Weakening of the Endangered Species Act

On August 12, 2019 I was awed by the number of birds and their variety of colors that I was able to photograph. Later that same day I learned that the Endangered Species Act had been seriously weakened in preparation for its total elimination. I am reminded of my grandfather who raised fancy pigeons from the early 1900s until the mid century. He immigrated from Pennsylvania to California where he must have witnessed the masses of passenger pigeons flying through the skies. What will my great grandchildren be seeing in the mid twenty first century?

Humpbacked whale removed from the Endangered Species List.

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

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.

Signs of Spring

The eagles and peregrines are on eggs or feeding young chicks.  The spring residents are arriving.  The luscious leaves are popping out on bare branches.

Really blue heron.  I overdid the color balance.  He's back at Oglevie's Pond.

Really blue heron. I overdid the color balance. He’s back at Oglevie’s Pond.

Piece de resistance, Snipe at Croton Point Park

Piece de resistance, Snipe at Croton Point Park

The murder of crows is attacking the sticks.  Now why would that happen?

The murder of crows is attacking the sticks. Now why would that happen?

Turtles backing and swimming at Oglevie's Pond.

Turtles basking and swimming at Oglevie’s Pond.