Saturday, December 9, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 521

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 continuing with my last post on our visit to Chincoteague Island NWR. Oct 11th, was our last morning at Chincoteague before the drive home. We started off with the sunrise on the beach, watching hundreds of Swallows feeding on insects at Tom's Cove and the usual waders seen along road to the beach.


1. Starting off our day with a pretty sunrise at Chincoteague. 

"Nature unfolds her treasure at the first ray of sunrise."






2. I like this shot of the gull walking toward me, I believe it is a juvenile Laughing Gull. 







3.  Near the beach I parked facing Tom's Cove,  we enjoyed watching this large group of swallows flying around the wetland grasses , there must have been lots of bugs for the swallows to eat.










4.  Along the road to the beach, a Belted Kingfisher was sitting in a dead tree overlooking the water. 






5. We saw a large flock of White Ibis, a Great Egret and two Tricolored Herons. 





6. One of the Tricolored Herons looked upset to share the space. 





7. The Chincoteague ponies are always a treat to see if they come up close, this was the closest we were able to see them.  





8. There were two foals mixed in with the older group.




9. A pretty Great Egret taking a break.  




We enjoyed our 2 days at Chincoteague, the beach scene and the birds are always a beautiful sight to see. I hope you enjoyed my post.

Tomorrow is my hubby's birthday, Happy Birthday Hubby!

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.





Here is my linky:




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.

122 comments:

  1. Beautiful images. The colors of the dried reedbeds are especially beautiful.
    Thanks for hosting -- it's great to see what everyone has posted.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, for your link and your comment.
      I do enjoy seeing everyone's critter posts.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  2. Happy Birthday to Hubby. I hope you have a nice day together. The birds and beach are lovely scenes. The ponies are lovely too. We have a problem with wild brumbies ruining the Snowy Mountain National Park.

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    1. Thank you Diane, for your comment and your visit.
      I hope you feel better soon!
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  3. Loved your Chincoteague critter post! The sunrise & swallows are amazing, and the ponies were adorable. Happy birthday to your hubby!

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    1. Thank you Shiju, for your link and your comment.
      I thought the Swallows were an amazing sight to see.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  4. Good Morning, Eileen! The sunrise shot is amazing! I wish you a fantastic holiday weekend!

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

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

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  6. Hello, Hope you are doing well. Beautiful photos.

    Happy belated Birthday wishes to your son Brian, God Bless.
    Greetings, Happy Weekend.

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

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  7. Dear Eileen, the gull looks so cute but I think she was still a bit tired. Gorgeous, the Belted Kingfisher, so close! A wonderful area for bird watching, plus the ponies, I think I would go there again and again!
    Happy Weekend and Happy birthday to your hubby!!!
    All the best, Traude
    ☕🧸🍷🕯️☃️📚🕯️
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/12/osterreichische-nationalbibliothek.html

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    1. Thank you Traude, for your link and your comment.
      It is a great area for birdwatching, critter watching too.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  8. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photos from your trip to Chincoteague Island.
    What a super beautiful summer rise, the juvenile seagull is also beautiful.
    Great to see so many swallows together.
    Beautiful species, the Belted Kingfisher, one that does not occur in the Netherlands.
    I wish you a good weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for your link and your comment.
      The Kingfisher is a common sight to see here. I loved seeing all the Swallows.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  9. Great minds think a like as we both had Egret on our post today although I only saw one however you were more fortunately to have seen so many. Love the shot of the horses and Kingfisher Eilleen Thanks for hosting and commenting. I hope you have a great week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for your link and your comment.
      The Egrets are lovely, I always enjoy seeing the birds.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  10. Adoro passear em meio à natureza contigo,Eileen!
    Belo nascer do dia , linda e sorridente gaivota!
    Enfim, sempre muito bonito passear aqui!
    Ótimo fim de semana, beijos,chica

