Saturday, September 30, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 511

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 catching up, I ended this post with photos from September.  These are photos from our local walks to the lake, on the local  fire roads and some from my back yard.  Several people have mentioned my header photo, it is a view of our local lake/Prettyboy reservoir and it is one of my favorite spots for neighborhood birdwatching.


1. Sightings from our walk to the local lake, the usual birds were seen in the usual places. Birds seen are the Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwings, a nice sighting of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Slider Turtle and the Canada Geese. 





2. A larger viewing of my sighting of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo.





3. A larger view of the Belted Kingfisher. 





4. Another day and another walk to our lake, the water level is low due to the drought. Sightings included a Double-crested Cormorant, the usual Great Blue Heron and the Belted Kingfisher.  





5. In my backyard, I am still seeing the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and lots of the Fritillary Butterflies. 





6.  Another day and here we are again on our walk to the lake. For a local walk I am always happy with the sightings I see. There are lots of pine cones on the trees, is that a sign of this winter's weather? A good winter for the Finch sightings? The lake water level is still going down, the day's sightings were a Bald Eagle seen sitting in a tree across the lake from where we were, a few Great Blue Herons were hanging out on the shore, an American Robin seen in sitting in a tree above the trail, the Green Heron was seen in the usual spot too. 




I took a few photos of the Bald Eagle, until it flew away.  



7. More looks at the Green Heron seen at our local lake.  





8.  Just another walk to the lake, you can see the water levels are down even more now due to the drought. On this day I saw a Solitary Sandpiper, flock of Canada Geese, the Great Blue Heron, Mourning Doves and the Belted Kingfisher. 






9. I never know what bird I will see at the reservoir. The low water levels means there is more mud around which seems to attract different birds. This is the Solitary Sandpiper, we watched it for awhile foraging in the mud. 



10.   Sept 3, 2023 the second Maryland Cycling Classic was held, it was a hot day with temps in the mid 90's. We were able to watch them speed past our little neighborhood on their route around the Prettyboy reservoir. The race features world champion cyclists from 30 countries. The winner Mattias Skjelmose from Denmark finished the 121.4 miles in 4 hours 28 minutes. They were escorted with a line of police motorcycles, cars with extra bicycles and 2 ambulances in case of emergencies. The race ended at the Baltimore's Inner Harbor with a ceremony and a crowd of people to cheer on the winner.







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118 comments:

  1. Yesterday we saw one SINGLE heron standing in the river...and it was a grey one. Have never seen a blue one. And I am not sure we have hummingbirds here in Germany...at least I still haven't heard or seen one. That bald eagle looks very handsome!

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    1. Thank you Angie, for your comment and visit.
      I always enjoy seeing the herons, they are beautiful birds.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Your local area offers a wealth of natural beauty and wildlife to enjoy. I particularly enjoyed the shots of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Belted Kingfisher.

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

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

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  4. The comment section was a bit hard to find (I had blue on blue for some reason but it's normal now??) Anyway, lovely collection but the sun shining on the water is actually my favourite (In the first block of pics). the eagle is always majestic. Lucky you to see it

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    1. Thank you Lydia, for your link and your comment.
      I am happy you were able to comment, the eagles are a treat to see in the wild.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Today’s critter’s post is wonderful Eileen. Your walks certainly produce an amazing variety of wildlife. Thanks for sharing them. Happy weekend to you.

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

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  6. Hari Om
    Another wonderful collection...and I was interested in the idea of cones.
    Indicating winter potential. Over here, we say the berry yields are the indicated...the greater the abundance, the stronger the winter is likely to be...YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM, for your link and your comment.
      I am hoping this will be a great year for the winter finches. We will have plenty of seeds for the winter birds to eat.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. You show so many beautiful birds. The Bald Eagle and the Beltet Kingfisher are my favorites today. The Hummigbird is so pretty too.
    Take care and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for your comment and visit.
      The hummer is a favorite of mine, I think they have all left now.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Hello Eileen,
    You have made beautiful photos and collages again.
    It's always a pleasure when you come across this kind of beauty in nature while walking.
    The Yellow-billed Cuckoo is beautiful, you don't see it here in the Netherlands, just like the Belted Kingfisher, which is really beautifully photographed.
    I also think the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are very beautiful and the butterfly, the sea eagle and the green heron are also beautiful.
    I enjoyed your blog again.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for your link and your comment.
      My nature walks bring me joy and are a pleasure to share.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Are you allowed to swim in that beautiful lake?
    We have one say 30 minutes to walk to... not allowed to swim in it, sadly. And yet... hardly a bird, just ducks!
    All we see here are overfed pigeons (as people throw food they don´t eat into the street, not into the bin, spoiled kids - to me fast food was a rare treat!!!), ravens (I love them!) and those tiny ones this year, Sparrows, in masses!
    That´s that about the bird-world here.
    In Australia we saw a huge variety but back then (1995 and 1999) there were no digital cameras, at least not available for students and we only too real "important" pics.
    Always a joy to pop in here to see who is flying around here on Mother Earth!

