"Blobs"

 

Many have asked me how I locate Eagles when they're perched.  Most of the time the adults are easy to spot because of their unmistakable white head.  As for the immatures (from one to three years anyway), I simply say to look for "blobs"...big blobs in the branches. 

The turning white of their heads and tails, along with changes in eye and beak color become more noticeable on a fourth year bird.   This is a 3rd year bird showing more white on the head, the "Osprey" eye coloration as well as the patch of white between the shoulders.


The bird to the left is a 4th year bird while the bird on the right is a first year meaning it hatched in 2020 and will turn one in April.  (We assume all Eagles here hatch in April.)

seeing, saying, sharing...


Comments

Ginny Hartzler said…
You have really sharp eyes! I use the looking for blobs tecnique, too.
kathyinozarks said…
that's where we seem them here too up in the trees-so cold here we haven't seen them in awhile
MadSnapper said…
They do look like blobs good job finding them I agree with Jenny you must have really good eyesight
Hootin' Anni said…
Most birds of prey are found like this for me too!

Sorry I'm delayed visiting this week. Ice storms in my part of Texas and no power for a couple of days...I'm resorting to stop by with my phone.

Thanks for sharing!
~Anni @I'd Rather B Birdin'
Rambling Woods said…
Yes you do have good eyes!!!!
Great advice for birdwatchers!
eileeninmd said…
Hello JP,

Sorry I am late commenting. I was dog sitting at my son's home while my grandson was born. Love your Eagle finds, you have a sharp eye. I am always checking on the blobs, you never know what you will find. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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