Saturday, May 20, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 492

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 little behind here sharing my images and outings. On April 10-12th, hubby and I enjoyed a getaway which included visits to Blackwater NWR, Assateague Island Nat'l Seashore and Ocean City Md, Delaware's Indian River Inlet and Bombay Hook NWR. These images are from our first day. 


1. These are some sightings from our ride on Blackwater NWR wildlife drive. Photos were taken from our car windows. Great Egret, Willet, King Rail, Osprey, Bald Eagles, Slider Turtles, Blackwater wetland and river, Great Blue Heron. 

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2. The Ospreys have returned and there are a few nests just off the wildlife drive. We had great views of the Ospreys on their nest. 




3. The Great Blue Herons are a common wader seen in Maryland.





4. The highlight of our Blackwater NWR visit was seeing this King Rail right next to the road.  It was out in the open for quite a while, we parked the car and watched the King Rail foraging for food.  




5. We saw the King Rail at all angles, showing off it's pretty and colorful feathers. The King Rail is a large chicken like bird. It has reddish wings and breast, black and white stripe plump belly and a short tail. 





6. At the Ocean City, Maryland inlet we saw the Common Loons, lots of Laughing Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls and a pretty sunset. 





7. Common Loons can be seen at Ocean City's inlet often.  You can see this Loon has the black and white spotted back, the summer colors. 





8. At the back of the hotel we could still see some pretty colors from the sunset on the bay side. 





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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. 

136 comments:

  1. King Rail is something I have yet seen before. Great collection of bird photos as usual

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      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Awesome pics of nature this week. The Ospreys in the nest and the King Rail are my top picks. Amazing sunset colors too.

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      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Great shots of the King Rail. Wonderful to see it so out in the open, i am sure that does not happen too often Eileen. 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.
      Our timing was perfect to see the Rail out in the open.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Beautiful critters! I have never seen the blue herons before..only the light coloured one. The sunset looks gorgeous! Have a fabulous weekend, Eileen.

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

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  5. I can hear the gulls laughing in your pretty photos, Eileen

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    1. Thank you Cloudia, for the link and comment.
      I wish I was back at the beach hearing those gulls now.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Another great series of photos, Loved the post, Thank you so much for hosting.

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

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  7. What a lovely day to go bird watching. I've never heard of a King Rail. What luck to spot it so easily, and all those photos are quite nice. With a beautiful sunset to end the day, it couldn't get much better than that.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne, for the link and comment.
      We were very lucky to see the Rail.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. wow, this is a great post. Loved to see the Osprey and the King Rail. The Rail is stunning. Wish I had seen it :) Have a great weekend. :) Sun is shining over here.

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    1. Thank you Monica, for the link and comment.
      YAY for the sunshine! The Rail was a beauty!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Hari OM
    Again I admire the wonderful images you bring us, Eileen - and today, for me, the King Rail holds special interest, a bird I am not ever likely to see with my 'bare eyes'! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM, for the link and comment.
      We were very lucky to see the Rail out in the open, they are shy.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Hi Eileen,
    What a great series of photos and collages you show.
    I think the ospreys on the nest are great, we see this species very little in the Netherlands.
    The sunset is also super beautiful with the colors.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for the link and comment.
      I always enjoy a pretty sunset.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. I am bringing you my visit to bird sanctuary where I was lucky to spot Ostrich. Thanks for hosting.

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

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  12. I don't think I have ever seen a king rail, even in a photo until now. he is so handsome. that is a super shot of the osprey on the nest. you must have been up as high as the nest, maybe a tower.

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    1. Thanks Sandra, the nest was not very high. I took that photo from our car window. Have a great weekend.

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  13. ...flor me Common Loons are an important part of The Adirondack Mountains. Their call is the call of the wild. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous sunset. Take care and stay well.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for the link and comment.
      We had a loon visiting our local lake a few weeks back and heard the call for the first time, very cool sound.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. I never heard of the King Rail, it's a beautiful looking bird. Lovely photos as always, have a wonderful weekend and thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Bill, I appreciate the link and comment. Have a great weekend.

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  15. Ospreys have responded very well to the provision of nesting platforms, thank goodness. Excellent encounter with the King Rail, not a species one encounters every day. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you David. Hubby and I were happy to sit and watch this King Rail. Have a happy weekend.

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  16. Adoro ver os resultados dessas escapadelas que tu e teu marido fazem. Sempre ganhamos lindas fotos e mosaicos para ver! Beleza de fotos TODAS! beijos, lindo fds! chica

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    1. Thank you Chica, your comments are very appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. You have amazing birdventures! I flushed an American Woodcock from the edge of the frogpond the other day. I was so excited! Thanks for faithfully hosting.

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    1. Thank you Jenn! I have only seen a Woodcock once, long ago. A great bird indeed. Have a happy weekend.

