We thought this young bird was so cool we had to post right away.
How do you like them talons?
BTW, can you I.D. it?
On Wednesday, we posted a few sunset shots by Ron Shields, who wrote that Roy Woodford and Mike Maddaloni probably had some cool shots as well.
Roy Woodford responed: “Here’s my take on Sunday’s sunset … the colors were absolutely incredible.”
(Thanks, Roy!) Mike …?
Will post Ron’s pic when it becomes available. In the meantime, posting this poor substitute (Lark Sparrow on right).
More on Lark Sparrows here.
More info follows.
When I stopped at the Ridgefield Park nest over the weekend, Al & Alice weren’t there yet, but there were a ton of cormorants and gulls.
About 5 minutes later Al flew in and perched to the lower right on the nest tree. A few minutes later Alice came soaring in, landed by Al and greeted him beak-to-beak.
They then proceeded to alert on and off while I was there. There was a Red-tailed Hawk circling on my side of the creek, and then a little while later an immature eagle flew in and landed in the upper left back side of the nest tree. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to photograph the younger eagle.
His latest is on how we all can help Monarch butterflies, which have been in decline in recent years.
Here’s a sample:
This winter would be a great time to plan our strategy for getting more milkweed into our local environment.
We can start by attending County and local community meetings asking that our parks dept., schools, libraries, town halls, local businesses and where ever there is extra soil that milkweed be planted.
Many communities do spring plantings to spruce up government building with annual flowers. For not much more money they can have beautiful flowers that will help the Monarch butterflies survive.
And since milkweeds are perennials, they will come back free of charge every year — a point that ahould make any politician’s ears perk up.
The link is here.
We suspect that this is the same Peregrine who drove the Common Ravens away and then nested on the swing bridge by Laurel Hill last summer.
(Curiously, the Ospreys that had been using the swing bridge nest moved over to a nearby antenna — at the Peregrines’ insistence — and nested there last summer.)
Will be curious to see what birds nest where next summer.