On Monday, I made a trip to the wetlands and to my surprise; I saw a bird I’ve never seen before. It was soaring; wings spread wide flying without worry. Floating free in the blue skies he passed me overheard. It was then when I saw the number 26 underneath its wing. It was quite a sight and I stayed there frozen for a moment as I took this bird in.
I’ve never seen a bird marked that way and I could feel my excitement as I snapped some pics to show my bird guru. I should mention that he is the one that got me my bird book and encouraged me to learn their names (thank you).
I was confident that he would be able to help me identify this bird – that is as long as the pictures came out ok. I knew I was limited of the type of picture I could get because I only have the standard lens that came with my Canon but I was hoping they would be good enough.
It was so happy, no I was overjoyed, when he told me that this was a juvenile bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and how this was so rare for a city girl like me to see.
What an experience!
Amendment: Thanks to the yahoo group I joined, they have kindly told me that this is a Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura). This is all so very interesting to me.
Thank you all for everyone for being so nice to me as I am just learning here.
Tom left this info on the comments and I thought I would post it here in case someone else runs across a tagged Turkey Vulture.
This is a patagial tagged Turkey Vulture. For those of you interested in learning more about the banding program you can read about it on the Sea & Sage Audubon society website;
If anyone sees any of these tagged vultures I would encourage you to share your data with the study. It is also fun to find out where the bird was tagged. The contact information is as follows;
“If you see any Turkey Vultures with a wing tag – please send the information listed above to the Bird Banding Laboratory at: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/bblretrv/index.cfm
Please also contact Pete Bloom at petebloom@…, or Scott Thomas at redtail1@… .
Your information will help the biologists learn more about the movements of these Turkey Vultures, which is pertinent information for their study. We appreciate your help!
Data Needed —
• Your Name and Contact Info
• Photos (if available)
• Location of Sighting
• Date of Sighting
• Tag info such as: white tag with the number on left wing
• Brief behavior notes such as: perched, soaring, foraging, etc.”