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your link and your comment.
      Swimming is not allowed in this reservoir, but it does not stop people from swimming.
      Pigeons seem to be common around the world. I would love to see the birds in Australia.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Simplesmente maravilhosos os bichos de hoje! Lindos mosaicos e foi proveitosa a observação!

    Lindo fds! beijos praianos, chica

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

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  11. I was envious of you, Eileen, that you could take a walk so often while I was quite unmotivated to go outside in the daytime with summer sun and high humidity in all September. But at last I’m going to catch up. The Bald Eagle is majestic. I like the photos of the wading Solitary Sandpiper at the reservoir. Maryland Cycling Classic is such an enjoyable event.

    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko, for your link and your comment.
      Our summer was hot and humid too, most of my walks were done in the early morning when it was cooler.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. Hello Eileen :=)
    What a lovely varied post full of great photos of different bird species. I once had a fleeting glimpse of a Cuckoo but didn't manage to get a photo, and I have never seen one since. Your Cuckoo shots are fantastic as are the Belted Kingfisher and Ruby-throated Hummingbird. It's a pleasure to see all the water birds, and the Bald Eagle You are so lucky to live by a lake-
    Thank you for hosting Eileen.Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sonjia, for your link and your comment.
      It was a treat for me to see the Cuckoo, usually I hear them but they stay hidden in the tree tops.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. i can't even think how hard it would be to ride 4 hours on a bike. wow.. i checked about lots of pine cones on the trees and it says in drought and not enough rain, the trees produce more cones because it needs to propogate more trees because of less water... interesting. we had noticed the past 3 years our pine has dropped a lot more than normal. drought causes pine cones, who knew?

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    1. Thank you Sandra! It is interesting that pine cones are more plentiful during a drought.  That is new to me, thanks for sharing the info. I think half of the bike riders did not finish the whole race, it was a hot day for a bike race. Have a great day and happy weekend. 

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  14. You are lucky when you can enjoy all this beautiful wildlife. The Kingfisher, the Cuckoo, the Eagle are my absolute favourites.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend and happy captures!

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

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

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  16. Your new header is spectacular! I would love to do some birding in a beautiful spot like that.

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    1. Thank you David, I appreciate the comment. I am lucky this spot is just down the street, just a short walk from home. Have a great weekend.

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  17. Beautiful photos and a wonderful post. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

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

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  18. Me encanta tu cabecera , es preciosa. También el martín pescador el águila calva. Gracias por compartir
    Buen fin de semana Eileen.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Laura, I appreciate the comment and your visit. Have a great weekend!

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  19. ...Eileen, you have a wonderful collection this week and my favorite is the eagle! Be well and have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Tom! The Eagles are always a treat to see. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you William, I appreciate the visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

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  21. I love your birding excursions! You do so well. It is ironic, most of my images are in the dark on the trailcam! Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Jenn, I appreciate your comment and your link. I do love my nature walks. Have a great weekend.

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  22. I always enjoy seeing your birds!
    My favorites today are the Green Heron and the Kingfisher.
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thank you Lea! The Green Heron is one of my many favorite birds. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  23. Again such a nice assortment of birds. The cuckoo is a great find, posing so nicely for you. So far I have seen only one since moving to Connecticut. It revealed its presence by calling so distinctively, but I never was able to photograph it.

