Peregrine Season is Here

The web cam peregrine eggs have begun to hatch and the birds here in the Northeast are well into their mating rituals.  I am blessed to live along the Hudson River, especially at Easter, where I can see the birds in the wild and on man-made structures.

Male and female, notice the size difference.  The male is 1/3 smaller than the female, hence the term, tiercel.

Male and female, notice the size difference. The male is 1/3 smaller than the female, hence the term, tiercel.

Pair bonding.  Their scrape is quite near.

Pair bonding. Their scrape is quite near.

Female in the early morning sun

Female in the early morning sun

Male with his second catch of the mornning.

Male with his second catch of the mornning.

He never shared with his mate.  His first snack was a very small starling.

He never shared with his mate. His first snack was a very small starling.

The turkey vultures like the peregrine perch, too.

The turkey vultures like the peregrine perch, too.

March Is Going Out Like A Lion

It is ready to snow once again.  There were a few sunny days recently and the young eagles are still around.  Since I have birds at home, I spent some time making some parrot portraits.

Red winged blackbird at Croton

I was dressed all in black. What was this red-winged blackbird thinking as he displayed for me?

Eagle at Croton

Croton Point Nature Center young eagle. I still see them all the time here.

Skittles is 17 years old!

Skittles is 17 years old!

Vinnee and Joe, the seniors.

Vinnee and Joe, the seniors.

I'm handsome, too.

I’m handsome, too.

Mutton Chops has been here for 5 years now.

Mutton Chops has been here for 5 years now.

Persistance Pays Off

I finally got the kingfisher at Annsville Circle.  I went out every day for over two weeks when the weather cooperated.  Low tide and sunshine collided.  Our eagles are still here and the barred owl continues to delight its admirer

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Barred owl

Regal eagle

Mockingbird

Red-tailed hawk

March Madness

The female red winged blackbirds and female cowbirds are back.  The guys are happy about that.  There is just the faintest tinge of green on the trees and the snow may finally be gone.  Our young eagles remain in the area and that eagle look-a-like is always around, no matter the season.

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A Dozen A Day

I truly thought most of the eagles had gone back to wherever they came from.  I was totally thrilled to see twelve doing their thing today.  Eagles equal winter and robins signal spring.  I don’t know what a sleeping loon means, though.

Dozen a day Mar 2013-3

Enjoying a meal across from Annsville Paddlesport Park

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Bringing in that meal

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Hey, you in that white Prius …

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This one was hoping for a morsel. The third eagle flew off earlier knowing it was gong to get nothing.

Dozen a day Mar 2013-7

As if it wasn’t clear enough that there would be no sharing, a verbal NO for both of us

Dozen a day Mar 2013-8

Eagle number two got the message

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