Saturday, March 11, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 482

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 trying to stay some what caught up with reports on my outings and posts. Most of my photos are from my neighborhood, our walks on the fire roads and to the lake.  


1. Feb 12th, our walk on the fire road looking down at the reservoir we saw a group of Canada Geese and a Mute Swan.  The Mute Swans are not native to Maryland but they are seen around the state. The Mute Swans are easy to identify with their reddish-orange bill. 





2. A larger look at the Mute Swan, I really had to zoom in for this photo. The fire road I was walking on is on the top of a hill and there are lots of trees in between the fire road and the lake. 





3. Feb 13th, hubby and I took our walk on the fire road that leads to the lake and to a view of the Bald Eagle's nest.  Along the way I found a couple of Brown Creepers, we saw the usual Common Mergansers and Canada Geese. We spotted the first Bald Eagle on the nest as soon as we got to the lake, the second eagle was sitting off in a tree across the lake. Soon both Bald Eagles were sitting in the same tree. 





4. Feb 13th, the Prettyboy Bald Eagles, this pair have been nesting nearby in a tree next to the lake. I like that they have been returning to the nest for years now. 





5. Feb 15th, hubby and I took a ride to where we saw the Golden Eagle . Usually there are ducks near the boat ramp parking lot.  I think the Golden Eagle has left this spot but we saw various ducks and geese.  Below are the Canada Geese, American Wigeons, Redhead Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Bufflehead ducks. I was happy to see this group of ducks some what closer for photos.  Maybe someone was there and threw some corn into the water for the ducks to eat. 





6. Below you can see a closer look at the Redhead ducks, the American Wigeon with the green eye patch and the Ring-necked ducks with the white band on their bill.





7. Feb 19th, our walk was on the fire road closer to home. We are seeing the Common Mergansers and Canada Geese and the Ring-necked Ducks during each visit to the lake. The Brown Creepers have been sighted each time too. The Downy Woodpeckers are seen pecking away and we saw a few of the Golden-crowned Kinglets were bouncing around all over the place. 




8. A Brown Creeper seen making it's way up the tree. These birds are brown with white underparts and have a slender decurved bill. 





9. Feb 20th,  another walk on the fire road close to home. We saw and heard the White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpeckers, Canada Geese and Ring-necked Ducks and a Bald Eagle some what hidden behind some branches. 



10. Feb 20th, I watched this hawk chasing a Mourning Dove away from my yard. It came right back and sat in a tree in our side yard. It was a small hawk, so I will guess a Sharp-shinned Hawk

Update: David who really knows his birds, says this is a Cooper's Hawk.



11. Feb 21st and Feb 24th, Red-shouldered Hawk perched on a dead tree in our yard. The photos look the same but they were taken on different days.



12.  Feb 24th, we watched our grandson Mason while Wyatt went for his check-up. We are always happy to spend time with our grandsons and the grand-dogs Nibbles and Winnie. They all love their Pop-Pop.





I hope you enjoyed my birds and post, I am looking forward to visiting your blog. 


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! Also, I am also linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post. 

106 comments:

  1. The Brown Creeper is a great photo -- those birds are always so quick it's hard to get the picture. Nice water birds, too. Have a nice weekend and thanks for hosting.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae! I was happy just to find the Brown Creeper! Have a great weekend.

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  2. Hi Eileen, You always do such a fine job putting together Saturday’s Critters and I know of no one in the blogosphere who is more reliable than you. I’m starting my comment with image #12 … Mason, Nibbles, Winnie, and Pop-Pop. What a sweet collage. Wow, Mason is growing so fast! I’ll bet Pop-Pop loves this assignment. 😊 Now, on the hawks … very interesting. I sure admire you seeing the hawks and getting the good captures. The Bald Eagles are truly a highlight. How lucky you are to have them nesting in a tree not that far from home. You know, I do have Eagles around here, but I only see them soaring through the sky and rarely see them at rest. Someday I hope to find out where their nest is. Thanks for taking us along on your outings and sharing your photos. I hope you are enjoying the longer days and some warmer weather as we move closer to Spring. Thanks, Eileen, for hosting and sharing Saturday’s Critters. Happy week ahead to you and Pop-Pop! 😊 John

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    1. Thank you John, for the link and comment! I am very happy with the birds, especially the eagle sightings in my neighborhood. We do enjoy our visits with our grandsons and the grand-dogs. I am looking forward to the spring weather. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  3. You've had some wonderful sightings during your walks on the fire road. I especially enjoyed seeing the mute swan and the Brown Creeper. The hidden Bald eagle is a gorgeous capture. It's lovely to see your grandson as well.

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      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  4. The swans are so graceful as they glide over the water Eileen. great shots of the Hawk. Thanks for hosting and commenting. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

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

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  5. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful photos of all the birds. The Bald Eagles are so pretty. Cute grandeon and dogs. Happy weekend!

