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

Open Studio

My barn was open to all kinds of visitors during the Ossining Arts Council Open Studios Tour 2018.  I had kept the feeders filled all week long in hopes of having a few birds at the feeders as people perused my photos.  I learned that I have to sit outside in my backyard for much longer periods of time during fall migration.  Enjoy the group.  Our local sharp shinned also made a very brief visit to enjoy the snacks.
Purple finch, one of four to come to my feeders
Cape May warbler just passing through
Red-breasted nuthatch sharing space
I’m sure this bird had a quick bite

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

California, Here I Come

Hey, folks, California needs water.  That is the first priority when looking for birds.  Found a few here and there in the desert.

20171222 bluebird Lake Skinner CA _

Bluebird at Lake Skinner

20171222 Coot Lake Skinner _

Coot at Lake Skinner

20171222 fox sparrow Lake Skinner CA _

Fox Sparrow at Lake Skinner

20171223 black phoebe Hemet CA _

Black Phoebe near the pool in Hemet

20171223 Harrier San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Harrier hunting near the ponds in San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171223 northern shovelers San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Northern Shovelers in the pond at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171224 Ducks, domestic Tewinkle Costa Mesa CA _

Domestic ducks in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 mallards Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Mallards in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 wigeon Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Wigeon changing position in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171225 Hummingbird Hemet CA _

Anna’s Hummingbird male eyeing a mate, Hemet near feeders and water

20171225 Hummingbird Hemet CA 2 _

Slightly molted Anna’s Hummingbird female, the object of affection from the bird above

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