An adult bald eagle clutches a fish he just pulled out of Saint Anne's Bay on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in June of 2015

An adult bald eagle clutches a fish he just pulled out of Saint Anne's Bay on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in June of 2015

Adult bald eagle
Adult bald eagle

Common at Quabbin year round with 12 to 14 pairs nesting annually. 

  I worked on the bald eagle reintroduction program at Quabbin in the 1980's. Over 7 years 42 young eagles were released at Quabbin. 

I worked on the bald eagle reintroduction program at Quabbin in the 1980's. Over 7 years 42 young eagles were released at Quabbin. 

Immature bald eagle.
Immature bald eagle.

This youngster and 2 of his honchos were flying around a small beaver pond in the north Quabbin area the day after the ice melted from it. Perhaps looking for a fish or duck breakfast. 4/14/15

Early spring nesting
Early spring nesting

In early March eagles at Quabbin start building, or rebuilding their nests. They are territorial and sometimes use the same nest year after year. The 2 eagles are in the upper left and the nest is in the lower right. One eagle nest weighed 2 tons when it came down.

Foggy day at Quabbin
Foggy day at Quabbin

Out of the fog came this adult bald eagle looking for breakfast for his chicks. Their eggs hatched a week ago.  4/22/15

Ban balloons
Ban balloons

These small helium filled balloons sold at grocery stores and florists should be banned. Here is an immature eagle with the ribbon from one such ballon wrapped around his leg. DO NOT BUY THESE BALLOONS !   Wildlife will thank you !  

This young eagle was found at the base of its nest at Rangley Lake in Maine. It was taken to a rehabilitator and released at the Enfield Lookout at Quabbin.
This young eagle was found at the base of its nest at Rangley Lake in Maine. It was taken to a rehabilitator and released at the Enfield Lookout at Quabbin.
  A bald eagle leaps from a small pine tree on a small island at Quabbin.  These hot days they really don't like to fly I'll bet !    7/29/15

A bald eagle leaps from a small pine tree on a small island at Quabbin.  These hot days they really don't like to fly I'll bet !    7/29/15

Young bald eagle
Young bald eagle

A just fledged bald eagle sits along the shore below his nest on one of the Quabbins many large islands.  7/21/15

I see you,
I see you,

Nest mate of the last bald eagle at Quabbin….  7/21/15

An adult bald eagle soars right on top of me !  10/20/15
An adult bald eagle soars right on top of me ! 10/20/15
Juvenile bald eagle
Juvenile bald eagle

I saw four young bald eagles flying about a beach on Cape Breton.  It took me a while to figure out someone dumped a pile of bones on the beach that still had some meat on them.  10/14/15

Sub adult bald eagle.  It still has some dark feathers in the tail and head. Probably four years old.
Sub adult bald eagle. It still has some dark feathers in the tail and head. Probably four years old.
Cruising for bones !!
Cruising for bones !!
  The first thing this morning I saw this eagle sitting on a hump overlooking the Aspy Bay.  He watched me as I watched him.  I took a couple of quick photos and he left.  You can see he is not a full adult by the dirty look with his head feathers.  10/12/15

The first thing this morning I saw this eagle sitting on a hump overlooking the Aspy Bay.  He watched me as I watched him.  I took a couple of quick photos and he left.  You can see he is not a full adult by the dirty look with his head feathers.  10/12/15

  Here he is sitting on his ledge.  This eagle seems quite small compared to the Aspy Bay and Money Point in the background.  10/12/15

Here he is sitting on his ledge.  This eagle seems quite small compared to the Aspy Bay and Money Point in the background.  10/12/15

I saw this 3rd eagle sitting over a beach eyeing a flock of sea ducks.  As he watched the ducks he didn't see me creeping up on him!
I saw this 3rd eagle sitting over a beach eyeing a flock of sea ducks. As he watched the ducks he didn't see me creeping up on him!

This was taken in the Broad Cove campground on the Atlantic side of the Island. We used to camp there and it is a great place.  10/12/15

Early morning eagle
Early morning eagle

It was real windy today and there have been lots of rare birds appearing to be blown off course and ending up at Quabbin for a few days. I spent two hours at the Winsor Dam and didn't see much but eagles and a few local hawks blowing around.  11/14/15

An immature bald eagle soars over northern Quabbin today.
An immature bald eagle soars over northern Quabbin today.

As I was packing up to leave this morning after about 3 hours watching air this guy zipped right over me !  1/9/16

  Fresh fish for the family.  This bald eagle hit the goldmine.  Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  6/16/17

Fresh fish for the family.  This bald eagle hit the goldmine.  Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  6/16/17

  Even this immature bald eagle was sitting in the shade at the Quabbin Reservoir this morning while we did the weekly loon survey.

Even this immature bald eagle was sitting in the shade at the Quabbin Reservoir this morning while we did the weekly loon survey.

Bald eagles
Bald eagles

December 26th, 2015 there were 5 bald eagles playing about the northern Quabbin.  This is not a large image but has 4 of the 5 together.  There were 3 adult birds and 2 juveniles.  Here are 2 adults and 2 juveniles.  It takes an eagle 5 years for the head and tail to turn white.  12/26/15

  One of the bald eagles from the mating pair surveys their domain in the light snow in northern Quabbin today.  1/14/16

One of the bald eagles from the mating pair surveys their domain in the light snow in northern Quabbin today.  1/14/16

  This adult bald eagle was eating the remains of a mouse in a snow storm that a northern harrier had caught about an hour earlier. This was a huge bald eagle !!   Hadley MA  2/15/16

This adult bald eagle was eating the remains of a mouse in a snow storm that a northern harrier had caught about an hour earlier. This was a huge bald eagle !!   Hadley MA  2/15/16

  I was in Bartons Cove on the CT River this morning and this pair of eagles dropped in to say hi to me, at least thats what I thought.  They then proceeded to do X rated things on the ice !!  Eggs soon !  3/2/16

I was in Bartons Cove on the CT River this morning and this pair of eagles dropped in to say hi to me, at least thats what I thought.  They then proceeded to do X rated things on the ice !!  Eggs soon !  3/2/16

  Here is an adult bald eagle at the Quabbin Reservoir with a 6 week old chick right below its chest.  Any day I see an eagle its a good day.  (taken on a loon survey from a boat at 100 yards with 500mm lens cropped to 750mm)

Here is an adult bald eagle at the Quabbin Reservoir with a 6 week old chick right below its chest.  Any day I see an eagle its a good day.  (taken on a loon survey from a boat at 100 yards with 500mm lens cropped to 750mm)

  These two eagles were discussing how many kids they wanted!  Barton's Cove, Turners Fall on the Connecticut River.  The male is on the left.  As in all birds of prey the males are smaller than the females.   3/2/16

These two eagles were discussing how many kids they wanted!  Barton's Cove, Turners Fall on the Connecticut River.  The male is on the left.  As in all birds of prey the males are smaller than the females.   3/2/16

"I'm hungry"
"I'm hungry"

This bald eagle came in for a fish thrown from the boat I was on heading to Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.   6/12/15

Success !!
Success !!

The same eagle as he hits the jackpot he was eyeing in the last photo.  St. Ann's Bay, Cape Breton Island.  6/15/15

  I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !!  6/3/17

I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !!  6/3/17

Incoming !
Incoming !

Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia…. bald eagle zeroing in on a fish from  across the bay.  6/15/15

     Anytime I see a bald eagle its a good day.  Happy New Year everyone and stay tuned for something  BIG  coming in 2017 !      

 

Anytime I see a bald eagle its a good day.  Happy New Year everyone and stay tuned for something BIG coming in 2017 !  

