Saturday, January 13, 2024

Saturday's Critters # 526

 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! Here is a Saturday's Critters badge if you would like to add it to your post.


Dec 12-13th we were on the road again, just one night in Atlantic City NJ and 2 visits to the Edwin B. Forsythe wildlife refuge. This wildlife refuge is a great place to visit in the winter, to see all the winter ducks and the Snow Geese. My photos were taken from the car while driving on the wildlife drive. 


1. Dec 12th, we arrived mid day to find the visitor center was closed but the wildlife drive is open. 




A view from the wildlife drive and across the bay you can see the Atlantic City hotels and casinos. 





2. Below various ducks we saw were the Green-winged Teal, the Northern Shoveler and the Northern Pintail. 





3. Near the beginning of the wildlife drive, I had a great view of the American Bittern. If only it stayed to pose for my photo, it turned tail and hid in the grasses. 






4. The Hooded Mergansers were seen in big groups at times along the drive. 





5.  We saw lots of female Buffleheads and only a few shy male Buffleheads. 



6.   The Ruddy Ducks look cute with their stiff tail feathers.  




7. The American Black Ducks are a common sight to see at this wildlife refuge.  





8.  Below a Great Blue Heron hanging out with a Great Egret. 




9.  The Canada Geese seemed to be happy standing on the wildlife drive, I hope they stay safe with the cars riding by. 






10.   We saw a few Mute Swans, they looked like they did not want to be disturbed.   






11. The Snow Geese arrive in the winter months in large flocks. They are fun to watch when something upsets them and they all take off making lots of noise only to fly around and land again on the ground or in the water.







12. One lone Snow Geese was looking for food in the grasses along the drive.  




I hope you enjoyed this visit to the wildlife refuge.  


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

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  2. Good to see your Snow Geese. We keep missing them by just days after they have flown back to the north!
    Thanks for hosting… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, for your link and your comment.
      We should be able to see the Geese here during the winter on Maryland's Eastern shores.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Hari OM
    I do have a special love of waterbirds and you certainly found a goodly number to observe - and getting the Bittern at all is a win! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam, for your link and your comment!
      Yes, the Bittern is always a treat to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Loved your wildlife adventure! Those Snow Geese are hilarious with their honk-and-fly routine.

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

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  5. Eileen A wonderful collection of duck you saw and photographed as well as lot osf other birds. Thanks for hosting, commenting and I wish you a great week ahead

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for your link and your comment!
      It is fun to get out and find the winter ducks here.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Dear Eileen, the trip was absolutely worth it! There are so many beautiful ducks! I had to laugh at the sentence “If only it stayed to pose for my photo”. I often think that, too. But I think some animals have built-in radar - they disappear when they sense they're being photographed. (I even feel that way when I take photos through the window at home...) But you were able to photograph so many other birds, great! The snow geese are really in impressive numbers - so nice that one of them posed for you!
    Warm rust rose greetings and all the best, Traude 😊
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2024/01/servus-ihr-lieben-ich-danke-euch-fur.html

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    1. Thank you Traude, for your link and your comment!
      The birds and wildlife can be camera shy, I always try to give them their space.
      At home my photos are always taken while looking out the windows.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. I love the colour on the various ducks, teals, shovellers and pintails.

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    1. Thank you Rosentare, for your link and your comment.
      Winter time is a great time to see a variety of ducks.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Tão lindos todos:patos, gansos. cenários que encantam sempre!
    Lindo fim de semana! beijos, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica, for your comment and your visit.
      Yes, I think all the birds are enchanting to see, my simple pleasure is birdwatching.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend

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  9. Good morning from the Netherlands to you and all your friends and visitors. You have share as always beautiful photos. You don't see the bittern very often but you has got him. The photo from the sun on the water was very good taking. I like also all photos. Wish you all a lovely weekend. Greetings from my nature website this time https://catherinetine.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for your link and your comment!
      The Bitterns are shy birds, always trying to hide.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend

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  10. Sorry for my link but i has two websites. You may remove my comment. I read it to late. Sorry.

