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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Non-Philadelphia Eagles

I was giving a talk for Bedford Audubon in Westchester Co, NY yesterday, and had the chance to stop by the Croton Point area to see the large Bald Eagle roost. Very nice to see 26 eagles flying around and perching in the large trees along the Hudson River. Great birds, and a very impressive river. One eagle was floating down the river on a large block of ice. Sweet.

Then we checked out the raptors on the old Croton landfill. The dump is now covered with grass and hawks are all over the place. Saw a nice light-phase Rough-legged Hawk and, as we were leaving, I spotted a Short-eared Owl on a post. We walked out onto the landfill and watched as the owl sat watching us. Eventually, we had to get going, and the bird flew off as we were returning to the car.

Fun to get out and see some cool birds. A very fun two days, with Long-eared Owls at Peace Valley on Tuesday, and the Short-eared Owls in NY on Wednesday.

This afternoon when I got home from work, there were over 100 robins foraging in the field behind our townhouse. Of course, no Redwing in the mix...

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