Its no secret that the Pallisades is one of my favorite birding spots. During Spring and Fall migrations, it is a nearby location where its possible to get fantastic looks at raptors as they filter down the Hudson. On this trip we were looking specifically for Bald Eagles, but instead, found this Common Raven making a territorial display.
Rising then diving upside down while making its distintive "Quork!" the Raven appeared to be agitated by some unseen presence. Just then, an adult Golden Eagle emerged from the bluffs!
It circled a few times in front of us, before disappearing South.
Raven it tow.
Apparently one of the resident peregrines had heard the commotion and came out to mark its turf against the intruder.
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for the Goldens.