You know the drill: Someone claims to see a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) but then some wise-ass bird expert has to tell them that “Immature bald eagles are often mistaken for golden eagles. You saw a bald eagle, not a golden eagle.” Reminds me of the bird expert lady in The Birds (which we watched just the other day) … boy was she wrong!
Anyway, golden eagles have been traversing the state of Minnesota, and occasionally wintering here, for quite some time, and only recently are people really taking notice, counting them as real, and even starting to study them.
So, it was very exciting to hear the news today that Golden Eagle # 42 has crossed the border from Canada into northern Minnesota, and is at this moment in one of the northern conties not far from Rainey River. (Linux users know of Rainy River as a Canadian town that your system defaults to if you point to “Minnesota” as your location … which in turn explains why your spell checkers want to use British English. But I digress.)
This is an eagle that had been injured in a trap a while back and rehabilitated at the Minnesota Raptor Center, tagged with a GPS locater and transmitter, and released.
These suckers eat wild turkeys.
And just for fun, here is last Srping’s story from MPR on the same project.
And here is where I said there were golden eagles around but nobody believed me! Live up to it, suckers!
(Well, Eagle Guy Scott Mehus has had it right all along too.)