Daily Archives: January 21, 2013

Rough-legged Hawks Headed Our Way?

http://meadowblog.typepad.com/.a/6a00e553bb7c2088340147e1b494b2970b-piMike Britt, a friend of the blog, posted the following on the JerseyBirds e-mail list last night:

"We could see a second push of Rough-legged Hawks come Wednesday or Thursday.

"This week we are going to get an Arctic blast that is going to be accompanied by significant lake-effect snow in upstate NY and other areas in the Great Lakes region.

"Get out and check your favorite marsh, field, landfill, etc., later in the week!" (Thanks, Mike!)

Two years ago around this time, we had quite a bit of Rough-legged action, and the birds were seen as late as early March. A link to a post with Ron Shields' photos of a Rough-leg and a Red-shoulder are here.

Disposal Road, anyone?

Bald Eagle Mystery…?

When we looked at our recent dreary-day Bald Eagle photos more closely, we noticed that it had a band on one or both legs, and no transmitter.

Does anyone know if the Ridgefield male Bald Eagle (known as Al) is banded?  (We known that female, known as Alice, has bands and transmitter.) 

Is this a new adult eagle wintering in the area this winter, or is it our pal Al?  (We are thinking that it's a wintering bird.)

(A big thank you to our colleague Mimi Sabatino for cleaning up the pic to the point you can almost see the numeral "5" on the left band.)


Monday Photographers Showcase: Paul Sullivan

Great Egret(Ardea alba) with its wings wide open on a cedar stump @ Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus, N.J.Great Egret on Atlantic White Cedar stump, Mill Creek Marsh.

Today's Photographers Showcase spotlights Paul R. Sullivan. Paul writes:

"I've been taking photos for 38 years now. I was 10 when I got my 1st camera, an Instamatic. Now with the Digital Age, my photography has improved & expanded.

"I really enjoy photographing birds with the Meadowlands being one of my favorite spots. Richard W. DeKorte Park & Mill Creek Marsh are where I go most often. It's amazing, being so close to New York City, to have this natural area available.

"Growing up in East Rutherford, I remember riding with my parents on the New Jersey Turnpike & seeing all the piles of garbage. Now that area is home to so many different species of birds. I'm never disappointed when I'm there.

"My web site is http://paulsullivan4photography.com."

(Thanks, Paul!)

Two more pix follow.

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