Some bird dreams from this week:
1. I see a bird that I can’t identify very well. It is an eagle with a white tale but a brown head, I don’t know if that makes it a juvenile or what. Later I see a vulture eating out of a large carcase. Dipping its head deep inside the body.
2. I see a golden eagle and put out my arm to offer it a perch and hope it takes it. I very much think I am awake and am embarrassed and nervous because I am in the center of town and there are people all around me. I don’t want to seem silly reaching out for the bird because I don’t think there is much hope that it will land on my arm.
About an hour later: Just looking through bird books at the library and happened upon the Sea Eagle, aka White-Tailed Eagle, mostly of Scotland these days. Has a white tale and head that is brown/tan.
See beautiful pictures here. Apparently the white-tailed eagle forms a species pair with bald eagle (wikipedia) meaning that they can’t be distinguished morphologically. Another interesting thing is that while the goldens and the baldies and white-tails all have a 6-8 foot wingspan, the goldens weigh only about 3.5 lbs, whereas the sea eagles weigh closer to 9 lbs. Hmmm…
Have a hot lead on some bald eagle nests further on down the Iowa River–eager to see the massive nests that I have read about.