Saturday, April 6, 2024

Saturday's Critters # 538

 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!


It's the first Saturday in April and time is just flying by. I am still behind sharing photos, these are from our getaway to the Maryland shore back in Feb 8-10 2024. Now I am hoping to see our Spring-Summer birds return to my yard and neighborhood.


1. Mosaic is mainly showing the Tundra Swans, a native swan in Maryland. They are seen in the winter months. 




2. In the photo below, there the Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, a few Northern Pintails and a few other ducks across the pond.




3.  The wildlife refuge has always some Bald Eagles, either flying around or perched in a tree.





4.  A male and female Northern Shoveler. 




5. Below are a group of Northern Pintails. 




6. The Tundra Swan flock was flying in to land on the pond. 




7. We saw a few Great Blue Herons around the wildlife drive and refuge. 





8. Leaving Bombay Hook NWR we drove past a field with a huge group of Snow Geese.  I was able pull over on the side of the road to take a few photos.  






9. A closer look at the Snow Geese in the field. 






10. Another puzzle finished, one of my favorites with the polar bear and northern lights. 





Extra photo: Easter with the grandson and family.



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.



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.




Thank you for sharing your critters and post!


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121 comments:

  1. Good morning, Eileen, reading your Post with a cup of Hot Coffee... waiting for our cat outside in the Garden. I love swans too. We visit them on some days - if we can - on a lake nearby.
    Thank you for sharing and hosting.

    Hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun, for your critter link and comment!
      The swans are a lovely sight to see.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  2. Bald eagles are really beautiful! Have a great weekend, Eileen!

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

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  3. The eagle knows here to prey.

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

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  4. Your grandsons are very cute. Looks like Easter fun with a little rain?
    Snow geese are amazing.
    I appreciate your hosting Saturday Critters!
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, for your critter link and comment!
      The grandsons are cuties! Yes, we have had some rainy days.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  5. You are rich in birds and in appreciation, Eileen! And we appreciate you. Aloha

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

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  6. Wow; Great varieties of birds I wish I could have chance to see ♡♡♡ How great to be able to see that great numbers of & varieties of them together. What a great number of the Snow Geese. Happy easter with your grandsons and family!!!
    Lots of Love, Miyako

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    1. Thank you Miyako, for your critter link and comment.
      The large flocks of Snow Geese are amazing to see.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  7. Hi Eileen, Thanks for sharing more from your getaway to the Maryland shore back in February. The Tundra Swans are so interesting. Is one of the Great Blue Herons standing on its nest? Love the shots of the Snow Geese. The Polar Bear puzzle … bet that one was a challenge. 😊 What a beauty. Thanks for including the “happiness” photos … Easter with the grandson and family. Lastly, I’ve thought about you several times since the St Francis Bridge went down. I didn’t think the Bridge was close to you, but Maryland has sure been in the news. What a tragedy for the area. Thanks, as always, for hosting and sharing Saturday’s Critters. Happy week ahead to you and your family. John

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    1. Thank you John, for your critter link and comment.
      The Herons nest in the trees, I think the heron on my photos is just resting.
      The Francis Scott Key Bridge is close to an hour from my home. The bridge completes the circle of the Baltimore Beltway. It is a tragedy, I am hoping they get the clean done quickly so the port of Baltimore can get back to business. Seeing my grandsons happy makes me happy. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  8. Congratulations for the lovely grandsons. You puzzle is really cool.
    Love the Snow geese and the Northern shovelers. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend and happy captures!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for your critter link and comment.
      The Northern Shovelers are handsome ducks, always great to see.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  9. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photos from your trip to the Maryland coast.
    I really love the Tundra Swans, the American Bald Eagles and the Snow Geese.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, or your critter link and comment!
      It is always a treat to see the Tundra Swans and the Snow Geese.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  10. Hello Eileen,
    Lovely photo of the Bald Eagle. It's a very pretty bird. It's amazing to see all the Snow Geese. Your new puzzle is so beautiful. Take care, and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for your critter link and comment.
      I thought it was a pretty puzzle picture.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  11. Winter, brrr. The Northern Shoveler are my favs, very cute! And the puzzle - of course the Easter-pics, too - have a great Saturday!

