climb over fallen trees from a recent storm, at the lake we saw the usual Belted Kingfisher, a Great Blue Heron flying away and the Canada Geese. Of course the grand-dogs are with us on our walk. 





2. July 19th, hubby and I hiked close to 3 miles on the NCR bike trail. Near the parking area we saw lots of Bee Balm and along the trail were blooming Hostas.





3. July 19th NCR trail, I always hear more birds than I can actually see, but we did have a good sighting of a Great Blue Heron. 





4. July 19th, back at home I watched a few birds come for the peanuts I put out on my deck railing. Below are the Blue Jay, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Tufted Titmouse. 





5. July 19th A Tufted Titmouse sunning or anting? I see 5-6 Tufted Titmouse coming and going grabbing a peanut.





6. July 20th, a few of my backyard birds stopping by for some peanuts. The Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, the Gray Catbird practically lives in our blueberry bushes.




7. July 21, on our backyard Buddleia, butterfly bush is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and the Hummingbird Moth. 





8. July 24th, hubby and I are still taking our morning walks, bird sightings have slowed quite a bit. I do hear birds but they are hidden in the trees. I have some images of a Goldfinch taking some dog hair for it's nest and the butterflies on the Buddleia. 






9. July 24th, An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail at the butterfly bush.




10.   July 24th , the American Goldfinch was taking Nibble's dog hair.  I assume they are working on a nest. It seems kind late in the summer for the nesting, maybe a second brood.




Bonus, July 31 my son and his family have moved into their new home. Below are hubby (Pop-Pop) with Mason and Wyatt below. The grand-dogs will be with us until my son is able to get a fence put around his yard, not sure how long the process will be. 



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!

104 comments:

  1. You are surrounded by beauty. I like your home birds. Best, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia! I love my yard birds too.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  2. Another great post, Beautiful pics.
    Greetings. Thanks a lot for hosting. Happy Weekend.

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

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  3. Lovely collages from your hikes with the grand-dogs. Nice to see the Tufted Titmouse sunning or anting. Last week I saw a dove sunning on my neighbour's awning through my window. The dog hair will make soft and comfortable nest for the baby chicks. Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy! The birds do enjoy sunbathing.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  4. Some really nice pictures this week. I particularly like the shot of the Tufted Titmouse with wings spread out. Also, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail pics are lovely. Pop-pop sounds fun, would be nice to hear Mason and Wyatt call him.

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

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  5. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful critters. The Swallowtail is particularly charming.
    Love the sunning/anting Titmouse.🥰
    Best wishes for your son's new home.
    All the best!

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    1. Hello Luisella, thank you for visiting and for the comment!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  6. I am so glad to go walking with you. So many treats to see. And the photos of Mason and Wyatt are adorable, and lovely to meet Pop-Pop too. Sweet photos to be sure.

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    1. Thank you Denise! Mason and Wyatt are adorable!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  7. Hi Eileen,
    These are beautiful collages and photos.
    I really like the Belted Kingfisher and the Blue Jay.
    Enjoy your children and grandchildren, it can also be different, we have had no contact at all with our son for more than 4 years.
    Would you mind posting my link??
    I wish you a nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma! We do enjoy visiting our son and his family.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  8. Good morning, Lovely photos we had birds laying on the deck floor like that too so I had to google it-said they were sun bathing haha never noticed birds doing that before. Happy weekend

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    1. Thank you Kathy! The birds do look funny spread out sunbathing.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  9. Hari OM
    I was going to elect the sunning birdy as my fave today - then saw that you store the dog hair as a takeaway for nesters and that won my admiration! (Who am I kidding, I love all your shots bringing us to you...) YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam, for the nice comment! The Goldfinch did take a mouthful of hair.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  10. Mason and Wyatt are so adorable!! On our daily walk, we usually just heard the birds...hardly see them.

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    1. Thank you Angie! I enjoy listening to the birds singing while I am out walking.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  11. The blue jays are particularly photogenic.

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    1. Thank you William! The Blue Jays are beauties!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  12. Great photos!
    Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea! I appreciate the link and comment.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  13. Dearest Eileen, I'm amazed at how many flowers you have in your forest - that looks fantastic colorful!
    It's the same way with me: I hear more birds than I can see - and unfortunately I don't have the knowledge to recognize many birds by their singing. (I must have moved to the country too late. But I try to learn more...)
    It was a pleasure to accompany you and the granddogs again.
    How nice to see photos of Mason and Wyatt again - the two cuties! <3
    Happy weekend and all the best
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/08/blackout-teil-2-krisensicher-durch.html

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    1. Thank you Traude! It helps I have been birding for years now. I have taken a lot of bird outings with the local bird club which helps to id the bird sounds. Have a great weekend.

