Copy Cat Time

This is what is left of the perching tree in the Croton Train Station estuary. The snowy egret and cormorant must be having quite the conversation.

Hey, bro, what’s down there?

Red-tail hawk mom showing the kids how to perch on the end of the dead branch

Red-tail hawk fledgling learned the lesson

How am I doing, Bonnie?

Spring at Croton

Spring birds are everywhere doing their Spring Thing.  Plus, a few of the residents are back in action.

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This orchard (corrected, thank you) oriole finally popped out from behind the leaves. Been waiting to get a picture of one.

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Wood duck got relatively close

Wood duck pair

Wood duck pair

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Double-crested cormorants were in their usual place.

Three may be a crowd

Three may be a crowd

Red-tail refurbishing the nest

Red-tail refurbishing the nest

Incoming

Incoming

The cowbirds didn't disturb this chipmunk at all.  They are tracking a female cowbird.

The cowbirds didn’t disturb this chipmunk at all. They are tracking a female cowbird.

 

Some Days Things Just Work

My first year eagle guy now has to wait for his sibling.  Finally got the early bird, but not with a worm.  Those darn flying tree sparrows…

Eagles come first.  S/He will be around for another year at least to help raise its sibling.

Eagles come first. S/He will be around for another year at least to help raise its sibling.

Couldn't resist.  Don't know where it got the berry.

Couldn’t resist. Don’t know where it got the berry.

Hooded merganser wooing his lady

Hooded merganser wooing his lady

Captain's salute.  The double crested was to the right of this one.

Captain’s salute. The double crested was to the right of this one.

Love those geese

Love those geese

Elusive tree swallow in flight.  My camera caught this one.  There is a flock.

Elusive tree swallow in flight. My camera caught this one. There is a flock.

A Day on the Hudson

A picture is worth a thousand very cold words.  Yes, the eagles are still here.  It’s too cold and icy where many of them live.

The red-headed woodpecker is quite the star of Croton Point Park.  As soon as photographers come, the bird pops out and poses.

The red-headed woodpecker is quite the star of Croton Point Park. As soon as photographers come, the bird poses.

One of the many pairs that hang out at Croton Point Park.  Pretty sure this one is a male.

One of the many pairs that hang out at Croton Point Park. Pretty sure this one is a male.

This is the beautiful female that has two suitors. Today she was with the adult male.

This is the beautiful female that has two suitors. Today she was with the adult male.

First year eagle hanging with the adults.

First year eagle hanging with the adults.

ConEd put up two barges to work on the Croton River.  This bufflehead never comes close, but the barges acted like a blind.

ConEd put up two barges to work on the Croton River. This bufflehead never comes close, but the barges acted like a blind.

Food time for the bufflehead

Lunch time for the bufflehead

Lots of changes in the light on the river

Eagle Lookout Team

That's MY spot!

That’s MY spot!

Check out the old and new feathers on this youngster.  It's surprising that the bird can even fly.

Check out the old and new feathers on this youngster. It’s surprising that the bird can even fly.

Cormorant Lookout Team

Cormorant Lookout Team

Which one gets the girl?  Five male common mergansers displayed for this lovely young lass.

Which one gets the girl? Five male common mergansers displayed for this lovely young lass.

Did you ever wonder what wild turkeys eat?

Did you ever wonder what wild turkeys eat?

Fall Madness

I have enjoyed the Hudson River between Stateline Lookout in New Jersey and West Point in New York.

This snowy egret did not want that mallard fishing in its spot.

This snowy egret did not want that mallard fishing in its spot.

Stateline turkey vultures rule the Palisades.

Stateline turkey vultures rule the Palisades.

Flicker at Croton

Flicker at Croton

Cormorants on Hudson Oct 2013

Cormorants migrating south over the Bear Mountain Bridge.

Raven cleaning up at Stateline.

Raven cleaning up at Stateline.

August Birds

Made it to Croton train station and park at low tide.  I also filled in at the Croton Nature Center for a few days.  It was very relaxing to finally be able to concentrate on my bird photography after a break.

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Egret with alewife (I think)

The black back gull challenged the heron for its fish.

The black back gull challenged the heron for its fish.

The heron won.

The heron won.

Our loon is hanging around at the mouth of the Croton River.

Our loon is hanging around at the mouth of the Croton River.

I finally got a cormorant taking off.

I finally got a cormorant taking off.

Tree swallow with a meal

Eastern kingbird with a meal

Goldfinch with its meal

Goldfinch with its meal

Lonely female ruby throated hummingbird eating

Lonely female ruby throated hummingbird eating

Yellow warbler at the nature center

Yellow warbler at the nature center

Osprey fishing off the Croton Point Park beach

Osprey fishing off the Croton Point Park beach

Eagles Everywhere

Plus, we have a few other visitors in the area.  The goldeneyes seem to be here in abundance.  We also have a loon.  A crow decided to harass a young merlin.  The merlin won.

Lots of eagles plus Jan 2013-2

Young eagle on the ice off Fleischmann’s Pier in Peekskill

Lots of eagles plus Jan 2013-1

Fleischmann’s Pier eagle group representing four different ages – adult, third year, first year and fourth year

Lots of eagles plus Jan 2013-3

Merganser pair flying over the eagles

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Cormorant at Black Rock

Lots of eagles plus Jan 2013-6

Goldeneyes at Black Rock

Lots of eagles plus Jan 2013-5

Young merlin at Croton Train Station Boat Ramp

Lots of eagles plus Jan 2013-4

The crow started it

Local Loon

Local Loon