Date: 3/15/21 10:49 pm From: Raphael Fennimore <raphael.fennimore...> Subject: [Tweeters] Golden Eagle March 15 in Kent
Today while looking at birds in Kent around 4pm (around 25095 Frager Rd S, Kent, WA 98032), I saw a juvenile Golden Eagle - wow!! This *beautiful* bird was a lifer for me, and it moved North to South, passing almost directly overhead at fairly low altitude at one point, allowing me to get great binocular and scope views as well as some identifiable photos despite the poor lighting conditions (see the eBird checklist below). The bird gained great altitude fairly quickly, without flapping its wings, and then suddenly tucked it's wings, maintaining that tucked position as it dove directly towards some target on the ground well to the South of me. The impact was not observable to me, unfortunately, as I lost the bird behind trees between me and the impact point. That awesome attack caused the flushing of a conservative 1000 ducks and geese from the area of impact, and I rushed to the closest congregation I know of (the flooded fields at M St.), but I found no evidence of a GOEA there, despite searching the area until dusk.