Eagle Watch with First Graders

It is the most thrilling experience in the world to show a child a wild eagle.  Teatown Lake Reservation and Ossining UFSD have teamed up for seven years so kids can see one five minutes from where they live.

Croton Boat Ramp eagles with fish Jan 2014-21

Eagles Brookside First Grade Jan 2014-5

Eagles Brookside First Grade Jan 2014-4

Eagle at Croton Jan 2014-7

Young eagle at Croton 2014

Eagle Croton Brookside Jan 2014-1

Eagles Brookside First Grade Jan 2014-3 Eagles Brookside First Grade Jan 2014-1

Coots on Ice

Golden crowned kinglet at Croton Boat Ramp Jan 2014-1

My Gal again at Croton Train Station Boat Ramp

My Gal again at Croton Train Station Boat Ramp

Young eagle at the entrance to Croton Point Park

Young eagle at the entrance to Croton Point Park

Boat Ramp Croton 2014-5 Boat Ramp Croton 2014-2 Boat Ramp Croton 2014-1

Eagle Heaven on Hudson

Eagles with fish Croton Jan 2014-3

First grade students’ view of the eagles in Croton.

There have been at least 15 eagles hunting at the Croton Boat Ramp the last two days.  The Croton River started moving again.  Verplanck marinas sported another 15-20 fishing and perching relatively close.   Thursday night’s eagle count from the dock in Verplanck came in at 15.  Just at dusk an immature caught a fish and brought it to the ice south of Stony Point.  11 eagles hoped for a few bites.

Eagles in marina Verplanck Jan 2014-1

Eagle with bands enjoying fishing in the Viking Marina in Verplanck.

Eagles with carp Croton Jan 2014-1

Young eagle waiting for lunch on the Croton River.

Eagles with carp Croton Jan 2014-3

Second eagle waiting for lunch downstream from the first one on the Croton River.

Eagles with carp Croton Jan 2014-2

Eagle lunch for the crows. The young eagles were apparently nervous about eating their lunch.

Robin George's Island Jan 2014-1

Robin at George’s Island. I can’t wait for spring, either. There were berries in the bush below this tree. A large flock of robins was enjoying a meal.

Fish Fight on the Hudson

While making my eagle rounds on the Hudson River, I passed by Charlie and Karolyn who told me to get to Annsville Paddlesport Park quick.  You can imagine what had happened previously.  This adult beat out 6 to 8 other eagles for a few minutes anyway.

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-3

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-2

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-1

This is my bird who was at Verplanck in the white house tree the day before.

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-4

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-5

This is a first year eagle learning how to steal food.

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-6

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-7

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-8

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-9

Eagles with fish Annsville Jan 2014-10

Eagles Galore! Plus a Few Other Regulars

As soon as the crushing ice formed on the Hudson River and the rivers to the north, east, west and south, our migrant eagles joined us at the Croton Point Nature Center.   Eagle watchers reported up to 44 eagles on the river.

Croton Point Jan 2014

The prey this one had was pinkish. Couldn’t tell if it was a fish or something else.

Five of the large group of eagles on the ice in the middle of the Hudson River

Five of the large group of eagles on the ice in the middle of the Hudson River

Cooper's hawk watching the feeders

Cooper’s hawk watching the feeders – finally got to see it

Song sparrow in the wind

Song sparrow in the wind

Mourning dove and sparrow hanging on

Mourning dove and sparrow hanging on

Check on the neck on the right

Croton River had a Canada goose with an interesting neck.

Oscawana Island gadwalls preening

Oscawana Island gadwalls preening

Eagle Report

Four or more eagles were perched on the tree on the island in between Cortlandt Yacht Club (private) and Viking Marina.  Six eagles, three adults and three immatures, perched on their tree above the train tunnel at Oscawana Island, visible from Furnace Dock Road.  They flew off and around, but someone had my parking spot.

Eagle at Croton Jan 2014-7

Ice on the Hudson River

Ice on the Hudson River