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Old 06-25-2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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Today, I went on a 2-mile walk to a bridge that is about a mile from my home. In past years, I've seen a blue heron there on occasion. Today, I looked down over the stream and saw a large bird flying away from me. The most conspicuous thing other than size was the white triangular shaped tail. I never saw the head, but something in my mind clicked making me think I may have been watching a bald eagle. I checked my bird book and see that the bald eagle does have a white tail.

Is there something else it could have been?

I have no picture of it, but I did take a picture of the stream afterwards...and then I opened Photoshop and added the basic shape and color that I saw...this is a *retouched* photo--and badly retouched at that--but I thought it might provide a visual of what I was trying to describe above.

Thanks for any feedback.

I'd be thrilled to know that they are around here...and hope to see one again!
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It Definitely looks like an eagle... You're quite the artiste'
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It Definitely looks like an eagle... You're quite the artiste'
I'm in awe--I've never seen a live bald eagle before--assuming that is what it was.

Psh-wa (or however you spell that dismissing sound)! Thank you...actually, I am an artist--haven't done anything in YEARS, but that is hardly an example of my skill.

...Using a shaky mouse on the computer doesn't lend itself to a masterpiece.

Could if have been something else with that white tail? At first I was thinking shore bird, then I thought eagle!
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Noooo shore birds are small unless you're talking herons-egrits up in the U.P. anyway....They'd be grey or all white though.
Check this link out... Browse for a bird by name and shape, All About Birds, Cornell Lab ofOrnithology
It's real easy to use.. If you click onto the bird it pulls you into another screen showing male, female differences, its range, and even lists the other birds that are VERY similar. If you're still questioning its I.D. click onto those to compare.
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Noooo shore birds are small unless you're talking herons-egrits up in the U.P. anyway....They'd be grey or all white though.
Check this link out... Browse for a bird by name and shape, All About Birds, Cornell Lab ofOrnithology
It's real easy to use.. If you click onto the bird it pulls you into another screen showing male, female differences, its range, and even lists the other birds that are VERY similar. If you're still questioning its I.D. click onto those to compare.
Thank you for the link, havalotta. I'll check it out.

I don't think I realized the size of it at first as it flew away I got more of an idea of the size as I realized how far away it was and how big it still was. I'm pretty sure it was a bald eagle, but I wanted confirmation.

I'm gonna check out your link now. Thanks again!
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If it was an eagle, I'd keep going back to that area. At this time of year there may be a good chance of seeing juvies. Ask around about any known eagle nests in your area.

What part of PA? I'm WNY.
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If it was an eagle, I'd keep going back to that area. At this time of year there may be a good chance of seeing juvies. Ask around about any known eagle nests in your area.

What part of PA? I'm WNY.
Thanks for the advice, I do plan to go back...but I wasn't thinking of nests. That would be exciting.

I'm in NE PA.
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In a few weeks we're driving down from buffalo to Jamestown for Roger Tory Peterson and other stuff and then to the Erie area for some other preserves. What areas do you recommend?
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Today, I went on a 2-mile walk to a bridge that is about a mile from my home. In past years, I've seen a blue heron there on occasion. Today, I looked down over the stream and saw a large bird flying away from me. The most conspicuous thing other than size was the white triangular shaped tail. I never saw the head, but something in my mind clicked making me think I may have been watching a bald eagle. I checked my bird book and see that the bald eagle does have a white tail.

Is there something else it could have been?

I have no picture of it, but I did take a picture of the stream afterwards...and then I opened Photoshop and added the basic shape and color that I saw...this is a *retouched* photo--and badly retouched at that--but I thought it might provide a visual of what I was trying to describe above.

Thanks for any feedback.

I'd be thrilled to know that they are around here...and hope to see one again!
It definitely does sound like you saw your first bald eagle! Congrats! I would not be surprised if you had a nesting pair nearby. Definitely keep going back to the same place and take note of the time. Birds tend to be creatures of habit!

I remember my first eagle sighting. What an amazing feeling of awe and amazement! I know people who live in Alaska and parts of Canada see them on a daily basis, but those of us down here still get excited by seeing them!
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:47 AM   #10
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Here's a juvie Bald Eagle, shortly after it fledged!

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