Saturday, November 25, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 519

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 sharing a mish mash of photos, birds from my back yard and my Prettyboy neighborhood and the lake. 


1. Oct 15th, another walk to the lake, we were seeing more fall colors, the usual Great Blue Herons hanging out in the favorite spots and the same with Belted Kingfishers. What I thought were Solitary Sandpipers could be the Lesser Yellowlegs. 


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2. Same day as above, there were at least 3 Great Blue Herons, each having their favorite spots to fish. 





3. Oct 16th,  a Bald Eagle perched on a small stick was which in the middle of the lake, the Great Blue Heron and Belted Kingfisher hanging out in the same area as the day before. 





4. Oct 18th , our walk on a Parkton section of the NCR Bike trail, I saw the Yellow-belled Sapsucker, Eastern Bluebird, a White-tailed Deer, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a Downy Woodpecker. 



5. I was seeing some great birds in one spot on the bike trail, the two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were chasing each other around the trees. 



6. On the same day, back at home the Cardinal takes a turn knocking on our front window. 





7. Oct 19th , our walk was to the back section of our lake. I saw at least 4 of the Lesser Yellowlegs. Also high in a tree were two American Goldfinches. 




8. I was able to catch the 4 Lesser Yellowlegs in one shot, foraging along the lakeshore.




9. This photo is a little better with two of the Lesser Yellowlegs. 



10. With the lake level down so low now, we are able to walk along the lake shore, a fishing boat was seen across the lake from where we walked. 





At this time in our neighborhood, the fall colors and trees were looking beautiful.  

Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

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 linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post.

126 comments:

  1. Wonderful wildlife in your backyard!

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

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  2. Happy Saturday, Eileen! Thank you for another set of beautiful critters. I have never seen a deer in our neighbourhood.

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    1. Thank you Angie, for your comment and your visit!
      The deer are spooked, hunting season is in full force now.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Beautiful autumn colours everywhere, and your header photo, what a glorious scene.

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    1. Thank you Jean, for your comment and your visit!
      It is nice to see you, I hope all is well. The Autumn colors this year were gorgeous.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. The fall colour are really gorgeous in your part of the world. Great the see the Red Cardinal at your window. Thanks for hosting and commenting and have a good week ahead I am flying to Australia next week and may not be able to link in next week.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for your link and your comment!
      Take care, safe travels next week! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. How truly awesome that Cardinal came to your home! What a beauty.
    Wonderful pic with the fishing boat, too. So nice to see the vivid place where you live.
    Our city lakes are way too small for this. Thank you for sharing the beautiful nature.

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your link and your comment!
      We are lucky to live so close to the lake.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Hari OM
    A wonderful array again today... though I think my personal favourite shot from this collection is the Redtop Kinglets! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM, for your link and your comment!
      The kinglets were my favorites too, they are adorable.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Hello, I would like to be able to meet a Kingfisher from time to time, but unfortunately they do not live in my area. I like them so much!
    Thanks for sharing your experience and shots.
    Happy weekend with many beautiful birds! 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for your comment and your visit!
      I usually see the kingfishers, they are a common sight here.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. What great photos from your walk to the lake Eileen.
    I think the Belted Kingfisher is very beautiful, a species that we don't see here in the Netherlands.
    I really love the American bald eagle, the Eastern Bluebird, the ruby-crowned kinglets and the cardinal.
    The American bald eagle has also been breeding in the Netherlands for a number of years, but the other species do not occur here.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for your link and your comment!
      It is great to hear the Eagle is breeding in your area.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Que maravilha de pássaros flagrados nesse passeio, mas ADOREI a visita do CARDEAL na tua janela! Lindo!

    E que lindo cenário outonal! Ótimo fim de semana! beijos, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica, for your your comment and your visit!
      The Cardinals are daily visitors to my yard, the male Cardinal is beautiful.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Loved all the sights today! You certainly see a lot of birds to delight us with. The cardinal saying hello at your window was really something. Thank you Eileen and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Denise, for your comment and your visit!
      That cardinal is so silly always knocking on our window.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. Many beautiful birds live around that lake.
    Have a nice week end.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and your visit!
      The wildlife is abundant around our lake.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. The bald eagle looks so majestic. The rest of bird photos are as good.