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

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  19. Wonderful sightings on your getaway. We see lots of osprey, loons and herons, but you showed a king rail that we don't see in person. Lovely to see the photo. Have a fantastic week.

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    1. Thank you Linda, for the link and comment.
      The King Rail was a treat to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. Your King Rail is a stellar catch. I have heard them but never got to see, much less photogrape a single one.

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    1. Thank you Ken,for the link and comment.
      We were excited to see the King Rail out in the open.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  21. Glorious Header dear Eileen !
    i loved each shot seems like the Maryland is named after so many birds who make this place a merry land indeed :)
    i am happy that one of my blogger friend is privileged with such beautiful surroundings that make heart full of joy :)
    hugs

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    1. Thank you Baili, for the visit and comment.
      Maryland can be merry at times.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. Beautiful shots. The heron especially.

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

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  23. It looks like a lovely place, Eileen, and you certainly got some fantastic photos of all the wonderful wildlife. Thanks for hosting and have a great new week!

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

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  24. Gorgeous captures! Happy weekend!

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

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  25. Your banner photo is spectacular! And you sure saw a lot on your first day! What a wonderful nature adventure! The Osprey must have been such fun to watch! Happy weekend!

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

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  26. Hello Eileen. Great pictures today. I really like the Ospreys and the way they are so close to the road. It must be wonderful to be able to see Ospreys like that. King Rail out in the open like that must be rather special too. I never see King rail on any other blogs I visit. Love that sunset too. And thanks for the link up today and for liking my pictures of Greece.

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    1. Thank you Phil, for the link and comment.
      I was happy to see the Rail, it stayed out for a long time.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  27. Glorious skies and a distant cousin of Harry's! All lovely.

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    1. Thank you Jeanie, for the visit and comment.
      Harry has a lot of relatives all around the country.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  28. Beautiful photos of the Osprays, Eileen! The sunset is very pretty, and wonderful colors. Take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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

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  29. I have never seen a King Rail. What a great-looking bird it is, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you RedPat, for the link and comment.
      The Rail is a beauty!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  30. Hello Eileen, :=)
    Those wooden structures are great for the Ospreys to make their nests, and out in the open near a road too, it's amazing. I have heard of a Rail, but not a King Rail, and from what I have read on other comments it's a bit of a rarity, so you must have been thrilled to see such a handsome rare bird. Love your beautiful sunset.
    Have a wonderful weekend Eileen, and as always thank you so much for hosting.
    All the best.

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    1. Thank you Sonjia, for the link and comment.
      The Rail was a exciting bird to see, they are usually shy and stay hidden.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  31. Nice to have a getaway. The sky is spectacular, but looks like its on fire.

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    1. Thank you Maria, for the link and comment.
      Skywatching is one of my simple pleasures.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  32. Interesting photos. It takes time and patience to set these photos up. In many cases you have birds doing what birds do.

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

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  33. Hi Eileen. Thanks for making this great Saturday gathering! Loved the new-to-me bird, King Rail. Maybe he was so hungry he didn't mind a car nearby, since probably cars pass often. Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Barbara, for the visit and comment.
      It is possible the bird is used to cars driving by. I just happy to see the King Rail and get some photos.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  34. Good morning Eileen, what beautiful photos especially your ospreys in the first photo! You have some really cool locations to hike and wander around! Life and nature is wonderful right!

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    1. Thank you Karen, for the link and comment.
      Maryland does have some great parks for walks and critters.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  35. It's always great to swing by here and see the great photos of birds I've never seen in person. Wonderful shots. Glad you could have your getaway. The Osprey and King Rail are a treat to see! Happy weekend to you.

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

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  36. Grazie come sempre per le meravigliose immagini del post di oggi

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and visit. Have a great weekend!

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  37. You sure make the most out of your trips. And so many great shots from your car window.
    The King Rail is a beautiful bird. It does remind me of a chicken. I am pretty sure that I have never seen one. Not that I am the most observant person in the world.
    Thank you again for hosting Saturday's Critters.

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    1. Thank you Alan, for the link and comment.
      The King Rail was a great find.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  38. Great to see all the birds and that sunset picture is stunning.

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

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  39. Oh great, dear Eileen! The photos from the car window are wonderfully successful. I am particularly happy about the osprey in its nest! I didn't know a King Rail before - a pretty bird! I'm glad hubby and you enjoyed such a nice getaway!
    All the best 🌱🌿🌱, Traude
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    1. Thank you Traude, for the link and comment.
      The car is a good blind for taking the bird photos.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  40. Beautiful birds!
    I especially enjoyed seeing the King Rail photos.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for the link and comment.
      The King Rail was a treat to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  41. Great pics!! That last one in particular is spectacular!!

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

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  42. Lovely birds, spectacular skies!