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  11. A wildlife drive, now that sounds great!
    And WOW on the sun pic by the water. Such colorful ducks. And the Ruddy Duck one wants to cuddle right away...
    Are Mute Swans what we call White Swans, I wonder and why mute, don´t they make sounds?
    Thank you for this trip, have a great day!
    And I absolutely LOVE your sticker" or whatever you call it. Very, very well done. Cute the bird is taller than the elephant :-)

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your link and your comment.
      I read the reason for the name is that the Mute Swan's call does not carry as loud ( more hoarse or muffled) as the other types of swans. The new badge was made by the blogger Shiju, I think it is really pretty. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photos from your trip to the Edwin B. Forsythe Nature Reserve.
    I really like the Green-winged Teal, the Northern Shoveler and the Northern Pintail.
    The Great Blue Heron together with a Great Egret is also beautiful to see together in a photo.
    The snow geese don't occur here, but I love seeing them.
    I wish you a very good weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for your link and your comment!
      It is a treat to see the Snow Geese arrive here for the winter.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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

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  14. In this post my favourite are the Ruddy ducks with their unique tail and the Snow geese.
    All others are anyway cute critters. 👍
    Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for your link and your comment.
      The Ruddy Ducks are cute, another one of my favorites.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. I visited this location many years ago, in September, and it was quite fabulous. It was called the Brigantine NWR back then.

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    1. Thank you David, for your link and your comment.
      It is a great wildlife refuge to visit, any time of the year.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. Hello Eileen,

    As always very many beautiful photos. The Snow Geese is so pretty.
    Take care, and enjoy your werkend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for your link and your comment.
      The Snow Geese are beautiful, awesome to see in flight.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. it is beautiful, love the flock of geese in the sky and bet that was noisy. i much prefer this view of Atlantic City than the one on the boardwalk. to many humans.

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    1. Sandra, thank you for your comment. We only go to Atlantic City to visit this refuge, maybe to see the sunrise over the ocean. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. Awesome birds photos.
    Loved the post. Thanks a lot for hosting.
    Happy Weekend.

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

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  19. Nice variety and abundance of water birds. That is a wonderful wildlife refuge. When I lived in northern New Jersey I got down there whenever possible.

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    1. Thank you Ken, for your link and your comment.
      It is a great spot for birdwatching. We are lucky if we visit this refuge once or twice a year.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. I enjoyed your drive; large variety of ducks!

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    1. Thank you Linda, for your comment and your visit.
      It was nice to see these ducks, they are just winter visitors.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Jenn, for your link and your comment.
      Yes, it is a great location for birdwatching.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. Beautiful photos Eileen, I saw once the snow geese. Happy weekend !

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    1. Thank you Caroline! The Snow Geese are a beautiful sight to see! Happy weekend to you!

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  23. ...the snow geese are a treat, occasionally I see them here in early spring. Thanks Eileen for hosting, enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for you link and comment. Yes, it is a treat to see the Snow Geese. Have a happy weekend.

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  24. What a fabulous wildlife drive, the blue skies and calm waters make for a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The Ducks all look very happy there!
    Have a lovely week.
    Wren x

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    1. Thank you Wren, for the visit and your comment. This is a great habitat for the ducks and all the birds.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. The flock of snow geese is amazing. I think I’ve seen one flying in formation with Canada Geese but no picture to prove it.

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    1. Thank you Marie, for your visit and comment. The large flock of geese are amazing to see and hear. Have a happy weekend.

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  26. Such a beautiful wildlife drive! The 2nd photo looks really great.

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    1. Thank you Angie, I appreciate your comment. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  27. I'm always amazed at the flocks of Snow Geese! That would be something to see. Neat to find that Bittern, too...they are hard to spot! Enjoy your weekend. Hope it's not too cold!

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    1. Thank you Diane! It is always a treat to find the Bittern. We are expecting a very cold week coming up! Take care, have a great weekend.

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

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  29. So many different ducks. Love the large flock of Snow Geese, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you RedPat, I appreciate your critter link and comment. Have a happy weekend.

