But while I was looking for him, I found an Eagle's nest.
I'd met some people on a walking trail who said they'd heard there was a Red-tailed Hawk nest toward the west and also that the Eagle's nest of last year had blown down and an Eagle pair also likely had a nest somewhere "over there".
Thankfully the railroad tracks were going in a handy direction...giving me some "public access" through the countryside amidst all the privately owned land.
I'd walked along for about a half hour being screamed at by Red-winged Blackbirds, they're very tense this time of year, when I saw a large speck in the top of a tree.
Then the large speck took to his wings toward the east...left.
A Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, going somewhere with purpose.
He then curved back in the other direction again and flew the length of a field back to his perch.
Flying past the nest. See it near the top of the tree center?
It's well over a mile away, so I try digiscoping.
It is too far away even for digiscoping.
There is an Eagle's head there but its tough to see. I look around for the nearest farm house. Perhaps they own the site and I can get permission to get closer. Gulp. I gather my stuff and start trekking for it.
Raptor watching is ever so much easier in Central Park. Though...Central Park doesn't have an Eagle's Nest.
More to Come!