Thank you, Conserve Wildlife of New Jersey and New Jersey Fish & Wildlife biologists for allowing me to attend the banding this year. Please contribute to Conserve Wildlife.
Spring eventually does get here.
Short Story: Saw a gold banded, MWR7, bald eagle catch a very big fish. The eagle went into the water trying to hold onto the fish. Turns out, the bald eagle is a success story from the 1980s. He was raised by captive parents, trained by a falconer to fly and hunt on his own, and then released as a first year in 2005. His grandparents were some of the first to be a part of the Massachusetts bald eagle recovery efforts.
What a week we have had along the Hudson River. The eagles are enjoying the open water and the snow goose is staying.
There’s one good thing about the polar vortex. It brings a Convocation of Eagles. Please enjoy photos of our recent arrivals. The local residents are protesting with signs that say, “Private Property, NO Trespassing!!”
This 2019 year has started off on the right birds for me. Featured image is an American Tree Sparrow in the freezing cold.
Most have seen these photos. I chose six that I consider to be superior.
It is time to post a few recent photos. The raptors always come first. Then it is for the little guys.
Enjoy these photos from around the Lower Hudson River. The ospreys will be leaving soon, but the kingfisher stays around all year. Our immature great blue herons from a nearby rookery invade the area and some do stay.