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The past few weeks have been, shall we say, interesting to say the least.  On my almost daily excursions to check on the nesting pair, one morning....their behavior was totally off.  The pair was in the nest TOGETHER.  Having done housework prior to this date, typically I would see one at the nest and one perched nearby.  On this particular morning there they were...TOGETHER, sitting side by side IN THE NEST.

What I found strange was, that while they had acknowledged me upon my arrival, they were focused on something else.  Generally, one or the other (if both are present) occasionally glances over in my direction.  Yet as I set up the tripod, and camera, neither seemed at all interested. 

Grant you they're 265 yds across the pond however, they remained focused on something.  Another oddity was that they were not looking down at the pond but rather gazing almost laterally to the East around the trees.  Using the binoculars, I began skimming the trees, trying to follow the Eagles' line of sight.

WHAT IN THE WORLD?  What is THAT???  My camera lens was not powerful enough to deal with the distance but there IT was!  When I got home and zoomed in, distorted pixels and all, I believe it's some sort of DUCK.  The bill is "duck-shaped" and it was relatively large.  Typically both geese and mallards are on this pond. Anybody have any thoughts?????

seeing, saying, sharing...

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Ginny Hartzler said…
Oh my goodness! It looks like a Harpy Eagle, the biggest in the world. But they should not be anywhere near there. What a mystery!!!
Ann said…
What a mystery.
MadSnapper said…
whatever it may be, it must be a danger to the babies or eggs in the nest. united we stand is what the parents are saying
Hootin' Anni said…
I haven't aclue, but whatever it was, it was a danger to their family, obviously!!!

Thanks for taking time to share with us at IRBB

~Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'
I don't know what it is. As best I can see the photo, the beak does look like a duck. There aren't that many ducks that will land in trees. Black bellied whistling ducks will land high in trees but their range is nowhere near Connecticut. Could it be a domestic/wild hybrid of some sort? A real mystery.
Phil Slade said…
It's a difficult one to ID. But clearly the eagles saw it as a potential meal. I'm guessing it is some sort of grouse or pheasant? With not not knowing your geographical area or landscape it is difficult to know. Do you have a good bird field guide? or look https://www.orvis.com/s/upland-game-birds-of-north-america/14692online at
Phil Slade said…
It's a difficult one to ID. But clearly the eagles saw it as a potential meal. I'm guessing it is some sort of grouse or pheasant? With not not knowing your geographical area or landscape it is difficult to know. Do you have a good bird field guide? or look at

https://www.orvis.com/s/upland-game-birds-of-north-america/14692

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