This was not my intention to write, but I need to clear my brain of some gutter language I just ran into. My… I think you learn more about a blog author by seeing who they visit and “like” than what they say on their own site.
Moving on to cleaner subjects…
Thursday afternoon, we drove to the Saylorville Lake to see what we could see. There were Gulls (probably Ring-billeds), Bluebirds, Black-capped Chickadees, and Bald Eagles adult and young. This one was close to the visitors’ center.
I think I have the different stages of a bird’s life figured out. You’ve got egg, hatchling, fledgling, juvenile, immature and adult. Now, if I am missing something or incorrect, PLEASE let me know.
It seems many of the smaller birds are ready to mate the next spring after they hatch. I do not know about all raptors, but Bald Eagles take four to five years before they are old enough to be considered adults. The immature Bald Eagles can be confused with the Golden Eagle. I want to learn the differences in case we see that rarity here. Also, Turkey Vultures are often confused with Bald Eagles, both seen gliding effortlessly in the sky. In Iowa, the Turkey Vultures have left by mid-October for the most part.
1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
2As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.