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?
Spring eventually does get here.
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.
The “Bomb Blizzard” hit hard this year. The birds coped.
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.
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.