Date: 1/29/19 6:00 am From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> Subject: Re: Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
Thanks to all who have replied so far with the great info. It occurred to me to check The Birds of Pennsylvania (McWilliams and Brauning). It turns out that outside of the central mountains and ridges, the winter records are fairly few for the state. There are about 5 winter records from eastern PA and as of 2000 when the book was published, only 3 winter locations from western PA were known by the authors, one from Warren County (not sure year), one from Westmoreland County in 1990, and one or more records from Pymatuning area pre-1978.
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From: Alan Buriak <a_buriak...>
Date: 1/28/19 11:48 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [PABIRDS] Over-wintering Golden Eagle in Armstrong County
An interesting thing to share... A subadult Golden Eagle was found by Sam Gutherie back on November 20th in the Shay area of Armstrong County hunting the fields around Ardale Rd. The bird was well observed and photographed on the 20th and 21st by Sam and by myself, however despite later attempts by several additional birders, it was never seen after November 21st. At that time it seemed perfectly reasonable that the bird had simply made a rare migration stopover in an area usually considered to be west of the normal migration routes, and that it had moved on and continued its southward journey. Incredibly, today, Mark McConaughy, while running his winter raptor survey route, encountered and photographed an immature Golden Eagle on Rt 2020 east of Garrett's Run Rd, which would be only about a mile away from the Ardale Rd location from November. The assumption of course is that this is the same Golden Eagle that we had observed just before Thanksgiving, and that this bird indeed has chosen this area of Armstrong County to over-winter! How common is it for a Golden Eagle to over-winter in Pennsylvania? I had always assumed that they probably did, however only in the central ridge areas of the state.