PA Broad Wing Flight

Good Lord, I’m getting behind on the Bird Report already! It’s been one week and  a day since my Broad Wing watch on the ridge. I was watching the front move through the day before and checking the chances for a good wind.  I chose Thursday the 18th over Wednesday (my two days off last week) and I made the right choice, considering the Broad Wing count on Wednesday was only 35. Here’s Stone Mountain’s count from last Thursday.  471for raptors, and 445 for Broad Wings. The day after was back down to about 40 for the day and the count never rebounded past fifty after that it seems.

And hey, it looks like I was at least added to the official count as a visitor! It was seven years ago I think that I actually held the clip board myself on a Golden Eagle count. Only three of us on the ridge that day, in the cold first winds of November and watching the snow squalls start up on Tussey ridge and blow across the valley toward us. Maybe I’ll do that again this year. Now where’s that wool coat…

Better Than Red Bull

Ever look up and see one of these overhead?

From Eagles of Summer 2008

We’ve been seeing these all summer. Adults and Juveniles, at least two if not three different juvies from different years by their plummage. We have been told there is a nest near us, maybe two. We keep searching the river and haven’t found any.

Seeing such sights overhead (at least one per week it seems, sometimes two per day, not to mention the osprey, the great blue herons, the egrets, wood ducks… god, I love the river), truly gives wings to the soul. It’s indescribably poetic. Here’s a close up…

From Eagles of Summer 2008

And one of the juvies:

From Eagles of Summer 2008
From Eagles of Summer 2008

This juvenile is definitely younger than one of the other we saw that had much more white streaking, particularly on the tail, as well as a very yellowish beak like their adult counterparts.