Fall Fun

A passing migrant checks me out at the Croton Point Nature Center.  This resident kestrel was hunting with friends.  Our resident peregrine at Stateline Lookout in NJ is keeping the riff raff away.  Marshlands hairy woodpecker is catching some rays.  This white-throated sparrow is the first sign that autumn has returned.

Cooper's Hawk Croton 9-23-2014-1

Kestrel Croton 9-24-2014-1

Watching the Left Coast Lifter 2014-2

Marslands Photo Exhibit 2014-4

White Throated sparrow Croton 9-23-2014-1

Sloughing It in California

Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge in Alviso is amazing!

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It was hard to tell that the American white pelican might be endangered. This youngster was right in front of me.

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Black crowned night heron watching over Baby.

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Wouldn’t be Alviso without the black necked stilts. The other may be a dowitcher?

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A Sora!! I saw the post on ebird and there it was in the slough.

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This is one of the sloughs.

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Slough Music

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)

Saw Mill River Audubon Bird Walks

Just started going on these great bird Monday morning walks with Anne Swaim!  Check out Muscoot Farm and Rockefeller State Park Preserve.  The birds were waiting for us.  Note: Not just For the Birds.

Muscoot Farm

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Anyone reading “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt?


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Finally get a picture of an Eastern bluebird


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Good way to cool off

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

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My Tree! No, MY TREE!!


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What cha’ lookin’ at?


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Am I glad to be out of that rookery

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Jeremiah was a …

Summer Sun and Shade

Finally discovered Rockefeller State Park Preserve.  Hard to believe I never went there before.

Juvenile wood duck at Rockefeller

Juvenile wood duck at Rockefeller

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Not so much fun in the sun! Be careful where you walk.

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Eastern kingbird pair

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In my own backyard

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Love the light on the bill


Osprey are still on the tower.  Hope that young one has fledged.

Osprey are still on the tower. Hope that young one has fledged.

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It’s not Easter, I promise

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A touch of Monet at Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Jersey City Falcon Ivy, The Shady Lady

The Shady Lady of Jersey City (band 79/AN) must have put on sunscreen.  She was apparently in the shade at 10 Exchange Place when she suddenly appeared.  She then beat it around the building, went next to the Hudson River, and back to 101 Hudson.  She sat in the sun for a good two hours before winging her ‘big girl’ way 3 blocks south to 77 Hudson to check out the penthouse condo.  A girl after my own heart, strong and focused.

Donations to the Jersey City Falcon Cam can be made through Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.  Please consider giving a small or large amount.  The cam offers a unique view into the not so private life of the peregrine falcon.

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Fledgling Fantasy

Most of these pictures are archival.  That means they just show that the almost fledglings are doing OK so far.  Most of my time has been spent in Jersey City, but I was able to make a stop at Tompkins Square Park for the red-tails and Riverside Church.


Digiscoped female fledgling in Jersey City. She is doing OK. this is her shady corner in the morning.


Jersey City fledgling on the north ledge next to the scrape


Fledgling rescue kit


Jersey City fledgling watch view of Lower Manhattan

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Jersey City west terrace ledge. Parent giving our girl a small snack.

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Riverside Church peregrine perch. Our Metro Area birds only choose the best addresses to raise their young.

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Riverside fledgling doing well

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Tompkins Square youngsters getting crowded out

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Intruders were two floors above taking pictures. Momma red-tail Dora was not happy at all.