Perfect End to Project FeederWatch

Croton Point Park never gets tiring.  Project FeederWatch at Croton Nature Center is always entertaining.  One more day to go, but I had to put these up today.   The birds just sit close now as they wait for me to fill the feeders.

Name that prey

Name that prey

Another view of the merlin

Another view of the merlin

My handsome red-bellied guy

My handsome red-bellied guy

and his beautiful better half

and his beautiful better half

This guy has a mate, too.  She has stuck it out at the feeders all winter.

This guy has a mate, too. She has stuck it out at the feeders all winter.

Saw Mill River Audubon signature bird, Carolina wren

Saw Mill River Audubon signature bird, Carolina wren

Don't worry, birds, I'll keep a few seeds around for you.

Don’t worry, birds, I’ll keep a few seeds around for you.

Some Days Things Just Work

My first year eagle guy now has to wait for his sibling.  Finally got the early bird, but not with a worm.  Those darn flying tree sparrows…

Eagles come first.  S/He will be around for another year at least to help raise its sibling.

Eagles come first. S/He will be around for another year at least to help raise its sibling.

Couldn't resist.  Don't know where it got the berry.

Couldn’t resist. Don’t know where it got the berry.

Hooded merganser wooing his lady

Hooded merganser wooing his lady

Captain's salute.  The double crested was to the right of this one.

Captain’s salute. The double crested was to the right of this one.

Love those geese

Love those geese

Elusive tree swallow in flight.  My camera caught this one.  There is a flock.

Elusive tree swallow in flight. My camera caught this one. There is a flock.

California Time

The 77 degree weather was a welcome relief.  Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso was outstanding in the early morning light.  The smells reminded me of my childhood there.

California Don Edwards-10

Don’t mess with me

I'll come join you

I’ll come join you

These guys were all over the refuge

These guys were all over the refuge

Obligatory black necked stilt

Obligatory black necked stilt

... and avocets

… and avocets

Pelicans preening

Pelicans preening

Heron enjoying the marsh

Heron enjoying the marsh

Lapping it up

Lapping it up

Solitary time

Solitary time

Time for a rest

Time for a rest

Yard bird

Yard bird

One of the pair establishing its nesting territory

One of the pair establishing its nesting territory

San Jose peregrine Clara taking a break from incubation

San Jose peregrine Clara taking a break from incubation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I Wanted Was One

… good picture of one of the three harriers at Croton Point Park.  Yes, the eagles are still around in big numbers.  The elusive brown creeper showed itself, too.

Gotcha ya

Gotcha ya

Can you see the blues of its eyes?

Can you see the blues of its eyes?

There's a vole down there.

There’s a vole down there.

Do you guys need a picture or something?

Do you guys need a picture or something?

There were twelve eagles in the Croton Boat Ramp tree at one point.

There were twelve eagles in the Croton Boat Ramp tree at one point.

I keep seeing it listed on ebird for Westchester.  It was right next to where the harriers were hunting.

I keep seeing it listed on ebird for Westchester. It was right next to where the harriers were hunting.

The red-tail is sharing the hunting space with the harriers.

The red-tail is sharing the hunting space with the harriers.

Just gotta love the sparrows

Just gotta love the sparrows

 

 

 

 

 

A Day on the Hudson

A picture is worth a thousand very cold words.  Yes, the eagles are still here.  It’s too cold and icy where many of them live.

The red-headed woodpecker is quite the star of Croton Point Park.  As soon as photographers come, the bird pops out and poses.

The red-headed woodpecker is quite the star of Croton Point Park. As soon as photographers come, the bird poses.

One of the many pairs that hang out at Croton Point Park.  Pretty sure this one is a male.

One of the many pairs that hang out at Croton Point Park. Pretty sure this one is a male.

This is the beautiful female that has two suitors. Today she was with the adult male.

This is the beautiful female that has two suitors. Today she was with the adult male.

First year eagle hanging with the adults.

First year eagle hanging with the adults.

ConEd put up two barges to work on the Croton River.  This bufflehead never comes close, but the barges acted like a blind.

ConEd put up two barges to work on the Croton River. This bufflehead never comes close, but the barges acted like a blind.

Food time for the bufflehead

Lunch time for the bufflehead

Lots of changes in the light on the river

Eagle Lookout Team

That's MY spot!

That’s MY spot!

Check out the old and new feathers on this youngster.  It's surprising that the bird can even fly.

Check out the old and new feathers on this youngster. It’s surprising that the bird can even fly.

Cormorant Lookout Team

Cormorant Lookout Team

Which one gets the girl?  Five male common mergansers displayed for this lovely young lass.

Which one gets the girl? Five male common mergansers displayed for this lovely young lass.

Did you ever wonder what wild turkeys eat?

Did you ever wonder what wild turkeys eat?