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  14. American Goldfinch is right on schedule. This species tends breed in late July/ early August when the thistle seeds are at their peak - preferred food for its young.

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    1. Thank you David! I think there is plenty of thistle seed around here, the birds should be very happy.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  15. Lovely critters, all! Some of our birds seem to be nesting again. They are far fewer, though. I love nesting season. Thanks for hosting. Such sweet grandies!

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

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  16. Delightful photos of grand-creatures, especially that little human. As is your experience, I am hearing many more birds than I see, thanks to the heavy summer foliage-- quite different from the more open grasslands and woody patches in Florida. You gave me a great idea to put my suet feeder to use by collecting the blown coats of the Tibetan Mastiffs. I fear that the goldfinches are already finishing up their nest construction but will try anyway.

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    1. Thank you Ken! The birds do like taking the dog's hair for their nests.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  17. ...Pop-Pop sure looks like a happy man! Thanks Eileen for hosting, enjoy a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom! Yes, Pop-pop is happy!
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  18. Quantas coisas lindas que vocês encontram nas caminhadas!
    Coisa boa de ver!
    Lindas fotos!
    Adorei! beijos, chica

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

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  19. Hello Eileen. It's good to hear that the storm passed without doing too much damage. Fallen trees can be good for wildlife until do-gooders "tidy them up". Good to see the Goldfinch doing the housework and to see Pop-Pop enjoying the grands and the grands enjoying Pop-Pop. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for the link up.

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    1. Thank you Phil! I appreciate your linking up and the comment. I know the woodpeckers love the fallen trees.
      Have a great weekend.

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  20. Lovely photos, Eileen! The weather all over the world has changed dramatically and we all now have to prepare for the extremes you describe... Take care!

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

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  21. Thank you for hosting, Eileen, have a great new week!

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  22. Wonderful post including grandson and a butterfly this week! Thanks for your frequent comments. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I appreciate your comments and visit.
      Have a happy weekend.

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  23. nice to see the grandpuppies again and oooooh that titmouse, maybe the heat has gotten to it. i had a bluejay that use to do that in extreme heats!! i just started seeing the eastern tiger swallowtails at my butterfly bush, they are so big and beautiful...your images are so pretty!! you certainly host some really beautiful birds in your backyard!! have an awesome weekend, the weather is "iffy", and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! The Swallowtails are all over our butterfly bush, they are beautiful.
      Have a great weekend.

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  24. I think that Titmouse is working on his tan! lol Love Pop Pop and the little ones! Happy weekend!

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

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  25. LOVE that tufted Titmouse, whatever he/she is doing. beautiful photos of it. love the pop pop and the two babies. they have really grown a lot since you have been caring for the dogs. Hope they get their fence soon, for the dogs sake and so you can take a trip

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I am hoping the fence is done soon too.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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  26. Now there are apps to identify birds by sound. Our group identifies twice as many birds as before and only see half as many birds because the app identifies birds for us. I'm not sure I like the help of the app. I'm still one of the old time birders who likes to see the bird.

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    1. Thanks Red! I would much rather see the bird although hearing their songs are nice. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  27. Like the great blue heron wading in the water and great shot of the bluejay.
    Nice to see PopPop and the wee ones.

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

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  28. It seems like most of the birds here are are hiding out in the trees too. I guess it is cooler for them. It is always a treat to see your grandkids, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you RedPat! Yes, the birds have their ways to cool off. Have a great weekend!

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  29. Beautiful photos Eileen of the birds. Nice dogs. Your grandsons are very handsome.

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    1. Thank you Caroline! I appreciate the link and comment. Have a happy weekend.

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  30. Glad to see you're keeping up with your walks....so cool seeing the Finch grab a wad of hair he def has something in mind for it.

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    1. Thank you Sondra! I hope you are doing well, I miss your post. Have a great weekend.

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  31. Hello Eileen,
    Bautiful birds, butterflies and flowers! Your grandsons are very sweet.
    I wish you a happy weekend!

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

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  32. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail well photographs, lovely Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob! I appreciate the link and comment. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  33. Hi Eileen
    Happy month of August--only one animal photo in my post but glad to hook up. I loved seeing your wonderful photos of all the variety of birds where you are. We sometimes see blue jays here and lately the hummingbirds have shown up but are too fast for my camera lens.
    Pop Pop looks very happy enjoying the cute the grandboys! Congratulations to your son and daughter in law on their new home.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Pat!
      My son and his family are very happy with their new home.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  34. Such a sweet collage of Pop Pop, Mason and Wyatt. Love the variety of your backyard birds!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! I appreciate the link and comment.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  35. The babies are growing so quickly and the pups look so happy. Love the kingfisher and the titmouse especially.

