Saturday, December 23, 2017

Saturday's Critters # 210

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Merry Christmas everyone!




These photo were taken on the same day Dec 14th. It was a snowy morning so I did my walking on the treadmill. I saw a blur go by my window, I was not sure what went by. When I finished my walking I looked out my window to see this hawk below.  I am not sure, but I was told it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It was small in size.






My version of Where's Waldo, my Dark-eyed Junco tree. How many can you find?


I was able to zoom in on two of the Dark-eyed Juncos sitting close together.


The Sharp-Shinned Hawk decided the back yard was a better setting for eating his meal.











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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

112 comments:

Tom said...


...wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you Eileen for sharing your Saturday's Critters bird photos this year. Have a good Christmas.
Hugs.

Joy

rainfield61 said...

Merry Christmas.
This is a year full of critters.

Small City Scenes said...

I see 6----how many???
Nice shot of the Hawk with dinner.
Love your Blue Jay too
Merry Christmas and happy weekend
MaryBeth

Nancy J said...

The hawk will have a full tummy for Christmas Eve, and the others have good perches in the tree. were there 5?

Sussi said...

Handsome birds!

Merry Christmas!

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Eileen! Wishing you A Blessed Christmas to you and your family!

Mildred said...

Merry Christmas! You captured some great photos of the hawk. I know you tire of snow there, but the birds show up really well against the snow. I appreciate your blog friendship and you hosting Sat. Critters. All the best to you in the new year.

✿ chica said...

Feliz Natal, que ele seja iluminado e abençoado e dure cada dia do ano novo que se aproxima! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

The Hawk is pretty, and it's very similar the hawk who lives here too. I don't like that they are killing "my" little birds in the garden, but there isnothing I can do about it.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and all your nice comments!

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Giga said...

You have something to admire, you can see great birds through the window. Merry Christmas.

Uppal said...

Your critter pictures are fascinating as always!

NatureFootstep said...

Hi Eileen, I can find 5 Juncos :) And maybe one in the lover left corner.

Wishing you and your famiy a Very Merry Christmas :)

Margaret Adamson said...

love the Jay image. I see 6 birds in that other shot. Thanks for hosting and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas

magnoliasntea said...

Beautiful photos! I've enjoyed visiting here so much during the year. Thank you for sharing your photos with your readers.
Merry Christmas!
Toni

Crissi said...

Merry Christmas dear Eileen
Healthy happy New Year
♥hug from Germany Crissi

Leslie's Garden said...

I counted 5 Juncos. Such cute little birds. We only get them in the winter here in Georgia.

Jenn Jilks said...

Neato! We have a sharp-shinned, too. He's not hungry enough to come to the house and perch, but he has done so!
Thanks for hosting!

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, thank you for hosting this meme. A very blessed Christmas. Greetings Jo

Nick V. said...

Lovely shots, Eileen! Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas, with health, happiness and prosperity for the New Year!

Sandra said...

Merry Critter Christmas..

David Gascoigne said...

I have been trying to figure out what the hawk caught, but I can't get enough detail. Do your know?

eileeninmd said...

Hello David, I am pretty sure the Hawk caught one of my Junco's. Thanks for your comment and visit!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
These are wonderful images for the festive time, wintry and elemental as they are! Wishing you and hubby all the very best of the season, Eileen, and may 2018 bring joy and many sightings! YAM xx

Phil Slade said...

Good morning Eileen. And Happy Christmas to you. I guess that Sharpies must eat too, especially in cold weather. Thank you so much for your link ups throughout 2017. It reallis a way to see birds from other continents and to make friends across the oceans.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing to see that small hawk! I always loved seeing the Juncos when it snowed...hope you have more of them! Merry Christmas sweet friend. Holiday hugs, Diane

Debbie said...

ooooh those darn hawks. i do enjoy seeing them but i don't like when they dine at my feeders. the juno's are so beautiful, i saw a few and now i have not been seeing them.

thanks so much for hosting this, 210 weeks, we all appreciate it so much!!

merry christmas eileen, to you and your family. i hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!

italiafinlandia said...

Your Juncos are very pretty.
All the best for Christmas!

Betty Crow said...

Love the hawk. Lucky you! Have a very Merry Christmas!

ellen b. said...

Love that hawk! Christmas Blessings to you!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!
Great captures of the hawk and the Junko!
Beautiful captures and Preety birds!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Happy Holidays!
Dimi...

DougPhoto2009 said...

Eileen, great capture of the hawk. Thanks for sharing. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful bird photography ~ as always!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

The Furry Gnome said...

Merry Christmas Eileen!

Red said...

Have a Merry Christmas. You had a front row seat for watching the hawk have dinner.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year Eileen!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Merry Christmas, Eileen! The Sharpie exhibits a couple of distinctive ID features which I re-learned a few weeks ago when I misidentified a small male Cooper's Hawk as a Sharp-shinned. Aside from the small size, note that its eye seems to sit almost in the middle of its face, and the black on its head is more confined to its cap and does not extend down the nape. Your photos show this beautifully. I counted 5 juncos but probably missed a couple of more-- maybe the hawk's dinner!

Ela said...

Gorgeous photos !!! Merry Christmas to you Eileen and to all friends visiting your blog !!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

We need our critters every day

William Kendall said...

The hawk shots are quite impressive!

Karen said...

Hawks are fascinating to watch. And Jays are colorful but they seen to have an attitude!! lol Thanks for sharing your pics.

Al said...