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

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  11. Hari Om
    All delightful images again, Eileen...the predominant impression for me today is colour! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam, for your comment and your visit.
      The grasses were a pretty color.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  12. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful photos of animals and birds. The horses are so pretty.
    Take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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

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  13. Hello and thanks for sharing. My favourite shot is definitely the Belted Kingfisher, as I am so partial to these birds.
    Happy we and all the best to your hubby! 👋🎂

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for your comment and your visit.
      The Kingfishers are pretty, always a treat to see.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  14. My favorite today is the image of the Belted Kingfisher. Such a nice bird. We have one in Sweden but it is rarely seen. I´ve only seen it once. :(

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    1. Thank you for your link and your comment.
      I would love to see your kingfisher!
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  15. Meeting a Laughing Gull sure is a great way to start the day after such a beautiful sunrise at the ocean!
    And the Kingfisher sure looks so sweet and happy, too! Thank you for the smile, both of you.
    I sure miss ponies, lots of wonderful... and, to be honest hurtful memories ;-)
    Have a great Saturday, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your link and your comment.
      I enjoy seeing all the birds, they do make me smile too.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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

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  17. Always a nature haven visiting your blog.

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

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  18. Happy Birthday to hubby... love that kingfisher photo and the sunrise is painting all with its golden hues. the perfect time to be in this fantastic place... nature at its best, there is nothing finer than that

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    1. Thank you Sandra, nature is beautiful. Always something to see if we are looking. Take care, have a great day and happy weekend.

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  19. Beautiful photos and, of course, beautiful animals.
    Love the sunrise.
    Happy birthday to hubby.
    Have a nice week end.

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

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  20. Πολύ ωραία περιγραφή, ένιωσα σαν να
    ήμουν και εγώ μαζί σας
    Χρόνια πολλά στο σύζυγο!

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

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  21. Thank you for hosting, as always, Eileen. Beautiful photos. I hope you have a great new week.

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    1. Thank you Nick, for the link and comment. I wish you a great new week!

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  22. Beautiful sunrise. I love those ponies. During the non-breeding season, huge flocks of Tree Swallows may roost for the night in wetland reeds and canes. They were probably following your lead by getting up early.

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    1. Thank you Ken! The swallows were amazing to see, not just in the reeds but flying around the cove area. I did think they were migrating, just a stop to eat. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  23. Love the walking gull .Thank you again for this wonderful post, dear blog friend Eileen. Of course, I don't want to miss out on wishing your husband a happy birthday. A Sagittarius, of the zodiac sign, as I am.

    Sorry to be so brief. Unfortunately, rheumatism in my hand prevents me from writing more. I'm slowly typing with my index finger.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post on
    MosaicMonday

    ...many hugs and I wish you a pleasant time with best wishes too for Hanukkah, Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun, I understand and appreciate the comment. I hope you feel better soon. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  24. The Kingfisher is amazing! You have the most excellent adventures.
    We're still snowed in. Such a mess. Thanks for hosting. Have a great one.

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    1. Thank you Jenn! I always love seeing the Kingfishers, especially if they sit and pose for my photos. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  25. Good morning Eileen. Thanks for hosting this popular meme. Loved seeing your critters, especially the wild ponies. So glad they are allowed to continue their lives. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Barbara, I appreciate the link and comment. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  26. Good morning - The sunrise you captured is gorgeous! I always enjoy your photography. Thank you for hosting this lovely party. -Marci @ Old Rock Farmhouse

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    1. Thank you Marci! I appreciate your link and comment. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  27. Great area to visit. Brings back memories of time spent there way back in 2003. All the best- David

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    1. Thank you David! It is a special place, I always enjoy my visits. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  28. The herons among the ibis are a nice capture. Love those ponies! A treat unto themselves.

