Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday's Critters #175

Saturday's Critters #175


Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

Finally, we had some nice sunny weather. I have some birds and critters to share from home in Maryland. A few backyard birds in a mosaic and some scenes and critters from a walk at the local Hashawha Nature Center Park. 

Below are my yard birds: Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Cardinals, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron near nest, Junco, White-throated Sparrow and a Tufted Titmouse. I included a pretty blue sky, some berries and my daffies.



The female Red-bellied Woodpeckers comes for a visit or a peanut.



I have seen as many as 6-8 Great Blue Herons flying around our neighborhood landing in the trees and their nest.




 The mosaic below is from our walk at the Hashawha Nature Center. They have a raptor center with rescued birds like the Barred Owl, Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawks and a Bald Eagle.  Near the lake we saw the Canada Goose, Cardinal, turtles, Tree Swallow, Song Sparrows and a Chipping Sparrow.



On the Nature Center property is the barn and silo. I thought it would be a good shot for Tom's Barn Collective.



A cute Slider turtle.






As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!

To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

141 comments:

  1. Every one is lovely, super photos of every one, but I like the barn and silo, I can see a quilted block right there. Daffs, I have bulbs ready to plant.

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    1. Hello Nancy, yes a quilt block on that barn would look nice. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. I hope you have a great day and weekend!

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  2. Thank you Eileen for your photo post and especially the Great Blue Heron.
    Joy

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    1. Hello Joy, thanks for stopping by and for the comment. I hope you have a happy day and weekend!

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  3. I always enjoy your critter shots, they are always so stunning and today is no exception :)

    Diana

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    1. Hello Diana, thanks so much for the nice comment. I appreciate you linking up and sharing a post today. Have a happy weekend!

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  4. With utmost gratitude both for hosting and for sharing amazing shots of the wonderful critters surrounding you,
    I'm sending blessings on the end of your week, adorable Eileen,
    may it be filled with joy and love

    XOXO Dany

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    1. Hello Dany, you are so kind! Thank you for the nice comment and visit. I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

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  5. Your shots are just fabulous!

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    1. Hello, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  6. you are so lucky Eileen to have all this wonderful wildlife close to home. :)

    Thanks for hosting and wishing you a great week :)

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    1. Hello, yes I do feel lucky. We live next to a park like setting. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  7. What beautiful creatures! And the turtle is just posing for you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hello Florence, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Hari Om
    Happy Earth Day Eileen - you have shown us so many of Earth's delightful critters on the wing... and in the water! YAM xx

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    1. Hello Yam! Happy Earth day to you! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Hello Eileen
    Beautiful collages, including the woodpecker, I find fantastic
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Hello, Irma. I do enjoy seeing my woodpeckers daily. They almost become used to me! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  10. My you must have been up early this morning, LOL. Great post, can't say which is my favourite, as they are all hight standard.
    Have a good weekend, Gordon.

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    1. Hello Gordon, thank you for the nice comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  11. Hello Eileen,

    Lovely post! I really love your photos. The little Red-bellied woodpecker was so cute, and the little turtle as well.
    Happy Saturday, and enjoy your weekend ahead!

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    1. Hello, the turtle is a favorite! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  12. The female Red-bellied Woodpecker is a sweetie!

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    1. Hello Tom, I see her come to the deck every day. She is sweet! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Quite a varied selection of critters and beautiful scenes! Love that barn!

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    1. Hello Ken, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  14. LOVE that turtle shot!
    Happy Weekend, Eileen

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    1. Hello Sue, I've been seeing a lot of turtles lately. Thank you for the comment. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  15. Espetaculares tuas fotos e mosaicos!ADOREI! Lindo fim de semana! bjs, chica

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    1. Hello Chica, thank you so much for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Wonderful mosaic of your yard birds, Eileen and great shot of the Redbellied Woodpecker!
    The slider turtle is enjoying the sun!
    Thanks so much for hosting!

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    1. Hello Christine, the woodpeckers are one of my favorite yardbirds. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  17. Very nice! The woodpecker and the turtle are my favourites here.

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    1. Hello, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hello Gayle, it is neat having the heron nesting in our neighborhood. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  19. Marvelous collection Eileen. Thank you for sharing your critters, always a pleasure to see. Happy weekend to you :)

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    1. Hello Denise, I always appreciate your comments and visits. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  20. You will smile with my link, hehe! Anyway, we have lots of birds around the house, and a woodpecker's voice is always there the whole day, however i haven't yet seen how it looks like! I cannot see it among the thick canopies.

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    1. Hello, I enjoyed your post, the lambs are adorable. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    1. Hello, lol far from a champion. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  22. hello Eileen, I always love all your critters, but the slider turtle is my favorite. Thanks for hosting this meme. I've linked the only "critter" I saw this week (at the beginning of our hike) and played around with the photos. Have a great Saturday. Jo

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    1. Hello Jo, the turtle is popular with everyone. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  23. A great bunch of photos! Love the turtle!
    Have a great week-end!

