A Careful Landing

Osprey landing with claws closed
Normally this osprey would land with its claws spread out. However, with three very young chicks (eyases) in the nest it comes in with its claws closed. I took this picture at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.


Osprey moving branch
This osprey had just flown into the nest, and it seemed that this branch was in its way. It moved it from one side of the nest to the other. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Two osprey Parents and Their Two Eyass

2 osprey parents and 2 babies
The eyass are under a week old. Yesterday I saw three, but it was too far away to get a decent photo of them. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Padding the Nest

This osprey is bringing a pine branch to add to the nest. It is common to see these birds continue to add to the existing nest even after the eyats are born. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Catching Itself After Falling

A fledging snowy egret catches itself after a fall.
This fledgling snowy egret was trying to fly from branch to branch when I saw it fall. It successfully grabbed long stringy branches that hang down from the eucalyptus tree where they nest. It slowly made its way up to higher branches. I photographed this bird at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Running out of Room

red shouldered baby hawk spreading its wings.
This red-shouldered hawk eyat is spreading its wings. It is still too young to fly. An adult’s wingspan is 40″/101 cm. The nest size is 16″ to 24″/40 cm to 60 cm across. I took this photo in Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa, California.

An Osprey Brings Half a Fish

An osprey flys into a nest
About 15 minutes later the original bird flew off with the fish. Its partner did not seem to want it. I photographed these birds at Lake Sonoma in Sonoma County, California.

An Osprey and a Fish

An osprey and a fish on a pole
This osprey was near its nest. Earlier, I observed it eating this fish on the same pole it was sitting on now. I photographed this at the bridge across Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California.

Red-Shouldered Hawk and Eyas

Red-shouldered hawk and two babies.
The adult is the same one that I showed close up yesterday. I did not see the adult bring any food. Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rose, CA.

REd-Shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered hawk sitting on a tree branch
This is one of the two nesting adults sitting on a branch about 30 ft / 9m away. I was in Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa, California.

A Steller Jay and a Meal

Steller Jay with an insect.
I did not realize that we had these beautiful steller jays in Sonoma County. I took this photo at the Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa, CA.

Three Siblings

3 black crown herons
These three black crown herons chicks seem to be checking out the rest of the birds at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa California.

Flying in

red-shouldered hawk landing
This red-shouldered hawk is returning to its nest to care for the two eyas. I took this photo in the Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa, California.

Turning Away

Anna's Hummingbird flying away
This Anna’s hummingbird had been at a feeder when it turned and began flying off. Their speed can be as high as 61 mph or 27 meters per second.

A Family Portrait

three eyat egrets and one adult
This family of snowy egrets are in one of the W. 9th Street rookery’s eucalyptus trees. Santa Rosa, California.

Two Very Active Cattle Egret Chicks

A parent is not in the nest The nest is usually 7″ to 24″ across. I took this photo at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Leaving the Nest

Red-shouldered hawk flying away from its nest.
This red-shouldered hawk is leaving the nest. If you look closely you can see a fuzzy head of an eyas above the edge of the nest. I took this picture at Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa, CA.

A New Eyas in the Red-Shouldered Hawk’s Nest

baby red shouldered hawk
There is an additional baby hawk called an eyas in this nest. It cannot be seen in this photograph. I took this photo on 5-11-2022 at the Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa, California.

Rufous Hummingbird

I took this hummingbird picture feeding in my backyard.

Pair of Nesting Osprey

2 nesting osprey
I took this photo in 2017 on Cape Cod,  Massachusetts.
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