More Eagles Plus

Two of the three birds below were banded in Connecticut, 2016 and 217.  We now have three CT eagles that have recently investigated the Hudson River.  All the other photos show resident eagles and resident red-shouldered hawk.

If you come to visit, please careful where you park.

Snow Business

The “Bomb Blizzard” hit hard this year.  The birds coped.

Blue jay foraging successfully for peanuts

 

White throated sparrow

 

Red-tailed hawk pair – male below, female above

 

Song sparrow

 

Mourning doves

 

Northern cardinal – female

 

Common house sparrow – male

 

American tree sparrow

 

Eagle, first year

 

Great blue herons

California, Here I Come

Hey, folks, California needs water.  That is the first priority when looking for birds.  Found a few here and there in the desert.

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Bluebird at Lake Skinner

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Coot at Lake Skinner

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Fox Sparrow at Lake Skinner

20171223 black phoebe Hemet CA _

Black Phoebe near the pool in Hemet

20171223 Harrier San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Harrier hunting near the ponds in San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171223 northern shovelers San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Northern Shovelers in the pond at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171224 Ducks, domestic Tewinkle Costa Mesa CA _

Domestic ducks in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 mallards Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Mallards in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 wigeon Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Wigeon changing position in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171225 Hummingbird Hemet CA _

Anna’s Hummingbird male eyeing a mate, Hemet near feeders and water

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Slightly molted Anna’s Hummingbird female, the object of affection from the bird above

How to Groom An Eagle

Went to Eagle Mecca.  Was fascinated by this first year eagle.  I’m sure it is a she.  She landed above me.  She may have just eaten because she preened and played and stayed.

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Incoming

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Beak cleaning

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Can I eat this?

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Maybe

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Let’s see

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What do you mean I can’t eat that?

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Oh, yes I can

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Time to preen the feathers

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Ahhhhhhhh

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Do you mind?

Clearing the throat

 

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Queen of the Dam

 

All is Well

The regular birds are in their regular places.   Featured image shows the resident red-tailed hawk helping with Project FeederWatch.

Junco watching over our dearly departed

 

Young great blue heron preening

Red-shouldered hawk has returned to welcome folks to Croton Point Park

 

Peregrine falcon with two friends in perfect position – could be a local gal

Eagle pair kiting across Haverstraw Bay – they never flapped their wings

 

Male bufflehead in place

Female bufflehead was with five suitors

 

Went to Eagle Mecca

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.

Fourth to fifth year

Second year on top with third year below.

First into second year

Third into fourth year

Happy Halloween

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.

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