Monday, April 19, 2021

Return to the Osprey Maze

Unfortunately it appears the Bald Eagle nest failed this year. But that doesnt stop them from harassing and generally lording over the Osprey Maze. EaglevsOsprey Eagle vs Osprey And while its sad this nest was not successful, bald eagles are enjoying a huge resurgence in NJ. In addition, the Osprey are back and in even greater number this time. I counted a few more nests this year so at this point lets just say they are every where. At some point I might even do a survey of the entire area. OspreyNest One of the cooler things in the day was the discovery of a kestrel nest! This is the first one I've found in Monmouth County. What's interesting about it is that they made it at the foot of the eagle nest, undoubtedly for the protection from hawks that it provides. kestrel prey transfer FemaleKestrelwSparrow Here you can see they took an old starling nest in this light fixture, and the eagle nest is right there next to it. EagleNestKestrelNest What they do is slide over the light bulb and I guess there a cavity back there. Havent been in the night to see if the light is actually on but Im guessing there's no way it is as those sodium lights get super hot.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Whale watching on the Jersey Shore

For the next 4 weeks or so, fantastic cetacean and also turtle watching along the Jersey Shore. If you dont know where to go, just take the train to Asbury Park at high tide and walk to the boardwalk. Point your binoculars at the water. Be patient...maybe eat a taco. Squeeee

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Summer Solstice

The Jersey Shore is really coming into its own now. Even tho the babies are out of the nest, the parents stick close by due to the incessant Osprey attacks! BE vs Osprey 2 The eagles have fledged and the peregrines are not too far behind. This year the Peregrines ganked the resident Osprey nest, thus they are up high on a gigantic stick nest. Peregrine Nest The Osprey that were evicted, built their nest on a nearby telephone pole. From the right angle, you can get both nests, with young in one shot! Osprey Nest/Peregrine Nest Highlight of the day was the presence of a kestrel nest! In one morning, I was able to see North America's largest and smallest raptors nesting, foraging and generally being the badass birdys they are! Kestrel vs Mockingbird