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    1. Thank you Marie! It is a great place to see the birds and ponies. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  29. Great photos! I especially like the Belted Kingfisher photo.
    Happy Birthday to your husband!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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

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  30. Beautiful images, Eileen. Love the sunrise, it's a beauty. Have a great 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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  31. These little 2 day get-aways are a good idea, Eileen. Easy to organize. Thanks for hosting us.

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    1. Thank you RedPat! Hubby and I do enjoy our little getaways, we wait almost last minute just to make sure the weather cooperates. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you for the link and comment! I did enjoy that cute gull. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  33. Happy Birthday to your husband!!
    Chincoteague is on my bucket list. I would love to see the horses. You had some great photos of them and the many birds in the area.
    Thank you for hosting. So, this is number 521 so does that mean you have hosted ten years of Saturday's Critters?

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    1. Thank you Alan! It is a special place to visit. I had to go and look, yes it has been 10 years of Saturday's Critters.
      Take care, have a great weekend!

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    2. Hello Eileen :=)

      I was hooked right from your first fabulous sunrise capture. The gull walking towards you is a cute capture, but all those swallows hovering over the golden grass are wonderful images. The ponies, flock of white Ibis, and the Belted Kingfisher, are great sightings and beautiful photographs.Happy birthday wishes to your hubby, and enjoy your little getaway. As always thank you for hosting Saterday's Critters for 10 years. I really look forward to it each week.
      All the best
      Sonjia.

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    3. Thank you Sonjia, I appreciate your link and comment. It was a great getaway, so much wildlife and nature to enjoy.
      I almost missed that is was a 10 year anniversary for Saturday's Critters. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  34. Awesome photo of swallows over the marsh. Yes there would be lots of critters flying around.

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    1. Thank you Red, for your comment and your visit.
      All the birds are a treat to see!
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  35. Good morning Eileen! That is such a sweet shot of the gull walking toward you. I really like the wing spread shot, too. What a great place to walk that gives you a great variety of birds to see. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Ellen, for your comment and your visit.
      This wildlife refuge is a great place to visit.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  36. Eileen ~ what a delightful trip you and such a wonderful series of photos ~ 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, for your link and your comment.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  37. outstanding captures and shares today!! i think the kingfisher was my favorite, the ponies a very close second!! and remembering your favorite, that capture was awesome as well!! happy birthday to your husband, i hope he has many, many more!! have a great weekend and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! All the birds and ponies are a treat to see! Take care, have a great weekend.

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  38. Hi Eileen
    Really excellent blog, the Chincoteague ponies, they are brilliant. White Ibis stand out, beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Bob, for your link and comment. The Ponies are a treat to see! Have a great day and happy new week!

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  39. Wonderful collection of critters and love the sunrise.

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    1. Thank you Karen! Happy Sunday, have a great day and happy week!

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  40. Oh wow, you saw many great sights at Chincoteague. Thanks for sharing them all Eileen. I would love to go back there again one day. I was very interested in your photo of the Belted Kingfisher, having only just seen one for the first time a few days ago. Great close-up shot of yours. Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Thank you Denise! Chincoteague is one of my favorite places to visit and share. The wildlife seen there is fantastic.
      Happy Sunday, have a great day and happy week!

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  41. Hi Eileen, I spent 4 of the last 5 days at Canon Beach, Oregon, and, as I opened Saturday’s Critters today, I couldn’t help but think your cool header photo is so similar to one I took a few days ago. I guess that’s another way of saying I love your photography. 😊 In today’s post I enjoyed all your photos ... my favorite is #4, the Belted Kingfisher. The ponies are close runner ups, as I find them so interesting. Thanks, as always, for sharing and hosting Saturday’s Critters. I am currently working on a new post but not sure if I will be ready to link up today, more likely next week. Wishing you a happy day and week ahead! John

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    1. Thank you John, for the visit and your comment. Hubby and I have been to Canon Beach, it is beautiful. The Kingfishers are cool birds, always a treat to see. I will look forward to seeing your trip photos. Happy Sunday, have a great day and happy week!

