Saturday, May 13, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 491

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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 sorry I will be late visiting, I will be away from my computer. As always thank you for participating with Saturday's Critters. I hope you can visit some of the other links and I will be visiting and commenting as soon as possible. 

At the time I prepared this post, we had been enjoying some nice warm Spring weather days, perfect for our early morning walks and to do some birding.  On this day we went to a local park called Hashawha Nature Center. We had some nice sightings of the Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Towhee, Goldfinches and Tree Swallows. I heard a lot more birds than I was able to take their photos. The wildflowers were looking beautiful. 


1. Wildflowers blooming at Hashawha, the Bluebells, Helleborus, possibly Bloodroot or I'll say a couple of unknown flowers. The Mourning Cloak Butterfly, turtle and possible Eastern Spring Beauties. Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Towhee and an American Goldfinch. 

"Spring: the music of open windows."


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2. This pretty Helleborus or also known as the Lenten Rose had a lot of blooms. 





3. The Mourning Cloak Butterfly landed on the boardwalk near the lake. 

"Every day holds more magic."





4. One of the many turtles we saw at the Hashawha Lake. 





5. The American Goldfinches were perched high in the tree tops.  This looks like a female Goldfinch. 




6. The Eastern Bluebirds have lots of birdhouses to nest at this park.  







7. The Eastern Towhee, a pretty bird with a black head and back, rufous sides with a white belly.






8.  I am happy to see the Eastern Bluebirds doing so well, we heard and saw a lot during our walk at the park. 






9.  The Slider Turtles share the lake with the larger Snapping Turtle.
 





I am behind sharing my birds, these are my yard birds seen in early April. I had a mix of some winter birds and some new spring birds have arrived.


10.  April 7th : my yard birds are the White-throated Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird, Brown Thrasher, Dark-eyed Junco, Tufted Titmouse, Purple Finches. 








11. April 8th: my yard birds were the Blue Jay, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird. 



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



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I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out! 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. 

96 comments:

  1. We really can feel the pleasure you take in the birds. Eileen. Thank you for being such a great host

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    1. Thank you Cloudia! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  2. Dear Eileen - Helleborus is called Christmas Rose in my world as it starts blooming around the Christmas. They are still flowering in my garden. I’m happy to see Eastern Bluebird, too, on this post. So cute and blue is my favorite color. Have a nice week.
    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko, for the visit and comment! The Helleborus is a lovely plant. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  3. Those are very nice birds — and turtles! It’s always neat to see them all returning to their spring activities like basking on a log.
    Thanks for hosting,
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  4. Love all the pretty creatures in this post, but my favourite is the Hellebore, because this type is new to me.
    Have a good time whatever you are doing!
    All the best!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for the visit and comment! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  5. Just love the eastern blue birds.

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    1. Thank you Diane, for the visit and comment! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  6. Hari OM
    Oh there is just something so extra appealing about those Bluebirds... YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam! I do love my bluebirds! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  7. Hi Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photos and collages.
    The Eastern Bluebirds are my favorite.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  8. Hello Eileen :=)
    Fabulous Yard bird Visitors on the 7th and 8th, and lovely photos throughout your post.The Tufted Titmouse is a favourite of mine, and the Eastern Bluebird is always a show stopper, but the Eastern Towhee is also very beautiful. The bark of the tree behind it is also attractive, I don't know what tree it is but it caught my attention. Loved your capture of the American Goldfinch, and all the pretty wild flowers. I didn't know that the Helleborus was a wild flower! Lovely shot of the Mourning Cloak Butterfly,it's one I never see here but it's a beauty. Thank you for the wealth of nature shots you share, and thank you Eileen for hosting each week.
    All the best.

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    1. Thank you Sonjia, for the visit and comment. The bluebirds are a favorite of mine, but I love all the birds. I wish i knew the id of that tree. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  9. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful pictures! I like so see the hellborusus flower, and all the pretty birds. The Eastern bluebird have a lovely color.
    Take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  10. So many pretty little birds, particularly the bluebirds, which are heart stealers.

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    1. Thank you Maria, for the visit and comment. The bluebirds are lovely. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  11. That bluebird is really pretty! Enjoy your weekend, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Angie, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  12. Thanks for this Saturday roundup, Eileen. Enjoy your time away. I hope that it is not for reasons of ill health or the like. Best wishes - David

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    1. Thank you David! We were enjoying a nice tour of Ireland. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  13. Maravilhosas as flores, aves, borboleta e tartarugas! Lindo mosaico!
    ótimo fim de semana! beijos, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  14. Nice sightings at the park and back yard. . Interestingly, the Tree Swallows just arrived to our yard yesterday, getting ready to do battle with the bluebirds over rights to the nest boxes.

