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

California, Here I Come

Hey, folks, California needs water.  That is the first priority when looking for birds.  Found a few here and there in the desert.

20171222 bluebird Lake Skinner CA _

Bluebird at Lake Skinner

20171222 Coot Lake Skinner _

Coot at Lake Skinner

20171222 fox sparrow Lake Skinner CA _

Fox Sparrow at Lake Skinner

20171223 black phoebe Hemet CA _

Black Phoebe near the pool in Hemet

20171223 Harrier San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Harrier hunting near the ponds in San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171223 northern shovelers San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Northern Shovelers in the pond at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171224 Ducks, domestic Tewinkle Costa Mesa CA _

Domestic ducks in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 mallards Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Mallards in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 wigeon Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Wigeon changing position in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171225 Hummingbird Hemet CA _

Anna’s Hummingbird male eyeing a mate, Hemet near feeders and water

20171225 Hummingbird Hemet CA 2 _

Slightly molted Anna’s Hummingbird female, the object of affection from the bird above

Babies, Babies, Babies

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.

This appears to be the most ready to fly. Notice ‘his’ similar coloring to his mother.

 

Almost Ready to See A New World

 

What’s Next?

 

Momma Mallard Takes Ten

 

Proud Poppa Peruses His Pride – notice his molting plumage

 

Goose Goslings Get Going – Male seems to be herding a straggler

 

Feeding Lesson

Birding Delights

Westchester County, NY is a paradise for birders and photographers.

Communication Tower Osprey

Communication Tower Osprey

Persistent Kingfisher

Persistent Kingfisher

 

Flicker Fashion Statement

Eagle Friend Visited

Eagle Friend Visited

Make Way for Ducklings end of July

Make Way for Ducklings end of July

Same Ducklings end of August (Momma mallard kept them all alive)

Same Ducklings end of August (Momma mallard kept them all alive)

Fall Madness

I have enjoyed the Hudson River between Stateline Lookout in New Jersey and West Point in New York.

This snowy egret did not want that mallard fishing in its spot.

This snowy egret did not want that mallard fishing in its spot.

Stateline turkey vultures rule the Palisades.

Stateline turkey vultures rule the Palisades.

Flicker at Croton

Flicker at Croton

Cormorants on Hudson Oct 2013

Cormorants migrating south over the Bear Mountain Bridge.

Raven cleaning up at Stateline.

Raven cleaning up at Stateline.

Birds in Summer

The osprey are fledging.   The ducklings are swimming.  The black-crowned night heron parent is preening.  The gulls are watching.

I can fly!

I can fly!

Birds in July-1

I can slide!

I can preen!

I can preen!

I can watch!

I can watch!

This is how you get all your ducks in a row.

This is how you get all your ducks in a row.

Rochester falcon fledglings

Rochester falcon fledglings are very flexible.

Famous Rochester Times Square wings with adult falcon

Famous Rochester Times Square wings with adult falcon