It was an adult headed north on a thremal which it briefly shared with
a screaming Red-tailed Hawk.
On Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:55:58 -0400, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Congratulations, guys! Adult or immature?
> First one I ever saw in the East was when I was trying out a possible
> new hawkwatch spot one fall in the parking lot of a well-situated
> Walmart. I was all by myself. This adult Golden Eagle came soaring
> very low overhead in great light, making the ID absolutely unmistakable,
> the golden shackles just gleaming on the back of its neck as it soared
> away from me(and the sun).
> This was pre-cell phones and out of CB range of the main hawkwatch site,
> so I had no way to tell anybody who would know or care.
> Then a guy came out of the store with his packages headed
> for a car parked near me, so I told him! See that? See that big bird?
> That's a golden eagle! They're very rare in the East! He stared at me
> for a minute as I gibbered and gestured excitedly, then slowly backed
> away and said, It looks black to me, before turning and fleeing back to
> the store. I decided it was time to leave.
> On 3/21/2013 3:33 PM, Ronald Payne wrote:
> > This afternoon when we were just about to leave Lake Champlain from a
> > day's birding, Ian Worley glibly stated that we would find a Golden
> > Eagle on our way home. Well, just as we were coming up to the Brilyea
> > Access of Dead Creek on Rt. 17 in Addison, I spotted a large bird
> > soaring above us and pointed it out to Ian who stopped the car. I
> > literally couldn't believe my eyes when I looked at the bird, needed
> > some convincing, and a good look at it through my scope before I
> > agreed with Ian that it was in fact a Golden Eagle.
> > -- Ron Payne Middlebury, VT
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