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    1. Hello Lea, Thank you for the nice comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  24. love your critters...wishing you a great weekend

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    1. Hello Mac, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  25. love the heron and nest way up in the pine tree. now I wonder why we don't have any in our pines..

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    1. Hello Sandra, I think we have 6 nest as far as I can tell. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  26. Your lovely Red-bellied Woodpecker...which immediately reminded me of one here that almost met it's end with a Cooper's Hawk this week...oh my. Those Red-eared Sliders are beginning to come out of hibernation around here, just in time for more cold temperatures here today. I hope that you and yours have a wonderful, relaxing kind of weekend Eileen and thank you for all that you do~

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    1. Hello Mary! I love seeing the turtles out sunning. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    1. Hello, Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  28. Love all the different birds, and the turtle....he's great.

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    1. Hello Mary, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  29. Helloo, So nice post. Beautiful bird pics.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Hello, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  30. Hello Eileen! And Happy Spring on Earth Day!
    You always have such beautiful birds, amazing critters in your collection of photos and posts. It's impressive to see aspects of nature and to think of her beauty. Many thanks for sharing all of these, as always so, so lovely.
    In this Spring I saw for some moments blackbirds in the park and even listen to their songs. So, you know that i'm not so good at capturing birds, but this time I'm glad I had the chance. Hope to like the little bird and her song.
    Best regards to you; A very beautiful and sunny Spring, as well! Alexa

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    1. Hello Alexa, nature is grand. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  31. Hello!! Beautiful mosaics and pics.. Happy weekend..

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    1. Hello Ana, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  32. I love all the photos but especially the woodpecker. Thank you for hosting and I wish you a nice weekend, Eileen.

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    1. Hello Mildred, the woodie is my favorite too. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  33. Another fine collection of critters, Eilleen!
    Have a great week and thanks for hosting.

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    1. Hello Nick, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  34. You are a true 'birder' and how blessed to have some beautiful ones in your very own back yard ~ All very wonderful photos and collage of photos ~ Delightful post, thanks, Eileen and also for being a great hostess ~ with beauty.

    Wishing you a fun weekend ~ ^_^

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    1. Hello Carol, I love the birds and all the critters. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  35. Very nice birds, but I like the turtle best.

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    1. Hello Al, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  36. Usually I comment about your beautiful bird photos, but today ............I'm all about that BARN! That is gorgeous. (I WANT one!)

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    1. Hello Dee, I like that barn too. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  37. we saw little peeks of the sun, it's raining today and i am pretty sad about that. i enjoy the bright blue sky in the background of my pictures!!! you are seeing lot's of beautiful birds since arriving home, good thing they didn't forget you!! love the turtle, all of my picture friends are seeing them everywhere!!

    all of your images are beautiful - nice capture of the red bellied!!!

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    1. Hello, I cut back big time on feeding the backyard birds. Too many unwanted critters coming around. I hope the sun comes out today. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  38. Love your woodpecker pic! Have a good weekend.

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    1. Hello, Linda! The woodie is my favorite too. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  39. I love watching herons- they're such patient birds! They're up here now for the season.

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    1. Hello, I love watching the heron too. It seems odd they nest so high up in the trees. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  40. I'm so glad you have sunny weather Eileen. We have too at last after a somewhat wet and dreary winter. How fabulous to have the Red-bellied Woodpecker on your bird table. What a looker! And to have so many Gret Blues flying around is real nice and spring-like.

    Have a fun weekend.

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    1. Hello, I love my woodies. They visit a few times a day. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  41. Hi Eileen-
    Lovely post of many different birds and the lovely turtle.
    I think the winning prize should be shared by the Red-Bellied Woodpecker and the Turtle.
    Beautiful things, aren't they all?
    Thanks for hosting.
    Have a Happy Weekend!
    Peace :)

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    1. Hello, Thanks so much for the nice comment. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  42. Wonderful birding shots. I particularly envy the idea of tufted titmice. They are very very rare here in southeaster Minnesota and the far end of their northwestern range...:)

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    1. Hello, I did not know the Titmouse were rare in your area. They seem pretty common here. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  43. Gorgeous captures, Eileen, and I absolutely love turtles! Well, I love nature. Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you are having a great weekend.

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    1. Hello, Linda. Thanks so much for your nice comment. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  44. Fantastic birds in USA, I love your Woodpecker, umm beautiful.

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    1. Hello, Bob! You have fantastic birds there that I would love to see. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    1. Hello, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  46. It is always fun to spot a turtle!

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    1. Hello, yes I love seeing the turtles. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  47. Hello Eileen!
    As fotos de aves são tão belas e delicadas. Bons cliques. E gostei da foto da tartaruga.
    Ótimo final de semana.

