Saturday, June 10, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 495

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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!


A break from my Ireland trip and photos. More of Ireland will be shared again soon. Today I am sharing some photos from our walk on the C&O Canal trail in Potomac Md and at the Great Falls Nat'l Park.  

1. In the mosaic below are the Prothonotary Warbler, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Eastern Bluebird, wildflowers, turtles, Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallards and Blue-winged Teal.





2. The Prothonotary Warbler, is about 5 1.2 inches, he was singing loudly and heard way before I was able to find him in the tree top. This bird nest in trees and there are nest boxes set up along the canal trail.  




3. The male Prothonotary Warbler is a bright yellow with dark wings. 







4. The Green Heron is seen every year in about the same spot close to the Riley's Lock parking area. 






5. The Green Heron, one of my favorites. The breeding adult has a rust colored neck, a dark cap and a green back. 





6. The Slider Turtles are enjoying the sunshine, resting on the rocks. 








7. The Black-crowned Night Heron was seen on the canal side of the C&O canal trail.  






8. The Great-Blue Herons have a rookery in the trees that line the Potomac River.  





9. The Double-crested Cormorants nest along the river, a group of Cormorants is called a "gulp".  






10. We saw at least 4-5 Blue-winged teal on the river. 




11. A view from the Great Falls overlook. 





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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. 

98 comments:

  1. The bird photos are lovely -- I especially like the herons. The Great Falls park is a wonderful place to walk, I've been there several times.

    Thank you for hosting Saturday Critters!
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae! The park is one of our favorite places to visit and walk. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Happy Saturday, Eileen! The male Prothonotary Warbler looks so beautiful. Interesting heron though...very different from what I know.

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    1. Thank you Angie! The warbler is bright and beautiful. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  3. Dearest Eiieen; I'm a bit busy right now. I promise that I will write comment again later. Lot's of Love Miyako;

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    1. Thank you Miyako, I appreciate the link and comment. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  4. Great Falls Park is an oasis for birds and for those who enjoy finding and observing them in their habitat...
    Thanks for the knowledge abd beautiful photos.
    Great and happy weekend.
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    1. Thank you, I appreciate the comment and visit. I do enjoy finding the birds and all things nature related. Have a happy weekend.

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  5. Pretty critters captured beautifully! Happy weekend!

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

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  6. I was have loved to hear that Warbler singing, well a yellow breast he has. Great shot of the Green Heron. Eileen that is a lovely place to walk round and there seems there are always birds to see and photograph. Thanks for hosting and commenting. I hope you have a lovely week ahead

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for the comment and link! It is a great place for finding birds, the warbler is a beauty! Have a great weekend.

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  7. Amazing bird photos, Thanks for the beautiful post.
    Happy Weekend :)

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

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  8. Hi Eileen,
    Wonderful series of photos from your walk.
    I really like the male Prothonotary Warbler and the Green Heron.
    What a beautiful view of the waterfall.
    I wish you a very good weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for the link and comment! They are two of my favorite birds too. Have a great weekend.

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  9. I love to see all the beautiful and different birds you show every time, Eileen. The Prothonotary Warbler was very cute.
    Take care and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for the comment! The warbler is beautiful. Have a great weekend.

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  10. Hari OM
    You know I always love your shots, Eileen - but the winner for me, today, is #7 heron! Stunning. (Sorry no participation my side this month - got a bit on, as you know!) YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam, I appreciate the comment and visit! I know you are very busy! Have a great weekend.

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  11. Dearest Eileen; How gorgeous your Black-crowned Night Heron looks and Prothonotary Warbler's a bright yellow with dark wings really attractive for me. Love to see all the sweet brides you can find around you. This morning when I opened the window; I thought I heard a bird on the tree in front my house sung just a second. Haha, maybe flew away soon. Please keep letting me enjoy your beautiful birdies; Lot's of Love Miyako

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    1. Thank you Miyako, for the comment! I love to hear all the birds singing, a joyful sound. Have a great weekend.