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    1. Thank you Ken! I was lucky find the Cuckoo on a bare branch for my photos. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  24. Lovely sightings and captures!
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you for your link and comment. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  25. A great selection of critter shots, as usual, Eileen. That bike event looks very interesting. Thanks for hosting and have a great new week.

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    1. Thank you Nick! It was fun watching the bikes speeding by, a great event for our state. Have a great weekend.

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  26. It's nice that you can see so many great critters on your local walks, Eileen. A wonderful collection today. That is a huge bicycling event! Happy last day of September to you!

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    1. Thank you Ellen, I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

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  27. I love the cuckoo bird! I've been looking for those all summer and still hope to see one. Neat to watch the bike race. My youngest son competes in races too. Enjoy your day! Thanks for the party!

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    1. Thank you Diane, for your critter link and your comment. It is amazing these bike riders can endure a long race on hilly and windy roads and such a hot day. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  28. Great photos of a variety of birds. I have seen belted kingfishers around here but have not managed a photo yet. I have seen brief glimpses of green herons, they are such striking birds.
    We have a big series of bicycle races here in the spring and they are fun to watch.

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    1. Thank you Alan, for your critter link and for the comment. The Green Herons are beautiful birds. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  29. Every walk gives you great sightings.

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

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  30. Hello Eileen, First of all, the header … yes, it is a beauty. And what a great place for birdwatching! I enjoyed all your bird photos … great variety of shots. Special love for the Ruby-throated Hummingbird! Thanks for telling us about the Maryland Cycling Classic … very cool to have that event so close by. Another excellent Saturday’s Critters. Wishing you a happy weekend and week ahead! John

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    1. Thank you John, for your comment and visit. We do live in a great spot for birdwatching.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  31. You live in a great place for bird sightings, which is so great since you capture them and share them here. I live in the California mountains and I mostly see ravens and blackbirds. There are red tailed hawks and some smaller birds too, but ravens are the main birds here. I'm sure they are territorial and make other birds feel unwelcome. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Inger, for your comment and visit.
      I am sure the small birds there are hiding from the raptors.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  32. wonderful captures, i am amazed at the yellow-billed cuckoo, wow!! you are so lucky to see such a variety of birds and wildlife, your home was made for you, good that you found it!! the bald eagle is always a favorite, the pictures are so majestic. i also enjoyed seeing the cyclists, how cool that they came from all over!! have a great weekend eileen, we have yet to see the sun. many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, for your link and your comment.
      The Bald Eagle is always a treat to see, The Cuckoo was a favorite of mine. I usually only hear them.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  33. You see such a variety of birds near your place, Eileen.

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

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  34. Good evening, dear Eileen. Catching a Hummingbird with the camera is a great performance in my eyes. Of course the other birds too ... Wonderful work! I believe, I couldn`t. Therefore I love reading here so much. Thank you for sharing and hosting.

    Have a fine weekend, hugs by Heidrun

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

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  35. The Cycling race, I wonder if Hugh's oral surgeon was there, he recently competed in the " Chase the Sun" and was going to Colorado in September and maybe travelled down . Love the close ups, It's a long time since I saw a kingfisher, at our previous home they were frequent visitors, as the stream was at the back of our property.

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    1. Hello Jean,
      The cycling event had cyclists from around the world, this was the second annual race. I think it will become a yearly event. The kingfishers are one of my many favorite birds to see. Thanks for visiting and for the comment. Have a great week!

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  36. Walking and watching these beautiful creatures in their habitat is priceless.
    Tha bald eagle is wonderful.
    Have a good Sunday.

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit and comment! Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  37. Lovely series of our feathered friends photos ~ awesome Bald Eagle ~ so regal ~ thanks,

    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! I appreciate you linking up and for your comment. Have a great weekend.