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your critter link and comment.
      The Shovelers are pretty ducks.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  12. Eileen, tuas fotos e fugas sempre lindas... Adoro ver os gansos e os cisanes! E teus netos crescendo muito lindamente! Adorei! beijos, ótimo fim de semana! chica

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

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  13. Lovely Maryland shore pics! Especially love the Tundra Swan shots and the Snow Geese. Hope you see lots of spring birds in your yard soon!

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    1. Thank you Shiju, for your critter link and comment!
      The Tundra Swans are a beautiful sight to see.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  14. ...Eileen, I have been looking forward to seeiing your grandsons, they sure getting big. Thanks for hosting the party, enjoy your week.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for your critter link and comment.
      Our grandsons are growing so fast, too fast.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you William, for your comment and your visit.
      The Eagles are amazing to see.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  16. The arrival of the Tundra Swans is a spectacular event each year and it’s such a thrill to see them arrive. I wish we had Snow Geese too. All the best - David

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    1. Thank you David, for your critter link and comment!
      It is a treat to see large flocks of the Tundra Swans.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  17. Good Morning Eileen :=)
    Thank you for sharing this diverse selection of birds and wonderful captures. I particularly enjoyed seeing the Tundra Swans coming in to land, and the large amount of Snow Geese in the field. and it's always great to see the Bald Eagle. Your finished puzzle is beautiful, and so are the collage family pictures.Enjoy your weekend Eileen and thank you for hosting.
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    1. Thank you Sonjia, for your critter link and comment!
      I do enjoy seeing the large flocks of Swans and the Snow Geese, a joy for the birdwatchers.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  18. I've not seen a shoveler or snow goose! I cannot imagine the numbers you see!
    Your grandies are growing. So blond!

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    1. Thank you Jenn, for your critter link and comment!
      The Atlantic flyway is close by and it is always a joy to see the large flocks of geese and swans.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  19. Hari OM
    Another group of excellent shots - though if I had to pick, I would favour the Herons, the flying swans a close second! I have taken the cheek to link up my fishies post today 😁. Have a wonderful weekend. YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM, for your critter link and comment.
      I enjoyed your fishies!
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  20. Those flying swans are just magnificent, Eileen! Thanks for hosting and have a great new week! (Nick - MAP)

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    1. Thank you Nick, for your critter link and comment!
      I did enjoy seeing those swans.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  21. What beautiful snow geese. Thank you for hosting the link party and for your faithful comments on your blog. I appreciate that so much.

    Your puzzle is amazing. Personally, I'm not a fan of making puzzles, but I remember my grandparents loved it too. They had one of Queen Elizabeth when she was young. My little brother accidentally bumped into it (it was hanging up) and then the painting fell down and the puzzle also broke.

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    1. Thank you Aritha, for your comment and your visit.
      I like doing the puzzles on bad weather days.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  22. This is such a great gathering of the critters that people post about. Yours today show so many beautiful water fowl! I would have my mouth agape seeing all those swans or geese. Thank you Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Barbara, for your critter link and comment!
      Seeing the large flocks of ducks, geese and swans is a treat.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  23. I enjoy your Saturday Critter posts.

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    1. Thanks Linda, for the comment and visit. Have a great weekend.

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  24. i really like that mosaic of the herons, Eileen. It is quite lovely. Thanks for hosting us.

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    1. Thank you RedPat, for your critter link and comment!
      I always enjoy seeing the herons, they are beautiful.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  25. Beautiful photos. We are lucky here when we see one snowgeese. I like the bald eagle. Have a nice weekend Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Caroline, for your critter link and comment.
      I look forward to seeing the Snow Geese each winter.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  26. Interesting photos!
    The Swans are my favorites - beautiful birds!
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for your critter link and comment.
      I loved seeing the Swans, they are pretty birds.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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

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  28. Sweet photos of your grandsons. I also enjoyed looking at your puzzle, and those wonderful wildlife photos. Thanks always Eileen! Enjoy your weekend and the week ahead.

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

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  29. So fun to see all of these. I sure missed seeing the snow geese and swans this spring...but we have Canada Geese and the Blue Herons fly over...they go to the retention ponds.

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    1. Thank you Rose, for your comment and your visit.
      It is nice to have a retention pond nearby, the birds do love to hang out there.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  30. That really is a great place to see lots of birds! WOW! Love the Eagle and your little grandkids too. Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane, for your critter link and comment.
      It is a great place to see the birds!
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  31. So beautiful pics of birds, Amazing puzzle. Lovely family pics.
    Happy Weekend.

