One just prays at least half of them survive. Our red-tailed hawk family is just about ready to expand their territory. Look out snakes and rats! The male dropped off a very small morsel and the eyases bawled him out. This is a sign that the youngsters are ready to take flight. Both adults have triangulated on nearby trees to keep an eye on this adventurous group. Mallard ducklings were out in force with their parents. Momma kept ten in tow while Dad guarded the pond. The goose family has not been so lucky. There were two goose families on the beach. One set had three goslings left and the other pair had only two. They waddled directly under the red-tail tree. I have seen the red-tails with a gosling or two being prepped. Sad. One goose pair at the Croton Boat Ramp are fairing well with their bagel diet. The other pair is only allowing the young to eat grass and bugs.
This appears to be the most ready to fly. Notice ‘his’ similar coloring to his mother.
Almost Ready to See A New World
Momma Mallard Takes Ten
Proud Poppa Peruses His Pride – notice his molting plumage
Goose Goslings Get Going – Male seems to be herding a straggler
The female red-tailed hawk is keeping her three eyases very well fed. The crops are bulging everytime I see the family. While not for the squeamish, ID needed for her most recent delicacy. I suspect rat. She indulged with the kids.
Yellow warblers are all over the place. I’ll post video of all the bird sounds and songs.
Our visiting eagles arrived on Friday, February 10, 2017, just in time for the Teatown Lake Reservation Hudson River EagleFest. There were quite a few at Verplanck. At least we had one hanging around at the Croton Train Station Boat Ramp. Here are a few from Friday.
It was worth the wait for our eagle visitors. One highlight was identification of a fourth year female from Bridgewater, Connecticut. It looks like she has a mature mate, but I am not counting on viable young this year. Our other guests were within spitting distance.