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  42. Hello Eileen
    Happy Saturday, Happy Weekend and Happy Birthday wishes for your hubby.
    A lovely post, I enjoyed your photographs especially the Belted Kingfisher.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, your comment is appreciated! Happy Sunday, have a great day and happy week!

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    1. Thank you Linda! Happy Sunday, have a great day and happy week!

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  44. We have been to Chincoteague once and really enjoyed seeing the horses. You got some great shots of them. Happy Birthday to your husband, hope he (and you) have a great day!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment and visit. Take care, enjoy your day and have a great week!

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  45. I love the idea of a laughing gull! So much beauty here!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! The Gull is a cutie!
      It is a great place to see beautiful nature and wildlife.
      Happy Sunday, enjoy your day!

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  46. Happy Birthday to your hubby! I looked at your post yesterday but I don't know if I commented. You KNOW I love those ponies! How wonderful to see the young ones. Have fun today!

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    1. Thank you Diane, I appreciate your link and comment. I love seeing the ponies!
      Happy Sunday, enjoy your day! Have a great week!

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  47. Really wonderful photos you made. All the best and a wonderful time
    Violetta

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

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  48. Muchísimas felicidades para tu esposo, que te acompañe muchos años más. Tus fotografías son preciosas, me encanta verlas. Abrazos para tu esposo y para ti y feliz nueva semana.

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    1. Thank you Teresa, your comment is appreciated. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  49. Great post with great pictures! The Pony Express was very relaxing to see :) Take care!

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    1. Thank you for your link and comment. The ponies are a treat to see! Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  50. I enjoyed your post about the Chincoteague critters, Eileen.
    The sunrise and swallows are incredibly stunning!
    Wishing your hubs a very happy birthday!

    Hugs and blessings

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

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  51. Always so much to explore with you Eileen. Enjoy your week!

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

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  52. we saw Great Egrets several times over the years..... beautiful bird

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    1. Thank you Tanza! The Egrets are beautiful! Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  53. Dear, dear Eileen,

    It's so wonderful to be back. I've missed all the critter love online. What a wonderful walk this must have been. The ponies are such a high point. Wishing your DH a wonderful, blessed birthday.

    Loads of Yule cheer your way too. Much love. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Natasha, for your comment and link. Take care, have a great day and wonderful week!

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  54. Thank you for visiting my blog and your nice comment. With you I immersed myself in a completely different world. You can't see so many creatures in a big city. I rarely go out into the great outdoors anymore.
    Astrid

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    1. Thank you Astrid, I appreciate your visit and comment. I do enjoy living far from the city, I prefer nature and the outdoors. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  55. I loved seeing wild horses in the Outer Banks on one visit we made years ago, and being able to see some in your post on this island is also a special treat! Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Pat! I have heard of the wild ponies at the Outer Banks, near Corolla? Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  56. Sunrise at the beach is always a lovely way to start the day! Wishing you a wonderful week Eileen and a Happy Birthday celebration to your Hubby!
    Wren x

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    1. Thank you Wren! Yes, I love seeing the sunrise at the beach! Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  57. I love seeing the horses! And such a beautiful sunrise!

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    1. Thank You Rain, I appreciate your comment! Take care, have a great day!

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  58. Wow, I would have been a happy snapper! So many different birds and beautiful views. Love the horse- how cool to see them. Thanks for sharing- Have a super day!

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    1. Thanks so much for linking up and for the comment. It is nice to take time to enjoy my simple pleasures like bird watching and looking for the critters. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Have a great week!

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  59. As imagens estão lindas! Esta é uma daquelas publicações, para ficar apreciando... demoradamente!
    Grata pela belíssima partilha, Eileen! Beijinhos
    Ana

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Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

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Have a happy day, Eileen

Saturday's Critters # 549

  Welcome to Saturday's Critters!  Hello and Happy Saturday!  If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about ...