Pine Siskins in Bermuda Run (NC) Note: You can click on photos to enlarge them.
Pine Siskin Party (Why I put as much seed on the ground as I put in the feeders.)
Eastern Bluebird bath time
Downy Woodpecker and American Goldfinch
Northern cardinal and American Robin
American Goldfinch and Dark-Eyed Juncos
Hard-to-photograph Brown Creeper and White-Breasted Nuthatch
House Finch and White-Throated Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse and Cedar Waxwing
Hold it, [Almost] Goldfinches only!
The neighborhood bully (Immature Red-Tailed Hawk)
The Cumberland Country Winter Eagle Festival was held this weekend in Mauricetown, NJ (near Cape May). The Glades Wildlife Refuge (shown below) is home to literally dozens of Bald eagles. Over the past two days, I personally saw at least a dozen Bald eagles as well as many Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and Turkey vultures.
There were beautiful eagles almost everywhere around Cumberland County. Apparently, the habitat is almost ideal for nesting. In the sequence (four photos below), that mating pair put on quite a show. (Note: The male is on the left and the female on the right.)
The real highlight of this trip for me was meeting Pete and Linda Dunne. Pete’s is the retired director of the Cape May Bird Observatory. Pete (and Linda) are giants in the birding world, and Pete is a great writer. I think I have most all of his books, three favorites are Golden Wings, Hawks in Flight, and The Feather Quest.
This Red-tailed’s name is Aldora (“Winged Gift”); she is an “educational bird,” and she was on display as a terrific hawk ambassador at the show from the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge.
There were Turkey vultures everywhere, too.
This is Turkey Point in the Glades Wildlife Refuge.
Does this Building and the nest (above middle/top window) look familiar? It is 927 Fifth Avenue at 74th Street, New York, home of Pale Male for the past two decades. (Click photos to enlarge and left arrow to return to post.)
Pale Male is back with (I believe ) his 8th mate, Octavia. If you are a birder, and you don’t know who Pale Male is, you must have been living under a rock for the last twenty years. Pale Male has a website, and a really wonderful book by Marie Winn entitled Red Tails in Love, and a movie, The Legend of Pale Male, and a Nature show. (I am still trying to learn the details of his 24 amazing years in New York … your info and comments are welcome!)
While I was watching at about 4.30 p.m. this afternoon, Pale Male took off and flew right over my head, all the while making his I-am-going-to-get-my-dinner-now Red-tail scream. It sent shivers down my spine and gave me goose bumps all over.
This bird hunts from Central Park South (CPS).I have seen him here several evenings at about 4 p.m. Looking over his shoulder at me in this photo, it is almost as if he were saying, “Yes, I know that I have to watch my back, here.” (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)
The first time I saw him, he was high in the sky over the buildings of CPS pursuing a flock of starlings. And he caught one, which he consumed while sitting on the Trump Park Hotel. This is him digesting, perched near Columbus Circle, that is at the corner of CPS and Central Park West.
It is possible that this red-tailed hawk is “Junior,” one of the offspring of Pale Male, for more about Pale Male, here’s his Wikipedia site. The story of Pale Male is very cool, and like Henry VIII, Pale Male has had eight wives.