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.
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.
New pair took a long enough time to say that the scrape on the top of 101 Hudson Jersey City was OK to raise a family. Here are Juliet and unbanded male and their new eyas enjoying the ledges and terraces. Please be kind. I took these photos from 7 floors up and 2 blocks away. The ledges are 40 floors up.