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    1. Thank you Ken, for the visit and comment. I hope all goes well between the Bluebirds and the Swallows. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  15. The Eastern Bluebird and the turtle are my favorites. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Bill, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  16. I like your new header!
    My favourite is the turtle.

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    1. Thank you Jenn, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  17. The eastern bluebird is so petite and cute!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. The Bluebird is sweet. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  18. ...Eileen, you have a fabulous collection and I thank you for sharing and hosting the party. Enjoy a wonderful spring weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  19. Love the bluebirds, not a bird we see around our garden. It is good to have time away from the computer.

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    1. Thank you Linda, for the visit and comment.
      The Bluebird is a welcome visitor and a favorite in my yard. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  20. the bluebirds are gorgeous, i don't think i have ever seen a prettier shade of blue!! the mourning cloak butterfly is so pretty, i don't think i have ever seen one before...it looks like it is outlined with lace!! i hope you are having a blast, many thanks for hosting today!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  21. I love the yard birds and we have a few too. Doves, Cardinals, Robins, Crows and blackbirds, Ibis and unknown song birds that fit the spring is the season of open windows. I think one might be a mocking bird.

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    1. Thank you Sandra, for the visit and comment.
      The Mockingbirds do love to put on a show. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  22. A lovely location and beautiful photos, Eileen. Enjoy your time away.

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  23. Great photos!
    I especially like the swimming turtle photo. Usually all I see is the tips of their noses.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  24. So great to see your bird photos, as ever! And some turtles too! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you Barbara, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  25. Beautiful captures as always! Happy weekend!

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

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  26. You spoil us again with your many beautiful photos of birds, turtles, and the blooms. Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Alan, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  27. It's a good yard that attracts many different birds. Sadly our song bird population has crashed. Keep up the good work on this section of your blog.

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    1. Thank you Red, for the visit and comment. It is sad to hear the song bird population is crashing. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  28. Hi Eileen. What a nice assortment of birds. Once again it is so nice to see the Bluebirds. Hope that you are enjoying yourself somewhere.

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    1. Thank you RedPat, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  29. I love the birds, as always, but the turtles are always a favourite.

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    1. Thank you Marie, for the visit and comment. I love seeing all the wildlife. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  30. Hello, Hope you are doing well. So beautiful birds. Thanks a lot for hosting.

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

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  31. I love the bluebirds you've seen this week and all the neat sightings. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Happy Mother's day my friend and thanks for the party!

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    1. Thank you Diane, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  32. Siempre es un placer para mí pasar por tu blog. Fotografías preciosas. Besos.

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    1. Thank you Teresa, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  33. Beautiful photos as always. Like the bluebirds and the turtles!!

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    1. Thank you Karen, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  34. Hello Eileen
    Such lovely photographs and mosaics.
    I do like the wonderful colours of The Eastern Bluebirds ...

    Enjoy your weekend and the coming new week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  35. You have some lovely collages! Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Linda, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  36. I wish we had the Bluebirds here in the UK. I could look at them all day.

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    1. Thank you Adam! The Bluebirds are pretty. Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you William, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  38. As always you have photos that touch me. The butterfly, turtle swimming, and the bluebirds are things I don't get to see very often, but you make them available to me. Thank you and Happy Mother's day! Cathy

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    1. Thank you Cathy, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  39. I really need to plant some hellebores. They're beautiful. And lovely sightings all!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie, for the visit and comment. The Hellebores are beautiful. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  40. You have such wonderful wildlife where you live. I really need to commit myself to finding some hardy plants that will attract pollinators. We see so few butterflies any more.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. It is a treat to see the butterflies at our garden. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  41. Another marvelous series, thank you Eileen. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Denise, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  42. Great photos today. Peaceful header, too! Lovely. (Plus, I always love your quotes)

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    1. Thank you Sharon, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  43. Love all the sweet birds you were able to photograph. Enjoy your time away from the internets! :)

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    1. Thank you Ellen, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  44. Such prettiness. Love your back yard birds and of course all the others, Eileen. Thanks for hosting this wonderful blog hop. Look forward to joining this Saturday. :)

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    1. Thank you Natasha, for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  45. Thank your, dear Eileen for your words. I don`t forget you! I enjoyed each time here your captures with this partly unknown birds. And your descriptions too, it`s educational for me.

    I wrote late too, dear blogfriend. We asked each other - my husband and myself - where is time going? Stop. Of course, there is each day with training for my knee. And it costs all my power by the way.

    Wish you a very good tim, hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun, for the visit and comment. Hubby and I are amazed at how fast the time goes by, too fast. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  46. The Brown-headed Cowbird is a favoture mine, beautiful Eileen.

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  47. we always see Blue Jay, Woodpecker and Carolina Wren at our backyard....
    thank you for sharing beautiful photos

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