It's fitting that on the day after Cape May's record Golden Eagle flight, we get to learn a little bit more about a golden that passed through earlier in the year. Linda LaPan and Brian McAllister of Lake Placid, NY spotted a golden with a radio transmitter in Cape May on October 18, tracked down the source of the bird, and forwarded us the information. It was one that Libby Mojica of the College of William and Mary had tagged in Maryland last March. Libby wrote to Linda:
"The Golden Eagle you saw at Cape May was one of our tagged birds. We trapped her in March 2008 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford Co, MD in second-year plumage. She spent this summer in northern Quebec and is now back on the Delmarva Peninsula where she wintered last year. The map on our web page tracks her movements. The transmitter number is 74417. . .
The eagle arrived at Cape May on Oct 17 and roosted on Sluice Creek east of Goshen. She left the roost between 9 and 10 am (EST) on Oct 18 and crossed Delaware Bay between 10 and 11 am (EST). . ."