Location, Location, Location

The Hudson River eagle count today = 75 at low tide.  Croton Boat Ramp, George’s Island and Verplanck, Charles Point are the places to be.

My friend at the Croton Nature Center today.  He likes this tree.

My friend at the Croton Nature Center today. He likes this tree.

Same bird, slightly to the right, same tree, sunny day at the nature center

Same bird, slightly to the right, same tree, two days ago, sunny day at the nature center

Croton Boat Ramp lunch meeting

Croton Boat Ramp lunch meeting

Do you mind?

Do you mind?

...

I'm trying to bathe here.

I’m trying to bathe here.

Our red-tail is getting ready to go to nest.

Another bathing beauty.  Sometimes I really like those starlings.

Another bathing beauty. Sometimes I really like those starlings.

The song sparrows are going to take over the world.  There are  lots of them around.

The song sparrows are going to take over the world. There are lots of them around.

Snow and Ice Dances

The eagles remain in the area.  The thaw is coming.  The birds are entertaining me.

There is a fish underneath that snow.   A dozen eagles were watching from above.

There is a fish underneath that snow.  This bird slid down to get it.  A dozen eagles were watching from above. 

Oscawana Island Sunbathers

Oscawana Island sunbathers waiting to steal that fish.

Ring-billed gull pulling a carp out of the water

Ring-billed gull pulling a carp out of the water

The red-headed woodpecker is still in Croton.

The red-headed woodpecker is still in Croton.

Solid proof that the birds will use our new birdbath.  The ice thawed enough a couple of days ago.

Solid proof that the birds will use our new birdbath. The ice thawed enough a couple of days ago.

 

 

 

 

Snowbound

Large numbers of eagles remain on the Lower Hudson River.  My view this week was from a distance, except for first grade eagle watching on Tuesday.  Also, please take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count.  You can go to a nearby park that has a feeder and just count for 15 minutes.

Georges Island eagles 2014

Young Eagle Pair Feb 14 2014

Young eagles

Eagles Brookside Feb 11 2014-1

First grade flyover

Eagles Brookside Feb 11 2014-2

Junco 2014

Croton Point Nature Center Junco

Cardinal 2014

Croton Point Nature Center Cardinal

Blue jay 2014

Croton Point Nature Center Blue Jay

Eagles, Eagles, Eagles

Did I post earlier that it is Eagle Heaven on the Hudson River this winter?

Eagles Feb 2014-3

A new young pair just formed, Verplanck

Checking for striped bass

Checking for striped bass

Eagles Feb 2014-4

Teatown EagleFest visitor

Eagles Feb 2014-5

Wet EagleFest youngster

Croton Nature Center welcoming committee

Croton Nature Center welcoming committee

Oh, oh, I see another fish over there ...

Oh, oh, I see another fish over there …

... better get it

… better get it

... off to get the fish ...

… off to get the fish …

Very cold heron at Croton Boat Ramp

Very cold heron at Croton Boat Ramp

Winter Wildlife

The birds still seem to be coping with all this snow, unlike the humans here.

Winter wildlife Feb 2014-8

Eagle pair getting ready. I think it is the female in the nest and male taking off.

Eagle pair getting ready

Female out of the nest following the male. Eggs should come around the first of March.

Winter wildlife Feb 2014-1

One of the red-tail hawk pair guarding the entrance to Croton Point Park.

Winter wildlife Feb 2014-3

Other one of the red-tail hawk pair. Saw them going into their nest, too. Mid March for eggs I think.

Winter wildlife Feb 2014-6

Great cormorant after a fish on the Croton River.

Winter wildlife Feb 2014-2

One of our Carolina wren pair at Croton Nature Center feeder counted for Project Feeder Watch.

Winter wildlife Feb 2014-5

Had a flock of goldfinches at the feeder, too. I hope they are a sign of spring, but they have been around all winter.