 

  Another day, another juvenile bald eagle soaring over me..... 3/28/17

Another day, another juvenile bald eagle soaring over me..... 3/28/17

  No coyotes on the ice today but the "eye in the sky" was on duty. (juvenile bald eagle)

No coyotes on the ice today but the "eye in the sky" was on duty. (juvenile bald eagle)

  I love windy days on the Quabbin and so do the eagles.  They just love to soar and this guy kept flying right over me walking along the shore. Note the ragged feathers that will be replaced when the eagle molts. 4/13/17

I love windy days on the Quabbin and so do the eagles.  They just love to soar and this guy kept flying right over me walking along the shore. Note the ragged feathers that will be replaced when the eagle molts. 4/13/17

  Eagles have been flying over the Quabbin all week.  There are 8 active eagle nests at Quabbin as of last Friday for the state nest count.  4/10/17

Eagles have been flying over the Quabbin all week.  There are 8 active eagle nests at Quabbin as of last Friday for the state nest count.  4/10/17

  Very windy first thing this morning. And windy brings out the bald eagles.  I had two juveniles soaring around me for over and hour off and on. It's always fun to watch them soar way up there in the high winds.  

Very windy first thing this morning. And windy brings out the bald eagles.  I had two juveniles soaring around me for over and hour off and on. It's always fun to watch them soar way up there in the high winds.  

  A trip to the coast today turned up this juvenile bald eagle playing with a piece of carrion. Where it came from I have no idea but he was having fun with it..... I wouldn't want those talons in my head!

A trip to the coast today turned up this juvenile bald eagle playing with a piece of carrion. Where it came from I have no idea but he was having fun with it..... I wouldn't want those talons in my head!

  One more of the young eagle today....

One more of the young eagle today....

  Any day I see a bald eagle is a good day .....This adult was soaring over me at Quabbin along the shore on March 30th, 2017.  I had to take a picture :)

Any day I see a bald eagle is a good day .....This adult was soaring over me at Quabbin along the shore on March 30th, 2017.  I had to take a picture :)

    This adult bald eagle was watching us for about a mile before it flew as we approached in the loon survey boat today doing the survey on the Quabbin.  Always fun to see the eagles there with their 7 foot wing span.  7/12/17

  This adult bald eagle was watching us for about a mile before it flew as we approached in the loon survey boat today doing the survey on the Quabbin.  Always fun to see the eagles there with their 7 foot wing span.  7/12/17

  A mated pair of bald eagles sit together on Lone Tree Island in the Quabbin Reservoir, not far from their long time nest and ponder the coming winter and impending ice over that comes with it on the water.....

A mated pair of bald eagles sit together on Lone Tree Island in the Quabbin Reservoir, not far from their long time nest and ponder the coming winter and impending ice over that comes with it on the water.....

  This juvenile bald eagle was soaring over Hunts Farm on RT 202 in Orange this morning about 8 AM……. Not far from the Quabbin and Lake Rohunta. By looking at the white feathers and green beak, you can tell this eagle is only about 5 to 6 months old.

This juvenile bald eagle was soaring over Hunts Farm on RT 202 in Orange this morning about 8 AM……. Not far from the Quabbin and Lake Rohunta. By looking at the white feathers and green beak, you can tell this eagle is only about 5 to 6 months old.

  This immature bald eagle shot right over my head this morning and made a U turn and came back. He was up in the rising sunlight and that gave him a gold color. If you look closely you can see the suns reflection in his eye.

This immature bald eagle shot right over my head this morning and made a U turn and came back. He was up in the rising sunlight and that gave him a gold color. If you look closely you can see the suns reflection in his eye.

  Can you spot the immature bald eagle in this picture?  I have seen them sit like this for hours on end, especially after a full meal on a big fish.  This one sat for the full 2 hours I was in the area.  10/27/16

Can you spot the immature bald eagle in this picture?  I have seen them sit like this for hours on end, especially after a full meal on a big fish.  This one sat for the full 2 hours I was in the area.  10/27/16

  This osprey has been hanging around the beaver pond for a week now.  This is todays picture  (4/13/16).  I suspect to see him gone on his way north any day now.  Check out those wild eyes....  

This osprey has been hanging around the beaver pond for a week now.  This is todays picture  (4/13/16).  I suspect to see him gone on his way north any day now.  Check out those wild eyes....  

  I spent 4 hours this morning watching for this guy to catch a fish so I could get a photo.  He did,  but it was behind some dead trees so I didn't see it.  What he DID do was land in a tree 50 yards away from me after he caught it.  It took him over an hour to eat the 15 inch or so pickerel he caught.  4/9/15

I spent 4 hours this morning watching for this guy to catch a fish so I could get a photo.  He did,  but it was behind some dead trees so I didn't see it.  What he DID do was land in a tree 50 yards away from me after he caught it.  It took him over an hour to eat the 15 inch or so pickerel he caught.  4/9/15

  Here is the same osprey taking a break from eating his fish and catch some sun.  4/9/16

Here is the same osprey taking a break from eating his fish and catch some sun.  4/9/16

Osprey
Osprey

An osprey spreads all 63 inches of its wingspan to ride the warm thermals over Mt Wachusett today while migrating south. Some of them go as far south as central South America.  9/17/15

  We had this beautiful osprey surprise us this morning during the loon survey at Quabbin.  5/19/16

We had this beautiful osprey surprise us this morning during the loon survey at Quabbin.  5/19/16

  This beautiful red shouldered hawk came right over me twice in 2 hours.  It was a good day as I also saw an osprey catch a fish right in front of me but the camera was in my backpack!  4/7/16

This beautiful red shouldered hawk came right over me twice in 2 hours.  It was a good day as I also saw an osprey catch a fish right in front of me but the camera was in my backpack!  4/7/16

Harrier
Harrier

A northern harrier sails over a couple of huge fields at Arcadia looking for mice and anything else for a dinner meal.  I love watching these hawks fly over the fields. Males are gray and females are brown.  12/8/15

Northern Harrier (female)
Northern Harrier (female)

Occasionally found at Quabbin during migration. This female was searching the shore for mice or small rodents in the spring.  4/4/15

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

The same male harrier as before. Females are brown, males gray.

Red tailed hawk
Red tailed hawk

Lots of red tailed hawks live on the Quabbin watershed. Here one soars on the thermals in the early spring.

Red tailed hawk watching for its lunch to run across a meadow
Red tailed hawk watching for its lunch to run across a meadow
Red-tailed hawk
Red-tailed hawk

I found this beautiful red tailed hawk sitting on a post today in Massachusetts Audubons Acadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton MA..  He sat there and turned every way for me until a truck came by and he bid me farewell!  12/8/15

  This great looking red tailed hawk was sitting in the sun this morning and preening away.  When they finish they give a big shake to realign their feathers they have just preened  2/2/16

This great looking red tailed hawk was sitting in the sun this morning and preening away.  When they finish they give a big shake to realign their feathers they have just preened  2/2/16

  Once the preening was done it was after lunch !  Massachusetts Audubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton MA  2/2/16

Once the preening was done it was after lunch !  Massachusetts Audubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton MA  2/2/16

  This beautiful hawk is a hybrid between a red tail hawk and a red shouldered hawk and is a male. It has mated with a female red tailed hawk for the last 3 or 4 years on the same territory in central Massachusetts.  3/8/16

This beautiful hawk is a hybrid between a red tail hawk and a red shouldered hawk and is a male. It has mated with a female red tailed hawk for the last 3 or 4 years on the same territory in central Massachusetts.  3/8/16

