Date: 3/4/17 5:52 pm From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Heritage Center Eagle Watch - a Golden Opportunity
As often as not the Eagle Watch in O'Brien County turns up a Golden Eagle among all the Balds in the Waterman Creek/Little Sioux River valleys and today was no exception. Perched in a large tree along Waterman Blvd. the adult Golden first gave good scope views and then circled above our little caravan as if curious about our watchful motives. Flocks of speckled-bellied geese flew by and two independent pairs of Trumpeter Swans were elevated migrants moving north as Common and Hooded Mergansers swam and dove in the river below. Bluebirds and kestrels performed high wire acts and two Rusty Blackbirds seemed out of place with a flock of robins and waxwings. A small flock of Killdeer were also here already, and Rough-legged Hawks were still hanging around. The eagle nest female was sitting tight and then the male brought in a special stick to impress her with his special attention while the humans in attendance oohed and aahed.
Pat Schlarbaum and Ty Smedes helped entertain the hundreds of Nature Center visitors as if the birds themselves were not enough. It was a beautiful day in more ways than one and the people who showed up clearly had fun! May eagles always be with us!