|Common Name||Golden Eagle|
|Scientific Name||Aquila chrysaetos|
|Type of Report||Out-of-Season|
|Date of Observation||02/19/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||C. J. Frankiewicz|
|Mailing Address||1173 E Clarendon Rd.|
N Clarendon, Vermont 05759-9659
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
Kathleen Pellegrino Guinness
|Latitude of Observation||43°32'29.6"N|
|Longitude of Observation||72°56'28.7"W|
|Place Name||Grand View Farm|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||03:00 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||less than one minute|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||600 going away|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||125 directly overhead|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
Sunny and clear.
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
Leupold Pinnacles 10x42 binoculars (cjf)
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
CJF has seen Golden Eagles in Montana over 20 years ago; none in the East. KPG has never seen a Golden Eagle.
|I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event.|
|Description of Habitat|
125 feet in the air over my side yard, meadow in back of my house, and over woods.
Mostly flapped going west, north, and east. Some soaring.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
Discernible white speckling (not solid) at base of tail. White area at base of primaries, discernible but not bright white. Otherwise, black bird, especially underwing coverts, axillaries, breast, belly, and undertail coverts. Trailing edge of wings and wing ends also dark surrounding the white area base of primaries. Small head relative to Bald Eagle. No lilting flight. No dihedral. Much flapping different than Turkey Vulture. Flew by quite closely overhead on one side of my house and with naked eye I thought eagle immediately. Ran through my house to get my binoculars to see the bird in back of my house where I nailed the field marks.
|Relative Size & Shape|
Very large dark raptor but seemed smaller than a Bald Eagle, especially so close overhead.
Smaller than Bald Eagle. Did not see golden head and neck.
|Feet & Bill|
Did not see.
Did not see.
|Lower Back & Rump|
Did not see.
Broad and buteo-like. Underwing coverts and axillaries were dark. Trailing edge of wings and wing ends also dark surrounding the white area at base of primaries. Did seem like it had a broader "hand" but I didn't know that until I consulted Sibley.
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Breast, belly, and undertail coverts were dark. Along with underwing coverts and axillaries, they formed a flat V that was darker than the trailing edge of wing and wing ends. That flat V stood out (just like on the Gyrfalcon I saw recently).
Discernable white speckling (not solid) at base of broad black tail.
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
Small head and white areas were different than Bald Eagle's, adult or juvenile. Smaller size too. Lack of lilting and lack of dihedral excluded Turkey Vulture.
|Other Notes & Comments|
|This report was written from notes taken:||Immediately After|