… and the living is easy. Bonnie’s Best from June, July and first of August:
The “Bomb Blizzard” hit hard this year. The birds coped.
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.
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.
… 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.
They are here now. Croton resident eagles have to share their space.
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.
And ’tis the month of love and nest rebuilding. Our own pale male is setting up the nest for his mate.
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.