Fall hawk migration
Fall hawk migration

Broad-winged hawks heading south over Mt Wachusett. Today a couple thousand were almost constantly flowing out of the northeast heading south in numerous large kettles riding the thermals.  Always fun to watch.  I look forward to it every year.  9/16/15

more hawks
more hawks

Here is another shot of a kettle of broad-winged hawks migrating south over Mt Wachusett.  9/16/15

Red-tailed hawk
Red-tailed hawk

Here's a red-tailed hawk soaring at Winsor Dam today at the Quabbin Reservoir.  11/14/15

Kestrel (sparrow hawk)
Kestrel (sparrow hawk)

This is our smallest falcon.  I saw this little guy sitting on a fence pole and turned around to go back to get this shot in Amherst MA today.  2/4/16

  Lots of young hawks buzzing about the Quabbin woods these days.  here's a young red-tailed hawk hunting the shoreline of Quabbin for  breakfast in the early morning.  8/13/16

Lots of young hawks buzzing about the Quabbin woods these days.  here's a young red-tailed hawk hunting the shoreline of Quabbin for  breakfast in the early morning.  8/13/16

  As I was looking out over this beaver pond into some mist a merlin flew in and landed on the closest beaver lodge about 100 yards out.  A nice surprise although the picture is a little fuzzy.  9/6/16

As I was looking out over this beaver pond into some mist a merlin flew in and landed on the closest beaver lodge about 100 yards out.  A nice surprise although the picture is a little fuzzy.  9/6/16

  A juvenile red shouldered hawk landed right beside me in a dead tree in a swamp this morning.  A few minutes later I saw him flying along with his breakfast in his talons.  8/12/16

A juvenile red shouldered hawk landed right beside me in a dead tree in a swamp this morning.  A few minutes later I saw him flying along with his breakfast in his talons.  8/12/16

  A merlin drops in for breakfast with a flock of crows.  Only a crow  was what he planned on eating for breakfast. !!   8/23/16

A merlin drops in for breakfast with a flock of crows.  Only a crow  was what he planned on eating for breakfast. !!   8/23/16

  A young coopers hawk and a kestrel are joined by a flicker.  You can tell by the hawks look at the flicker he's going take him to lunch !!  9/14/16

A young coopers hawk and a kestrel are joined by a flicker.  You can tell by the hawks look at the flicker he's going take him to lunch !!  9/14/16

  The flicker got away !.......

The flicker got away !.......

  This coopers hawk landed about 60 yards from me on a rock in the Quabbin.  I set the camera up on him and a few seconds later he jumped off the rock and flew straight at me and coming to within 30 feet of my face and camera.  A once in a lifetime experience I would say !  9/13/16

This coopers hawk landed about 60 yards from me on a rock in the Quabbin.  I set the camera up on him and a few seconds later he jumped off the rock and flew straight at me and coming to within 30 feet of my face and camera.  A once in a lifetime experience I would say !  9/13/16

  A pair of kestrels (falcons) were zipping around the heron pond this morning when I arrived along with a merlin.  9/4/16

A pair of kestrels (falcons) were zipping around the heron pond this morning when I arrived along with a merlin.  9/4/16

  I saw this red tailed hawk hunting the meadows at Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton. It was having a hard time holding onto the wires it was hunting from with the gusty wind.  It launched off the wire and flew right past me.  11/11/16

I saw this red tailed hawk hunting the meadows at Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton. It was having a hard time holding onto the wires it was hunting from with the gusty wind.  It launched off the wire and flew right past me.  11/11/16

  The red tailed hawk soaring over Arcadia Sanctuary meadows this morning in a stiff wind blowing right along the Connecticut River in Easthampton, MA.  11/11/16

The red tailed hawk soaring over Arcadia Sanctuary meadows this morning in a stiff wind blowing right along the Connecticut River in Easthampton, MA.  11/11/16

  Yesterday morning I watched this juvenile broad winged hawk spend 30 minutes preening in the sun after chasing a flock of crows around... I got him in a blink of his eye.....

Yesterday morning I watched this juvenile broad winged hawk spend 30 minutes preening in the sun after chasing a flock of crows around... I got him in a blink of his eye.....

  A soggy red tailed hawk sits in a downpour while waiting for his soggy dinner to run through the field. 10/21/16

A soggy red tailed hawk sits in a downpour while waiting for his soggy dinner to run through the field. 10/21/16

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Barred owls are the most common owls in New England and seen at Quabbin quite often. 

  I spotted this barred owl hunting along the edge of a small swamp.  I watched him hunt and took a few photos and left him to find his breakfast without disturbing him.  Notice his head is almost 180 degrees around ! 10/29/16

I spotted this barred owl hunting along the edge of a small swamp.  I watched him hunt and took a few photos and left him to find his breakfast without disturbing him.  Notice his head is almost 180 degrees around ! 10/29/16

  I've only seen one other great gray owl in my life and that was 32 years ago.  I may never see another one because they live in the northern boreal forest of Canada and Alaska. A sub-species can be found in northern California and north central US. I will NEVER forget the yellow eyes they have.  3/17/17.

I've only seen one other great gray owl in my life and that was 32 years ago.  I may never see another one because they live in the northern boreal forest of Canada and Alaska. A sub-species can be found in northern California and north central US. I will NEVER forget the yellow eyes they have.  3/17/17.

  The Newport NH great gray owl lifts off from a post. I was standing about 30 feet away when it decided to drop by for a visit.  It sat there for about ten minutes and then said good-bye.  Shot with a Nikon D810 and my Nikon 500mm f/4 lens.  (notice it's talons) 3/17/16

The Newport NH great gray owl lifts off from a post. I was standing about 30 feet away when it decided to drop by for a visit.  It sat there for about ten minutes and then said good-bye.  Shot with a Nikon D810 and my Nikon 500mm f/4 lens.  (notice it's talons) 3/17/16

  The great gray owl watches a bald eagle soar way up overhead on the Sugar River in Newport NH. This bird gets the Olympic medal for being alert .  3/17/17

The great gray owl watches a bald eagle soar way up overhead on the Sugar River in Newport NH. This bird gets the Olympic medal for being alert .  3/17/17

  I took a ride north today to see if the great gray owl was still hanging in there.  It is !  It's always fun to see it but today it was 25 feet up in a pine tree, 1/2 mile north of where he has been hanging out.  3/13/17

I took a ride north today to see if the great gray owl was still hanging in there.  It is !  It's always fun to see it but today it was 25 feet up in a pine tree, 1/2 mile north of where he has been hanging out.  3/13/17

  Incoming  !!   I drove back north to see the great gray owl again today,  he did not disappoint !!  

Incoming  !!   I drove back north to see the great gray owl again today,  he did not disappoint !!  

  Today I drove 2 hours north to see this rare visitor from the great white north. A gray gray owl.  These guys very rarely get out to these parts and when they do all of the bird watchers come from all over the place.  I was lucky enough to find it early  as when I left there were 30 people there !  

Today I drove 2 hours north to see this rare visitor from the great white north. A gray gray owl.  These guys very rarely get out to these parts and when they do all of the bird watchers come from all over the place.  I was lucky enough to find it early  as when I left there were 30 people there !  

  Great gray owls are the larges owls in North America. They are not used to seeing people so they are ver approachable. I got as close as 60 yards away and he didnt even bat an eyelash !  Here's where a telephoto lens came in great!  

Great gray owls are the larges owls in North America. They are not used to seeing people so they are ver approachable. I got as close as 60 yards away and he didnt even bat an eyelash !  Here's where a telephoto lens came in great!  

