Saturday, April 29, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 489

  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 behind a bit on sharing birds from my yard, neighborhood and various walks.  These photos are from the end of March up to the beginning of April. 

1.  March 26th,  the White-breasted Nuthatch is a common bird seen in my yard and around the Prettyboy watershed. 

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2. March 27th , a walk to the lake, a vulture taking care of some road kill, the fire road, a Pied-billed Grebe, Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, juvenile Bald Eagle, Downy Woodpecker and an Eastern Phoebe.  





3. March 27th, the Eastern Phoebe is a bird I can easily id by it's song. The song sounds like they are saying their name fee-bee. 




4. March 29, in the back yard the Dark-eyed Juncos are still here, a winter bird in this area.  We are starting to see some spring and summer birds move back to the area. 





5. March 29th, I have a pair of Eastern Bluebirds using one of our nesting boxes in the back yard.  




6. March 29th, it is a treat to see the Bluebirds using one of our nest boxes.  I hope their nesting is successful.  





7. March 31, our walk was on the trail at the nearby George's Creek. We saw a Winter Wren, White-throated Sparrow, Bald Eagle, Carolina Chickadee, Eastern Phoebe, Green-winged Teal and lots of Canada Geese. 





8. March 31, the past few months have been great for seeing various duck species at our Prettyboy Reservoir. One this day we saw a group of Green-winged Teal. I was far away and the photo is not sharp but you can id these ducks.  They have a rufous head with a teal green patch near their eyes, there is a white bar on the side of the breast. 




9. April 1st, I have been enjoying seeing the Eastern Bluebirds in my yard. I hope to see their babies soon.  





10. April 3rd, we took a walk on a close by fire road. I heard lots of birds singing, I am pretty sure I heard a Pine Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler and an Ovenbird, these birds are breeders in the forest next to our home. Next to the fire road I found a couple of Hermit Thrush. 




11.  Various dates in April: Butterflies and blooms around our yard. Swallowtails, Azaleas, Dogwood and Redbud blooms.





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. 

119 comments:

  1. Your home is really surrounded with great birding territory! We are in an urban space with a small yard, so our birdlife is much more limited, but still enjoyable to watch. Have a great week, and thanks for hosting the critters!

    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, for the comment and link!
      We are lucky to be surrounded by the reservoir's watershed.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. It's always a great pleasure to read your Saturday post where I have been learning so many different kinds of birds. This time is no exception, Eileen. The blue birds are new to me...they are so beautiful and elegant!

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    1. Thank you Angie, for the comment and visit!
      The Bluebirds are a favorite for me too.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. The blue in eastern blue birds is so pleasant to see

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      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. These beautiful critters are a joy for the eyes. Love the Bluebirds.
    Happy weekend to you and happy captures!

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

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  5. The Eastern Bluebirds are so pretty adn it will be great to see their young appear Eileen. Thanks for hosting and leaving comments. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for the comment and link!
      I hope to see the young bluebirds soon.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. It was a great pleasure to appreciate your photo reportage, thank you.
    The bluebirds are lovely, I'm also waiting for the babies...
    Have joyful and pleasant days with happy birds meetings.
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      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Hi Eileen,
    These are beautiful series of photos and collages.
    The eastern bluebirds are really beautiful, also a species that does not occur in the Netherlands.
    The butterflies are also beautiful.
    I wish you a very good weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for the comment and link!
      It was a treat to see the butterflies.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Wow! What beautiful Blue Birds. Would love to have them nesting in my backyard. Have a great weekend!

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      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Hari OM
    Ooh, you have butterflies already?! As ever, I loved seeing all your backyard visitors - but the Bluebirds and the nest boxes have to be my picks of the day! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam, for the comment and link!
      The Bluebirds are my all time favorite birds.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Dear Eileen,
    your bluebirds are a dream 😊. The swallowtail too! How good that the vultures take care of the roadkill!
    🌸❤️🌸
    Have a good weekend and a perfect start to May!
    Hugs, Traude 😘
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/04/monets-garten-ein-blumiger-tag-in-wien.html

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    1. Thank you Traude, for the comment and link!
      I do love my bluebirds, I hope to see the babies soon.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. You have a nice collection of animals! The blue bird is exceptional. I've never seen one like this! I finished my first post for you today.

