Recently, this bird was spotted at Winterthur. One of the garden guides was aboard a garden tram with her family and snapped this photograph near Clenny Run.
Here’s the story from the garden guide who was driving the tram:
On one of my tram drives yesterday two alert photographers pointed out a huge bird perched in a tree between the hardy orange and the road above. We circled it and it stayed there as we observed it from the upper road. The bird definitely had eagle characteristics and was far bigger than the hawks I often see in that area. The color would best be described as tawny, stem to stern. It posed for us quite nicely and definitely had eagle features. Have there been any reports of a golden eagle on the property in that area – or is it even possible? I honestly do NOT think it was a hawk – twice the size….Hold out your two arched arms in front of you, fingertips at least 6″ apart – and that’s your bird.
I checked with Joe Sebastiani, an expert at the Delaware Nature Society. His thoughts:
They are probably looking at an immature Bald Eagle, which is brown/mottled, but huge and common. Golden’s are around here in very small numbers November through March.
What do you think?