Date: 2/1/19 4:51 pm
From: Kevin M Doyle via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hudson River eagles
If any CT birders know about the Hudson River eagles and have made the trip in the past here's the latest info.

With this cold spell its brought ice and plenty of it. Since a little over a week ago locals tell there was nothing.

The problem being spending 6 hours Thursday and nearly 7 hours today there was little to no action on the ice with both a tide going out and coming in. Far from being an expert I can't explain this since in past years we always had interactions  on the ice.

Yesterday I found maybe 10 eagles with it being cold with some wind which made it trying being out all day. Since the weather for today was predicted to be warmer with no wind, I rolled back over.

For those who know the area the white house on the hill I found nearly 20 eagles perched flying in and out of the trees. From the park looking towards the marina we could see eagles fighting over fish. But it was at least a 1/4 mile away. Picking up and moving towards the marina we were greeted with upwards of 30 eagles in one tree on the Island then on land another 15.

What was puzzling from the park they were fighting over fish but getting on site they were all in trees. The culprit maybe were 2 blue herons stabbing at fish as they were trapped and jumping out of the shallows. It was easier for the herons to stand and stab rather than the eagles trying to catch them. Maybe!!!

So today I saw and photographed maybe 75 eagles many up close.

It might be worth a ride tomorrow since tonight it's going to zero degrees and Sunday as well. With next week reaching maybe 60 degrees who knows what this will do to the ice.

All of this action took place in Verplanc NY.

Google Hardie Street then use your GPS.

I know it's not Connecticut but it's the place to go to see eagles.

I believe next weekend the 9th is Eagle Fest it's part of the Croton on Hudson day where they showcase these birds.

Kevin Doyle
New Milford  CT

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