  I went back today to see the magical great gray owl !  To make me get up 4AM, drive 2 hours to watch him catch breakfast and freeze in weather like the arctic circle has to be magical ! here he is in a snow squall  3/9/17.......

I went back today to see the magical great gray owl !  To make me get up 4AM, drive 2 hours to watch him catch breakfast and freeze in weather like the arctic circle has to be magical ! here he is in a snow squall  3/9/17.......

  A snowy owl sitting on a bird house along the New Hampshire coast.  These owls will be heading back north soon.  3/7/16

A snowy owl sitting on a bird house along the New Hampshire coast.  These owls will be heading back north soon.  3/7/16

  Im sad to report that this snowy owl is now is in a raptor rehab facility. The owl was not feeding ,was captured and has been hospitalized until she can be released again.  She also had a foot injury and a sprained wing muscle. Lets hope within a couple weeks she is back out in the wild where she belongs.  11/16/17

Im sad to report that this snowy owl is now is in a raptor rehab facility. The owl was not feeding ,was captured and has been hospitalized until she can be released again.  She also had a foot injury and a sprained wing muscle. Lets hope within a couple weeks she is back out in the wild where she belongs.  11/16/17

  WOW,  a snowy owl, first of the year!  2 miles from my house !!   11/10/17

WOW,  a snowy owl, first of the year!  2 miles from my house !!   11/10/17

  I found this juvenile broad-winged hawk hunting a chipmunk along the Quabbin shore yesterday early in the morning. After about 15 minutes with no luck it flew off up the shore and disappeared.  9/5/17

I found this juvenile broad-winged hawk hunting a chipmunk along the Quabbin shore yesterday early in the morning. After about 15 minutes with no luck it flew off up the shore and disappeared.  9/5/17

  Looks like another snowy owl invasion is under way. I found this one today in the Connecticut River Valley... sitting in the freezing rain late this afternoon.  I love these guys !  

Looks like another snowy owl invasion is under way. I found this one today in the Connecticut River Valley... sitting in the freezing rain late this afternoon.  I love these guys !  

  This is the house connected to Nubble Lighthouse in York Maine. We visited it last Monday. While we were there a snowy owl landed on top of the roof point ! Quite the surprise….. 4/23/18

This is the house connected to Nubble Lighthouse in York Maine. We visited it last Monday. While we were there a snowy owl landed on top of the roof point ! Quite the surprise….. 4/23/18

  Here is a longer shot of the snowy owl on the lighthouse….

Here is a longer shot of the snowy owl on the lighthouse….

  Female harriers are brown. Males are gray and called gray ghosts because they are so rare. This male flew by me at Salisbury State Park, along the coast north of Boston…

Female harriers are brown. Males are gray and called gray ghosts because they are so rare. This male flew by me at Salisbury State Park, along the coast north of Boston…

  I went to the north shore this morning searching for snowy owls. I found none, but did have fun watching 3 or 4 harriers cruising the marshes. A pair of females take a rest in the sun.

I went to the north shore this morning searching for snowy owls. I found none, but did have fun watching 3 or 4 harriers cruising the marshes. A pair of females take a rest in the sun.

  A female harrier launches off after a mouse or small creature in the wetlands.

A female harrier launches off after a mouse or small creature in the wetlands.

  This juvenile bald eagle eagle went zipping right over me a few days ago. I just had enough time to get the camera up.

This juvenile bald eagle eagle went zipping right over me a few days ago. I just had enough time to get the camera up.

  There is nothing like the first light of dawn......things like this are what gets me out of bed at 4:30 AM and makes my day.

There is nothing like the first light of dawn......things like this are what gets me out of bed at 4:30 AM and makes my day.

  Seven bald eagles catching some afternoon rays on a cold windy day and discussing the Philadelphia Eagles and the Super Bowl.

Seven bald eagles catching some afternoon rays on a cold windy day and discussing the Philadelphia Eagles and the Super Bowl.

  “Free Fish Special” at the local  Take Out Fish Market.

“Free Fish Special” at the local Take Out Fish Market.

  The most common owl in New England. The barred owl..  ”who cooks for you alllll”..

The most common owl in New England. The barred owl.. ”who cooks for you alllll”..

  Barred owl,  or better known as a flying mouse trap !

Barred owl, or better known as a flying mouse trap !

  This barred owl flew right by me while hunting the perimeter of a big field. Mice on the menu !

This barred owl flew right by me while hunting the perimeter of a big field. Mice on the menu !

  This barred owl was watching a vole for about 20 minutes before it decided to pounce….. it missed  !

This barred owl was watching a vole for about 20 minutes before it decided to pounce….. it missed !

  “I know I saw it,  where is it?  don’t tell me I missed ! ??

“I know I saw it, where is it? don’t tell me I missed ! ??

  This great horned owl was hunting a small lakes shoreline in Cape Bretons Highlands National Park and landed about 50 yards up the shore from me.

This great horned owl was hunting a small lakes shoreline in Cape Bretons Highlands National Park and landed about 50 yards up the shore from me.

  It was giving the look….. and decided I was to large to swallow whole :)

It was giving the look….. and decided I was to large to swallow whole :)

  A trip to Salisbury State Park this morning for owls turned up empty. I did get this juvenile red-tailed hawk take off and fly right over my head.

A trip to Salisbury State Park this morning for owls turned up empty. I did get this juvenile red-tailed hawk take off and fly right over my head.

  Any day I see and eagle is a good day.  I wonder if any day an eagle sees me, he feels the same way?

Any day I see and eagle is a good day. I wonder if any day an eagle sees me, he feels the same way?

  I was lucky enough to spend about an hour with this gray phase screech owl at sundown yesterday in southern New Hampshire. What a cool little bird. He woke up and finally as it was so dark we could hardly see him, he flew !

I was lucky enough to spend about an hour with this gray phase screech owl at sundown yesterday in southern New Hampshire. What a cool little bird. He woke up and finally as it was so dark we could hardly see him, he flew !

  “Whoooooos there ?    I can see everything from up here on this rooftop”

“Whoooooos there ? I can see everything from up here on this rooftop”

  An ever alert immature red-tailed hawk wakes up to something behind it.. within 10 sends he was on the ground in the brush out of sight.

An ever alert immature red-tailed hawk wakes up to something behind it.. within 10 sends he was on the ground in the brush out of sight.

  I don’t usually take pictures of birds flying away but this barred owl jumped so fast I kept following it until it was around the corner of the trees.  I didn’t realize what I had on the camera until I saw this on the computer.

I don’t usually take pictures of birds flying away but this barred owl jumped so fast I kept following it until it was around the corner of the trees. I didn’t realize what I had on the camera until I saw this on the computer.

  Another barred owl hunting in a snow storm this morning right in front of me!  Right place, right time!  Although I had been looking for 3 hours and was just about frozen stiff !

Another barred owl hunting in a snow storm this morning right in front of me! Right place, right time! Although I had been looking for 3 hours and was just about frozen stiff !

  I spotted this huge bird sitting in a tree way back in the corner of a field today. It didn’t look like a bald eagle but was huge.  I put up the camera with my 500mm lens and was I surprised !  A golden eagle !!

I spotted this huge bird sitting in a tree way back in the corner of a field today. It didn’t look like a bald eagle but was huge. I put up the camera with my 500mm lens and was I surprised ! A golden eagle !!

  This adult red tailed hawk spent 5 minutes trying to perch on top of this corn stalk stub in a Northampton field. He finally did it !

This adult red tailed hawk spent 5 minutes trying to perch on top of this corn stalk stub in a Northampton field. He finally did it !