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    1. Thank you Marie! The Titmouse was really showing off that day.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  36. Hello Eileen
    What a wonderful post this is.
    Full of fabulous photographs from your sightings, such a good variety and then to top it all the last collage of Pop-Pop with Mason and Wyatt. I'm smiling at their happy faces and lovely smiles.

    Have a lovely weekend and a good new week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan! I appreciate the link and comment. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  37. The blue jay pic is my favourite today! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the link and comment.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  38. Lovely Great Blue Heron. .....

    Have a wonderful weekend

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate the link and comment. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  39. The tufted titmouse was very showy!

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    1. Thank you, Linda!
      The Titmouse was putting on a show.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  40. I have seen crows plucking hair from one of our dogs to make cushions for their nest. It's great that you collected your dog's hair and placed it on the bird feeder for them to easily extract. Lovely photos of birds and flowers from your walks, as usual. I love your grandchildren. Have a nice week

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    1. Thank you Jeevan! I like knowing the dog's hair was put to good use. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  41. Enjoy the grand dog company!!! My favorite of the birds today is the blue jay.
    Thanks so much for taking time to link in this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

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

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  43. Que imagens incríveis, Eileen! Aí tudo parece verdejante e com um clima bem ameno! Aqui em Portugal estamos atravessando o Verão mais quente e seco de que há memória! Adorei as imagens... bem como as especiais partilhas com os seus netinhos! Com crianças pequenas, as cercas são essenciais nesta fase! Já não passava por aqui há algum tempo, mas o meu tempo também tem estado bastante ocupado... a minha mãe com Covid em Maio, e depois uma fase de recuperação, para conseguir levá-la a exames e consultas de rotina, nesta fase de Verão em que o Covid deu tréguas, no número de casos diário... e antes que fique mais uns dias de resguardo para apanhar a vacina agora em finais de Setembro...
    Deixo um beijinho e votos de saúde e bom tempo para todos! Aqui já estamos a considerar fazer a dança da chuva... pois nem um pingo há meses e meses... com as barragens já bem baixas...
    Tudo de bom!
    Ana

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    1. Thank you Ana! I appreciate your visit and comment. I hope your Mother has recovered from Covid. I hope you have some much needed rain, the drought and hot weather can be awful. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  44. You are indeed a friend of all things nature, birds, flowers, and shrubs. I had never thought of putting our extra hair out for birds to build their nest. What a great idea. It looks like you have your grand dogs around for a little while longer. I love your butterflies, and the plants they are using. I'm still amazed about the great variety of birds you find every week.

    Thank you for hosting and have a great week!!

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    1. Thank you Alan! The birds do like using the dog hair for their nest, must make the nest nice and comfy. Take care, enjoy your new week!

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  45. You have *so* much beauty there! thank you.

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  46. You must have feet and legs of steel! I wish mine would take me so far. The birds are great but I'm really crushing on the butterflies and blooms!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! I do love seeing all the butterflies in our yard, they do love the butterfly bush. Take care, have a great new week!

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  47. I am delighted to go walking with you, Eileen.
    Such lovely photos of the birds and flowers you captured.
    Happy Monday!

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    1. Thank you Veronica! Take care, have a great new week!

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  48. Haha ... you expected the pets to soon leave but instead beautiful grandchildren were added to the household temporarily. What a delightful shot of the family! You are very fortunate, indeed!

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    1. Thank you Maria! We do love our grandsons. Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  49. Great nature collage of photos and love your grand doggies ~ Xo


    (Have been ill will.catch up with comments)


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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Hello Carol, I hope you are feeling better. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care, have a great week!

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  50. The Swallowtail on that flowering plant is a perfect picture. I loved all the birds especially the goldfinch using the dog hair for her nest! So sweet. The fire-road "obstacle course" sounds like it would really be some heavy exercise to walk right now.

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    1. Thank you Sallie! The crews have been around and cleared all the fire roads, they had a lot of trees to move.
      Have a great day and happy new week!

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  51. Preciosa la cascada amiga
    Los nietos estan preciosos
    Que paséis buena semana Eileen
    Un abrazo.

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

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  52. Tus nietos se ven preciosos. Y tus pasos me encantan, me alegra ver que ves tantos pájaros, flores y mariposas. Besos.

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