Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Golden Eagle Rescued and Released
One of the good stories to report. A golden eagle found in a snare trap by a hunter in South Jersey has been rehabilitated by the staff and volunteers from Toms River Avian Care and the Raptor Trust in Millington and is back in the sky. Golden eagles are a rare visitor to New Jersey.
Now fitted with a GPS transmitter (a first for this bird species in NJ), biologists can track the bird. Using the ridges from the release point at the Montclair Hawk Watch and following the Hudson River, it was likely the bird would head towards Canada.
The golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the most widely distributed species of eagle.
These birds are dark brown, with lighter golden-brown plumage on their napes. Immature eagles of this species typically have white on the tail and often have white markings on the wings. Golden eagles use their agility and speed combined with powerful feet and massive, sharp talons to snatch up a variety of prey (mainly hares, rabbits, marmots and other ground squirrels).
Photo by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18249270