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.
My Gal again at Croton Train Station Boat Ramp
Young eagle at the entrance to Croton Point Park
I laughed and laughed as these two tried to make it out of a frozen area into open water. I felt bad about that. They did join a group of ruddy ducks in a more open area.
Coots on Ice. Totally unedited.
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.
Eagle with bands enjoying fishing in the Viking Marina in Verplanck.
Young eagle waiting for lunch on the Croton River.
Second eagle waiting for lunch downstream from the first one on the Croton River.
Eagle lunch for the crows. The young eagles were apparently nervous about eating their lunch.
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.
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.
This is my bird who was at Verplanck in the white house tree the day before.
This is a first year eagle learning how to steal food.
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.
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
Cooper’s hawk watching the feeders – finally got to see it
Song sparrow in the wind
Mourning dove and sparrow hanging on
Croton River had a Canada goose with an interesting neck.
Oscawana Island gadwalls preening
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.
Ice on the Hudson River
My backyard birds were very happy to be getting some black oil sunflower seeds today.