Sunday, September 14, 2008

Golden eagle 9/14/08


Well, I saw my first golden eagle up close this morning! As I was driving through the mountains, almost to town, I saw a movement to my right out of the corner of my eye. Yup. A golden eagle, aquila chrysaetos. He/She was very large and dark brown. Definitely NOT a hawk! I've seen the hawks up there and this was no hawk! It began to unfold its wings and start to take off. A nearby field had recently been plowed, so it was probably after some rodents. What a beautiful bird! Unfortunately, I had 3 cars behind me, so I didn't stop and attempt to take its photo. This isn't my photo. Aren't they beautiful birds? I was talking to Bill, who owns the ranch where I board my horses, and he said, yes, their valley does have golden eagles. He can see them from their porch. They move around, depending on where their food is, but they still stay in the valley.

4 comments:

Amanda said...

Don't you love spotting the rare ones?

The W.O.W. factor said...

On the ranch while in MT, Golden Eagles were a plenty! One time, we had the rare opportunity to witness a Golden and a Bald, above our home...fighting for the gopher one of them had caught! In their dispute, the poor gopher fell to the ground. We didn't see either of them come swoop him up, they just flew off....

Danielle Michelle said...

Aren't they too cool?! We always have a few along with Balds come in for the winter near the house. By srping they've gotten a little more used to me stopping to watch and don't fly off as often.

Jeannelle said...

I'm happy for you that you saw a golden eagle! A few years ago, for several weeks in the winter, we had a bald eagle hanging around.....very strange.....never happened before or since.