Date: 12/30/18 4:09 pm From: Dave Moffat <moffatfam...> Subject: [wisb] Grant County Goldens
Ann and I drove western Iowa County and Grant County today looking for Golden Eagles. We thought the sun and wind would help.
On Lower Wyoming Rd we saw Bald Eagles, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, and crows.
On Busch Rd, Stanek Rd, Cty Q and Sand Branch Rd we saw Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, a Northern Flicker, an American Kestrel, crows and what we're pretty sure was an immature Bald Eagle giving an excellent impression of a Golden Eagle. (Curiously, there were very few hawks and eagles in the Sand Brach Rd valley. None by the nest near the east end of the road. We had seen a pair near the nest 12 days ago.)
Lots of Bald Eagles along M between G and T, particularly in the valley between Bailey and Sand Hill Rds. Rough-legged Hawks on the stretch of Cty T between M and M.
Saw the same thing on the return trip from Boscobel. There are a lot of immature Bald Eagles.
Heading north on Cty G we finally saw a Golden Eagle soaring over the hills on the west side of the valley. It was all-dark, unlike the immature Balds, had a golden head, which an immature Bald can have in the right lighting, a short neck, and soared with a slight dihedral. It was oblivious to the Bald Eagles in the area. We had pretty good looks through the scope. There was also a pair of Northern Harriers in the valley.