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    1. Thank you Roentare, for your link and your comment!
      It is a treat to see the Eagle on our walks.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Hello Eileen,
    I love to see the lakes in your neighborhood. They are very pretty.
    The Bald Eagle is so beautiful too.
    Take care, and have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for your link and your comment!
      The lake is still very low from the drought, we could use more rain here.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Lovely captures, Eileen. The herons are very graceful, but all the other birds are beautiful too. Thanks for hosting and all the best for the week ahead.

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    1. Thank so much Nick, for the link and comment. I do love all the birds I see here. Have a great weekend.

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  15. Beautiful photos as always. Love the Cardinal knocking on your window. :) Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill, for your link and your comment!
      That silly cardinal should have learned by now that window is not a rival.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. Dear Eileen,
    these look like very nice autumn walks - with wonderful natural colors and animal sightings. The Ruby-crowned Kinglets look particularly adorable with their "hats" and I think it's funny that the cardinal knocked on your window :-)
    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!
    All the best and happy weekend, Traude
    🍂🕯️☕🍂☕🕯️🍂
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/11/calexico-gansebraten.html

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    1. Thank you Traude, for your link and your comment!
      The Kinglets are my favorites, they are so darn cute.
      We did had a nice Thanksgiving at our home with our son, DIL and our cute grandsons.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Oh, gosh. Well, I'm just glad our cardinal is normal, fighting his reflection! Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thanks Jenn! Those crazy Cardinals do like fighting with their reflections. Have a great weekend.

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  18. ...Eileen, did you let the cardinal in? Your have a beautiful collection today, be well and enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for your link and your comment!
      No, Mr Cardinal has to stay outside.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  19. Great photos!
    Always lovely to see Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons.
    Beautiful Autumn scenery!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for your link and your comment!
      I do love both the Kingfishers and the Herons.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. WOW on the capture of the Eagle on a stick. My favorite photo today is the cardinal at the window with that gorgeous humming bird hanger. looks like your walk was taken in great walking weather. I am sitting facing my window on the world and distracted by the slanting sunbeams painting the houses with moving shadows from the trees. its a perfect day. wake up to 65, goint to 75 and the sun is so bright it hurts the eyes.. Morning, my favorite time of day

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    1. Thanks Sandra! It is cold and mostly cloudy here today. I wish I saw more sunbeams here. I like the morning time too.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  21. Your bird finding skills are amazing. I wish you would take me with you on one of those beautiful walks. I love kingfishers and eagles, especially.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae! I do enjoy my birdwatching outings. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  22. I could hear the call of the Kingfisher through your pictures. Such a distinctive call that I recognize in an instant. I have never seen a Kinglet before, what an interesting bird!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit! The Kingfishers are loud and they do have a distinctive call. The Kinglets are adorable birds. Have a great day and happy weekend.

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  23. You do such a great job picking out the wildlife and identifying them. All I ever do is hear them and often never spot them.

    Thank you for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Alan! I have learned to id many birds and critters over the years. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  24. You had some beautiful Autumn colors this year. I love that crazy Cardinal and the yellowlegs. So much to see in the Fall! I love the nice weather we are enjoying right now! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane, for the link and comment. I wish we had some of your warm weather there today, it is cold. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you William! The eagles are a treat see! Have a great weekend.

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  26. Love the autumn colors and reflections. The critters seem to be enjoying them, too!

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    1. Thank you Maria! The fall colors this year have been beautiful. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  27. Beautiful critter photos, as always! My critters today were sculptural, so I didn't add them. Thanks for your comments on my blog. I don't know how you have time to do that, this blog, and also go out and take trips!