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    1. Hello Maria, thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  48. Colorful scenes and great collages. I look forward to your photos.

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    1. Hello Karen, I am so glad you enjoy my photos. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  49. Wow wonderful photos. Loved the mosaics and the turtle is my favorite.

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    1. Hello, that turtle is very popular today. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  50. Very nice ! I love the woodpecker !

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    1. Hello, I love the woodie too. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  51. LOVE your wood pecker and how amazing to have the chance to see these cranes right in your neighborhood!

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    1. Hello, Jeanne! The woodie is one of my favorites. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  52. Eileen, you've got a bird sanctuary in your backyard, for crying out loud!!!! To have those Blue Herons so active on your property must be AWESOME!!!!...:)JP

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    1. Hello JP, it is neat having the herons right across our driveway. They do make a lot of noise.
      Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  53. Wow! What a great selection of birds. You always have a great selection of bird photos. I really enjoy them.

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    1. Hello Michelle, I am glad you enjoy my birds. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  54. Thank you for bring us these wonders. Happy Earth Day.

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    1. Happy Earth day, Martin! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  55. Fantastic captures. Wish I had Blue Herons in my neighborhood!

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    1. Hello Rose, the herons are cool to have around. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  57. That's a cute slider turtle!

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    1. Hello Linda, seems like everyone likes the turtle. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  58. The slider turtle is so gorgeous...

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    1. Hello, the turtle is popular! Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  59. Heipsan
    Lovely collages. But it would be amazing to see the Great Blue Heron in the tree here.. :) It would be impossible. It's so big bird and good-looking.

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    1. Hello, I appreciate your comment and visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  60. Eileen, you are the perfect photographer!! You really show the beauty of nature!!
    I hope you had a wodnderful Easter !!
    Happy weekend !

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    1. Hello Ela, you are so kind. Thanks for the comment. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  61. Love the collages today Eileen.

    Thanks so much for linking in and sharing this with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend. It's much appreciated.

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    1. Hello, Anni! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  62. Super shots- love them all especially the turtle and the barn. Thanks for being a great blogger friend.

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    1. Hello Terri, thanks so much for the comment. You are a great blogger friend too. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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  63. Enjoyed your two collages . . .
    And you get an "Oh My" for the Turtle Pic . . .
    Happy Springtime Eileen . . .

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    1. Hello Lynne, thanks so much for the nice comment. YAY for Spring! The sun is shining today too.
      Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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  64. The red-bellied woodpecker is handsome.

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  65. It's been a busier than usual week and weekend. Trying to play catch-up! Love the red bellied woodpecker her and a turtle. Wonderful shot of the barn.. hope you are having a happy Sunday.

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  66. Wonderful photos Eileen! We seem to have many of the same birds as you do. Love the turtle photo!
    Enjoy your week.
    Robin

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  67. I love to see red barns!
    Hope you are having a great day!

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  68. Wonderful collages, Eileen! How fun that you have the herons nesting! We have an American Kestrel here and I enjoy watching him hunt. They are such neat birds! Have a wonder-filled week!

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  69. Turtle pictures always remind me of Butch, my pet turtle.. Margy

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  70. Great critters Eileen :)
    You know, there are so many birds I see on your blog I'd love to see in the wild too! LOL!
    Warm hugs, enjoy your afternoon and keep well :))))

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  71. Oh I'm glad you got some sunshine ---and this post would make anyone wonder why you'd ever want to leave!! (Until they remembered all that snow you missed!).... Lovely walk -- thanks for taking me along. Your birds are wonderful and that Nature Center is a great one.

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  72. a beautiful selection of critters and a great barn too.

    have a great week Eileen.

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  73. Hi Eileen, Hm... let me see, oh yes, I love those woodpeckers! The heron rookery must be thrilling to see as well. Your photographs are great! Have a good week!

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  74. So pleased you've enjoyed some nice sunny weather. We too have had a nice sunny day today in my part of the UK.

    Lovely selection again Eileen, I love the mosaics and that's a great shot of the slider turtle.
    That barn is perfect for Tom's barn link too!

    I hope the new week will be a good one for you, sending my good wishes

    All the best Jan

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  75. Yippee for sunshine. We are in emotional need of a lot more sunshine here in the Seattle area. Wonderful birds and and interesting barn, too.

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  76. Good morning Eileen, yes! I think my link went through, even though it's Monday morning already! Your critters are sweet, and that barn is very cool! We have some new neighbors that are building a barn styled house! Seriously.

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  77. Lots of photos and all of 'em great!
    I clearly need to take a bird class...

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  78. Another great collection of pictures! The turtle is an Eastern Painted Turtle. I have taken an interest in turtles, butterflies and dragonflies this year... since they are often found where the birds go! Hugs!

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