Monday, February 09, 2015

Heinz NWR - Eagle & Shrike

Heinz NWR provided a delightful walk, but not much in the way of birds, and even less in the way of photo ops. The two photos below are strictly documentary ...

Regulars to the refuge expect the resident Bald Eagles to be incubating eggs any day now, and they hope the pair will have better success this year than last year. (Philadelphians are unhappy when their eagles don't do well.)

The female was perched close to her nest, while her mate stood watch over the Amtrak trains on a nearby pole.

Bald Eagle

This is the fifth year that a Northern Shrike has made the tidal marsh his territory - a good one in my non-avian judgment, since many sparrows feed in the reeds. I see this bird almost every year, but this is the first time I have had a photo opportunity (such as it is).

Northern Shrike
Good Birding!

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