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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