(To browse the gallery, click on the first thumbnail, then click on each of the photos to be taken to the next.)
February 15 was the end-date for the golden eagle camera-trap survey, so we were very fortunate indeed that an eagle finally showed up here yesterday for the first time. Paula had decided to set up a third camera trap at the edge of a large talus slope near the end of the mountain, baited with another dead cow, and it was that camera that first captured a blurry photo of a mature golden eagle yesterday. Trish Miller, the biologist heading up the project, confirmed the i.d., and Paula then drove up to the top of the field to collect the photos from the spruce grove camera — whence all the photos in this post. The eagle photos are from yesterday morning, and I’ve included some other photos from the past two weeks just to show some of the other wildlife that’s been coming in. The barred owl is an especial treat. (See also the earlier pictures I posted of a bobcat, a fisher, and two red-tailed hawks.)
Trish and her partner Mike Lanzone have been busy trapping eagles found at other locations in Pennsylvania. So far they’ve fitted two others with transmitters, one in Tuscarora State Forest and the other in Rothrock State Forest, and they have a date to go trap a third tomorrow. We hope “our” eagle will hang around till next week, which is the earliest they’ll be able to move their trapping equipment out here.