Saturday, November 18, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 518

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Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🦃🥧


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On Oct 9-11th , hubby and I went on a short getaway. First we took a short detour off of Rt 50 to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge Maryland. Then we headed to Chincoteague Island Virginia, the Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge, Tom's Cove and the Assateague Island National Seashore. 


1. These are images from our drive at the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. At Blackwater NWR, we took the short Marsh Edge trail. 



We saw and heard these Terns, they were so loud. I think they were fighting over a fish?  Back in the car and on the wildlife drive, I found a juvenile Bald Eagle sitting in a tree, monarchs were flying next to our car, a White-tailed Deer walking off into the wood and the Tickseed  Sunflowers were plentiful along the drive. 

 



The Tickseed Sunflowers looked pretty, the yellow flowers were seen all along the wildlife drive. 



2. Further along the wildlife drive, we saw the Yellowlegs, numerous Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese and an Egret. 





3. We saw two Mallards, one is hidden in the grasses hanging out with the Canada Geese.  





4. Looking straight on, the Great Blue Heron looks a little silly. 





5. After driving a total of 4 hours or more, we arrived in Chincoteague. We took a walk on the trail to the pony overlook.  On the way I saw this tiny Sika deer, it is so cute. At the pony overlook I found one Tricolored Heron and the ponies of course. 




The Sika Deer is a small member of the elk family, they have dark brown to black coat. They have short snouts and small ears. The Sika Deer were introduced to Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Virginia. I am assuming this was a juvenile Sika Deer, it just stood and stared at us while we were on the trail. 






A distant look at the Chincoteague Ponies. 




Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets are mixed together, a few times I think I saw the juvenile Little Blue Heron which is also white.  





6. On the road to the beach, we see lots of Egrets. Further up the road we see the Double-crested Cormorants hanging out, we caught the sun setting at Tom's Cove, a small group of Black-bellied Plovers  (just a guess) and there were 3 Great Blue Herons flying over the cove. 





7. On the shore of the cove, I was watching a group of what I believe are the juvenile Black-bellied Plovers.  There is a closer look at two in the mosaic above bottom left image. 





8. The end of day one, we watched the sun setting over Tom's Cove in Chincoteague Island NWR. 





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110 comments:

  1. Your trip looks like a lot of fun, and with plenty of birds! But my favorite is the tiny deer.
    Thanks for hosting Saturday Critters.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, for your link and your comment!
      The deer is adorable.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Hi Eileen, It’s just great the way you go out on these tours and snap so many interesting critter photos for us. Do I recall that you’ve shared pics of the Chincoteague Ponies before? They are so fascinating. I’m going to be looking at all the comments to see if Tom, The Backroads Traveller, picks up on the location of that sunset photo. 😊 Thanks, as always, for hosting and sharing Saturday’s Critters. John

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    1. Thank you John I appreciate your visit and your comment.
      Yes, I have posted many times about Chincoteague and the ponies.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. It is good to see your photos again. The Sika Deer has such a gentle face. Your took a beautiful photo of it. Thanks so much for hosting.

    -Soma

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    1. Thank you Soma, for your link and your comment!
      It is so nice to see a new post from you, stay well.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. What a beautiful and relaxing view! The egret looks really pretty. Are they always white/greyish?

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    1. Thank you Angie, for your comment and your visit.
      The egret are beautiful birds.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Sounds like a fantastic getaway! Your photos are fantastic. The Sika deer is adorable, and the sunset is gorgeous.

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

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  6. A fantastic collection of birds seen and photographed Eileen and what a beautiful screen to finish the day. Thanks for hosting and commenting and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead

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

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  7. Dear Eileen, I'll get in touch a little later and take time to read your post! For now, just warm greetings!
    All the best, Traude
    🍂🕯️☕🍂☕🕯️🍂

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

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  8. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful photos. I love the tiny Sika deer. It's so cute. The sunset is so pretty too.
    Take care, and enjoy your weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for your comment and your visit.
      The Sika deer is adorable.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Hello Eileen!
    Such beautiful nature photos again! You think the world is still okay.
    The Sika Deer you photographed is very cute. It looks adorable!

    Best regards
    and a nice weekend

    Anne

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    1. Thank you Anne, for your link and your comment.
      Nature scenes are so calm compared to the world's chaos.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Oh, so many beautiful pics with the perfect light! Nature really is a very great artist (and you a very great photographer!).
    I wonder what the little deer thought watching you... it seems to be not afraid at all!
    Sounds like a great short-trip you took.

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your link and your comment!
      Nature is beautiful! The deer did not seem afraid, I hope it stays safe.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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    2. Thank you, Eileen, a wonderful weekend for you, too!
      I just remembered btw... Penguin Bloom has an Instagram Account here :-)

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    3. Thanks Iris, I will check out the Penguin Bloom link.