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  30. Hello Eileen :=)
    The refuse is a fab place to photograph water fowl. I loved seeing all the different ducks, and Snow Geese in great numbers, also the Canada Geese and the Bittern.
    Thank you so much for hosting Eileen and for sharing your wildlife sightings and images.
    Have a great weekend
    All the best
    Sonjia,

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    1. Thank you Sonjia! The wildlife refuge is a great spot for birdwatching, seeing a great variety of birds. I appreciate your link and comment today. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  31. Great new header, and I see a little badge for Saturday's Critters, which I can use the next time I have some critter photos. Thanks so much for hosting this meme Eileen. It brings out so many great critter posts!

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    1. Thank you Barbara for linking your critter post and for the comment. I am thankful for all the great critter posts. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  32. Hello Eileen. You had a lovely sunny day or two with your trip to Atlantic City and I am rather pleased you didn't give us pictures of the city itself. What a shame about the Bittern not cooperating but that's what bitterns do best I suppose - hide away. Nice to see the Green-winged teal and how it differs from our Common Teal, no sideswipe on ours! Happy Weekend.

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    1. Thank you Phil! Our main purpose of this trip was to visit the wildlife refuge. We did stay at the Hard Rock Casino hotel but we did not gamble or walk around the city. The Green-winged Teal is lovely. Have a great weekend.

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  33. What a wonderful place to visit! Love your photos!

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    1. Thank you Lea, it is a great place to visit! I enjoy seeing all the birds. Take care, stay warm! Have a great weekend.

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  34. That is quite the refuge with a great variety of birds. I love snow geese. When I lived in Houston, huge numbers of them would feed on the grain and rice fields east of the city. I remember how they would all take off at once and then like you observed land somewhere else not too far away.

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    1. Thank you Alan! This refuge does attract a great variety of birds during the winter. I appreciate your link and comment. Take care, stay warm. Have a great weekend.

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  35. I do enjoy the look of the Ruddy Duck. Very cute. Looks like a nice place to explore. Happy day to you!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! It is a fun place to explore! Take care, have a great weekend.

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  36. Hi Eileen, Thanks for taking us along to the Edwin B. Forsythe wildlife refuge. I sure enjoyed this post with all the ducks and geese. I especially enjoyed the Snow Geese and your mention, “They are fun to watch when something upsets them and they all take off making lots of noise only to fly around and land again on the ground or in the water.” That kind of bird behavior always makes me smile and wonder … What goes on in their brains? 😊 High marks for your new Saturday’s Critters Badge. Thanks for hosting and for sharing. Have a happy weekend and week ahead. John PS Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! 😊

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    1. Thank you John, I appreciate your link and comment. I think the birds are smart when they all take off at the same time, especially if they want to confuse a raptor that is near. The raptor would be lost in the crowd of geese. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  37. I thought the duck with the partially green face, the green-winged Teal was beautiful. I used to live in Princeton when I first came to the US and we often went to the Jersey Shore. Thanks for sharing all the bird photos.

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    1. Thank you Inger! The teal is a beautiful duck! Take care, have a great weekend.

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  38. i have friends who go here and this would be perfect for me being able to drive in the car. do you get out periodically or do you stay in the car getting these beautiful pictures?? i'm not sure if we have talked about this park in the past, i think we may have and then i forget!! i am not seeing as many winter birds/ducks here as you are seeing there. i really enjoyed the first 3 amazing pictures, i have not seen those ducks here!! the snow geese are amazing!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! It is a great wildlife refuge to visit, there are pullover spots where you can park and get out of your car. I see people walking and bike riding too. The winter ducks are great to see here. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  39. i forgot to thank you for being such a gracious host!!

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  40. Wow! What a beautiful place and marvelous photo series of our avian friends ~ 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 comment. I do enjoy my birdwatching. Take care, stay warm. Have a great weekend.

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  41. You got some terrific shots driving through. Like the swans!

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    1. Thank you Karen, for your comment and visit.
      The swans are pretty.
      Take care, stay warm! Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  42. That's a great variety of ducks!
    Happy weekend!

