The eagles have not arrived in droves as in years past, but there were a few. Unfortunately, the bitter northwest wind kept them high and away from the river. Here you see the various ages starting with adult.
Tricked you. These photos are from The Great Swamp that lies between Putnam and Dutchess counties. It is the perfect place to visit in the fall. Beware, it is also hunting season in those parts. The crow is for Halloween.
The falcon pair has been putting on a show for photographers the past few days. I guess they are getting tired of all the migrants invading their space. Just saw a post today that the palm warbler became a falcon snack.
The leaves are turning and the birds are leaving. Well, some of the birds are leaving. The ospreys are off to warmer climates along with the phoebes and monarchs. Thankfully, they love the camera. The very young heron may never leave. It appears to have imprinted.
What’s better than turkey vultures perched in a dead tree – a dozen goldfinches, clueless mockingbird, monarch butterfly feeding, baby sparrow waiting to be fed? It is definitely not skipper butterfly spider food.
Those wonderful juvenile great blue herons are migrating west to the Hudson River. I felt bad for this skinny youngster at Oglevie’s Pond that couldn’t seem to catch a fish. If only I could get it into my backyard I would stock my hot tub. Fingers crossed that at least half of the new bird babies make it.
It’s all about the herons around here. The great blue heron fledglings have flown the coop and are now finding their way along the Hudson River or points east. These little green herons must have figured out that there is safety in numbers. The Canadian geese are thriving.