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  11. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images. Nice to see the Sika deer, absolutely new to me.
    Have a nice weekend and stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for your comment and your visit.
      The Sika deer is a cute critter!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. Passeio lindóssimo onde olheste belas fotos que nos encantam!
    Feliz dia de ação de Graças que festejaremos na próxima semana!!
    beijos, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica, for your comment and your visit.
      I wish you a happy Thanksgiving week!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you William, for your comment and your visit.
      Yes, the deer are beautiful critters.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. ...Eileen, you took us to some gorgeous spots. I've heard of Chincoteague Island, but have never been there. Thanks for hosting and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for your link and your comment !
      Chincoteague is a great place to visit, if you are ever in the area.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. Beautiful bird shots from the lake. :) Loved to see that cute little Sika deer. So sweet. :)

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    1. Thank you Monica, for your link and your comment!
      The Sika deer is a cutie!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. A wonderful selection of photos of the great variety of wildlife you found while on your trip, Eileen. It seems to be a very beautiful area. Thank you for hosting and have a great new week!

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    1. Thank you Nick, for your link and your comment!
      It is a great place for viewing wildlife.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. Hari OM
    Oh what a wonderful place that is... YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM, for your link and your comment.
      It is a wonderful place to visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  18. Beautiful photos, Eileen. I love the shots of the deer, they are so nice to see. Takes for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

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

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  19. Loved your header!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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  20. Beautiful!
    My favorites are the photos in group # 6.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Lea! Thanks so much for the link and comment. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  21. What a great outing you had. The place was cram full of critters and birds. I didn't know Sika deer had been released into the wild here in the US. The Chincoteague Ponies ponies are on my bucket list.
    Thank you so much for hosting.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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    1. Thank you Alan, for your link and your comment.
      I had to look up the info for the Sika, they are cute little deer.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. I would love to see those wild horses, I've read a lot about them. LOVE that Sika deer too. It's gorgeous. Love your new banner too. Happy Thanksgiving week! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane, for your link and your comment!
      The book Misty of Chincoteague made this place famous. People love to see the wild ponies.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. Love the new header, now I really want to go to the beach. Thanks for lovely photos of critters...birds, deer and even ponies!

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    1. Thank you Barbara, for your comment and your visit.
      I do love to visit the beach, I just wish it was not such a long drive.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  24. Beautiful photos Eileen, my favourite is the silka deer. Have a nice weekend !

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    1. Thank you Caroline! The Sika deer was a cutie! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. Hello Eileen,
    Great series of photos and collages from your trip.
    I love the deer and the many birds, but the sunset is also fantastic.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for your link and your comment.
      I do love finding the birds and critters, the sunset was lovely.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  26. Dear Eileen,
    Your short vacation looks very relaxing and exciting and productive in connection with animal sightings. I had to laugh at your comment "Looking straight on, the Great Blue Heron looks a little silly." That's true ;-DD
    I also think that the Sika Deer was juvenile - it still looks so big-eyed and a bit fluffy. Very cute! It was very nice to accompany you!
    Have a nice weekend and a happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🦃🥧
    All the best, Traude
    🍂🕯️☕🍂☕🕯️🍂

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    1. Thank you Traude, for your link and your comment.
      The little Sika deer did not seem afraid of us, with the hunters nearby an adult deer would be long gone.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  27. Thanks for another great adventure Eileen. You know if I took a four hour drive I would hit the end of England, so I admire your dedication to wildlife watching. You are correct about herons. At the wrong angle of photography they can look very strange, especially the grey ones. Good to see your Sikas. I think we have them here in UK but it's hard enough to see or common Roe Deer without seeking out a tiny Sika. Thanks for your hosting again.

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    1. Thank you Phil, for your link and your comment.
      It is a long drive from where we live to get to our coastline, at least 3-4 hours.
      The Sika sighting was great, I do not see them out in the open.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend!

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  28. love the precious face of the Sika and beautiful chest furs too. the sun in the first photo is spectacular. you really had a great wild life day on that four hour drive about... I did not know about Sikas. I see they are in UK also.

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    1. Thanks Sandra,
      I was happy to break up our drive to Chincoteague Virginia. We do see lots of wildlife on the coast of Maryland and Virginia. It is sad that the hunters are allowed in the refuges, I hope this cute deer stays safe. Have a great day!

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  29. That little Sika Deer is so cute. I'm surprised that there is hunting in a refuge.

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    1. Thanks RedPat for the link and comment. I do not like that they allow the hunting in the refuges. But, I guess that is how they make extra money on the permits and licenses that are needed. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  30. You see many critters in a short period of time. You have to be watching or you go right by them.

