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

All is Well

The regular birds are in their regular places.   Featured image shows the resident red-tailed hawk helping with Project FeederWatch.

Junco watching over our dearly departed

 

Young great blue heron preening

Red-shouldered hawk has returned to welcome folks to Croton Point Park

 

Peregrine falcon with two friends in perfect position – could be a local gal

Eagle pair kiting across Haverstraw Bay – they never flapped their wings

 

Male bufflehead in place

Female bufflehead was with five suitors

 

Fall In

The leaves are turning and the birds are leaving.  Well, some of the birds are leaving.  The ospreys are off to warmer climates along with the phoebes and monarchs.  Thankfully, they love the camera.  The very young heron may never leave.  It appears to have imprinted.

August Adolescents

Those wonderful juvenile great blue herons are migrating west to the Hudson River. I felt bad for this skinny youngster at Oglevie’s Pond that couldn’t seem to catch a fish. If only I could get it into my backyard I would stock my hot tub.   Fingers crossed that at least half of the new bird babies make it.

Young Great Blue Heron

 

Young Grackle

 

Young Robin

 

Bottoms Up

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.

The Regulars Plus A Spider

I see these guys ALL the time, just wanted to give a different view.

Osprey face

Young great blue heron at Oglevie’s Pond

Young woodducks Ogilvie's Pond Aug 2013-1

Young wood ducks at Oglevie’s Pond

osprey

Young osprey at Edith Read Sanctuary

Sparrows at feeder

Sparrows in my back yard having a conversation. It is most likely the same conversation they have every day at the feeder.

Spider and web

This guy has been working on this web for days. The spider uses my umbrella, herb pots and pergola posts as anchors. I usually destroy it when I gather my herbs or go down the deck steps.

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.

August Birds-10

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