The eagles have not arrived in droves as in years past, but there were a few. Unfortunately, the bitter northwest wind kept them high and away from the river. Here you see the various ages starting with adult.
Tricked you. These photos are from The Great Swamp that lies between Putnam and Dutchess counties. It is the perfect place to visit in the fall. Beware, it is also hunting season in those parts. The crow is for Halloween.
The falcon pair has been putting on a show for photographers the past few days. I guess they are getting tired of all the migrants invading their space. Just saw a post today that the palm warbler became a falcon snack.
Those wonderful juvenile great blue herons are migrating west to the Hudson River. I felt bad for this skinny youngster at Oglevie’s Pond that couldn’t seem to catch a fish. If only I could get it into my backyard I would stock my hot tub. Fingers crossed that at least half of the new bird babies make it.
My favorite totem, the great white egret, entertained me. The purple martins are seriously thinking about a new home. Local, ordinary birds were just doing their thing. And butterflies flitted.
It won’t be long now before this big girl takes to the skies. She was flapping like crazy out of cam view on the west side of 101 Hudson. It looked to me like she would fly any minute. She is so big that if she keeps her wings out she will not fall hard if she goes down. In the past, the adults have flown on either side of a first time fledgling and provided draft to keep their offspring aloft. This girl is almost twice the size of the male, so I hope he is an excellent aerialist.