After the sad story about the bald eagle in the Saginaw/Twig area, maybe we’re ready to see one that looks to be at the height of its powers. Happily, Tony Mitchell got a wonderful picture of just such a bird last weekend at Hawk Ridge:
And as good as that is, there’s more. Tony was on hand to see an immature bald eagle released. Here it is:
And that wasn’t the end of it. Check out this northern goshawk:
And this golden eagle:
Which, of course, is a good reminder that the golden eagle featured on Page A1 of Friday’s Duluth News Tribune — the one with its own GPS unit — is headed in this direction after beginning its migratory journey from beyond the Arctic Circle. No guarantees, of course, but it could, possibly, be seen over Hawk Ridge sometime this weekend.
Even without that, Tony already has given you plenty of reasons to spend some time at Hawk Ridge this weekend. In addition to the raptors pictured, he saw American kestrels and red-tailed hawks last weekend.
If the weather is sunny, as supposedly it will be today, so much the better. But if it’s cloudy, the birds are likely to fly lower, so that might really be the better situation.
Tony adds that he also is seeing plenty of activity at his feeders: blue jays, hairy and downy woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches (white-breasted and red-breasted), dark-eyed juncos, white-throated sparrows, fox sparrows, goldfinches, yellow-rumped warblers, crows and ravens.
Pictures and stories from your bird experiences eagerly sought: firstname.lastname@example.org.