Found a new bald eagles’ nest today. I stopped by to see, perchance, if the Pen Ryn or Herringbone Lane ospreys might have made it back early. They’re expected this week sometime.
Usually the fish hawks arrive on their migration north from South America like clockwork around St. Patrick’s Day, which is next Saturday. Last year they were delayed for a week by a winter storm that struck the region. The weather forecasters are talking about maybe a third nor’easter for this March may develop on Monday. We’ll see. I hope not, for the past couple of storms so far have reeked havoc, power outages, floods and even death.
Many people in Bensalem Township, Pa., had their power turned back on yesterday from the first storm’s outage, and other parts of Bucks County had been without electricity since Wednesday, the day of March’s second winter storm.
“In like a lion, out like a lamb,” as the saying goes.
Anyway, the ospreys haven’t returned yet. Pen Ryn’s range marker, atop which the birds always roost, is empty. Apparently the Coast Guard cleared off last year’s nest. The same goes for the Herringbone marker; however, a cormorant was present today. Both Delaware River towers are seen below.
While standing on the river-access boat ramp at the public park there, which is in Bensalem Township, PA., I happened to see a bald eagles’ nest in a sycamore tree across the river in Delanco, NJ., as seen in the lead-in photo to this essay.
It’s hard to believe the birds nested so close to that house. Usually they’re off by themselves, isolated from encroachment. These raptors are part of the neighborhood. I wonder if the citizens know the eagles are there, and do the eagles know a family lives in the house that’s only a backyard away?
While I was taking some photos, a PA Game Commission warden said hello and was looking around with his binoculars. I pointed out the bald eagles’ nest to him, for which it was his first time seeing it too.
The above photo is a faraway shot, farther than all the other bald-eagle nests I monitor around the area; but at least there’s no obstruction in front of it. We’ll be able to follow their progress this spring and see how many offspring are produced.
I mentioned to the game warden that I was thinking about running over to the NJ side of the river in Delanco, to see if I could get a closer vantage. He offered to look up on his phone for me, the names of the streets nearby the nest. Using Google Earth, we found the spot, which I’ll not divulge to protect the privacy of the birds.
Besides, the tree and nest are on private property.
The officer asked if I would post any photos I get of the birds onto the PA Game Commission’s Facebook page, for this nest isn’t known to them. I said yes and posted a few before starting on this week’s blog entry.
Also, I made up a Pinterest board dedicated to the Delanco Bald Eagles, on which one can find the full-size photos taken today.
Heading over to NJ via the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, traveling southerly through Burlington Township, Beverly, and into Delanco, I probably could have paddled across the river faster, but not in the wintertime.
The neighborhood in which the nest resides is a quiet riverfront community, with only a few spots on the street where I could take some photos of the sycamore tree. Once spring arrives, the birds will be totally hidden by foliage, which is great for them, but not for this bird-watcher.
The street that runs parallel with the river afforded a clear shot into the nest, where one of the adults were seen roosting on eggs, I presume, as shown below:
It almost looks like the bird is smiling:
Although we may not be able to view the nest from the neighborhood in Delanco, NJ, later in the season, at least, from the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware, we’ll be able to keep an eye on them, however small.
Returning back to PA, I crossed over the Burlington-Bristol Bridge again, and headed to Bristol to check on the Burlington Island bald eagles, and found that their nest is occupied by a roosting female and a wandering male, both of whose photos will be posted later on their own Pinterest board.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by to read this, and, as always, thank you for your continued support.