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HIGHLAND COUNTY EAGLE SIGHTINGS SUMMER 2009 June 1 – July 31

June 5, 2009
2 Time: 1130 Bald eagles (2) Patti Reum West side of VA 637 about 4.6 Two BE perched in tree behind house.
Juvenile miles north of US 250 There was a dead sheep nearby, but
2nd year didn’t observe them eating.

Bald eagle Carol Bandy over VA 639 Snyder Lane Adult BE flew west to east over Snyder
2 Time: 1530 adult Lane.
June 6, 2009
2 Time: 0645 Bald eagles (2)
Adult
Edmund Hevener West of VA 637 north of US 250 2.4
miles
Two BE perched in maple tree behind
house.
Not aged

Bald eagle Keith Carson East side US 220 5.4 miles south of Adult BE perched in tree next to
5 Time: 1040 adult Monterey. Jackson River.

bald eagle Keith Carson East side US 220 south of Monterey Juvenile BE perched in tree next to
7 Time: 1100 juvenile 13.4 miles Jackson River.

bald eagles (3) Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Three juvenile BE flew over Carson-
Time: 1230 juveniles VA 643 Newlon house and then south,
1 southwest up the Blue Grass Valley.
June 7, 2009
2 Time: 0845 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West of VA 637 north of US 250 2.4 Adult BE perched on top tip of left fork
Adult miles of perch tree behind house.

2 Time: 0900 Bald eagle
adult
Patti Reum West of VA 637 north of US 250 4.6
miles
Adult BE perch in same tree as two
eagles on June 5.

Bald eagle Edmund Hevener Directly over town of McDowell Adult BE circled with several vultures.
Time: 0955 Adult Sandy Hevener A couple of crows harassed the BE.

2 Time: 1030 Bald eagle
Immature
Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just south of VA
639
Immature BE fed on sheep carcass.

Time: 1100 Bald eagles (4) Keith Carson West side VA 644 between VA 640 Three juvenile and an adult BE fed on
1 Adult & VA 643 lamb killed by coyotes on Steve
3 juveniles Ralston farm just south of
Carson/Newlon house.

2 Time: 1510 Bald eagle
immature
Carol Bandy Over VA 640 & VA 639 intersection Immature BE circled overhead.

June 8, 2009
2 Time: 0745-0830 Bald eagle (2) Sandy Hevener West of VA 637 north of US 250 2.4 Two hatch year BE on ground eating
Juveniles miles groundhogs near perch tree. They
continued to feed while I let sheep out
gate but then flew to hill west. One
took part of a groundhog with it. When
the sheep ran up the hill one flew
toward me and up into the perch tree.
It remained perched while the other
feed. They seemed less nervous of me
than eagles other years and act like
older eagles that are familiar with my
routine. I wonder if the experienced
ones communicate/show things to
young ones like sheep. (Laurel is
poisonous to sheep. If one eats it and
survives, it remembers not to eat it for
its entire life and can safely graze
areas with laurel. I’ve observed that if
you put ewes with young lambs in
these fields, the lambs don’t try to eat
laurel either.)

Time: 0955 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener Over McDowell, US 250 & VA 654 Adult bald eagle circled with vultures
adult and several crows then harassed the
eagle.
June 9, 2009
Time: Bald eagles (10) John Spahr VA 642 between VA 640 & VA 643, Ten eagles attended a fresh sheep
2 adults across from big spring pond. carcass. The next day, the carcass
1 immature (white belly) was gone,(perhaps taken away by the
7 juveniles farmer) and so were the eagles.
Time: 1400 Bald eagles (3) Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Three juvenile BE perched in tree and
juveniles VA 643 flew near Carson/Newlon driveway.
June 10, 2009
2 Time: 0610-0750 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West of VA 637 north of US 250 2.4 BE on very top of left branch of right
th
4 year w/eye shadow miles fork in perch tree. Later it moved down
to center of left fork in open area
surrounded by leaves. This bird had a
fully white tail and head, but dirty
looking area around eyes, It flew NW
as I approached gate to let sheep out.

