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.

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

Copy Cat Time

This is what is left of the perching tree in the Croton Train Station estuary. The snowy egret and cormorant must be having quite the conversation.

Hey, bro, what’s down there?

Red-tail hawk mom showing the kids how to perch on the end of the dead branch

Red-tail hawk fledgling learned the lesson

How am I doing, Bonnie?

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)

Happy New Year

There were five eagles in the eagle tree at the Croton Point Nature Center this morning!  Now that is a happy event.  Saw Mill River Audubon’s Project FeederWatch at the nature center continues again this year.

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Back Home Again

The Croton Train Station osprey got a bath.  The red-tailed hawk also got a bath and apparently a small meal.  And the Annsville eagle tried to get a meal.

Wet osprey

Wet osprey

Red-tailed hawk hunting

Red-tailed hawk hunting

This mockingbird does not like the eagle.

This mockingbird does not like the eagle.

Spring at Croton

Spring birds are everywhere doing their Spring Thing.  Plus, a few of the residents are back in action.

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This orchard (corrected, thank you) oriole finally popped out from behind the leaves. Been waiting to get a picture of one.

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Wood duck got relatively close

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Wood duck pair

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Double-crested cormorants were in their usual place.

Three may be a crowd

Three may be a crowd

Red-tail refurbishing the nest

Red-tail refurbishing the nest

Incoming

Incoming

The cowbirds didn't disturb this chipmunk at all.  They are tracking a female cowbird.

The cowbirds didn’t disturb this chipmunk at all. They are tracking a female cowbird.

 

All I Wanted Was One

… good picture of one of the three harriers at Croton Point Park.  Yes, the eagles are still around in big numbers.  The elusive brown creeper showed itself, too.

Gotcha ya

Gotcha ya

Can you see the blues of its eyes?

Can you see the blues of its eyes?

There's a vole down there.

There’s a vole down there.

Do you guys need a picture or something?

Do you guys need a picture or something?

There were twelve eagles in the Croton Boat Ramp tree at one point.

There were twelve eagles in the Croton Boat Ramp tree at one point.

I keep seeing it listed on ebird for Westchester.  It was right next to where the harriers were hunting.

I keep seeing it listed on ebird for Westchester. It was right next to where the harriers were hunting.

The red-tail is sharing the hunting space with the harriers.

The red-tail is sharing the hunting space with the harriers.

Just gotta love the sparrows

Just gotta love the sparrows

 

 

 

 

 

Persistance Pays Off

I finally got the kingfisher at Annsville Circle.  I went out every day for over two weeks when the weather cooperated.  Low tide and sunshine collided.  Our eagles are still here and the barred owl continues to delight its admirer

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Barred owl

Regal eagle

Mockingbird

Red-tailed hawk

March Madness

The female red winged blackbirds and female cowbirds are back.  The guys are happy about that.  There is just the faintest tinge of green on the trees and the snow may finally be gone.  Our young eagles remain in the area and that eagle look-a-like is always around, no matter the season.

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