This and That

It is time to post a few recent photos.  The raptors always come first.  Then it is for the little guys.

Eagle pair close to home

Local red-shouldered hawk
Young Cooper’s hawk at the feeder buffet
Purple finch in the backyard

Cape May warbler migrating through the backyard
Cedar waxwing enjoying the last bites of Fall
Eastern phoebe looking for bugs
Palm warbler waking the dead

Open Studio

My barn was open to all kinds of visitors during the Ossining Arts Council Open Studios Tour 2018.  I had kept the feeders filled all week long in hopes of having a few birds at the feeders as people perused my photos.  I learned that I have to sit outside in my backyard for much longer periods of time during fall migration.  Enjoy the group.  Our local sharp shinned also made a very brief visit to enjoy the snacks.
Purple finch, one of four to come to my feeders
Cape May warbler just passing through
Red-breasted nuthatch sharing space
I’m sure this bird had a quick bite

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Enjoy these photos from around the Lower Hudson River.  The ospreys will be leaving soon, but the kingfisher stays around all year.  Our immature great blue herons from a nearby rookery invade the area and some do stay.

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Belted kingfisher on its favorite dead tree
Great blue heron youngster really trying to catch a fish
Different great blue heron kid focused on the fishing
American kestrel on the landfill
Northern Harrier sharing the same landfill
Resident red-tailed hawk taking a break from the kids

Watered Down

It’s all about the water birds in this summer heat.

Cormorant Landing

 

Young Eagle Fishing

 

Mallard Molting

 

Young Heron Hunting

 

Great Egrets Wading

And one dragonfly

Fabulous Falcons

I can’t seem to get away from the Jersey falcons.  My yearly Rochester Falcon Watchers’ Weekend happened in Elizabeth, NJ this year.  Cadence, hatched in 2015 in Rochester and pictured below as a juvenile, is now raising a family of four this year.  Her brood is learning to fly and hunt.  I do believe I saw or heard all four juvies at one time.

Cadence and her unbanded mate, Allen, were in their usual spots atop the Union County Courthouse antennae.  Seven o’clock on a Sunday morning is the best time to visit.  I heard falcon begging and hoped the kids had not eaten too much before my arrival.

I started on the NW side of the tower where the igloo is located, but decided the garage roof would give me the best view.  Yup!  I spotted one of the young to the west on a building nearest the tower.

All of a sudden, as is falcon custom, brunch arrived courtesy of Cadence and so did the kids who didn’t look all that hungry.  Guess who came in first?  Too easy, of course it was the young female, Akira, who didn’t look willing to share.

I heard more begging and thought I saw a third or fourth youngster on the satellite dish behind me.  A kestrel was pretending to be a peregrine.

But, lo and behold!  For sure a third juvie wanted to help me photograph the gang on the courthouse tower!  He kept getting closer and closer to me.  I definitely do not look like Kathy Clark, the NJ biologist who medicated and banded him.  He definitely looked like he had just had a meal.

Allen joined Cadence and Akira to finish off the huge pigeon meal.  But he had to sneak up on Akira or she may have injured him.  Both adults watched her to continue to gorge.

Two of the boys joined each other for a game of hide and seek and tag on the building across the train tracks to the west.  Cadence went back to her post on top of the antenna and Akira was left alone.

Audubon Mural Project NYC

Finally got to visit a few of the murals.  Totally worth a trip.  Many are painted on the metal night doors, so you may not see them during store hours whttp://www.audubon.org/amp

 

Endangered Harlem

 

Fish Crow

 

Pinyon Jay

 

Ovenbird

 

Mountain Bluebird

 

Reddish Egret

 

White-tailed Kite (and others)

Swan Time

Eagles are still around, but the swans stole the press.  We had an American crow adopt the feeders at Croton Point and the ospreys returned.  Our local red-tailed male is now doing double duty, feeding his mate as she incubates.  And I can’t forget the robins of spring.