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Golden Eagle Survey Time Again!

First, an interesting news story that popped up over the Holidays:

According to a story in The New York Times blog in the last week a red-tailed hawk was picked up in New York and eventually made its way to The Raptor Trust.  Turns out that the hawk is over 27 years old!  I was curious if this was the oldest wild red-tailed hawk recovered in the wild…it’s not.  According to the Bird Banding Lab the oldest known wild red-tailed hawk was 29 years and 9 months old.  Interesting was that this bird was also recovered in New York.

Since it’s now officially winter, it’s getting to be golden eagle season along the Upper Mississippi River.  The National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN will hold its annual Winter Golden Eagle Survey on January 15, 2011.  The above photo is one that I took during the survey last winter. I took a route near our beehives and ended up finding 3 golden eagles.  If you do not feel comfortable with your golden eagle vs immature bald eagle id skills, the National Eagle Center offers seminars to teach you how.  These are helpful because they show the habitat you are more likely to find a golden eagle than you would an immature bald eagle.  The next seminar is on January 8.  If you are in the area, you should sing up.  It’s beautiful country in the winter and at the very least, you’ll see lots of bald eagles, if not a few golden eagles.

5 comments to Golden Eagle Survey Time Again!

  • Joanna

    When driving back from Bemidji after Thanksgiving, I had two eagle sightings from my car: one was a lone, mature bald eagle, while the other was a group of five eagles, two of them clearly bald eagles, the other three not sure, who were flying together. One of them dropped something as another chased it. Could have been a parent harrassed by a youngster? or just a food fight, but it was amazing to see them fly back and forth over the road as we drove!

  • Just yesterday, I saw my second Golden Eagle ever! Such awesome birds. This survey sounds fantastic!

  • It is amazing to me to think that a Red-tailed Hawk can live to be 30 or more years old and even more amazing that we can know such things by marking and recapturing individual birds. Golden Eagles are always a big treat, you wouldn’t have to twist my arm too hard to go an eagle count during a Minnesota winter… too hard that is.

  • Have you looked at the oldest birds at the Bird Banding Lab. Almost all of them are fish eaters. Crazy stuff.

  • joan schnabel

    Sharon, thanks for posting. there is also a seminar/field trip at 1 pm on tuesday January 4th to make up for the one cancelled due to the blizzard. Besides a classroom presentation, there is also a field trip in nice warm cars to go out and look for golden eagles. So if you’ve never seen one in the wild this is a great chance to do so. Also, flicker boi, or anyone else we would appreciate notification of any golden eagle sightings, location, age if possible especially during the count time, but anytime is appreciated. The more info we have, the more we learn. thanks, you can email with sightings. ps I think its sign up, but sing up is even better