[Ontbirds] Golden Eagle, Shallow Lake, Grey County March 17th

Jerry Walsh gannetmusic at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 17 17:52:57 EDT 2009

At about 315 this afternoon we had outstanding looks at an immature Golden Eagle near Shallow Lake. The bird was first observed perched in a tree near the roadside and we were able to approach in a car to about 30 yards distance before the bird took flight and flew low to the east. It was exciting to see the 'field marks' at close range, rather than high overhead as we usually see them in migration. Quite an unexpected discovery, and, I think, my first-ever March Golden Eagle in Ontario.

A few other raptors were sighted, including one Red-shouldered Hawk and a few Red-tailed Hawks, but no Turkey Vultures at all.

To reach the location where we saw the Golden Eagle travel north from Owen Sound on Hwy 6 to Shallow Lake. Just after descending the small hill into Shallow Lake turn right on to Cruickshank Street. This becomes Grey Road 170. Driving along here you will see a large, mostly ice-covered, wetland on your right. We saw the eagle on the left side of the road about 1/2 km beyond this point and just before McNab Lake Conservation Area.

Jerry Walsh
Owen Sound

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