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I appreciate your visit and comment. Some days I seem to have too much time on my hands.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  28. I find the bird with the red crest so adorable in your photo, as well as the red cardinal. Please send those little birds to Europe. They are so beautiful to see. I really enjoyed your blog, especially the autumn colors in one of the photos. 😊 And not to forget the beautiful mobile with little birds. Absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Aritha, for your link and your comment. I think all birds are beautiful. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  29. I especially like the cardinal knocking and the fall colors. Eileen. Aloha!

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    1. Thanks so much Cloudia! I appreciate the link and comment. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  30. Hello Eileen, :=)
    The family have just left and now I can visit. I love the Ruby-crowned kinglet, they are so sweet, and of course the Eastern Bluebird, another beauty, and the Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, and Bald Eagle.all fabulous sightings. the Cardinal knocking at the window is a fun capture. The Fall colours are spectacular , there are hardly any leaves left on the tree here. I hope you had a lovely Thanks Giving. Thank you so much for hosting Eileen.
    All the best
    Sonjia.

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    1. Thank you Sonjia, for your link and comment. I do enjoy seeing all the birds, each one is beautiful in their own way. The fall colors did look lovely this year. Take care, have a happy weekend and a great new week!

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  31. you have had some great walks and seen some really magnificent birds. i have a lot of smaller birds that knock at my window too. there is a small ledge outside and they pick up fallen bird seed on mine!! i really enjoyed seeing the bald eagle!! many thanks for sharing all of your beautiful pictures and knowledge!! thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!!

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    1. Thank Debbie, I appreciate your link and comment. I always enjoy seeing the eagles. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  32. do you know why my heron today does not have the dark black stripe on its head?? i'm sure you know!!

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    1. Hello Debbie, the juvenile GB Herons have a dullish looking head/crown. The develop the bolder stripe when they are older. Enjoy your day!

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  33. You always have great series of bird photos ~ Wow! ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks Carol, for your link and comment. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  34. Such a variety of birds, Eileen. I really like the Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

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    1. Thank you RedPat! The Kinglets are my favorites too. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  35. Gusta ver el agua con sus gran cantidad de aves . También el precioso otoño que compartes.
    Buen fin de semana Eileen.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Laura, for the visit and comment. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  36. The Belted Kingfisher stole my heart away Eileen, beautiful blog.

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    1. Thank you Bob, for you link and comment. The Kingfishers are one of my many favorite birds. Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  37. Great shots of a great collection of critters. Love the Heron.

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    1. Thank you Karen, for your comment and your visit.
      I always love watching the Herons.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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  38. Kingfishers are a favourite of mine as are the Great blues. Great photos!

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    1. Thank you Marie, for your comment and your visit.
      The Kingfishers are cool birds and it is great to see them in action.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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  39. Great collectionof pics. You relly have such a huge array of birds where you live. We seem to only get 4 types...

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    1. Thank you Lydia, for your critter link and your comment.
      I am lucky to live next to a park like setting and the lake, there is a nice variety of wildlife.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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  40. Hi Eileen,
    You always have such a wonderful variety of critter captures. You are also amazing at identifying them. The Cardinal knocking on your window is sweet! Great collages, as always. Thank you for sharing and hosting Saturdays Critters!
    John

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    1. Thank you John, for your comment and your visit.
      I have learned a lot of birds and their sounds over the years.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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  41. Hello Eileen
    As well as seeing all the birds I enjoyed the the Autumn/Fall colours in many of your photographs too.
    Wishing you a happy weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for your comment and your visit.
      The fall colors were beautiful this year.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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  42. You found a great variety of critters to show us this week.

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

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

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  44. Thank you for the Cooper's Hawk ID.
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thanks for the link and your welcome! Take care have a great week ahead.

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  45. Beautiful autumn colors. Everything here is brown or leafless. Sorry I was late for the Thanksgiving party. Nice catching the Ruby-crowned Kinglet male with red crown exposed. They seem to do this more during breeding season, but also when two males pick a fight.

