Eagle Resurrection

About time to head up to Croton for the eagles again, isn’t it? Reports suggest that the warm winter, barring the odd cold snap, isn’t sending the birds further south. There aren’t a lot of the birds around Croton this year, but there should be a few. This post is from the archives:

Backyard and Beyond

Haliaeetus leucocephalusBald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) over Croton Point Park. Hugely perched in trees, wheeling in the air on their seven-feet wingspans, primary feathers sticking out like fingers, or powerfully, but not super-speedily, rowing through the air. I was reminded of the giant eagles in Tolkien, deus-ex-machina-ing over and over again to pull Hobbits and wizards out of the fire. Haliaeetus leucocephalusIn John Bull’s Birds of the New York Area, of 1964, Croton Point was “by far the best place in winter to observe Bald Eagles.” In 1951, 18 were seen there on a single day. But the numbers were plummeting. Shooting, hunting, and egg collecting, once a popular hobby, had taken their toll (for instance, Bull cites an 1844 report of 60-70 eagles shot on Long Island); removal of the large trees used as nests; and pesticides running up the food-chain to the top predator; all these were cited…

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2 Responses to “Eagle Resurrection”

  1. 1 terrence mcgarty February 16, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Matthew – Love the blog. Been following for years. Always enjoy seeing your reports from my town, Croton. The Croton River is a good spot as well. Saw what I believe was an osprey cruise along the river at Mayo’s Landing and then dive for its lunch. Amazing.

    • 2 mthew February 16, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Thank you, Terrence! I have walked along the Croton River, and the OCA, and enjoy those areas very much. You probably know about the Osprey nest on a parking lot light tower at the MetroNorth station?

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