    Best regards

    Anne

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    1. Thank you Anne, for the comment and your link!
      You are welcome any time.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. Hello Eileen,

    You have so many different birds in your area. The Eastern Bluebirds are so beautiful. I like your photos of the butterfles very much. They are very pretty.
    Take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for the comment and link!
      The butterflies were a treat to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Lovely bird and butterfly photos, Eileen. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill, for the comment and link!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Que bom ter em casa, no quintal, os pica-paus lindos! Adorei as flores e o bluebird! Lindo fim de semana! beijos, chica

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

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  15. Our bluebirds are visiting the two nest boxes but not yet bringing in any nesting material. Last year they waited so long that I had to clean out the House sparrow nests daily for more than a week. Then the bluebirds dealt with the Tree Swallows and won the battle. I have only seen Winter Wrens in Washington State and Alaska-- never in the northeast. So far none locally and never got out into more diverse habitat. Our hardwood forest has had little diversity all winter. Hope to get at least one Hermit Thrush and go beyond just hearing a Wood Thrush.

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    1. Thank you Ken, for the comment and link!
      The Winter Wrens are so tiny and cute, this one was a quick mover too.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. ...the Bluebirds steal the show for me. Thanks Eileen for hosting the party, enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for the comment and link!
      The bluebirds are the stars.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Lucky to get a Hermit Thrush, they are hermits! I know our bluebirds are back, but we've none on our property. I am happy to view yours! The robins and phoebe's are in full nesting mode! YAY SPRING!!!!

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    1. Thank you Jenn, for the comment and link!
      Yay Spring, indeed.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. the bluebirds are my favorite today but the thrush is gorgeous and a close 2nd. had a giggle about worm eating warbler, I thought all birds eat worms, the early birds of course. ha ha

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    1. Thanks Sandra! It is a weird name for a bird, I am not sure who chose that name.
      All the birds do like eating worms. Have a great day and happy weekend.

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  19. So glad to finally have a post here to share with you! Love all your bird shots! Mine are old sepia photos, or my early pets.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, so nice to see you linking up this week. Have a great weekend.

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

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  21. Oh the butterflies! A wonder for so early in the year…but not for your area of course. Such wonderful captures for many birds I have never seen. Thank you for sharing. I especially love how the bluebirds are watching you!

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    1. Thank you Marie, for the comment and visit!
      I was happy to see the butterflies, at least we had some early blooms for them to enjoy.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. Hello Eileen :=)
    Lovely collages of all the bird life you see in your surroundings, and in your yard. Lovely White-throated Sparrow. Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Bald eagle in flight, and all the water birds, and of course the Bluebirds and gorgeous Swallowtail butterflies. I hope babies are born in the nesting boxes. Thank you for yet another wonderful post and many thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Sonjia, for the comment and link!
      I enjoy looking for all the birds on all walks. I am hoping to see the bluebird babies soon.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  23. Lovely shots, Eileen, my fave is the bluebird! Thanks for hosting, have a great new week.

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    1. Thank you Nick! I always appreciate your links and comments. Have a great new week!

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  24. Gorgeous series of beautiful birds and wonderful presentation collages too ~

    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, for the link and comment. Have a great weekend.

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  25. You always find such a great variety of birds.

    Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Alan, I do enjoy watching and finding the birds. Have a great weekend.

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  26. Bluebirds nesting in the yard is wonderful, Eileen. Thanks for hosting us each week.

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    1. Thank you RedPat, for your link and comment. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  27. Great photos!
    Wonderful to have Bluebirds!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for the comment and link!
      I do love seeing the Bluebirds.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  28. Spring time is great for bird calls. Everybody is at their peak at this time of year.

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    1. Thank you Red, for the comment and link!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  29. this is a great post with such a wide variety of birds. the bluebirds are so lovely, they are here in this area, but i don't see them in my yard. i was out yesterday and saw that our egrets are back and our ruddy ducks have changed into their summer clothes. it's such a fun time of year to watch all of the changes. and speaking of ducks, this is a good weekend to be one!! have a nice weekend eileen, and many, many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, for the comment and link!
      I wish the Egrets were here too, they are a beautiful bird to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  30. Wonderful photos, I do so wish we had bluebirds visit the garden.

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    1. Thank you Linda, for the comment and link!
      It is so nice to see a post from you!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  31. Love seeing those sweet bluebirds. Happy last weekend in April to you, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Ellen, for the comment!
      The Bluebirds are sweet!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  32. I loved seeing all your photos, Eileen. The bluebirds are especially wonderful. Have a good weekend and week ahead! Hugs, Pat

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    1. Thank you Pat, for the comment and link!
      It is sad to hear how the winter has effected the wildlife there.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  33. The bluebirds seem to appreciate you just as we do! Have a beautiful week Eileen. Thank you

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    1. Thank you Cloudia, for the comment and link!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  34. Spring looks so lovely in your area! Beautiful flowers, butterflies and as ever your wonderful birds. (Both those in your very own yard and along the great nearby walks you guys have! ) I get excited just to *see* a bluebird!! It has to be the most joyful thing to have that nest box where you can watch it every day! (I hope it is successful).

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    1. Thank you Sallie, for the comment and link!
      Being able to watch the bluebirds is a joy.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  35. Love the blue birds. I've seen a couple up at the cemetery!