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  12. So enjoyable Eileen. Some of my favorite birds too. Enjoy your weekend

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

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  13. Great photos of beautiful creatures. In the parks around here the turtles enjoy the sun too.
    Have a good week end.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit! I enjoy seeing the turtles. Have a great weekend.

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  14. the header photo is spectacular!!! makes me want to stand or sit there and just watch and listen to those falls. I have seen several of the green herons but not in a long time. the most common come to our house, but not the green ones

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I love seeing all the birds, anything nature related.
      The Green Heron is a favorite.Have a great day and happy weekend.

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  15. A cada sábado, um verdadeiro show de fotos dos bichinhos que trazes pra compartilhar!
    Lindo de ver!
    beijos, ótimo fim de semana, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica, for the visit and comment! Have a great weekend.

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  16. Prothonotary Warbler is a delightful little bird - quite rare here, but in Colombia in their principal place of residence I have actually seen them in small flocks.

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    1. Thank you David, for the link and comment! The Prothonotary Warbler is a delightful sight. Have a great weekend.

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  17. Hello, so nice to see all these beautiful critters! No doubt my favourite is the Teal.
    A lovely duck.
    Happy day and happy weekend to you!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for the link and comment! I love seeing all the birds. Have a great weekend.

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  18. Lots of different Herons, I love them. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill, for the link and comment! I love all the herons too. Have a great weekend.

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  19. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Ireland! The warbler photo is so unique and outstanding!

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

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  20. That yellow warbler is to beautiful! I am hopeless at grabbing photos of our birds in the treetops. Well done! Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Jenn, for the link and comment! The warbler is beautiful, I was lucky to see it come out and sit on a bare branch for a little bit. Have a great weekend.

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  21. ...Eileen, this is a wonderful excursion at the C&O Canal trail, thankf or taking me along to see the sights. I hope that your weekend is off to a great start.

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    1. Thanks Tom, I appreciate the comment and link! Have a great weekend.

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  22. Great photos!
    The Green Heron is my favorite today.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Lea! The Green Heron is one of my favorites too. Have a great weekend!

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  23. What a lovely place full of great opportunities to see and photograph the wildlife, Eileen! Have a good new week.

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    1. Thank you Nick! It is a great place to visit, always something to see there. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  24. I am so jealous that you saw a Prothonotary! I would SO love to see one! You got amazing photos too....how great! Love your mosaic with the birds in this post. Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane, I appreciate the link and comment. It was a treat to see the Prothonotary Warbler, they are beautiful.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  25. I love the word prothonotary. I'll have to see if I have a chance to see them here in Tulsa. I have only got a glimpse of a green heron before. They are beautiful. I love the names for groups of birds. A gulp for a group of cormorants is perfect.
    Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Alan! Prothonotary is a weird name for a bird, I looked up the meaning "a chief clerk of the court". Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  26. Fabulous shots, Eileen. I'm always thrilled to see turtles in the wild so that is a good sign.

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    1. Thank you RedPat! It is great to see any wildlife thriving, a good sign. Have a happy weekend.

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    1. Thank you William, I think the turtles found their happy place. Have a great weekend.

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  28. Fantastic number of species. Some of these we don't have like the two herons. But the great blue heron is quite common here. We don't have any turtles and we don't have prothonotary warblers.

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    1. Thank you Red! It was a treat to see all these birds, have a great weekend!

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  29. that warbler is gorgeous, what a bright and beautiful shade of yellow!! i rarely see green herons, but have and they are so pretty and a little mysterious!! your header image is spectacular...i don't know if that is from your trip or local to you!!

    your local places really have a nice variety of critters, i enjoy seeing the turtles!! have a great weekend and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! The header photo is a scene from Ireland. I appreciate your link and comment. Have a great weekend.

