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 Golden Eagle

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Golden Eagle.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Golden Eagle Archives Reports
Fall 2003 29
Spring 2003 5
Winter 02-03 13
Fall 2002 3
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 9
Winter 01-02 6
Fall 2001 8
Summer 2001 2
Spring 2001 17
Winter 00-01 1
Fall 2000 225
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 12
Winter 00-99 4
Fall 1999 229
Spring/Summer 1999 5

NMB Database
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For: Golden Eagle

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Golden Eagle
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Golden Eagle
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Historical Text

Aquila chrysaetos canadensis (Linnaeus)
Golden Eagle
U.M.M.Z. Animal Diversity Reference

Bare transient and -winter visitant. Most records are for the months November to February.

First authoritatively recorded for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 491).

Some of the literature on this species in Michigan quite certainly refers to the Bald Eagle, with which the Golden Eagle is often confused. There are, nevertheless, enough records (including 12 or more specimens) of the Golden Eagle to warrant the statement that it occurs in Michigan with moderate regularity. For the period between February and November there are a number of reports, but apparently very few specimens. The following account is based almost entirely on specimens.

Upper Peninsula.-A Golden Eagle (U.M.M.Z.) was shot at North- land, Dickinson County, in November, 1935; and 1 was taken by A. Moshimer in northern Luce County on May 11, 1939. An adult male (U.M.M.Z.) was found dead near Sheldrake, Chippewa County, in November, 1929, by H. Corsan.

Lower Peninsula.-In Kalamazoo County, where B. F. Sykes (Gibbs, 1898: 7) secured a specimen, C. J. Henry shot an immature on November 20, 1933, and observed another on February 3, 1934, at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. An adult male was taken near Ann Arbor on December 15, 2022 (N. A. Wood, 1898: 20), and 1 (U.M.M.Z.) near Ypsilanti on February 15, 1890. Two Golden Eagles were secured at Northville, Wayne County, in October, 1898, and December, 1901 (Purdy, 1898: 38; 1899: 77;1902: 80)-the only specimens that Swales (1903: 15) knew of from the Detroit area. Another Golden Eagle was shot on November 15, 1926, on the Wallace Game Farm, Oakland County.

There is one summer specimen, an adult male, reported by Blain (1902:210) in Eaton County on August 12, 1901.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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