Great blue heron rookery is captivating all of us here. I never knew the birds raised their young in a colony. Twenty active nests are supporting probably close to 80 young. It wouldn’t be spring without goslings and a swan. And our local osprey has again chosen the communication tower at the train station. I think he has a mate and she is in the nest. Is that a big stick or a tail feather?
While I almost always post pictures of birds, my new Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue has taken up my time. Mars is a Rhodesian/Red Bone Coon Hound mix. He is a feral dog rescued in North Carolina and transported to New York for a new home. Four of his seven littermates were adopted in NC and two came up north. One was adopted and Mars and his brother have been in wonderful foster care for four months. His brother, Neptune is available for adoption still.
I usually take a reprieve from bird watching in late March and April before peregrine season gets into full swing. But I couldn’t resist getting a picture of a towhee, palm warbler, gorgeous goldfinch and displaying cowbird.
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.
Piece de resistance, Snipe at Croton Point Park
The murder of crows is attacking the sticks. Now why would that happen?
Turtles basking and swimming at Oglevie’s Pond.
The web cam peregrine eggs have begun to hatch and the birds here in the Northeast are well into their mating rituals. I am blessed to live along the Hudson River, especially at Easter, where I can see the birds in the wild and on man-made structures.
Male and female, notice the size difference. The male is 1/3 smaller than the female, hence the term, tiercel.
Pair bonding. Their scrape is quite near.
Female in the early morning sun
Male with his second catch of the mornning.
He never shared with his mate. His first snack was a very small starling.
The turkey vultures like the peregrine perch, too.
It is ready to snow once again. There were a few sunny days recently and the young eagles are still around. Since I have birds at home, I spent some time making some parrot portraits.
I was dressed all in black. What was this red-winged blackbird thinking as he displayed for me?
Croton Point Nature Center young eagle. I still see them all the time here.
Skittles is 17 years old!
Vinnee and Joe, the seniors.
I’m handsome, too.
Mutton Chops has been here for 5 years now.
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
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.
I truly thought most of the eagles had gone back to wherever they came from. I was totally thrilled to see twelve doing their thing today. Eagles equal winter and robins signal spring. I don’t know what a sleeping loon means, though.
Enjoying a meal across from Annsville Paddlesport Park
Bringing in that meal
Hey, you in that white Prius …
This one was hoping for a morsel. The third eagle flew off earlier knowing it was gong to get nothing.
As if it wasn’t clear enough that there would be no sharing, a verbal NO for both of us
Eagle number two got the message
Yes, there is ice on the Hudson. We have waited for over a year. The eagles are everywhere. I only made a few stops today. There were 3 eagles in Croton Point Park, 3 at Furnace Dock, 5 in Verplanck, 5 on the ice off the pier at Fleishmann’s.
I think this is a first year bird, but you can see a lot of white because the bird is soaked
Definitely a mature eagle enjoying the ice and the sun
Not an eagle, but definitely eating ice
And ’tis the month of love and nest rebuilding. Our own pale male is setting up the nest for his mate.
Six or seven year old male red tailed hawk
Bringing it on home