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

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  43. Hello Eileen
    Happy Saturday to you.
    Another lovely critter post.
    It was so nice to see the large flocks of Snow Geese in your photographs, and I especially liked the one on its own.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for your comment and visit.
      The Snow Geese are a lovely sight to see.
      Take care, stay warm! Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  44. Looks like a marvelous place! Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Linda, for your link and comment! It is a fun place to visit and birdwatch.
      Take care, stay warm! Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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

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  46. Hello Eileen,
    Very nice pictures of this wildlife refuge. Enough to enjoy. So many kind of ducks. And great to see all geese.
    The last picture is very well done and so nice with the small grass in his beak.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco, for the comment and visit. I did enjoy my visit the refuge. Take care and have a great week!

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

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  48. I love that you travel so much together and that you both like doing the same thing. The photos are terrific -- all that beautiful blue!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie! Yes, hubby and I both have a love for the outdoors and all things nature related. Take care, stay safe and warm. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  49. Oh I would love to go to this place. You got great shots Eileen! Thanks for sharing another interesting place. I 'll put this one on my bucket list. Have a great Sunday and a great week also.

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    1. Thank you Denise, I appreciate your visit and comment. It is a great place to visit, lots of wonderful birds. Take care, stay warm and safe. Have a great week!

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    2. Hello again, I also wanted to mention how much I enjoy your other posts too, and your quotes. Thank you Eileen, have a good one!

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    3. Thank you for the nice comment Denise! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  50. Hello Eileen thanks for the badge although I forgot once I clicked to add it to this post but I will in the future, it's very cool. Your travels through nature are wonderful, critters in their own element enjoying life as it should be! Take care, Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen, for your critter link and your comment. Take care, have a great week!

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  51. I don´t have critter photos...but they are nice to look at. Thanks for visiting my blog. I wish you all the best and a good time
    Violetta

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

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  52. You find so many wildlife places. Good to hear. Love the green colour on the first duck.

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    1. Thank you Diane! The Green-wing Teal is a lovely duck. Take care, have a great week!

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  53. I enjoyed reading about your wildlife adventure.
    Your beautiful photos never cease to amaze us, Eileen

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. Veronica, thank you for your link and comment. Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  54. Me parece un gran recorrido. Todas las aves se ven preciosas. Que tengas una bonita semana.

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    1. Thank you Teresa, your comment is appreciated. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  55. Beautiful photos Eileen. I love the first one with Atlantic City in the background!

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    1. Thank you Rain, for your visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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    1. Thanks Sharon! I love Costa Rica, one of my favorite places. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  57. Eileen - that Green-Winged Teal is gorgeous. And how fantastic to spot the elusive American Bittern! Well done! Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you Angie! The Teal is gorgeous. I appreciate your visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  58. heartfelt thanks for bringing the majestic beauty of nature roaming around you dear friend !
    what a trip Eileen .so many forms of gorgeous bids wandering close to water or in the water wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    heavenly views that comfort heart and bring smile to soul and eyes :)))
    God bless you for this kindness my friend!
    hugs and blessings

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    1. Thank you Baili, I do enjoy nature, it was a nice getaway. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  59. wonderful views.... and lovely duck....
    have a great day

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

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  60. Love it so much when you post waterfowl pictures, I never get tired of seeing them!

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment. I enjoy seeing and sharing the ducks. Take care, have a great day!

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  61. Me gustó conocer el refugio. Soltemos el lastre y volemos :)
    Buena semana Eileen.
    Un abrazo.

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  62. Thank you for the nice comment. And of course I'm happy to return the favor. The pictures with the stories make exciting reading again, dear Eileen. I really enjoyed your report. And it also brought back memories of "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils", an enchanting story ... Do you know it too?


    Thank you for this wonderful post about
    MosaicMonday

    Warm hugs from Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun. I have fun making my mosaic's for your linky party. I will have to google that story. Take care, have a great day!

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  63. Loved reading your blog. Those green-winged teal are so beautiful :)

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    1. Thanks Liam. The Teal is a beauty. Take care, have a great day!

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  64. As imagens estão lindas! Que privilégio imenso, eu poder apreciar de perto, espécies que não encontro por estes lados!
    Adorei as fotos, Eileen! E com umas tonalidades sublimes...
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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    1. Thanks again, Ana! The Mergansers are pretty ducks, but I love them all. Take care, have a wonderful day!

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Saturday's Critters # 540

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