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!

Lee A. Schoenewe


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