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

Eagles Everywhere

They have arrived!  There are many, many eagle sightings along the Hudson River between Croton and Peekskill.  The eagles are now ice fishing.   Today we counted 15 eagles on the ice between Fleischmann’s Pier (China Pier) and Peekskill’s Riverfront Park.  Five eagles were perched and flying over the Croton Point Nature Center.  Two young eagles were in the trees near the Hwy 9/9A bridge over the Croton River.  A pair of eagles was in the white house tree in Verplanck.  They were all different eagles this time.

Eagle on the road to Croton Nature Center

Eagle on the road to Croton Nature Center

Fox sparrow on the exit road from Croton Point cabins

Fox sparrow on the exit road from Croton Point cabins

Tree sparrow on the exit road from Croton Point cabins

Tree sparrow on the exit road from Croton Point cabins

Tufted titmouse at Croton

Tufted titmouse at Croton

House finch and red breasted nuthatch at Croton Point Park

House finch and red breasted nuthatch at Croton Point Park