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    1. Thank you Red, I appreciate the visit and comment. I do enjoy looking for and watching the wildlife. Have a great weekend.

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  31. Oh what a beautiful place and so rich with wildlife ~ Favorite is the deer 'checking you out.' ~ Wonderful series of photos ~ a definite ~ Wow! and 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, your link and comment are much appreciated. I loved that cute deer too. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  32. El alimento, es una cuestión de mucha importancia, no me extraña que haya entre esas aves una gran discusión, por ver cual se queda con esos alimentos.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and visit. I hope there is enough for all the birds to be happy. Have a great weekend.

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  33. More wonderful critters and the first picture is stunning.

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    1. Thank you Karen! I appreciate the comment. Have a great weekend.

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  34. The Sika Deer is my favourite and Great Egret close to it, thanks Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob! Everyone loves the Sika deer, it is adorable. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  35. You were rewarded well with so many critters to see on your detour. Great captures of all of them!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! I do enjoy seeing the critters. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  36. Fabulous nature photos as usual. Love the sunset shot too. Have a good week!

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

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  37. That Refuge is a real treasure. Thank you for taking us along!

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    1. Thank you Marie! The national wildlife refuges are treasures. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  38. Great post! The first picture is stunning, and I love the little deer.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I appreciate the link and comment. The deer is a cutie! Have a wonderful week!

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  39. Hello, Eileen. You have rich wildlife all around, which I’m always envious. It’s a pleasant surprise to know you have Sika deer in your place as it is the same species with the deer in Nara Park. "Sika" written as 鹿 means "deer" in Japanese. My favorite photo is #12 among all the nice photos. Have happy days ahead.
    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko, I appreciate your comment. The Sika deer are so cute, I was lucky to see this one come out close to the trail. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  40. Hello Eileen,
    What a great pictures. Very nice all birds and what a great picture of the Sika deer.
    It's all enjoyment, great!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco and welcome back. I appreciate the comment and visit. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  41. YOur first pic is so joyful! THe real magic of nature. And sorry, my 36. was a mistake. I linked the wrong post but can't see how to delete it....

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    1. Thank you Lydia, nature is magic. I was able to delete the wrong post. Have a great week!

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  42. Hello Eileen
    Another lovely post and photographs.
    That tiny Sika deer, is so cute, lovely to see.
    I also like your new header photograph :)

    Enjoy the week ahead and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan! The deer is adorable! Take care, have a happy new week!

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  43. Hope you are doing well and sound.
    Beautiful post and amazing pics.
    Thanks a lot for hosting. Have a great week ahead.
    Happy Thanksgiving

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

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Sharon! Thanks for the link and comment. Take care, have a great week!

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  45. the picture of deer is stellar, wow, i really love them. i saw what i thought was an egret yesterday but i am not sure how i could tell if it was a juvenile heron or egret. i did think the egrets were gone now, so maybe it was a heron. there was a mature heron close by!! i will be back to link in, i was not sure if the linky was still open!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, for the comment and for linking up. I think the egrets and herons stay longer along the coastline areas.
      I leave the linky open till Wednesday. Have a great day and great week ahead.

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  46. have a great week and many thanks for hosting us critter loving people!!

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    1. Thanks again, I do love seeing everyone's critters. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  47. yes, Sika deer looks so cute... love it

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    1. Thank you Tanza, for the link and comment. The deer was a cutie. Take care, have a great day!

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  48. What an amazing getaway you had!
    Your pics are stunning.
    That Sika deer is just too cute, and that sunset? Absolutely breathtaking! 🌅😍

    Hugs and blessings, Eileen

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    1. Thank you Veronica, for the link and comment. We did enjoy our little getaway. Take care, have a great day!

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  49. What a fabulous place for photography -- and perfect for Saturday's critters. Some marvelous photos!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! It is a great place to visit and to see the wildlife. Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead!

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  50. Hi Eileen!!! beautiful series of pictures.... Happy week my friend

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    1. Thanks so much Ana! Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead!

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  51. Such a delightful trip and thank you for sharing these wonderful sights. Happy Thanksgiving Eileen!

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Denise! Thanks for the comment and visit. Take care, have a great day!

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  52. Siempre maravilloso. Feliz semana.

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    1. Thank you Teresa, for your kind comment. Have a great day!

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  53. Yes, I´m late this week. Our net is sometimes to laggard and it`s difficult to write ...

    .... therefore I enjoyed more now to read and admire the pictures again, dear Eileen. It`s always a special joy to visit your blog, while it`s calm in this Posts to view the birds.

    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, for hosting MM and for leaving me a comment. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  54. Hi Eileen, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your hubby! Hope you have a wonderful day! Thank you also for your kind words on my blog. John

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving John! Thanks so much for visiting and for the nice comment. Have a great day and happy weekend.

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