[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: GOLDEN EAGLE juvenile
willclemons at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 2 16:47:46 PST 2009
In addition to our regular Monday Goose Survey, I birded the River "S" Unit at Ridgefield NWR today. I was there from about 7:30A.M. until about 2:45P.M. (~4mi W of I-5 at Exit 14 in SW Washington; http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ ).
GOLDEN EAGLE: This was a stunning juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE and it was seen briefly circling (maybe a 15-18 circles) over South Quigley Lake, before moving off to the NW. It was also seen by Clay Davis, Kathy Davis, Scott Carpenter, and Steve Nord. The sun was bright and the leading edges of its upper wings were a wonderful golden brown as was a good portion of the head and neck. Its tail was the classic two color white with a dark terminus. As an added treat an adult BALD EAGLE joined it and together they circled in the same small thermal. They remained on oppisite sides of the circle, and this allowed for excellent binocular contrast of the head and bill differences between the two species. Soon the BALD EAGLE was joined by a second adult BALD EAGLE, and together the two BALD EAGLES paired and with a small flight dance move, headed off to the North, leaving the GOLDEN EAGLE alone again. At one point it was nearly directly over my car at about 100
feet high. Beautiful Bird!
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