  An adult bald eagle clutches a fish he just pulled out of Saint Anne's Bay on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in June of 2015
Adult bald eagle
  I worked on the bald eagle reintroduction program at Quabbin in the 1980's. Over 7 years 42 young eagles were released at Quabbin. 
Immature bald eagle.
Early spring nesting
Foggy day at Quabbin
Ban balloons
This young eagle was found at the base of its nest at Rangley Lake in Maine. It was taken to a rehabilitator and released at the Enfield Lookout at Quabbin.
  A bald eagle leaps from a small pine tree on a small island at Quabbin.  These hot days they really don't like to fly I'll bet !    7/29/15
Young bald eagle
I see you,
An adult bald eagle soars right on top of me !  10/20/15
Juvenile bald eagle
Sub adult bald eagle.  It still has some dark feathers in the tail and head. Probably four years old.
Cruising for bones !!
  The first thing this morning I saw this eagle sitting on a hump overlooking the Aspy Bay.  He watched me as I watched him.  I took a couple of quick photos and he left.  You can see he is not a full adult by the dirty look with his head feathers.  10/12/15
  Here he is sitting on his ledge.  This eagle seems quite small compared to the Aspy Bay and Money Point in the background.  10/12/15
I saw this 3rd eagle sitting over a beach eyeing a flock of sea ducks.  As he watched the ducks he didn't see me creeping up on him!
Early morning eagle
An immature bald eagle soars over northern Quabbin today.
  Fresh fish for the family.  This bald eagle hit the goldmine.  Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  6/16/17
  Even this immature bald eagle was sitting in the shade at the Quabbin Reservoir this morning while we did the weekly loon survey.
Bald eagles
  One of the bald eagles from the mating pair surveys their domain in the light snow in northern Quabbin today.  1/14/16
  This adult bald eagle was eating the remains of a mouse in a snow storm that a northern harrier had caught about an hour earlier. This was a huge bald eagle !!   Hadley MA  2/15/16
  I was in Bartons Cove on the CT River this morning and this pair of eagles dropped in to say hi to me, at least thats what I thought.  They then proceeded to do X rated things on the ice !!  Eggs soon !  3/2/16
  Here is an adult bald eagle at the Quabbin Reservoir with a 6 week old chick right below its chest.  Any day I see an eagle its a good day.  (taken on a loon survey from a boat at 100 yards with 500mm lens cropped to 750mm)
  These two eagles were discussing how many kids they wanted!  Barton's Cove, Turners Fall on the Connecticut River.  The male is on the left.  As in all birds of prey the males are smaller than the females.   3/2/16
"I'm hungry"
Success !!
  I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !!  6/3/17
Incoming !
     Anytime I see a bald eagle its a good day.  Happy New Year everyone and stay tuned for something  BIG  coming in 2017 !      
  Another day, another juvenile bald eagle soaring over me..... 3/28/17
  No coyotes on the ice today but the "eye in the sky" was on duty. (juvenile bald eagle)
  I love windy days on the Quabbin and so do the eagles.  They just love to soar and this guy kept flying right over me walking along the shore. Note the ragged feathers that will be replaced when the eagle molts. 4/13/17
  Eagles have been flying over the Quabbin all week.  There are 8 active eagle nests at Quabbin as of last Friday for the state nest count.  4/10/17
  Very windy first thing this morning. And windy brings out the bald eagles.  I had two juveniles soaring around me for over and hour off and on. It's always fun to watch them soar way up there in the high winds.  
  A trip to the coast today turned up this juvenile bald eagle playing with a piece of carrion. Where it came from I have no idea but he was having fun with it..... I wouldn't want those talons in my head!
  One more of the young eagle today....
  Any day I see a bald eagle is a good day .....This adult was soaring over me at Quabbin along the shore on March 30th, 2017.  I had to take a picture :)
    This adult bald eagle was watching us for about a mile before it flew as we approached in the loon survey boat today doing the survey on the Quabbin.  Always fun to see the eagles there with their 7 foot wing span.  7/12/17
  A mated pair of bald eagles sit together on Lone Tree Island in the Quabbin Reservoir, not far from their long time nest and ponder the coming winter and impending ice over that comes with it on the water.....
  This juvenile bald eagle was soaring over Hunts Farm on RT 202 in Orange this morning about 8 AM……. Not far from the Quabbin and Lake Rohunta. By looking at the white feathers and green beak, you can tell this eagle is only about 5 to 6 months old.
  This immature bald eagle shot right over my head this morning and made a U turn and came back. He was up in the rising sunlight and that gave him a gold color. If you look closely you can see the suns reflection in his eye.
  Can you spot the immature bald eagle in this picture?  I have seen them sit like this for hours on end, especially after a full meal on a big fish.  This one sat for the full 2 hours I was in the area.  10/27/16
  This osprey has been hanging around the beaver pond for a week now.  This is todays picture  (4/13/16).  I suspect to see him gone on his way north any day now.  Check out those wild eyes....  
  I spent 4 hours this morning watching for this guy to catch a fish so I could get a photo.  He did,  but it was behind some dead trees so I didn't see it.  What he DID do was land in a tree 50 yards away from me after he caught it.  It took him over an hour to eat the 15 inch or so pickerel he caught.  4/9/15
  Here is the same osprey taking a break from eating his fish and catch some sun.  4/9/16
Osprey
  We had this beautiful osprey surprise us this morning during the loon survey at Quabbin.  5/19/16
  This beautiful red shouldered hawk came right over me twice in 2 hours.  It was a good day as I also saw an osprey catch a fish right in front of me but the camera was in my backpack!  4/7/16
Harrier
Northern Harrier (female)
Northern Harrier
Red tailed hawk
Red tailed hawk watching for its lunch to run across a meadow
Red-tailed hawk
  This great looking red tailed hawk was sitting in the sun this morning and preening away.  When they finish they give a big shake to realign their feathers they have just preened  2/2/16
  Once the preening was done it was after lunch !  Massachusetts Audubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton MA  2/2/16
  This beautiful hawk is a hybrid between a red tail hawk and a red shouldered hawk and is a male. It has mated with a female red tailed hawk for the last 3 or 4 years on the same territory in central Massachusetts.  3/8/16
Fall hawk migration
more hawks
Red-tailed hawk
Kestrel (sparrow hawk)
  Lots of young hawks buzzing about the Quabbin woods these days.  here's a young red-tailed hawk hunting the shoreline of Quabbin for  breakfast in the early morning.  8/13/16
  As I was looking out over this beaver pond into some mist a merlin flew in and landed on the closest beaver lodge about 100 yards out.  A nice surprise although the picture is a little fuzzy.  9/6/16
  A juvenile red shouldered hawk landed right beside me in a dead tree in a swamp this morning.  A few minutes later I saw him flying along with his breakfast in his talons.  8/12/16
  A merlin drops in for breakfast with a flock of crows.  Only a crow  was what he planned on eating for breakfast. !!   8/23/16
  A young coopers hawk and a kestrel are joined by a flicker.  You can tell by the hawks look at the flicker he's going take him to lunch !!  9/14/16
  The flicker got away !.......
  This coopers hawk landed about 60 yards from me on a rock in the Quabbin.  I set the camera up on him and a few seconds later he jumped off the rock and flew straight at me and coming to within 30 feet of my face and camera.  A once in a lifetime experience I would say !  9/13/16
  A pair of kestrels (falcons) were zipping around the heron pond this morning when I arrived along with a merlin.  9/4/16
  I saw this red tailed hawk hunting the meadows at Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton. It was having a hard time holding onto the wires it was hunting from with the gusty wind.  It launched off the wire and flew right past me.  11/11/16
  The red tailed hawk soaring over Arcadia Sanctuary meadows this morning in a stiff wind blowing right along the Connecticut River in Easthampton, MA.  11/11/16
  Yesterday morning I watched this juvenile broad winged hawk spend 30 minutes preening in the sun after chasing a flock of crows around... I got him in a blink of his eye.....
  A soggy red tailed hawk sits in a downpour while waiting for his soggy dinner to run through the field. 10/21/16
Barred Owl
  I spotted this barred owl hunting along the edge of a small swamp.  I watched him hunt and took a few photos and left him to find his breakfast without disturbing him.  Notice his head is almost 180 degrees around ! 10/29/16
  I've only seen one other great gray owl in my life and that was 32 years ago.  I may never see another one because they live in the northern boreal forest of Canada and Alaska. A sub-species can be found in northern California and north central US. I will NEVER forget the yellow eyes they have.  3/17/17.
  The Newport NH great gray owl lifts off from a post. I was standing about 30 feet away when it decided to drop by for a visit.  It sat there for about ten minutes and then said good-bye.  Shot with a Nikon D810 and my Nikon 500mm f/4 lens.  (notice it's talons) 3/17/16
  The great gray owl watches a bald eagle soar way up overhead on the Sugar River in Newport NH. This bird gets the Olympic medal for being alert .  3/17/17
  I took a ride north today to see if the great gray owl was still hanging in there.  It is !  It's always fun to see it but today it was 25 feet up in a pine tree, 1/2 mile north of where he has been hanging out.  3/13/17
  Incoming  !!   I drove back north to see the great gray owl again today,  he did not disappoint !!  
  Today I drove 2 hours north to see this rare visitor from the great white north. A gray gray owl.  These guys very rarely get out to these parts and when they do all of the bird watchers come from all over the place.  I was lucky enough to find it early  as when I left there were 30 people there !  
  Great gray owls are the larges owls in North America. They are not used to seeing people so they are ver approachable. I got as close as 60 yards away and he didnt even bat an eyelash !  Here's where a telephoto lens came in great!  
  I went back today to see the magical great gray owl !  To make me get up 4AM, drive 2 hours to watch him catch breakfast and freeze in weather like the arctic circle has to be magical ! here he is in a snow squall  3/9/17.......
  A snowy owl sitting on a bird house along the New Hampshire coast.  These owls will be heading back north soon.  3/7/16
  Im sad to report that this snowy owl is now is in a raptor rehab facility. The owl was not feeding ,was captured and has been hospitalized until she can be released again.  She also had a foot injury and a sprained wing muscle. Lets hope within a couple weeks she is back out in the wild where she belongs.  11/16/17
  WOW,  a snowy owl, first of the year!  2 miles from my house !!   11/10/17
  I found this juvenile broad-winged hawk hunting a chipmunk along the Quabbin shore yesterday early in the morning. After about 15 minutes with no luck it flew off up the shore and disappeared.  9/5/17
  Looks like another snowy owl invasion is under way. I found this one today in the Connecticut River Valley... sitting in the freezing rain late this afternoon.  I love these guys !  
  This is the house connected to Nubble Lighthouse in York Maine. We visited it last Monday. While we were there a snowy owl landed on top of the roof point ! Quite the surprise….. 4/23/18
  Here is a longer shot of the snowy owl on the lighthouse….
  Female harriers are brown. Males are gray and called gray ghosts because they are so rare. This male flew by me at Salisbury State Park, along the coast north of Boston…
  I went to the north shore this morning searching for snowy owls. I found none, but did have fun watching 3 or 4 harriers cruising the marshes. A pair of females take a rest in the sun.
  A female harrier launches off after a mouse or small creature in the wetlands.
  This juvenile bald eagle eagle went zipping right over me a few days ago. I just had enough time to get the camera up.
  There is nothing like the first light of dawn......things like this are what gets me out of bed at 4:30 AM and makes my day.
  Seven bald eagles catching some afternoon rays on a cold windy day and discussing the Philadelphia Eagles and the Super Bowl.
  “Free Fish Special” at the local  Take Out Fish Market.
  The most common owl in New England. The barred owl..  ”who cooks for you alllll”..
  Barred owl,  or better known as a flying mouse trap !
  This barred owl flew right by me while hunting the perimeter of a big field. Mice on the menu !
  This barred owl was watching a vole for about 20 minutes before it decided to pounce….. it missed  !
  “I know I saw it,  where is it?  don’t tell me I missed ! ??
  This great horned owl was hunting a small lakes shoreline in Cape Bretons Highlands National Park and landed about 50 yards up the shore from me.
  It was giving the look….. and decided I was to large to swallow whole :)
  A trip to Salisbury State Park this morning for owls turned up empty. I did get this juvenile red-tailed hawk take off and fly right over my head.
  Any day I see and eagle is a good day.  I wonder if any day an eagle sees me, he feels the same way?
  I was lucky enough to spend about an hour with this gray phase screech owl at sundown yesterday in southern New Hampshire. What a cool little bird. He woke up and finally as it was so dark we could hardly see him, he flew !
  “Whoooooos there ?    I can see everything from up here on this rooftop”
  An ever alert immature red-tailed hawk wakes up to something behind it.. within 10 sends he was on the ground in the brush out of sight.
  I don’t usually take pictures of birds flying away but this barred owl jumped so fast I kept following it until it was around the corner of the trees.  I didn’t realize what I had on the camera until I saw this on the computer.
  Another barred owl hunting in a snow storm this morning right in front of me!  Right place, right time!  Although I had been looking for 3 hours and was just about frozen stiff !
  I spotted this huge bird sitting in a tree way back in the corner of a field today. It didn’t look like a bald eagle but was huge.  I put up the camera with my 500mm lens and was I surprised !  A golden eagle !!
  This adult red tailed hawk spent 5 minutes trying to perch on top of this corn stalk stub in a Northampton field. He finally did it !

