Bonnie’s Best of 2018

Most have seen these photos. I chose six that I consider to be superior.

Eagle pair – he brought a gift and she accepted – *they are not fighting
Purple finch in my yard
Cardinal on berries
Red-shouldered hawk at the train station
Great blue heron juvenile with its golden catch of the day
Peregrine falcon coming in to displace its father

This and That

It is time to post a few recent photos.  The raptors always come first.  Then it is for the little guys.

Eagle pair close to home

Local red-shouldered hawk
Young Cooper’s hawk at the feeder buffet
Purple finch in the backyard

Cape May warbler migrating through the backyard
Cedar waxwing enjoying the last bites of Fall
Eastern phoebe looking for bugs
Palm warbler waking the dead

More Eagles Plus

Two of the three birds below were banded in Connecticut, 2016 and 217.  We now have three CT eagles that have recently investigated the Hudson River.  All the other photos show resident eagles and resident red-shouldered hawk.

If you come to visit, please careful where you park.

Snow Business

The “Bomb Blizzard” hit hard this year.  The birds coped.

Blue jay foraging successfully for peanuts

 

White throated sparrow

 

Red-tailed hawk pair – male below, female above

 

Song sparrow

 

Mourning doves

 

Northern cardinal – female

 

Common house sparrow – male

 

American tree sparrow

 

Eagle, first year

 

Great blue herons

How to Groom An Eagle

Went to Eagle Mecca.  Was fascinated by this first year eagle.  I’m sure it is a she.  She landed above me.  She may have just eaten because she preened and played and stayed.

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Incoming

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Beak cleaning

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Can I eat this?

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Maybe

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Let’s see

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What do you mean I can’t eat that?

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Oh, yes I can

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Time to preen the feathers

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Ahhhhhhhh

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Do you mind?

Clearing the throat

 

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Queen of the Dam

 

All is Well

The regular birds are in their regular places.   Featured image shows the resident red-tailed hawk helping with Project FeederWatch.

Junco watching over our dearly departed

 

Young great blue heron preening

Red-shouldered hawk has returned to welcome folks to Croton Point Park

 

Peregrine falcon with two friends in perfect position – could be a local gal

Eagle pair kiting across Haverstraw Bay – they never flapped their wings

 

Male bufflehead in place

Female bufflehead was with five suitors

 

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

Long Time Coming Back

Our visiting eagles arrived on Friday, February 10, 2017, just in time for the Teatown Lake Reservation Hudson River EagleFest.  There were quite a few at Verplanck.  At least we had one hanging around at the Croton Train Station Boat Ramp.  Here are a few from Friday.20170210_eagle-flyover-georges-island_001

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