February Is Here Already

It just seems impossible February is already here.  But it means we are another month closer to Spring and the return of our osprey mid-March!  This past week’s activity around and on our osprey nest provided some great shots to share with you.  Last Sunday at low tide, I watched a couple of Buffleheads and tried to capture shots of them diving.  Here’s an interesting quick sequence of one going down to feed, with a later shot of a water shake-off & stretch!

That same day a raft of Lesser Scaups were out beyond the nest.  One made a decision to take flight, followed by the rest….

When the sun popped out from the clouds just before sunset, it shined nicely on this male mallard as he rested alongside the berm.

My next photos are from last Tuesday just before sunset.  At the base of our nest, we had Canadian geese munching on our grass while a raft of canvasbacks were just beyond, peacefully bobbing along.  And, of course, we have a goose looker on our sidewalk!

Finally, Wednesday I was lucky to capture a sub-adult bald eagle visiting our nest.  He appears to be approximately 3  to 4 years old.  Young bald eagles are blotchy and do not obtain their distinctive white head and tail with dark brown body until the age of 5.  Eagles can live as long as 30 years in the wild but average about 15 years.

I was glad in the last photo that the sun had popped out and shined on him before he took flight.  Until next time, happy bird-watching!

3 thoughts on “February Is Here Already

  1. I happened upon my first osprey over the water at Ridley Creek State Park, southeastern PA, near the end of October. It made a strong impression. As far as I can tell, the park’s not a common spot for ospreys. Migration, I guess. I hope to see another on their return.

    Your blog’s photos increase the longing. Thanks for posting… What an incredible place to be.

    • Thanks for your comments Scott! Your late October osprey sighting was most likely a transient making his way through on migration. With Hawk Mountain north of you, Ridley Creek SP could be part of the migration flyway for some transients especially with the Springton Reservoir close by that is known to be full of fish. Lots of fish makes for a happy osprey! Keep your eye out mid-March on, I bet you’ll see some transients stopping by for a meal or two while heading back north. Let me know when you sight one!

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