Breeding was not successful the first year but now the female was incubating a clutch of eggs - I say female since they do the majority of incubation although both sexes have brood patches. Much of the time you can't see the bird because it sits so low in the nest, but I was lucky as for a brief moment the eagle lifted her head:
The male often perches on a dead tree nearby but was nowhere in sight.
About a mile away upriver an Osprey pair was building a nest high on a power line tower. Here one bird is sitting on the airplane warning light. The scraggly sticks of the nest can just be made out on the platform under the light.
After a while the Osprey lifted off and circled overhead, then disappeared behind the tree line.
Other birds encountered on my walk:
A pair of Spotted Sandpipers
One of them had apparently caught something edible and was flying off with it as I approached.
American Redstarts (not much luck here with the pics)
A Palm Warbler
And more Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warblers
A Baltimore Oriole posing on top of an Eastern Red Oak in the bright morning sunshine.
A flowering shrub at home was humming with bumble bees. Looking closely I had never noticed that they come in two colors
Red-tailed Bumble Bee
Northern Golden Bumble Bee
I am going to be off on my annual trip to Germany to visit my mom and brother and sister. I am well supplied with Kindle books on my iPod Touch for the long journey: Anthill by E.O Wilson, The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason, and for the night hours when I can't concentrate on anything else Nemesis, a thriller by Jo Nesbo which is supposed to be as good as the Stieg Larsson novels.