An adult bald eagle clutches a fish he just pulled out of Saint Anne's Bay on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in June of 2015

Adult bald eagle

Common at Quabbin year round with 12 to 14 pairs nesting annually. 

I worked on the bald eagle reintroduction program at Quabbin in the 1980's. Over 7 years 42 young eagles were released at Quabbin. 

Immature bald eagle.

This youngster and 2 of his honchos were flying around a small beaver pond in the north Quabbin area the day after the ice melted from it. Perhaps looking for a fish or duck breakfast. 4/14/15

Early spring nesting

In early March eagles at Quabbin start building, or rebuilding their nests. They are territorial and sometimes use the same nest year after year. The 2 eagles are in the upper left and the nest is in the lower right. One eagle nest weighed 2 tons when it came down.

Foggy day at Quabbin

Out of the fog came this adult bald eagle looking for breakfast for his chicks. Their eggs hatched a week ago.  4/22/15

Ban balloons

These small helium filled balloons sold at grocery stores and florists should be banned. Here is an immature eagle with the ribbon from one such ballon wrapped around his leg. DO NOT BUY THESE BALLOONS !   Wildlife will thank you !  

This young eagle was found at the base of its nest at Rangley Lake in Maine. It was taken to a rehabilitator and released at the Enfield Lookout at Quabbin.

A bald eagle leaps from a small pine tree on a small island at Quabbin.  These hot days they really don't like to fly I'll bet !    7/29/15

Young bald eagle

A just fledged bald eagle sits along the shore below his nest on one of the Quabbins many large islands.  7/21/15

I see you,

Nest mate of the last bald eagle at Quabbin….  7/21/15

An adult bald eagle soars right on top of me ! 10/20/15
Juvenile bald eagle

I saw four young bald eagles flying about a beach on Cape Breton.  It took me a while to figure out someone dumped a pile of bones on the beach that still had some meat on them.  10/14/15

Sub adult bald eagle. It still has some dark feathers in the tail and head. Probably four years old.
Cruising for bones !!