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  38. Always enjoy your critters shots on Saturday. Thanks!!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I love sharing the critters and photos. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  39. Hello Eileen
    Your header photograph is stunning, I particularly like the reflections in the water.
    You are fortunate to see a varied selection of birds/critters on your walks.
    I always enjoy seeing your photographs.
    That was a good turn out of cyclists too ...
    Enjoy this last day of September and good wishes for the new month of October.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for your comment and your visit.
      I do enjoy looking for critters on my walks, always something to see.
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  40. Dear Eileen, it's just wonderful what you see on your local walks and in your back yard! And you managed to take such great photos, I'm especially happy about the sight of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Belted Kingfisher and the sweet Ruby-throated Hummingbird 😍!
    All the best and have a nice Sunday
    Traude
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    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/09/ruckblick-auf-den-rostrosen-sommer-2023.html

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    1. Thank you Traude, for your link and your comment.
      My simple pleasure of bird watching makes me happy.
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  41. Great post. Now I want to see a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

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    1. Thank you Linda, for your link and your comment.
      The Yellow-billed Cuckoo is a great bird.
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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

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  43. Hello, Eileen, It's great to be here again... Lovely gallery, as always.

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

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  44. Another fine selection of birds Eileen. Your walks are always very productive. Great to see the close ups of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Belted Kingfisher. I think I would have to just watch the cycling event cold beer in hand in those temperatures, far too hot to take part. Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for the link again.

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    1. Thank you Phil, for your link and your comment.
      I was happy to see the Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the open, they are usually hiding from me.
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  45. That belted kingfisher is a beauty and I loved the turtle in the composite. Lovely nature today!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie! I appreciate the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy first week of October.

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  46. Siempre es un placer pasar por aquí, tienes preciosos avistamientos. Te dejo un abrazo y te deseo una feliz semana.

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

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  47. I especially enjoyed seeing the cuckoo and green heron. The turtle was a great bonus!

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    1. Thank you Marie! The Cuckoo and Green Herons are my favorites. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  48. Some great photos here! I so wish I had places like this that were close to me. Loved the Green Heron...I heard some out at the strip pits a summer or two ago but never got to see them. I had forgotten what their sound. It took me back to childhood.

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    1. Thank you Rose, I appreciate your visit and comment. The Green Heron is a favorite of mine too. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  49. We had our running Twin Cities marathon canceled this weekend because of the heat. But I love it that way.

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    1. Thanks Sharon, for the link and comment. We are finally cooling off, we could use more rain. Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead!

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  50. How wonderful to see all this beauty!
    I always enjoy your birding excursions.
    Hugs and blessings, Eileen

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  51. i never get i never get tired of seeing these pretty birds in your area dear Eileen :)
    i wish water may never get dry and much rain may refill the lake asap amen! indeed the whole beauty of the lake is because of water and birds love water like us
    best wishes to you and family and yes i enjoyed the cycle race what a fun !

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    1. Thank you Baili! Yes we could really use some more rain here, it has been way to dry. I appreciate your visit and comment, Take care, have a happy day!

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  52. Fritillary Butterflies look so beautiful...
    fantastic colors

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  53. Always delightful to see your critters Eileen. Enjoy the rest of your week! and thankyou for visiting my blog this week.

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    1. Thank you Jill, for the comment and your visit. Take care, have a great day!

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  54. excellent shot Belted Kingfisher.... love it

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

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  55. Happy MosaicMonday

    Thank you so much being part at
    MosaicMonday

    Have a fine week. Hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun! Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  56. All of them are amazing and beautiful. Yellow-billed Cuckoo looks so beautiful. Thanks Eileen. Have a wonderful new month to you. Greetings.

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

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  57. Hi Eileen! ♥ Oh I love the photos of the herons and the eagle!

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    1. Hello Rain, thanks so much for visiting and for the comments. The Eagles are always a treat to see. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  58. It`s Sunday afternoon and my hubby has to work now ... time for visiting any Blogs. I enjoyed again this post, dear Eileen. It`s each time a little virtual journey for me. Especially the Eagle is one of my favorites.

    Thank you for sharing and hostings. Have a wonderful week, hugs by Heidrun

    PS: And of course thank you for take part at MosaicMonday :)

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    1. Thank you Heidrun! The Eagles are a treat to see! Have a happy day!

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  59. Há sempre mil encantos, a descobrir em cada uma das vossas caminhadas, ou mesmo no vosso jardim!
    Como sempre fiquei rendida à beleza das fotos, e gostei imenso de ver as imagens da prova de ciclismo!
    É sempre um prazer imenso, contactar com a natureza através das suas formidáveis imagens, Eileen!
    Um beijinho grande! Tudo de bom!
    Ana

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    1. Thank you Ana, I do love my neighborhood, so much nature to see. Take care, have a great day!

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