Went to Eagle Mecca

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.

Fourth to fifth year

Second year on top with third year below.

First into second year

Third into fourth year

Happy Halloween

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.

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Fall In

The leaves are turning and the birds are leaving.  Well, some of the birds are leaving.  The ospreys are off to warmer climates along with the phoebes and monarchs.  Thankfully, they love the camera.  The very young heron may never leave.  It appears to have imprinted.

Awww August

What’s better than turkey vultures perched in a dead tree – a dozen goldfinches, clueless mockingbird, monarch butterfly feeding, baby sparrow waiting to be fed?   It is definitely not skipper butterfly spider food.

August Adolescents

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.

Young Great Blue Heron

 

Young Grackle

 

Young Robin

 

Bottoms Up

Three’s Company

It’s all about the herons around here.  The great blue heron fledglings have flown the coop and are now finding their way along the Hudson River or points east.  These little green herons must have figured out that there is safety in numbers.  The Canadian geese are thriving.

Sum(mer) Fun

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.

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Jersey City Eyas Flexing Her Wings

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.