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

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  6. Hello and thanks for sharing all these beautiful critters. The Redhead duck lives in Finland too, but unfortunately not that pretty Red-shouldered Hawk.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for the visit and comment! I was happy to see the Redhead ducks, they are not always seen around my neighborhood. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  7. Great shots of the birds especially the swans and the hawk. Cute grandson and cute grand fur kids.

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    1. Thank you Nancy, for the visit and comment! I hope you feel better soon!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  8. This is a beautiful series of photos Eileen.
    I especially love the sea eagles.
    The last picture with your grandson and the dog is really cute.
    I managed to add my link myself through a different browser, but it finally worked.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for the link and comment! I am glad the linky is working for you.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  9. Preciosa serie. Me gustan los cisnes Eileen. Mason y los perros se llevan muy bien.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Laura! Yes, the dogs do love being around our grandsons. Have a great weekend!

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  10. Darling photos of Mason and Wyatt :) They sure are adorable kiddos :) Nibbles and Winnie adore them and that is mutual I am sure. I bet they all get real excited when you and Pop-Pop visit. I had a lovely time looking at your birds also Eileen. Another wonderful variety. I particularly enjoyed the swans this week. I so rarely get to see them. Thank you so much for sharing all these, fabulous. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Denise! I do enjoy seeing all the birds everywhere I go. The doggies do love our grandsons and their Pop-pop. Have a happy weekend.

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  11. Beautiful collections of photos.
    Happy Weekend. Thanks a lot for hosting.

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

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  12. Great photos of all the critters. The swans are so pretty. Nice captures of the Bald Eagles, your grandson and the dogs. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for hosting.

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  13. ...Mason and the eagles stole the show this week. Thanks Eileen for hosting the party, take care.

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    1. Thanks Tom! It is a treat to see the Eagles and Mason. Have a great weekend.

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  14. that is a lovely and oh so HUGE Gaggle of Geese! wow! the grands are looking precious, both canine and human. also great to be able to get out on the fire road and see the eagles.

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  15. Hello Eileen :=) Wonderful post starting with the graceful Mute Swan images and the multitude of duck species Great captures of the Bald Eagles, and the adorable Brown Creepers, but there are just two too many Hawks in your yard!! Great captures though!:=) Lovely shots of Mason, Winnie, and Nibbles with Pop-Pop.
    Thank you for hosting Eileen
    Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sonjia! Yes, I wish the hawks would move on. I do enjoy all my birds sightings and walks. Have a happy weekend.

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  16. Lovely shots, Eileen. Beautiful swans and majestic birds of prey. Thank you for hosting, have a great new week.

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

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  17. So many beautiful birds...haven't seen those swans over here, we just have LOTS of seagulls :-)

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    1. Thank you Angie, I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a happy weekend.

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  18. Looks much more like a Cooper's Hawk to me, Eileen - maybe a small male.

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    1. Thanks David! I appreciate the id help. Have a great weekend.

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  19. Nice critters! We've our grandies for the weekend. Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thanks Jenn! Enjoy your weekend with the grands! Have a happy weekend.

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  20. Such elegant swans. I didn't know how much I missed you posts until I returned. Thank you! Have a grand weekend! Cathy

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

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  21. I love seeing all the water birds! And I always enjoy photos of your grandson and the dogs!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for the link and comment! The water birds are great to see.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  22. What a bountiful gathering of birds...ducks, swans, geese, Bald Eagles, hawks, and those lovely little guys hopping up and down trees. Thanks for your comments on my blog.

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

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  23. I love all your hawks, and the eagles, the waterfowl and all the rest. Cute grandkid and granddogs. You have an active life and keep your camera working.
    Thank you again for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Alan, for the visit and comment! Hubby and I do try to stay active.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  24. I love seeing the variety of ducks that you show us, Eileen. Mason looks so sweet.

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

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  25. I enjoyed the variety of birds today, Eileen. That hawk is so cool. Sweet collage of your time with Mason and the dogs, too.

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  26. Creepers are very hard to find as their camouflage keeps them safe.

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    1. Thank you Red, for the comment! The Creepers are hard to find, they blend in well.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  27. Nice to see Pop-Pop getting so much love from the family. :))

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  28. Me ha encantado pasar por tu blog, preciosas aves, también me encantó ver a tu nieto y los perros. Un abrazo fuerte.

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  29. Good morning, Eileen! Beautiful swans and geese -- but my favorites are the dogs!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! The dogs are my favorites too! Have a happy weekend!

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  30. Oh the Muted Swan photo is awesome as is the Bald Eagles in the tree together and of course, your doggies steal the show ~ sweet grandson too ~ 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! We do love our grandson and the doggies. Have a great weekend!

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  31. I love the swans. So pretty and gracefull.

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  32. awwww, so many wonderful walks with some beautiful wildlife sightings!! good eye on spotting those redhead ducks and mergansers. my merganser population is definitely thinning out and i have not seen any redheads. but seeing that pair of eagles, wow, what a thrill!!

    grandchildren and grandpups, double the fun!! have a great weekend eileen and many thanks for hosting!!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I really enjoyed seeing those Redhead Ducks at our lake. The Eagles should be having their babies soon. Have a great weekend.