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

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  32. I love the photos of the birds but my favourites are always those of the boys! Growing up so fast!

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    1. Thank you Marie, for your comment and your visit.
      The boys are growing fast, it is a joy to visit with them.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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  33. I don't think I have ever seen snow geese, if you have shown them before they did not stick in my senior memory cells. they are really beautiful.. you certainly see a lot more birds than I do. I am seeing more since I started throwing the peelings and cores and old oats and Cheerios out by the tree in the front. they love the fruit

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    1. Thank you Sandra, for the comment! I have shown the geese a lot at least a few times a year, when we visit the coast during the winter. I am glad you are seeing more birds there, they do enjoy the food. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  34. A Tundra swan featured bit in the Ann Cleeves book I just finished -- "Blue Lightning."

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jeanie! I am not sure if I read Blue Lightning, I will check it out. Have a great weekend.

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  35. Lovely photo collage of your handsome grand children ~ lovely series of photos of our 'feathered friends' ~ intrigued by the swans ~ wow!


    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 critter link and comment.
      The swans are beautiful sight to see.
      Take care and happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  36. Love to see the swans in flight.
    Such a nice puzzle.
    Grands getting big! :)

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    1. Thank you Karen, for your comment and your visit.
      The boys are growing fast!
      Take care and happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  37. I've seen fields of snow geese in my neck of the woods. Quite a marvelous sight!!

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    1. Thank you Maria, for your link and comment.
      I always enjoy seeing the Snow Geese , it is a marvelous sight.
      Take care and happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  38. Hello Eileen
    Happy Saturday Wishes, the week has flown by!

    I did enjoy seeing your bird sightings and your polar bear and northern lights puzzle looks a good one.
    Best of all the pictures of your lovely Grandsons, so nice you got to spend time with them at Easter.

    Sending my good wishes for the week ahead, I hope it's a good one for you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for your comment and your visit.
      It is always a joy to spend time with the grandsons and the family.
      Take care and happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  39. Love the Swans and indeed all the birds you see Eileen. Your grandsons are quickly growing up. Thanks for hosting and commenting. Have a great week ahead

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for your link and comment.
      I love seeing the swans, they are beautiful.
      Take care and happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  40. Nice pictures. I like that puzzle. Your grandchildren are cute.

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

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  41. thanks for sharing delightful images of gorgeous birds dear Eileen ,they always fill my heart with spontaneous joy :)
    wow so many pretty birds in abundance in your area making the place heavenly with their presence :) must be awesome feeling to have them around . loved how you captured them specially the flying birds !
    i love eagle ,they surly like to ponder how world works below .
    how amazing you spent some lovely time with grandson :) He is cute indeed !!!
    many more happiness to you and loved ones my friend!

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    1. Thank you Baili, for your nice comment and your visit.
      I enjoy seeing all the birds on our outings.
      It is a joy to spend time with our grandsons, they are growing up so fast.
      Take care and happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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  42. Hello Eileen,
    Wonderful pictures. Great to see all the birds in a wonderful nature.
    Nice pictures of the herons and the snow geese.
    That's a great and beautiful puzzle you have made. Wonderful that polar bear.

    Many greetings and I wish you a beautiful day ,
    (Here today the sun is shining well)
    Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco, I appreciate your comment and your visit. Nature is beautiful.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great week ahead.

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  43. I love all the various ducks and geese you found. What a great place to go view and photograph birds. I also love your jigsaw puzzle and Easter is great with kids.
    Thank you for hosting and have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Yogi, I appreciate your comment and your visit.
      Hubby and I always try to find places to walk and see nature.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great week ahead.

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  44. Good morning! Fun captures of the swans and eagle and heron. Congrats on completing that puzzle. Not easy I'm sure. Love the Easter photos of your grandson! Happy new week to you.

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

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  45. Hello Eileen your great blue herons are lovely in their favorite place, as are your other nature photos. Life is good, and busy as it's been on my end. It's my weekend off and yesterday was all about the Lions club and was the best day of the weekend. it's raining and cold here today and at the moment it's pouring rain! Enjoy your week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Karen, I appreciate your critter link and comment Nature is beautiful, always something to see.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a great week ahead.

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  46. Superb pictures Eileen. My favourites are Tundra Swans and the Snow Geese.