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  30. Love that night heron! Hope your weekend is peaceful and restful!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! The Night Heron is a beautiful bird. Have a great weekend.

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  31. Gorgeous shots of nature gems so nearby to you ~ 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, for the link and the comment. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  32. Lindísimos habitantes, pueblan esa hermosa naturaleza.
    Feliz fin de semana. Un abrazo

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and visit! Take care, have a great weekend.

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  33. Hi Eileen...I'm late to the party and without a critter this week. I had to look up " Prothonotary Warbler" -"The genus name is from Late Latin protonotarius, meaning "prothonotary", a notary attached to the Byzantine court who wore golden-yellow robes. The specific citrea is from Latin citreus meaning the colour "citrine".It was once known as the golden swamp warbler." Interesting to be the only bird in that genus!

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    1. Thank you Barbara, for the information on the Prothonotary name and your comment. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  34. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful sightings on your walk. That Black-crowned Night Heron and Green Heron drew me to them today. I haven't seen either in several years. Have a great weekend Eileen!

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    1. Thank you for Denise, for the visit and the comment. It was a treat to see those Herons. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  35. Hello Eileen
    What a lovely Saturday Critters post.
    I did enjoy seeing all of the birds and the turtles too.
    I know others have also commented on your header photograph, it is beautiful.

    Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan! I appreciate the nice comment on the header, it was a pretty scene from Ireland. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  36. Fantastic green heron photo and I always enjoy when you post pictures of the turtles!!

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

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  37. Muy feliz de pasear contigo por esa linda naturaleza. Las aves me encantan y vi el caparazón de una tortuga con un gran agujero, roto, me quede triste. Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Teresa!
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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  38. Great shots! Interesting that a group of Cormorants is called a "gulp".

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

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  39. Good Morning Eileen!

    I've never seen the Green Heron and the Black-crowned Night Heron. It's great that you can always learn new things on the internet!


    You can find my post here...

    https://www.wortperlen.de/kommentare/saturday-039-s-critters-n-176-05....11430/


    Greetings from North-Germany

    Anne

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

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  40. Good morning from UK Eileen. I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. I think the Green Heron is quite stunning, such a marvellous mix of colours. And yes, it is interesting how the same species can be found in exactly the same spot year after year. Birds know precisely what they need from the environment. Love the Night Heron too, a species that we can sometimes see in the UK. Thanks for the link. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thank you Phil! It is always a treat to go and see these two Herons, it is like they are waiting for me, lol.
      Take care, have a wonderful new week!

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  41. Fabulous birds and turtles. I love the Prothonotary Warbler, what a shot Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob! The warbler is a beauty and a treat to see! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit. Have a great week ahead!

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  43. Great sightings of beautiful critters. So blessed to be able to see them in person. Thank you, Eileen for hosting. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thank you Nancy! I hope you are feeling well, you are kind to link up and comment. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  44. Wonderful photos of all the great birds in this post. Particularly enjoyed the pictures of the Warbler and the Green Heron. Thanks for hosting, have a Great Week!

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

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  45. These are so great - funnily enough I don't see that as an Irish landscape - but I've never been so what would I know?? HA!

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

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  46. Nice series of photos of critters as always, Eileen. I’m interested in the bright colors of Prothonotary Warbler as our Bush Warblers are drab green. I like to see turtles basking in the sun, especially in the green reflection.
    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko, for your visit and comment. I do enjoy seeing the turtles. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  47. I love the male Prothonotary Warbler - the yellow tummy must hit to a sunny disposition :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Ammalia, for your visit and comment. The warbler is a colorful bird, very pretty. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  48. Amazing series of photos from your walk, Eileen.
    I especially love the male Prothonotary Warbler and the Green Heron.

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. Thank you Veronica, for the link and comment.
      Those are two of my favorites too.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  49. Lovely series of photos! I particularly like the first photo looking up at the beautiful Prothonotary Warbler

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