Love Your Eagle Month

What a week we have had along the Hudson River. The eagles are enjoying the open water and the snow goose is staying.

“Alice, come back!”
Youngster hoping for an easy catch of the day
Right spot, right time
The fishing has to be better over there
This may be my New Year’s Day bird – tail feather coloring looks familiar
Snow goose trying to get some uninterrupted sun
River watchers team

Eagles in the ‘Hood

There’s one good thing about the polar vortex. It brings a Convocation of Eagles. Please enjoy photos of our recent arrivals. The local residents are protesting with signs that say, “Private Property, NO Trespassing!!”

Fresh sushi
Most likely a local bothered by the eagle invasion
My Gal giving me her eagle eyes
Gorgeous adult in breeding plumage
Youngster flying with the big boys
Kettle of eagles just before a major snow squall
The crows were not happy about this first year parking on their tree.

This and That

It is time to post a few recent photos.  The raptors always come first.  Then it is for the little guys.

Eagle pair close to home

Local red-shouldered hawk
Young Cooper’s hawk at the feeder buffet
Purple finch in the backyard

Cape May warbler migrating through the backyard
Cedar waxwing enjoying the last bites of Fall
Eastern phoebe looking for bugs
Palm warbler waking the dead

More Eagles Plus

Two of the three birds below were banded in Connecticut, 2016 and 217.  We now have three CT eagles that have recently investigated the Hudson River.  All the other photos show resident eagles and resident red-shouldered hawk.

If you come to visit, please careful where you park.

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

Long Time Coming Back

Our visiting eagles arrived on Friday, February 10, 2017, just in time for the Teatown Lake Reservation Hudson River EagleFest.  There were quite a few at Verplanck.  At least we had one hanging around at the Croton Train Station Boat Ramp.  Here are a few from Friday.20170210_eagle-flyover-georges-island_001

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Eagle, Stay

It was worth the wait for our eagle visitors.  One highlight was identification of a fourth year female from Bridgewater, Connecticut.  It looks like she has a mature mate, but I am not counting on viable young this year.  Our other guests were within spitting distance.

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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)

How to Catch an Eagle

Bring in some wind, snow, low tide, lots of fish and extremely cold weather.  The eagles have moved to the Hudson River in big numbers now.  This is just in time for Teatown Lake Reservation’s Hudson River EagleFest.

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There is a fish under all these eagles

 

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Our resident family

 

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So close no scope needed

 

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Red-shouldered hawk hanging out with the eagles

 

Project EagleWatch

The eagles are arriving.  The ice is forming on the Hudson.  We had the first of our SteamBoat Dock Photo Club meetings today, LOL!!  Photo Corner is ready and waiting in Verplanck.  The White House Tree is hosting fish hors d’oeuvres.

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Anyone know a good colorist?

 

 

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Hey, I’m talking to you!

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Yummy

 

 

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Beak cleaning

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I see another fish over there