That's a great-looking hawk. Merry Christmas!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Love and best wishes for Xmas and the New Year... :-)))

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, the jay is very handsome! I counted 5 juncos.

Happy Christmas!

RedPat said...

Great pics of the hungry hawk, Eileen! Merry Christmas to you! Are you off to Florida again this winter?

happyone said...

Love the blue jay.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

JP A Quiet Corner said...

What a gorgeous shot of the Sharpie, Eileen!!! Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year!!...:)JP

Angie said...

Terrific that the Hawk stuck around for you to finish your walk! I am looking out in my back yard right now and the Juncos, Chickadees and House Finches are patiently waiting their turn to go to the birdfeeder from a nearby tree! Merry Christmas to you and all the Critters!

Suzanne Prickett said...

Love your little Hawk! My mom had one visit during the cold winter in Missouri, and he drank from her birdbath. She was able to get some good pictures of it. Well, I counted 6 Juncos in your tree, but there was possibly one more, haha! And, a pretty Bluejay. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Eileen, and Happy New Year!

ANNA said...

Hola gracias por pasar por ya tu blog.
Te deseo feliz Navidad y prospero año nuevo.
Besos.

Our photos said...

Very nice. I like the dark-eyed junco !

Schotzy said...

A great variety of winter birds! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year11

Carol Blackburn said...

It's always fun when something different like that Hawk shows up .

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Cooper's Hawk, I love it. Festive greetings Eileen and all family.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Thank you so much for the kind Christmas and New Year wishes. May I return same to you and yours! I enjoyed today's Saturday's Critters. Your photos of the Dark-eyed Juncos got me interested in identifying some birds that look similar in a tree just outside my window. I see them often this time of year when the trees do not have leaves. After doing some Google searches I think I've setteled on them to be Black-capped Chickadees. They are cute little birds and spring around (actually flying) from branch to branch in the big birch tree. I think they eat the tiny birch seeds. Anyway, these are some fun critters and someday I hope to get some pics of them to share on Saturday's Critters. Thank you Eileen for sharing your blog. Without doubt you are one of the best bloggers I have come to know. What a super job you do of publishing every week and always returning kind comments. Thank you, as always, for visiting and commenting on my blog. I look forward to your comments! Take good care and be well! Your follower from the Pacific Northwest, John

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely photo's, especially the Blue Jay.

Merry Christmas Wishes to you and yours and all good wishes for 2018.

All the best Jan

krishna said...

Beautiful birds.. Wish you a Merry Christmas..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Merry Christmas to both of you Eileen and thank you for all you do all year long! You really don’t have to go anywhere to see great birds when you have these outside the window of your “fitness and exercise room. . Fantastic pictures.... I hope to be back to linking after the Holiday Season.

The Yum List said...

You too Eileen! Wishing you a wonderful festive season.

Linda said...

How neat to see a hawk so close to the house! Merry Christmas!

Betty Manousos said...

good morning eileen

wishing you and yours good health, abundance and happiness.
merry christmas! :))

Janneke said...

Wishing you and all the critters a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy 2018!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Merry Christmas!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sallie, thanks and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Hello John, thanks for the nice comment. I am happy to hear you are bird watching too. I appreciate all your visit and comments through-out the year. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Betty, thanks and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Polly said...

Oh my word that blue bird is absolutely stunning. Best wishes for a happy Christmas.

eileeninmd said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thanks! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thanks Polly! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Bob, Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

I am always happy to see a new bird show up! Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Suzanne! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Angie! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

JP, Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Karen! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

No Florida this winter, we are staying in Maryland this year. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Juliet! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Ana! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Al! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

I love watching all the birds! Thank you, Karen! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Yes, all the hawks are impressive. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Mac! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Ela! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you for the id help, Ken! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Red! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Carol! Merry Christmas to you, Zoe and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Dimi, Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Ellen! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Thank you, Betty! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Linda W. said...

I love seeing the critters in your backyard. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Daniela said...

Wishing you the Merriest and Brightest Christmas ever,
and a New Year filled with Love, Peace and many Blessings,
thank you for sharing always the wonders you watch and for being so supportive, dearest Eileen !

XOXO Dany

Missy George said...

Is that a bird sitting next to that Hawk??He's pretty brave..I think it's a Coopers Hawk..I could be wrong...There sure are a lot of Junco's in there. Have a Merry Christmas..

Rose said...

I counted 5 Juncos, but am betting there are more! I was wondering how people tell Cooper's Hawk and Sharp shinned hawks apart...I think I have looked at All About Birds and still have trouble but going to look again. Whatever it is, it is a beauty.

Merry Christmas, Eileen, to you and your family. Looking forward to blogging with you in the new year.

The Yum List said...

Merry Christmas!

Betsy Adams said...

Just stopping by to say MERRY CHRISTMAS. Hope you have a wonderful day today and always... Let's feed those birdies an extra treat today!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Lynne said...

Merry Christmas Eileen . . .
and the same to your usual, outdoor walking partner. . .
Joy
Peace

KL said...

Merry Christmas, Eileen. And, what lovely shots. Absolutely beautiful.

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Gordon said...

merry Christmas Eileen, and all the very best for the new year,
Take care, Gordon.

amo sin blogg said...

I wish you nice days ahead.
Love Anne-Mari

Jeanie said...

I'm so glad I now know my "bird" is a junco! And they do seem to travel in a pack! I hope your Christmas was absolutely splendid!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Beautiful images! Wishing you a fantastic 2018!

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