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We were floating the Tionesta and this fellow sat in the tree while I floated by. Thought it may be an immature eagle til it took flight, The wing span was near 6 feet.



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Re: Bird identification

Immature Bald Eagle. Why did you decide against that ID?

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Seemed to large.

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Re: Bird identification

According to Sibley, the wingspan of a Bald Eagle should be about 6 and a half feet, so that wouldn't be too large at all.

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Re: Bird identification

yup, bald eagle for sure

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Nice pics

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Re: Bird identification

I would say Bald Eagle. However, any chance of a Golden ?

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Re: Bird identification

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I would say Bald Eagle. However, any chance of a Golden ?
There hasn't been a Golden Eagle reported to e-bird in PA since April 18th (the latest date ever reported in PA is May 13th)...and that includes reports from popular migration areas like Hawk Mountain and Second Mountain...Of course rarities and mis-placed birds happen all the time but the bird pictured has a yellow leg that is free of feathers, a golden eagle would have feathers all the way to the toes and you would not see the yellow leg like you would in picture #2.

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Re: Bird identification

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Re: Bird identification

Grousedog20 is right,also a Golden has a much smaller head and beak...great photos

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