I forgot to mention that I saw a lot of gray squirrels and wondered about them being a food source. Glad for the report from Zac that yes they are.
Since GOEA prey on snow geese, I imagine wild turkeys would also fit the bill. However, if squirrels are plentiful, they would be a lot easier to “subdue” than a turkey.
We are so lucky to have this individual here to study. I did look carefully at it’s back to make sure there was no telemetry equipment attached by Katzner’s Lab. Also the legs had no bands.
> On Jan 3, 2019, at 2:06 PM, Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I also spent some time watching the Golden Eagle on Sibley Road this
> morning. It was perched in the southeast corner of the wishing well field,
> preening while a group of turkeys walked directly below it. They did not
> seem to notice or care about the eagle. As I watched, the eagle flew down
> into the field, snagged a gray squirrel, and flew up onto a perch in a
> different tree. There have been many squirrels in the corn stubble when
> I've visited over the past several weeks. Perhaps with the glut of
> squirrels this winter it is not worth the risk and effort for the eagle to
> tackle larger prey, such as the turkeys. Maybe the turkeys have become
> habituated to the eagle.
> There has been an increase in Golden Eagles overwintering in the Northeast
> in recent decades. I wonder if the increases in both the white-tailed deer
> and wild turkey populations in recent decades have helped them. If you are
> curious about Golden Eagles in the northeast, check out the work of the
> Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group and the Katzner Lab. The camera trap
> images are particularly impressive.
> Zac Cota
> Sent from my iPhone