Soon the schools of Shad will be running in the river, heading upstream to spawn, and the eagles are keeping close watch, moving from tree to tree up and down the riverside intently focused on the water, waiting, restlessly. They appear to time their nesting each year to coincide with the large influx of that particular fish. It's the only reason I know for why the two are together and away from their nest father up-river this late in the season. A steady supply of fish means the female can lay and brood her eggs, and rely on the male to be able supply all the food she needs for a successful nesting season.
For the little seed-eating birds like the Finches and Nuthatch, this year seems to have brought a larger than usual supply of pine-cones and seeds. Enough so that in spite of the relative harshness of this winter at least one pair of Goldfinch stayed over for the entire season, the first time we've ever seen that in this small patch of trees.
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