I have been feeding humming birds for years in my Valley Cottage backyard. They are tiny wonders of nature that never cease to amaze me.They have the ability to hover in mid-air or fly forward,
Bald Eagles Spotted in Palisades
I saw my first bald eagle on a raft trip down the Snake River in the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming in 1968. It was a majestic sight, and one that I never thought I'd experience here in Rockland County. Well, every once in a while things get done right. In this case, it was the banning of the insecticide DDT, which caused eagles to lay thin-shelled eggs which cracked under their weight. With the chemical out of the food chain, bald eagles, along with hawks and vultures, have made a comeback in this area. One of my gym buddies lives in Snedens Landing in Palisades, and she sent me a photo of a nesting pair of eagles who decided to grace her property in that community with their presence. Their rather imposing nest is situated high up in a pine tree right on the edge of the palisades, with a commanding view of the Hudson River. This is the same neighborhood that hosted a pair of panthers a couple of years back, and I guess the moral is that some wild animals are better judges of property value than we ever thought possible.
I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....