A Stellar’s sea eagle, a rare raptor native to parts of Asia and eastern Russia, has been spotted mingling with bald eagles along a river in southeastern Massachusetts.
According to an aforementioned report, this stunning eagle appeared for the first time last week on the Taunton River in Rhode Island. FacebookSend a message from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Stellar’s sea eagles can weigh up to 20 pounds and have a 6- to 8-foot wingspan. Their distinctive, white plumage on their upper wings resembles a snowball and has large orange beaks.
The sighting was reported by birders who flocked to this area. Nick Lund (maine audubon’s advocacy and outreach coordinator), was one of them. blogged about the experience on his website, called “The Birdist.” Lund had been participating in a Christmas bird count in southern Maine when he received a text from a colleague that said “Steller’s was just found.”
Lund decided to abandon the organised bird count and instead hopped in his car with fellow birders, driving the two hour drive south.
“We pull up to the tiny, private beach where the bird was last seen to the dreaded ‘you just missed it!’” Lund wrote on his blog. “A birder’s nightmare. It flew upriver somewhere and no one knows where it is.”
They were running low on gas and drove away in the hope of seeing it. They were eventually informed that the bird was spotted in Dighton Rock State Park.
“We go, park haphazardly, and there it is, across the river with a bunch of Bald Eagles. Holy shit. We’re screaming,” Lund wrote. “An absolute dream to be all of a sudden standing in this random park in southern Massachusetts looking at a wild, rare Russian monster.”
On their way home, the group stopped to purchase a bottle of Russian vodka to “honor our visiting Russian comrade.”
This bird of prey’s odyssey thousands of miles from home has captivated scientists and enthusiasts. The New York Times reportedIn November the lost Eagle began to make its way slowly eastward across North America. In August 2020, it was first seen along the Denali Highway in Southeast Alaska. It has since been spotted in Eastern Canada. Even Texas may have seen it in spring.
“We’ve never had one here in this area of the world: the Northeast coast of North America or Massachusetts,” Andrew Vitz, a state ornithologist, toldThe Boston Globe. “This is like the bird of the decade for people around here.”
The phenomenon of birds appearing outside their usual range is known as Avian Vagrancy. It’s often due to an animal becoming lost in the storm or being blown off its course.
Vitz stated to the Globe that the bird appears in great health. There is no plans to capture or tag it.
“It’s probably trying to find some familiar faces out there — others of its own species,” he said.
There are approximately 4,000 to 7,000 Stellar’s sea eagles. total population of Stellar’s sea eagles is estimated at 4,000 to 7,000 individuals. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the bird as “vulnerable.”