Eagles Everywhere

Plus, we have a few other visitors in the area.  The goldeneyes seem to be here in abundance.  We also have a loon.  A crow decided to harass a young merlin.  The merlin won.

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Young eagle on the ice off Fleischmann’s Pier in Peekskill

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Fleischmann’s Pier eagle group representing four different ages – adult, third year, first year and fourth year

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Merganser pair flying over the eagles

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Cormorant at Black Rock

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Goldeneyes at Black Rock

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Young merlin at Croton Train Station Boat Ramp

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The crow started it

Local Loon

Local Loon

 

Eagles Everywhere

They have arrived!  There are many, many eagle sightings along the Hudson River between Croton and Peekskill.  The eagles are now ice fishing.   Today we counted 15 eagles on the ice between Fleischmann’s Pier (China Pier) and Peekskill’s Riverfront Park.  Five eagles were perched and flying over the Croton Point Nature Center.  Two young eagles were in the trees near the Hwy 9/9A bridge over the Croton River.  A pair of eagles was in the white house tree in Verplanck.  They were all different eagles this time.

Eagle on the road to Croton Nature Center

Eagle on the road to Croton Nature Center

Fox sparrow on the exit road from Croton Point cabins

Fox sparrow on the exit road from Croton Point cabins

Tree sparrow on the exit road from Croton Point cabins

Tree sparrow on the exit road from Croton Point cabins

Tufted titmouse at Croton

Tufted titmouse at Croton

House finch and red breasted nuthatch at Croton Point Park

House finch and red breasted nuthatch at Croton Point Park

Brrrrr … irds!

We are in a deep freeze here.  Lots of pictures were taken from the warmth of my car.  Others were taken out in the freezing cold or muddy field.

Redpoll at Shawangunk

Redpoll at Shawangunk

Harrier at Shawangunk

Harrier at Shawangunk

Third year eagle at Annsville Circle

Third year eagle at Annsville Circle

Very cold great blue heron at Ogilvie's Pond

Very cold great blue heron at Ogilvie’s Pond

Not a bird, but this one has prey:

Coyotoe at Croton

Coyote at Croton

Croton Point Visiting Eagles

They have begun to arrive.  I saw five soaring eagles enjoying the wind over the southern point today.  The two first year birds played tumbling talons.  The group traveled upriver and also enjoyed the wind in Verplanck and Charles Point.  And on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 two more adults joined the group.  I think the two adults are local residents, however.  The fourth year and I communed for over 20 minutes.

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I have to post my red tail hawk guy.  He and and his significant other have been greeting folks on the entrance road to Croton Point Park.

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Waiting for Eagles

Our eagle visitors have not yet arrived in the Lower Hudson.  The water has not quite frozen up near Albany.  But the birds will be here soon if the cold temperatures persist.  While I wait, my Croton feathered friends continue to entertain.

Male red-tailed hawk

Male red-tailed hawk

Female red-tailed hawk

Female red-tailed hawk

Croton red-tailed pair checking the landfill

Croton red-tailed pair checking the landfill

Junco showing its tonsils

Junco showing its tonsils

Croton Point Nature Center resident Blue jay giving 'The Look'

Croton Point Nature Center resident Blue jay giving ‘The Look’

Titmouse at Marshlands Conservancy

Titmouse at Marshlands Conservancy