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  33. Hello Eileen
    Lovely photographs again on your Saturday post.
    A great selection of birds, swans and ducks and I especially enjoyed seeing Mason and the grand-dogs Nibbles and Winnie.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good new week.

    All the best Jan

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

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  34. Wow, Eileen - quite the menagerie this week. Love the Tree Keepers and the Kinglets, not to mention the Hawks at close range. This week I saw the first Red-winged Blackbird at my feeder. It has not returned - maybe because we got another 8 inches of snow last night? Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you Angie! The tree creeper was a treat to see. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  35. You photographed an impressive variety of birds. Love the hawks, also your grandson and the dogs!

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

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  37. I've only seen a brown creeper once & had no camera!! Your sightings are all fabulous. You say eagles nesting for years...just wonder how OLD they are?!!

    Thank you for taking me along on this wonderful excursion of wildlife!

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    1. Thank you Anni! I read the eagles can use the same nest for 35 years, that is a long time. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  38. There are lots of photos circulating here with Bald Eagles eating geese on harbour or river ice. Gruesome but…

    Love your little sweetie! Nature and a grandchild in one post…perfect!

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    1. Thank you Marie! The Eagles need to eat, I can imagine the sight. Have a great day and happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Sandi! I appreciate the comment. Have a great new week!

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  40. enjoyed all the birds have a great week...

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    1. Thank you Sondra! I appreciate the visit and comment. Take care, I wish you a good week ahead.

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    1. Thank your for the comment and visit. Have a wonderful week!

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  42. Hello Eileen, thank you so much for the lovely nature views, and of course can't forget to mention your loving grandkiddos and animals that always make me smile. Today was one of those days that putting a post together was difficult but as always photos, quotes and also visiting other blogs like yours refreshes my heart and soul. Thanks again.

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    1. Thank your Karen, for the critter post and visit. Have a wonderful week!

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  43. As always, great photos - the eagles are truly amazing! I was watching videos this week from Nebraska of the Sandhill Cranes migration - It was really amazing, and for whatever reason, that's what your photos reminded me of. And Mason and Wyatt what cuties they are, as are your Winnie and Nibbles!! How do you get anything done with all that fun and energy? 🥰

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    1. Thank you Kim, for the comment and visit. As grandparents we are happy to spend time with our grandsons and the grand-dogs. My DIL and son are the busy ones. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  44. orchid0324March 13, 2023 at 7:03 AM
    Dearest Eileen; I always LOVE to see your sweet nature with variety of birdies. There are many swans in our city park. I wish I could see more another kind p;-) But I decided to take picture of them someday again. Yes, Egals look so cool♬  Many Ducks; really lovely to see them & also your lovely grandson & dogies.
    ps; I was bit busy recently helping my husband carrying his saxophone. He has handicap on his right leg. The band group he involves attended our city festival. Have to write blog about it p;-)
    Lots of LOVE from Japan; Miyako;

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    1. Thank you Miyako! I appreciate your comment and the link this week. I hope your hubby is doing ok. I would love to see your swans and ducks. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  45. Thank you for the beautiful and complete photo report!: ))
    Great days for your grandchildren and the whole family.
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  46. Nibbles and Winnie! So cute!!! I love seeing the photos of the Eagles Eileen. Those Hawk photos are fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Rain! Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  47. We saw swans at the zoo last week. It looks like you have a house full of kids and critters!

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  48. Grata por tão belas partilhas, Eileen! O lago, perto de vossa casa, está repleto de vida! Tantas espécies, que dá gosto ver! As imagens estão fascinantes... e a cereja no topo do bolo, foi a partilha final, com o seu netinho e os cachorros tão amorosos! E todos muito bem comportados... o que nem sempre será fácil de manter, calculo eu, no meio das brincadeiras, tropelias e correrias...
    Adorei as imagens! Deixo um beijinho e votos de continuação de um excelente mês de Março, para todos, e que já nos traz o despertar da Primavera!
    Ana

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    1. Thanks Ana, your comments are much appreciated! Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  49. we have swan in our city lake.... beautiful.
    Have a wonderful day

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    1. Thank you Tanza! The swans a lovely sight to see! Take care, have a great day!

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  50. love to see a Brown Creeper in nature.
    a pretty bird.

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    1. Hello,
      The brown creeper is a cute bird, they do blend in well with the tree trunks. Thank you , have a great day!

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  51. Yes, That was a Coopers Hawk..We have lots of them around here..I am not getting your posts or comments in my emails again so it will be hit or miss til I get it figured out...AGAIN!! Thanks for hanging in there with me..Great pictures!! Happy St Patricks Day..

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    1. Thank you Missy! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

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  52. What fun to see all these birds! But the grands would be the most fun of all!

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