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

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  47. When I saw that flock of swans, I thought to myself; "I bet those are loud". Then I saw the flock of snows and I laughed thinking how much louder that flock would be.

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    1. Thank you for the comment, I think both the swans and geese can be very loud. Always a treat to see!
      Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  48. i am late to the party but i am happy i made it in time!! those little ones always steal the show, they are so adorable!! i kept reading "wildlife drive" in your post and wondered if it was the same one that i visited and shared in my post today. i saw a lot of the same ducks during mine. the eagle is outstanding and i love the puzzle. we did a puzzle also and it is always so fun. i bought a mat for puzzles so when i work on them, i can move them around!! many thanks for hosting and enjoy this new week starting with some sunshine!!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, you are always welcome any time to join in! Most of the wildlife refuges we visit have the wildlife drives, my last couple of post included Blackwater Refuge in Maryland and the Bombay Hook refuge in Delaware. It nice when you can take photos from the car. Your puzzle mat sounds nice, it is great to be able to move the puzzle around. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great day and happy new week! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  49. I always enjoy seeing your birds and critters Eileen. I have a few pelicans and kangaroos in my post today. We are lucky to have wonderful walking paths near us where we usually see something. Enjoy your week and thankyou again for the linkup.

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    1. Thank you Jill, for your critter link and comment. It is great to have beautiful places for your walks. We have some close to home, all around our reservoir are hiking trails. Take care, enjoy your day and have a wonderful week.

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  50. Rarely seen Bald Eagles in our areas.....
    beautiful photos.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and your critter link! It is always a treat to see the eagles. Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  51. Wonderful birds -- I love the photo with several species all together, that always makes me happy to see. Great you got to spend Easter with your "littles".... happy times. I am more than ready to get out of the big cities on my blog as well as in real life so I can post some critters on my blog . Thanks for sharing yours in the meantime.

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    1. Thank you Sallie, you are kind to visit and comment. The grands are a joy to visit, they are happy times.
      Hubby and I rarely visit the big cities. Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  52. And I am again very happy about your contribution to
    MosaicMonday

    I wish you a pleasant week, best wishes from
    Heidrun

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    1. Thanks for hosting, I am happy to participate with my Mosiacs. Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  53. Always love seeing the Eagles. Enjoyed your mosaic. Have a wonderful week

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    1. Thank you Missy, for your link and comment. The eagles are always a treat to see! Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  54. Incredible series of photos, Eileen!
    The swans are a sight to behold.
    Your grandsons are adorable!

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. Thank you Veronica, for your link and comment. The swans are beautiful, a lovely sight to see. Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  55. Hello, Eileen. A large number of Tundra swan in air is spectacular. They spend winter in my country, too, but I haven’t seen them as they are along the Sea of Japan. Nice mosaic of your family getting together on Easter. Hope you enjoyed the total/partial eclipse of the sun in Maryland.
    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko, for your link, comment and visit. The swans are a lovely sight, I always enjoy seeing them. The eclipse seemed better on the TV where the whole eclipse was being seen. In Maryland we did not have a good view. Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  56. love to watch Northern Pintails swimming around.

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    1. Thank you Tanza, for your critter link and the comment. The Pintails are pretty ducks. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  57. Me gusta el águila calva y los cisnes volando. Naturaleza hermosa.
    Lindo fin de semana familiar Eileen
    Muy guapos los nietos.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Laura! It was fun watching the Swans and the Eagle. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  58. Hi Eileen!! An oasis of wildlife ... Beautiful pictures... Cheers

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    1. Thanks so much Ana, I appreciate your comment. Take care, have a great day!

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  59. We've been gone for a few days so I'm jumping back on to visit some people. Have you heard from rosyfinch Ken? I am so concerned about him and wonder how he is. Hope you're having a good week! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Hello Diane,
      I hope you had a fun time away.
      No, I have been worried about Ken too.
      Take care, enjoy your day and happy weekend.

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  60. Oh the snow geese are beautiful! So many of them. I LOVE your puzzle! ☺

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    1. Thank you Rain, for the comment and visit. Take care, have a great day and happy weekend!

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  61. Tu reportaje es genial. Tus nietos se ven preciosos, las aves me gustan mucho, bien por terminar tu puzzle, es bonito. Besos.

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

BTW, Anonymous comments unless a name is included will not be published. Also, comments with links will be deleted.

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 ...