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  43. Nice captures of the critters as usual. It’s so wonderful to end the day with such a glorious sunset scene, Eileen.
    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko! I appreciate your comment and visit. Have a wonderful week!

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  44. Thanks for sharing this variety of critters. Love the Common loons, they are so unique.
    My favourite is anyway the Osprey, also because I still miss it, as a lifer.
    Happy weekend and all the best!

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    1. Thank you Luisella! The Ospreys are cool birds, one of my favorites too. Have a wonderful week!

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  46. Dearest Eileen; King Rail looks SO gorgeous and Yes, showing off it's pretty and colorful feathers, p-;) Thank you very much for letting me show rare birdies for me. So sorry for my late commenting; Lot's of LOVE from Japan, Miyako

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  47. Hallo Eileen!

    Wonderful. Especially the picture with the sunset!

    Have a wonderful new week!

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    1. Thank you Anne, for the link and comment. Have a wonderful week!

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  48. Siempre es un placer pasear por tu blog. Las aves se ven preciosas. Un abrazo.

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  49. i am late to the party but still happy i did not miss it. you have shared gorgeous pictures today, the king rail was def a favorite. you must have felt very joyful to see that sunset!! have a great week, and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, I always appreciate you linking up and your comments. Take care, have a wonderful new week.

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  50. What a beautiful place, thank you for sharing the photos. I have never seen here most of those nice birds. Have a good week.

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  51. Hi Eileen,
    Thank you for taking us along on your visit to Blackwater NWR. I enjoyed all the images! A big plus for all the variety. Great portrait of the Great Blue Heron. Really nice composure on the first collage! Love the closing sunset! Thank you, Eileen, for sharing, hosting, and for your kind comment on my blog. Have a happy day and week ahead.
    John

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    1. Thank you John! I am lucky with some of my bird photos, I always enjoy watching the sunset. Take care, have a wonderful new week.

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  52. The ospreys are beautiful birds. I don't think I've ever seen any except in pictures.

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    1. Thank you for the link and comment. The Ospreys are a favorite. Take care, have a wonderful new week.

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  53. wow, the King Rail is beautiful Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob, I was happy to see the King Rail. Take care, have a wonderful new week.

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  54. I love the photography/ negatives quote!

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  55. Gracias por compartir y enseñarnos tantas aves que no vemos. Precioso atardecer.
    Buena semana Elieen.
    Un abrazo.

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

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  56. The Great Blue Herons look so pretty.... love it

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  57. You always have such beautiful photos! Thank you again! Wishing you a grand week! Cathy

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  58. It always wonderful to visit you blog and I have been especially enjoying your photos of Ireland on facebook, They brought back memories to me! Eileen. Be back on Saturday as my post has wildlife in it this week!

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    1. Thank you Pat! Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  59. I saw Ospreys several times in our areas... great bird

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    1. Thank you for the comment. The Ospreys are great birds. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  60. Such an incredible line up of the critters. I love the variegated hues of the King Rail. What a handsome bird.

    It's such a pleasure to link up with you dear Eileen. Thank you so much for hosting.
    Much love and a wonderful new week ahead.

    https://natashamusing.com

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    1. Thank you Natasha! The King Rail is a handsome, such a treat to see. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  61. Yet another delightful series of bird photos, Eileen.
    I especially love the King Rail.

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. Thank you Veronica, I appreciate the link and comment. Have a great day and week ahead.

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  62. Your wildlife ride has led to come great sightings. Laughing gulls and a pretty sunsets seem a perfect way to end a glorious day out. Have a lovely day Eileen.
    Wren x

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    1. Thank you Wren! We do enjoy our wildlife sightings and outings. Have a great day and week ahead!

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  63. Without a doubt, Maryland is a paradise for birds...
    It must have a lot of fresh water, unlike my region.
    The city is called Lagos (lakes), but they were already extinct.
    Flowery days and happy birds meetings... 8: ))
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    1. Thanks so much for the nice comment. Take care, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead.

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  64. I always enjoy seeing the critters with you Eileen. Fabulous images as always. Enjoy the rest of your week & stay safe.

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    1. Thank you Jill, I appreciate the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead.

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  65. It is always so great to visit you and look at your photos. Loved seeing two of my favourites - the ospreys and the loons. Have a lovely week ahead!

    -Soma

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  66. Hello Eileen
    Thank you for sharing these lovely photographs, you had some great sightings.
    What a lovely sunset too.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  67. Great pictures, I enjoyed your blog
    good evening from Greece

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

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  68. Sorry ... I`m again lagging behind to comment. But now I`m here to read and I enjoy your post, dear Eileen. It`s always a great pleasure. Today we have here in Germany the church festival Pfingsten and now it`s enough time to read with calm. Thats important to pay due attention for each post.

    Thank you for sharing at
    MosaicMonday

    Have a good time. Hugs by Heidrun

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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 ...