21 August: White-tailed Kite with prey in talons. After hunting for 30 minutes, the kite captured what appeared to be a rat. It brought its prey to a juniper tree and ate part of it, then departed towards Milford Point.
7 August: White-tailed Kite at Short Beach in Stratford, CT. A state record for CT, and a life bird for me. WTKIs are rarely seen in the Northeast. The bird was found by Dennis Varza on August 1st and was last seen on October 9th. More info on the kite can be found at http://ctaudubon.blogspot.com/ . This photo is heavily cropped.
15 Nov, 7:41am: Aplomado Falcon perched on solar panel at Bosque del Apache (NM). Viewed from the Marsh Trail. Leg band says "8A". Since 2006 the Peregrine Fund has reintroduced over 120 Aplomados into NM. Local release sites have included Ted Turner's Armendaris Ranch and the White Sands Missile Range. For more about this falcon, go to http://www.friendsofthebosque.org/BosqueWatch04.2010v2.pdf
March 1st: Short-eared Owl at the former Grumman airport property (now known as EPCAL) in Calverton, NY. Many grassland birds depend on open areas like this for their survival. To join the efforts to save these grasslands from development, click here .