On August 12, 2019 I was awed by the number of birds and their variety of colors that I was able to photograph. Later that same day I learned that the Endangered Species Act had been seriously weakened in preparation for its total elimination. I am reminded of my grandfather who raised fancy pigeons from the early 1900s until the mid century. He immigrated from Pennsylvania to California where he must have witnessed the masses of passenger pigeons flying through the skies. What will my great grandchildren be seeing in the mid twenty first century?
… and the living is easy. Bonnie’s Best from June, July and first of August:
Thank you, Conserve Wildlife of New Jersey and New Jersey Fish & Wildlife biologists for allowing me to attend the banding this year. Please contribute to Conserve Wildlife.
Spring eventually does get here.
Short Story: Saw a gold banded, MWR7, bald eagle catch a very big fish. The eagle went into the water trying to hold onto the fish. Turns out, the bald eagle is a success story from the 1980s. He was raised by captive parents, trained by a falconer to fly and hunt on his own, and then released as a first year in 2005. His grandparents were some of the first to be a part of the Massachusetts bald eagle recovery efforts.
What a week we have had along the Hudson River. The eagles are enjoying the open water and the snow goose is staying.
There’s one good thing about the polar vortex. It brings a Convocation of Eagles. Please enjoy photos of our recent arrivals. The local residents are protesting with signs that say, “Private Property, NO Trespassing!!”
This 2019 year has started off on the right birds for me. Featured image is an American Tree Sparrow in the freezing cold.