"Magnificent and Adaptable"
know there are eagles visible in southern Utah most any time of the
year? It's the Golden Eagle you'll see, often mistaken for the
immature Bald, because of its size and markings. This bird is not
only prevalent in North America, but has adapted in one form or another
throughout the world.
A Golden Eagle was spotted
several times last year flying close to Red Mountain. Another
sure area you could find the Golden Eagle both Spring and Summer is
Cedar Mountain, on the ungraded road between Kolob Reservoir and Cedar
Canyon. On one such trip to check on our horses, we came upon two
Golden Eagles, doing what they do best, eating a dead deer
carcass. Golden Eagles are opportunists as well as being aerial
hunters. No reason to let a fresh road kill go to waste whether
it's deer, coyote, squirrel or rabbit.
At East Zion, we were witness to
a Golden Eagle making off with a full load of rabbit hanging from his
talons, ripping, climbing and then swooping down, climbing again...such
a heavy load to carry home for dinner.
Unfortunately, eagles are killed each
year by cars while feeding on road kill. Their natural tendency
is to protect their dinner and at 60 mph they may stay in the
protective mode too long and end up as a vehicle's hood ornament.
Keep in mind, if you see a Golden Eagle feeding on road kill, it is
slow to take off and may fly in any direction...including at your
windshield. Evasive maneuvers are safer at 30 mph.
When driving the high, cool country
this summer, watch the tops of the pine trees and the high rocks on the
horizon. You might see a Golden Eagle perched in his favorite
place. Eagles, like people, spend what time they can in cooler
Brenda Rusnell is the artist of
this splendid Golden Eagle. Thank you, Brenda, for the time you
spend and your great talent as an artist.