Adding to Tom Reed's Golden Eagle observations, Pete Dunne and I had one in the howling wind Wednesday, seen out my office window at the Center for Research and Education in Goshen - a pretty fancy out-the-window bird. Had an American Pipit the same way last week, come to think of it.
The golden was in naked-eye view for maybe 10 seconds as it blasted across the sky, the wind behind it. It was getting blown but it wasn't getting rocked, an important distinction eliminating vulture from consideration, and overall was very buteo-like and graceful, with wings pulled back in a hard glide posture. This is about as soft a field mark as there is, but the bird "felt" like it was in complete control of it's destination, windy or not.
Speaking of eagles, come on down to Cumberland County's 2008 Winter Eagle Festival! It's this Saturday, February 2, 2008, from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, based at the Mauricetown Firehall, Noble Street, Mauricetown, New Jersey 08329, with walks and eagle viewing stations (staffed by CMBO's expert Associate Naturalists) in nearby areas. Bald Eagle sightings are pretty much guaranteed. Scheduled speakers include: Erica Miller D.V.M., Don Freiday, Yoke DiGiorgio, Pete Dunne, and Steve Eisenhauer. Admission - $10.00 Adults $5.00 Children 12 & under. For more information call 1(856) 453-2177 or 1(866) 866-M-O-R-E.