The first thing this morning I saw this eagle sitting on a hump overlooking the Aspy Bay.  He watched me as I watched him.  I took a couple of quick photos and he left.  You can see he is not a full adult by the dirty look with his head feathers.  10/12/15

Here he is sitting on his ledge.  This eagle seems quite small compared to the Aspy Bay and Money Point in the background.  10/12/15

I saw this 3rd eagle sitting over a beach eyeing a flock of sea ducks. As he watched the ducks he didn't see me creeping up on him!

This was taken in the Broad Cove campground on the Atlantic side of the Island. We used to camp there and it is a great place.  10/12/15

Early morning eagle

It was real windy today and there have been lots of rare birds appearing to be blown off course and ending up at Quabbin for a few days. I spent two hours at the Winsor Dam and didn't see much but eagles and a few local hawks blowing around.  11/14/15

An immature bald eagle soars over northern Quabbin today.

As I was packing up to leave this morning after about 3 hours watching air this guy zipped right over me !  1/9/16

Fresh fish for the family.  This bald eagle hit the goldmine.  Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  6/16/17

Even this immature bald eagle was sitting in the shade at the Quabbin Reservoir this morning while we did the weekly loon survey.

Bald eagles

December 26th, 2015 there were 5 bald eagles playing about the northern Quabbin.  This is not a large image but has 4 of the 5 together.  There were 3 adult birds and 2 juveniles.  Here are 2 adults and 2 juveniles.  It takes an eagle 5 years for the head and tail to turn white.  12/26/15

One of the bald eagles from the mating pair surveys their domain in the light snow in northern Quabbin today.  1/14/16

This adult bald eagle was eating the remains of a mouse in a snow storm that a northern harrier had caught about an hour earlier. This was a huge bald eagle !!   Hadley MA  2/15/16

I was in Bartons Cove on the CT River this morning and this pair of eagles dropped in to say hi to me, at least thats what I thought.  They then proceeded to do X rated things on the ice !!  Eggs soon !  3/2/16

Here is an adult bald eagle at the Quabbin Reservoir with a 6 week old chick right below its chest.  Any day I see an eagle its a good day.  (taken on a loon survey from a boat at 100 yards with 500mm lens cropped to 750mm)

These two eagles were discussing how many kids they wanted!  Barton's Cove, Turners Fall on the Connecticut River.  The male is on the left.  As in all birds of prey the males are smaller than the females.   3/2/16

"I'm hungry"

This bald eagle came in for a fish thrown from the boat I was on heading to Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.   6/12/15

Success !!

The same eagle as he hits the jackpot he was eyeing in the last photo.  St. Ann's Bay, Cape Breton Island.  6/15/15

I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !!  6/3/17

Incoming !

Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia…. bald eagle zeroing in on a fish from  across the bay.  6/15/15

 

Anytime I see a bald eagle its a good day.  Happy New Year everyone and stay tuned for something BIG coming in 2017 !  

 

Another day, another juvenile bald eagle soaring over me..... 3/28/17

No coyotes on the ice today but the "eye in the sky" was on duty. (juvenile bald eagle)

I love windy days on the Quabbin and so do the eagles.  They just love to soar and this guy kept flying right over me walking along the shore. Note the ragged feathers that will be replaced when the eagle molts. 4/13/17

Eagles have been flying over the Quabbin all week.  There are 8 active eagle nests at Quabbin as of last Friday for the state nest count.  4/10/17

Very windy first thing this morning. And windy brings out the bald eagles.  I had two juveniles soaring around me for over and hour off and on. It's always fun to watch them soar way up there in the high winds.  

A trip to the coast today turned up this juvenile bald eagle playing with a piece of carrion. Where it came from I have no idea but he was having fun with it..... I wouldn't want those talons in my head!

One more of the young eagle today....

Any day I see a bald eagle is a good day .....This adult was soaring over me at Quabbin along the shore on March 30th, 2017.  I had to take a picture :)

  This adult bald eagle was watching us for about a mile before it flew as we approached in the loon survey boat today doing the survey on the Quabbin.  Always fun to see the eagles there with their 7 foot wing span.  7/12/17

A mated pair of bald eagles sit together on Lone Tree Island in the Quabbin Reservoir, not far from their long time nest and ponder the coming winter and impending ice over that comes with it on the water.....

This juvenile bald eagle was soaring over Hunts Farm on RT 202 in Orange this morning about 8 AM……. Not far from the Quabbin and Lake Rohunta. By looking at the white feathers and green beak, you can tell this eagle is only about 5 to 6 months old.

This immature bald eagle shot right over my head this morning and made a U turn and came back. He was up in the rising sunlight and that gave him a gold color. If you look closely you can see the suns reflection in his eye.

Can you spot the immature bald eagle in this picture?  I have seen them sit like this for hours on end, especially after a full meal on a big fish.  This one sat for the full 2 hours I was in the area.  10/27/16

This osprey has been hanging around the beaver pond for a week now.  This is todays picture  (4/13/16).  I suspect to see him gone on his way north any day now.  Check out those wild eyes....  

I spent 4 hours this morning watching for this guy to catch a fish so I could get a photo.  He did,  but it was behind some dead trees so I didn't see it.  What he DID do was land in a tree 50 yards away from me after he caught it.  It took him over an hour to eat the 15 inch or so pickerel he caught.  4/9/15

Here is the same osprey taking a break from eating his fish and catch some sun.  4/9/16

Osprey

An osprey spreads all 63 inches of its wingspan to ride the warm thermals over Mt Wachusett today while migrating south. Some of them go as far south as central South America.  9/17/15

We had this beautiful osprey surprise us this morning during the loon survey at Quabbin.  5/19/16

This beautiful red shouldered hawk came right over me twice in 2 hours.  It was a good day as I also saw an osprey catch a fish right in front of me but the camera was in my backpack!  4/7/16

Harrier

A northern harrier sails over a couple of huge fields at Arcadia looking for mice and anything else for a dinner meal.  I love watching these hawks fly over the fields. Males are gray and females are brown.  12/8/15

Northern Harrier (female)

Occasionally found at Quabbin during migration. This female was searching the shore for mice or small rodents in the spring.  4/4/15

Northern Harrier

The same male harrier as before. Females are brown, males gray.

Red tailed hawk

Lots of red tailed hawks live on the Quabbin watershed. Here one soars on the thermals in the early spring.