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    1. Thank you Ken! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! I was excited to see the Kinglets, they drew my attention while they were fussing at each other. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  46. Indeed Autumn is again colourful like we love, before snow fall and the nature have a white blanket. We enjoy this colours each day too, dear Eileen ... I agree with you.

    You had a fine Thanksgiving? I hope. We love this celebration here in October by the way. It`s good to thank for that we get on our table, isn`t? We cook too and sit together with family and friends.

    Though, I love to read now your blog ... it`s sunday evening and I have now time for some visits.

    I wish you a wonderful week, hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun, for your link and your comment. Also for hosting Mosaic Monday! I am thankful for my family, friends and all I have. I enjoy a dinner with family and friends any time. Take care, have a happy new week!

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  47. Hello Eileen. I'm sorry I am late for your Thanksgiving and for The Critters Day. But I caught up. to see your lovely selection of birds and birding highlights The thought of a Cardinal demanding breakfast certainly made me laugh. Thanks for the link again.

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    1. Thank you Phil, you are never late and welcome any time. I appreciate the link and comment. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  48. Hello Eileen! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!! Lovely and fun photos, as always! We have a Pileated woodpecker that has been hanging around the last few days, and I'd love to get photo of it, but they are quick and shy aren't they?

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    1. Thank you Kim, for the comment and the visit. The Pileated Woodies are a little shy, they fly off quickly when I see them. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  49. I always love your photos and al you share, Eileen. I hiope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

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    1. Hello Jeanie, thanks so much for the visit and comment! Thanksgiving was fun with the kiddies here. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  50. Hi Eileen. I love that a cardinal taps on your window! How cool is that! You see so many wonderful birds and wildlife in your area and fall look lovely. We already had two snowfalls so our autumn is over. I love the snow, however--it makes everything look so pretty and it melts pretty fast here wit our hot sun. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you Pat, for the comment and visit. We have only had some flurries so far, it has been cold here. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  51. Eileen - the fishing must be really good there with all the herons, the kingfishers and the eagle! Great shots of the Ruby-Crowned Kinglets! Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Angie! I appreciate your comment. The Kinglets are adorable. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  52. No criters for me this week, but I enjoyed as always seeing yours. Enjoy your week Eileen.

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

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  53. Hello, Hope you are doing well, Another beautiful post, Awesome birds pics, Landscape's looks amazing.
    Have a nice week ahead.

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    1. Thanks so much for the link and comment! Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  54. the header image is splendid !
    i lack words when see how stunning is your part pf world by the grace of God :)
    all the birds i see or just saw here make my day always !!!
    what awesome fall colors Wow .
    lake is beautiful even low dear Eileen
    more blessings to you and family!

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    1. Thank you Baili, for the nice comment! Take care, have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you Rain! I found that windchimes during one of my travels. It is cute! Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  56. Hi Eileen! Thanks for delighting us with yet another batch of adorable critters.
    I've never had the pleasure of seeing a deer in our neighborhood, but then again, I live in a condo! 🦌

    Hugs and blessings

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  57. Hello Eileen,
    What a nice pictures. Great all these wonderful and very special kind of birds.
    I like the collage with the heron along the water. So nice!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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

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  58. Love that cardinal knocking on your window!!

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  59. love critters in your wonderful backyard

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

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  60. Happy MosaicMonday

    Thank you, dear Eileen 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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  61. Siempre es un placer pasear por tu blog. Todo se ve precioso. Gracias y feliz semana para ti y los tuyos. Abrazos.

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

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  62. glad to see Ruby-crowned Kinglets.... very rare in our areas...
    Thank you for sharing beautiful photos....

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment, the Kinglets are a treat to see. Have a great day!

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  63. Que imagens lindas, com uma luminosidade super especial! Adorei sobretudo as das garças, que é uma ave muito elegante... e adorei especialmente aquela foto do cardeal, na sua janela! Deu para notar que é um visitante regular! Têm uma cor deslumbrante! Adorei ver, pois aqui, não os encontramos, embora as garças brancas nos visitem alguns dias, em Março e Outubro, por estas paragens!
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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Saturday's Critters # 553

   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...