Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle?

I'm not sure. But I do know I'm not getting much work done.
12/02/2010 12 PM
As for when the lake will freeze over, like I've said from the beginning, it's anybody's guess. During that cold spell the 3rd week in November, I really thought it would freeze over before December. Just shows you what I know. Last year it was December 10th, during a particularly cold period. This year? If it doesn't freeze over in December, then I'll start the contest over again after Christmas. Thanks for hanging in there with me, everyone.

Merry Christmas.


  1. Hi Joylene,
    I'm sorry, but I'm useless when it comes to eagles and figuring out what's what.
    I do know that most bald eagles reside above the 49th parallel. I suppose there's a bit of irony in that. Imagine all the beavers heading south:-)
    I know how to freeze up the lake, real quick. I'm sending you over the unseasonably cold British weather lol
    Take care, Joylene.
    In kindness, Gary.

  2. It's a big bird! It's a little too far away and silhouetted for me to tell.

  3. Hi Gary. I meant to say how sorry I am for your lousy weather. And of course, not for one minute was i thinking: Better you than me!!! LOL Take care. Do send some ice in January.

  4. Hi Sheffe. I'm contending with a very bright sun today and I can't quite make out if they're young bald eagles or goldens because of the glare. I'm seeing them so often today I'm not actually sure if it's the same two or totally new ones each time. But they are beautiful no matter who they are.

  5. Pretty sure it's a Golden Eagle. We have a lot of Bald Eagles here and they have a distinct white head and body.

    We moved to NE Iowa just over two years ago, so we are starting our third winter here. It is by far the mildest we've had. Last year we had snow on the ground in October. We are expecting our first accumulation this weekend.

  6. Hi Sharon. This is the first time in 19+ years that I've seen golden eagles on our lake; my neighbour said they've seen some up by Kitimat and Terrace. We have several returning bald eagles that nest in the same trees. Their young look similar to the golden eagles, but apparently, my neighbour says, they have their white feathers by winter. Another neighbour said they don't get them until their 2. So not sure which one of them is right.

    We're probably 700 km north of where you are. Mild winter so far. Hope that doesn't mean rain all summer. I've never seen this many eagles. Can't help but wonder if there's a reason.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Thanks for sharing all the pictures. What a nice peaceful looking area.

  8. So awsome! What a beautiful creature!

    It is SO beautiful where you are.

  9. Hi Susanne. Thanks. I am very appreciative of where I live. I just have to learn to balance work with stalking eagles. LOL.

    Hi Carol. Thanks. Hope you're well and recuperating from all the excitement???

  10. All I know about Bald Eagles vs. Golden Eagles is what I've read. Such as:

    Juveniles of both species don't usually get their adult plumage for five years. A golden eagle's legs are entirely feather covered; an immature bald eagle's lower legs are bare.

    According to Google, "Immature bald eagles are distinguishable from the golden eagle in that the former has a more protruding head with a larger beak, straighter edged wings which are held flat (not slightly raised) and with a stiffer wing beat, and feathers which do not completely cover the legs." They feed mostly on fish and carrion.

    The golden eagle's "plumage colour ranges from black-brown to dark brown, with a striking golden-buff crown and nape, which glows in the sunlight and light reflects the golden tint, which give the bird its name. The upper wings also have an irregular lighter area. Immature birds resemble adults, but have a duller more mottled appearance. Also they have a white-banded tail and a white patch at the carpal joint, that gradually disappear with every moult until full adult plumage is reached in the fifth year." "Golden eagles use their agility and speed combined with extremely powerful talons to snatch up prey including rabbits, marmots, ground squirrels, and large mammals such as fox, wild and domestic cats, mountain goats, ibex, and young deer. They will also eat carrion if prey is scarce, as well as reptiles."

    There now... isn't that more than you ever wanted to know about eagles???

    The thing is, I wouldn't expect to see only juveniles without adults around. So, my guess is that yours are golden eagles.

  11. Carol -- thanks! You didn't have to. But the fact you did proves just how thoughtful and kind you are. Thanks for doing all this research. After reading what you found I'm more convinced I have both and because my eyes are failing me and I can't get a good enough look to determine which is which. They don't land in any of my trees. They glide or coast by and land in my neighbours' trees on both sides. Sometimes I'm pretty sure they're Golden Eagles because they're so huge. Then a bald Eagle will go by and they're easy to pick out because of their white. Then I'll see one that I'm just not sure about. The whole point is I'm supposed to be writing! LOL. You can't imagine how much time goes by while I'm running around with a camera in my face.

  12. Hi Joylene .. I thought it'd freeze with you .. before it did here with us .. I really don't want a Canadian winter here!!

    I'll guess again in January .. see how we go .. and blessings to those eagles, whichever variety they are!

    Cheers Hilary

  13. Hi Hilary. After all this fuss, today the wind is gone and the lake looks like it's freezing. But I've been wrong before. I guess we'll just have to sit and wait. I'm going to have another contest in April for breakup. This has brought my attention full circle to the lake, which, in winter, is a good thing.

  14. Hi Joylene .. so the 8th might be right after all ... thanks for letting me change it!

    We'll see in the next few days .. cheers Hilary

  15. Hi Joylene,you're blog has got some fantastic pictures and I must say that I feel a touch of envy that you live in such a wonderful place!
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  16. Hilary, it's looking like the 8th is as good as any day. It's 11am PST and the wind just started up. That could be because the lake is freezing in the south-west section. It always seems to begin there. And the forecast says the temperature is dropping off by Sunday. So, you could be right on.

  17. Hi Paul. I love the lake and all the species that inhabit it. But you'd laugh hard if you could see me trying to get a decent photo of our eagles. Every time I see one coming this way I grab my camera and go slip sliding outside. Sometimes I remember my sweater.

  18. Hi Joylene,

    First time visitor. I do this often. Stare out the window when I should be doing something. Anything. LOL! Must be left over ADD from when I was a kid. I'm better now. In fact ... hey, a squirrel with a bushy tail!

    And thanks for stopping by

  19. Hi first timer, Stephen Tremp. LOL. I wasted an entire day yesterday trying to get a good photo of a bald eagle and a golden eagle. So, what you're saying is it's left over ADD from when I was a kid? Okay, well that's good to know. LOL.


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