Weakening of the Endangered Species Act

On August 12, 2019 I was awed by the number of birds and their variety of colors that I was able to photograph. Later that same day I learned that the Endangered Species Act had been seriously weakened in preparation for its total elimination. I am reminded of my grandfather who raised fancy pigeons from the early 1900s until the mid century. He immigrated from Pennsylvania to California where he must have witnessed the masses of passenger pigeons flying through the skies. What will my great grandchildren be seeing in the mid twenty first century?

Humpbacked whale removed from the Endangered Species List.

Bird Chirping Weather

Spring eventually does get here.

House sparrow getting ready
Screech owl soaking up the sun
At least one eye of spring is upon us
Where the wood duck boys are
Hooded mergansers know where the girls are
Hi there, heron
Bath time for Birdies
Doctored recent eagle photo

New Year Delights

This 2019 year has started off on the right birds for me. Featured image is an American Tree Sparrow in the freezing cold.

This lovely lady landed in front of me as I was driving to breakfast on New Years Day.
An hour later, my red-tailed hawk was hunting on the landfill.
Not to be left out, one of my totem birds, a great blue heron, was engaged on a local pond.
Of course, the mute swans were around, too.
A very few days later, my local traveling companion joined me at my park.
The red-shouldered hawk was not to be left out of the photos, even in the pouring rain.

My local resident female eagle and I communed for fifteen minutes. I left. She stayed.
And in a severe ice attack, our wintering eagles arrived. I am blessed today.

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

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

Three’s Company

It’s all about the herons around here.  The great blue heron fledglings have flown the coop and are now finding their way along the Hudson River or points east.  These little green herons must have figured out that there is safety in numbers.  The Canadian geese are thriving.

May Days

Great blue heron rookery is captivating all of us here.  I never knew the birds raised their young in a colony.  Twenty active nests are supporting probably close to 80 young.  It wouldn’t be spring without goslings and a swan.  And our local osprey has again chosen the communication tower at the train station.  I think he has a mate and she is in the nest.  Is that a big stick or a tail feather?

While I almost always post pictures of birds, my new Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue has taken up my time.   Mars is a Rhodesian/Red Bone Coon Hound mix.  He is a feral dog rescued in North Carolina and transported to New York for a new home.  Four of his seven littermates were adopted in NC and two came up north.  One was adopted and Mars and his brother have been in wonderful foster care for four months.  His brother, Neptune is available for adoption still.

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Signs of Spring

The eagles and peregrines are on eggs or feeding young chicks.  The spring residents are arriving.  The luscious leaves are popping out on bare branches.

Really blue heron.  I overdid the color balance.  He's back at Oglevie's Pond.

Really blue heron. I overdid the color balance. He’s back at Oglevie’s Pond.

Piece de resistance, Snipe at Croton Point Park

Piece de resistance, Snipe at Croton Point Park

The murder of crows is attacking the sticks.  Now why would that happen?

The murder of crows is attacking the sticks. Now why would that happen?

Turtles backing and swimming at Oglevie's Pond.

Turtles basking and swimming at Oglevie’s Pond.