Sum, Sum, Summertime

… and the living is easy. Bonnie’s Best from June, July and first of August:

Great Blue Heron Immature
Peregrine Falcon Fledglings Reunion, Jersey City
Peregrine Falcon Rescue, BM/18
Eastern Phoebe
Great White Egret
Swallowtail Butterflies
Great Blue Heron Preening
Wet Osprey
Wet Red-tailed Hawk

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

Babies, Babies, Babies

One just prays at least half of them survive.  Our red-tailed hawk family is just about ready to expand their territory.  Look out snakes and rats!  The male dropped off a very small morsel and the eyases bawled him out.  This is a sign that the youngsters are ready to take flight.  Both adults have triangulated on nearby trees to keep an eye on this adventurous group.  Mallard ducklings were out in force with their parents.  Momma kept ten in tow while Dad guarded the pond.  The goose family has not been so lucky.  There were two goose families on the beach.  One set had three goslings left and the other pair had only two.  They waddled directly under the red-tail tree.  I have seen the red-tails with a gosling or two being prepped.  Sad.  One goose pair at the  Croton Boat Ramp are fairing well with their bagel diet.  The other pair is only allowing the young to eat grass and bugs.

This appears to be the most ready to fly. Notice ‘his’ similar coloring to his mother.

 

Almost Ready to See A New World

 

What’s Next?

 

Momma Mallard Takes Ten

 

Proud Poppa Peruses His Pride – notice his molting plumage

 

Goose Goslings Get Going – Male seems to be herding a straggler

 

Feeding Lesson

Baby Birds, Mother Birds, Bird Songs

The female red-tailed hawk is keeping her three eyases very well fed.  The crops are bulging everytime I see the family.  While not for the squeamish, ID needed for her most recent delicacy.  I suspect rat.  She indulged with the kids.

 

 

Yellow warblers are all over the place.  I’ll post video of all the bird sounds and songs.

 

Ring In the New

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Well, not really new. This second year has been hanging around all year.

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Red-tailed hawk really hanging around…

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Three’s a crowd

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This lark sparrow is really new to Croton Point Park.

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Cedar waxwing (not new, either)

All I Wanted Was One

… good picture of one of the three harriers at Croton Point Park.  Yes, the eagles are still around in big numbers.  The elusive brown creeper showed itself, too.

Gotcha ya

Gotcha ya

Can you see the blues of its eyes?

Can you see the blues of its eyes?

There's a vole down there.

There’s a vole down there.

Do you guys need a picture or something?

Do you guys need a picture or something?

There were twelve eagles in the Croton Boat Ramp tree at one point.

There were twelve eagles in the Croton Boat Ramp tree at one point.

I keep seeing it listed on ebird for Westchester.  It was right next to where the harriers were hunting.

I keep seeing it listed on ebird for Westchester. It was right next to where the harriers were hunting.

The red-tail is sharing the hunting space with the harriers.

The red-tail is sharing the hunting space with the harriers.

Just gotta love the sparrows

Just gotta love the sparrows

 

 

 

 

 

The Eagles Have Landed

They are here now.  Croton resident eagles have to share their space.

Young eagle at the entrance to Croton Point Park

Young eagle at the entrance to Croton Point Park

My Gal in her tree at Croton Nature Center.  She stayed with me for 45 minutes.

My Gal in her tree at Croton Nature Center. She stayed with me for 45 minutes.

My Gal again at Croton Train Station Boat Ramp

My Gal again at Croton Train Station Boat Ramp

Red-tail hawk at Croton Nature Center watching the eagles

Red-tail hawk at Croton Nature Center watching the eagles

Hudson River Ice

Yes, there is ice on the Hudson.  We have waited for over a year.  The eagles are everywhere.  I only made a few stops today.  There were 3 eagles in Croton Point Park, 3 at Furnace Dock, 5 in Verplanck, 5 on the ice off the pier at Fleishmann’s.

I think this is a first year bird, but you can see a lot of white because the bird is soaked

I think this is a first year bird, but you can see a lot of white because the bird is soaked

Definitely a mature eagle enjoying the ice and the sun

Definitely a mature eagle enjoying the ice and the sun

Not an eagle, but definitely eating ice

Not an eagle, but definitely eating ice

And ’tis the month of love and nest rebuilding.  Our own pale male is setting up the nest for his mate.

Six or seven year old male red tailed hawk

Six or seven year old male red tailed hawk

Red tail with sticks Feb 2013-2

Bringing it on home

 

 

Waiting for Eagles

Our eagle visitors have not yet arrived in the Lower Hudson.  The water has not quite frozen up near Albany.  But the birds will be here soon if the cold temperatures persist.  While I wait, my Croton feathered friends continue to entertain.

Male red-tailed hawk

Male red-tailed hawk

Female red-tailed hawk

Female red-tailed hawk

Croton red-tailed pair checking the landfill

Croton red-tailed pair checking the landfill

Junco showing its tonsils

Junco showing its tonsils

Croton Point Nature Center resident Blue jay giving 'The Look'

Croton Point Nature Center resident Blue jay giving ‘The Look’

Titmouse at Marshlands Conservancy

Titmouse at Marshlands Conservancy