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    1. Thank you Karen, for the comment!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  36. As always, you photos are breathtaking! I do so enjoy your post! Thank you! Cathy

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

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  37. I thoroughly enjoy your Saturday critter posts Eileen. I particularly enjoy the Bluebirds at our feeder. Thank you for sharing them and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Denise, for visiting and for the comment. It is a treat to watch the Bluebirds, one of my favorites. Have a happy weekend.

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  38. Juncos and bluebirds. You're seeing some wonderful birds. I hope your weekend is terrific!

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

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  39. The Bluebirds are very pretty and it's always fun to see a Hermit Thrush. They are so quiet and stay in the brush quite a bit. Have you heard from Anni this week? I sure hope she and her husband are feeling better! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane, for the comment and visit! I am hoping Anni and her hubby are recovering from the virus.
      Take care, have a great day and a happy new week.

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  40. Hello Eileen
    Some great sightings and photographs here.
    The Eastern Bluebirds are just so colourful, I hope you do see some babies soon.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for the comment and visit!
      Yes, I am hoping to see those babies soon.
      Take care, have a great day and a happy new week.

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  41. Tus reportajes siempre son preciosos, el pájaro azul me encanta. Gracias y besos.

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

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  42. Cool captures! Have a lovely weekend!

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

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  43. Great variety of birds! Thanks for hosting.

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

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  44. Wow, what an amazing collection of critter photos! I especially love the shots of the Eastern Bluebird. The colors on these birds are simply stunning! Love the butterflies too!

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  45. Truly Amazing, Great pics of Birds. Beautiful birds.
    Greetings

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and for sharing your post. Have a great new week!

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  46. Beautiful birds Eileen, my favourite is the Eastern Phoebe and the Eastern Bluebirds, fantastic.

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    1. Thank you Bob! I appreciate the link and comment. Have a great week!

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  47. Wow. Such variety! The Junco is lovely - quite fluffy looking!

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    1. Thank you Lydia, I appreciate the comment and your link. Have a great week!

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  48. Fiquei encantada com as imagens! Adorei todas... mas aquelas dos passarinhos azuis e das flores, com as borboletas, estão muito, muito especiais!...
    Um beijinho! Feliz 1º de Maio! Tudo de bom!
    Ana

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  49. Blue birds! That's great. We're seeing migrators and hearing lots of chickadees. Thank God it's spring.

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    1. Thank you Sharon, for the comment and link. Have a great day and happy week!

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  50. What wonderful, colorful birds! Where I live, we get birds with dull plumage such as sparrows and mourning doves, who blend in with the dry prairie landscape. They nest in the Siberian elm outside my window. Siberian elms are ugly trees, but I'd not have it removed as it is a home for the birds.

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    1. Thanks so much for linking up and for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy week!

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  51. lovely the Dark-eyed Juncos.... excellent shots

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    1. Thank you Tanza! Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy week!

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  52. I always enjoy reading your Saturday post, Eileen.
    Love the bluebirds.

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. Thank you Veronica, I appreciate your comments. Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy week!

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  53. Love those blue birds so blue.

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    1. Thank you Diane! Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy week!

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  54. You know it always gives me much joy when you spot a winter wren - happy days. Lovely post Eileen. Have a great week.
    Wren x

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  55. we have Eastern Bluebirds at our backyard ....they visit our yards every Spring....
    beautiful captures

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  56. The Nuthatch is very common in my yard..We have lots of nesting bluebirds in the community..Always happy to see them, Enjoy the rest of your week..

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    1. Thank you Missy! I do love watching my bluebirds, they are so pretty. Have a great day!

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  57. Bluebirds are a favorite of mine. You have captured them well!

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  58. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    what a joyous and majestic post dear Eileen ,i am lost in the glory of Nature shining through your breathtaking photos heartfelt thanks for making my day my friend !
    seems like God's grace is showering upon you and your surroundings as we can see so many pretty heavenly beauties here and looking at them makes my heart melt and be grateful !
    i loved blue birds and how nice they nest in box close to you ,each shot is captivating and i don't want a leave the place lol
    health ,peace and happiness to you and loved ones!

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    1. Hello Baili,
      Spring is beautiful here, the birds are happy. I do love my bluebirds. Thanks for the comment and visit. Take care, have a great day!

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  59. There are many interesting (new) birds here to see, to read about, dear blogfriend Eileen. I enjoyed your post.

    Thank you for sharing and being part at
    MosaicMonday.

    Have a wonderful week.
    Greetings and hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun! I enjoy Mosaic Mondays! Have a great day and happy weekend ahead.

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  60. Hi Eileen!!! Very nice mosaic of pictures... Have a happy weekend

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Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

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Have a happy day, Eileen

Saturday's Critters # 549

  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 ...