Red tailed hawk watching for its lunch to run across a meadow
Red-tailed hawk

I found this beautiful red tailed hawk sitting on a post today in Massachusetts Audubons Acadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton MA..  He sat there and turned every way for me until a truck came by and he bid me farewell!  12/8/15

This great looking red tailed hawk was sitting in the sun this morning and preening away.  When they finish they give a big shake to realign their feathers they have just preened  2/2/16

Once the preening was done it was after lunch !  Massachusetts Audubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton MA  2/2/16

This beautiful hawk is a hybrid between a red tail hawk and a red shouldered hawk and is a male. It has mated with a female red tailed hawk for the last 3 or 4 years on the same territory in central Massachusetts.  3/8/16

Fall hawk migration

Broad-winged hawks heading south over Mt Wachusett. Today a couple thousand were almost constantly flowing out of the northeast heading south in numerous large kettles riding the thermals.  Always fun to watch.  I look forward to it every year.  9/16/15

more hawks

Here is another shot of a kettle of broad-winged hawks migrating south over Mt Wachusett.  9/16/15

Red-tailed hawk

Here's a red-tailed hawk soaring at Winsor Dam today at the Quabbin Reservoir.  11/14/15

Kestrel (sparrow hawk)

This is our smallest falcon.  I saw this little guy sitting on a fence pole and turned around to go back to get this shot in Amherst MA today.  2/4/16

Lots of young hawks buzzing about the Quabbin woods these days.  here's a young red-tailed hawk hunting the shoreline of Quabbin for  breakfast in the early morning.  8/13/16

As I was looking out over this beaver pond into some mist a merlin flew in and landed on the closest beaver lodge about 100 yards out.  A nice surprise although the picture is a little fuzzy.  9/6/16

A juvenile red shouldered hawk landed right beside me in a dead tree in a swamp this morning.  A few minutes later I saw him flying along with his breakfast in his talons.  8/12/16

A merlin drops in for breakfast with a flock of crows.  Only a crow  was what he planned on eating for breakfast. !!   8/23/16

A young coopers hawk and a kestrel are joined by a flicker.  You can tell by the hawks look at the flicker he's going take him to lunch !!  9/14/16

The flicker got away !.......

This coopers hawk landed about 60 yards from me on a rock in the Quabbin.  I set the camera up on him and a few seconds later he jumped off the rock and flew straight at me and coming to within 30 feet of my face and camera.  A once in a lifetime experience I would say !  9/13/16

A pair of kestrels (falcons) were zipping around the heron pond this morning when I arrived along with a merlin.  9/4/16

I saw this red tailed hawk hunting the meadows at Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton. It was having a hard time holding onto the wires it was hunting from with the gusty wind.  It launched off the wire and flew right past me.  11/11/16

The red tailed hawk soaring over Arcadia Sanctuary meadows this morning in a stiff wind blowing right along the Connecticut River in Easthampton, MA.  11/11/16

Yesterday morning I watched this juvenile broad winged hawk spend 30 minutes preening in the sun after chasing a flock of crows around... I got him in a blink of his eye.....

A soggy red tailed hawk sits in a downpour while waiting for his soggy dinner to run through the field. 10/21/16

Barred Owl

Barred owls are the most common owls in New England and seen at Quabbin quite often. 

I spotted this barred owl hunting along the edge of a small swamp.  I watched him hunt and took a few photos and left him to find his breakfast without disturbing him.  Notice his head is almost 180 degrees around ! 10/29/16

I've only seen one other great gray owl in my life and that was 32 years ago.  I may never see another one because they live in the northern boreal forest of Canada and Alaska. A sub-species can be found in northern California and north central US. I will NEVER forget the yellow eyes they have.  3/17/17.

The Newport NH great gray owl lifts off from a post. I was standing about 30 feet away when it decided to drop by for a visit.  It sat there for about ten minutes and then said good-bye.  Shot with a Nikon D810 and my Nikon 500mm f/4 lens.  (notice it's talons) 3/17/16

The great gray owl watches a bald eagle soar way up overhead on the Sugar River in Newport NH. This bird gets the Olympic medal for being alert .  3/17/17

I took a ride north today to see if the great gray owl was still hanging in there.  It is !  It's always fun to see it but today it was 25 feet up in a pine tree, 1/2 mile north of where he has been hanging out.  3/13/17

Incoming  !!   I drove back north to see the great gray owl again today,  he did not disappoint !!  

Today I drove 2 hours north to see this rare visitor from the great white north. A gray gray owl.  These guys very rarely get out to these parts and when they do all of the bird watchers come from all over the place.  I was lucky enough to find it early  as when I left there were 30 people there !  

Great gray owls are the larges owls in North America. They are not used to seeing people so they are ver approachable. I got as close as 60 yards away and he didnt even bat an eyelash !  Here's where a telephoto lens came in great!  

I went back today to see the magical great gray owl !  To make me get up 4AM, drive 2 hours to watch him catch breakfast and freeze in weather like the arctic circle has to be magical ! here he is in a snow squall  3/9/17.......

A snowy owl sitting on a bird house along the New Hampshire coast.  These owls will be heading back north soon.  3/7/16

Im sad to report that this snowy owl is now is in a raptor rehab facility. The owl was not feeding ,was captured and has been hospitalized until she can be released again.  She also had a foot injury and a sprained wing muscle. Lets hope within a couple weeks she is back out in the wild where she belongs.  11/16/17

WOW,  a snowy owl, first of the year!  2 miles from my house !!   11/10/17

I found this juvenile broad-winged hawk hunting a chipmunk along the Quabbin shore yesterday early in the morning. After about 15 minutes with no luck it flew off up the shore and disappeared.  9/5/17

Looks like another snowy owl invasion is under way. I found this one today in the Connecticut River Valley... sitting in the freezing rain late this afternoon.  I love these guys !  

This is the house connected to Nubble Lighthouse in York Maine. We visited it last Monday. While we were there a snowy owl landed on top of the roof point ! Quite the surprise….. 4/23/18

Here is a longer shot of the snowy owl on the lighthouse….

Female harriers are brown. Males are gray and called gray ghosts because they are so rare. This male flew by me at Salisbury State Park, along the coast north of Boston…

I went to the north shore this morning searching for snowy owls. I found none, but did have fun watching 3 or 4 harriers cruising the marshes. A pair of females take a rest in the sun.

A female harrier launches off after a mouse or small creature in the wetlands.

This juvenile bald eagle eagle went zipping right over me a few days ago. I just had enough time to get the camera up.

There is nothing like the first light of dawn......things like this are what gets me out of bed at 4:30 AM and makes my day.

Seven bald eagles catching some afternoon rays on a cold windy day and discussing the Philadelphia Eagles and the Super Bowl.

“Free Fish Special” at the local Take Out Fish Market.

The most common owl in New England. The barred owl.. ”who cooks for you alllll”..

Barred owl, or better known as a flying mouse trap !

This barred owl flew right by me while hunting the perimeter of a big field. Mice on the menu !

This barred owl was watching a vole for about 20 minutes before it decided to pounce….. it missed !

“I know I saw it, where is it? don’t tell me I missed ! ??

This great horned owl was hunting a small lakes shoreline in Cape Bretons Highlands National Park and landed about 50 yards up the shore from me.

It was giving the look….. and decided I was to large to swallow whole :)

A trip to Salisbury State Park this morning for owls turned up empty. I did get this juvenile red-tailed hawk take off and fly right over my head.

Any day I see and eagle is a good day. I wonder if any day an eagle sees me, he feels the same way?

I was lucky enough to spend about an hour with this gray phase screech owl at sundown yesterday in southern New Hampshire. What a cool little bird. He woke up and finally as it was so dark we could hardly see him, he flew !

“Whoooooos there ? I can see everything from up here on this rooftop”

An ever alert immature red-tailed hawk wakes up to something behind it.. within 10 sends he was on the ground in the brush out of sight.

I don’t usually take pictures of birds flying away but this barred owl jumped so fast I kept following it until it was around the corner of the trees. I didn’t realize what I had on the camera until I saw this on the computer.

Another barred owl hunting in a snow storm this morning right in front of me! Right place, right time! Although I had been looking for 3 hours and was just about frozen stiff !

I spotted this huge bird sitting in a tree way back in the corner of a field today. It didn’t look like a bald eagle but was huge. I put up the camera with my 500mm lens and was I surprised ! A golden eagle !!

This adult red tailed hawk spent 5 minutes trying to perch on top of this corn stalk stub in a Northampton field. He finally did it !

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