Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday afternoon on the CT River watching Osprey catch a large fish

My morning was to start with a breakfast run to a sick friend, but I found him so ill that I called Rescue and sent him to the ER. Later in the afternoon I took my two dogs along for a walk on the Fort Hill Railroad Trail along the CT River in Hinsdale. It was a brisk bright fall day with a bounty of ripening berries and wild grape in the bushes and trees along the way, but in terms of birding the pickings were slim. I saw Blue Jays, two Gray Catbirds, Mourning Doves and a couple of warblers. Here are photos of a bird that I need some help to identify: an immature mostly green tinged Northern Parula:

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

A Common Yellowthroat, a first winter male:

Common Yellow Throat

Along the river;s edge the Sumac in its full fall color; behind it the Vernon nuclear plant across the river:

On this peacefull Sunday afternoon a man and his dog were fishing.

The tranquility was suddenly interrupted by a tremendous splash. A large bird with its dark wings partially submerged was struggling to rise up and finally broke free of the water. It was an osprey carrying a large fish, that looked like a large catfish to me.

The Osprey with his fish circled once and came back into view:

And then disappeared:

Oblivious to the drama, my dogs Chance and Sasha meanwhile pursued their own agendas.


  1. Wow, that really is an odd Parula.

    And the Osprey pic is spectacular. Thanks for sharing!

  2. great shots! I think the fish is a pickerel or a small pike! awesome


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