1 Time: 1230 Bald eagle
adult
Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 &
VA 643
Adult BE soared south of
Carson/Newlon house and circled
east.
Time: 1300 Bald eagle adult Betty Mitchell West side VA 640 about 0.25 mile Adult BE flew over house. It scouted
north of VA 642 junction in Blue out a sheep lying down that appeared
Grass dead, but wasn’t and then flew away.
2 Time: 1645 Bald eagle Edmund Hevener West of VA 637 north of US 250 2.4 Near adult BE perched in maple tree
4th year w/eye shadow miles on left branch of right fork of maple
perch tree.
June 11, 2009
2 Time: 1710 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just south of VA Adult BE perched in Julie’s tree.
adult 639
June 12, 2009
2 Time: 0720 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just south of VA Adult BE perched in Julie’s tree.
adult 639
June 13, 2009
2 Time: 0655-071 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West of VA 637 north of US 250 2.4 Third year BE perched on top of left
3rd year miles branch of righ fork of maple perch tree.
Time: 1730
Bald eagles (2) Carol Bandy West of VA 640 just south of VA Two adult BE perched in Julie’s tree.
adults 639

June 16, 2009
2 Time: 1604 Bald eagles (4) Carol Bandy West side of VA 640 just south of Fourth year BE and 3 immature BE
4th year VA 639 perched on boundary fence between
3 immature Bardon Warner & Julie Rexrode
properties near carcass.
June 19, 2009
2 Time: 0745-0815 or Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West of VA 637 north of US 250 2.4 Fourth year BE with dirty eye area
later 4th year w/eye shadow miles. perched top of left branch of left fork of
maple tree preening and looking
around.

1 Time: 1000
Bald eagle Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Juvenile BE perched on old fence post
Juvenile VA 643 on Warner land SW of Carson/Newlon
house.
1 Time: 1400 Bald eagles (4) Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Four juvenile BE fed on carrion,
juveniles VA 643 probably deer, on Ralston land SW of
Carson/Newlon house. They were
there all afternoon.
June 20, 2009
1 Time: 0830 Bald eagles (4) Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Four juvenile BE fed on same carcass
Juveniles VA 643 as day before. Two stayed on carcass
all morning.
1 Time: 1230
adult Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Adult BE flew In and perched in tree
VA 643 near carcass.
June 21, 2009 Adult BE ate on a fresh deer carcass
6 Time: 1338 Bald eagle John Sweet West side of US 220, 1.4 mi S of along the edge of hay field. I got
Adult Mustoe. within 5-6 m of it on my tractor before it
38° 18.785'N flew to a nearby tree. It remained in
79° 39.486'W the tree for at least 15 minutes, until I
finished kicking hay and went to get
my camera. Upon return it was gone.

2 Bald eagle Carol Bandy Intersection of VA 640 & VA 639 Immature BE flew south from Bandy
Time: 1530 immature residence
June 22, 2009
2 Time: 0810 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener In road VA 637 3.4 miles north of Very splotchy 1-2 year old BE eating
Immature (1-2 year) US 250 carrion in road while several TV
nearby. BE flew up as car approached.

Bald eagle Patti Reum VA 639 half way between VA 640 & Adult BE perched in tree across from
2 Time: 0810 Adult VA637 Faye Chapman’s house.

Time:1900 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West of VA 640 just south of VA Adult BE perched in Julie’s tree.
2 adult 639
June 23, 2009
2 Time: 0745-0815 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener, David Kiser, West of VA 637 north of US 250 Fourth year BE with dirty eye area
4th year w/eye shadow Bardon Warner 2.4 miles perched top of left branch of left fork of
maple tree watched farmers move
tractor. When observer let sheep out of
gate, eagle flew NE..

2 Time: 1645 Bald eagles (3) Edmund Hevener West side of VA 637 about 2.6 Adult, near adult and juvenile BE in
Adult miles north of US 250 below silo recently mowed hay meadow.
4th year w/eye shadow
juvenile
June 24, 2009
2 Time: 0645-0730 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West side VA VA 637 2.4 miles Fourth year BE with dirty eye area
4th year w/eye shadow north of US 250 behind Hevener perched top of left branch of left fork
house on right tip while observer let sheep
out of barn lot and walked up lane
toward BE. She returned to house and
got camera to take photo. BE
remained perched as she approached
and vocalized a few times. Another
eagle in distance answered. Finally the
BE stretched its wings and flew NE.
2 Time: 1815- 1915 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West side VA VA 637 2.4 miles Fourth year BE perched on left branch
4th year w/eye shadow north of US 250 behind Hevener of left fork of maple tree. The eagle
house remained perched but watched as
observer walked out lane toward it and
opened gate to let sheep into barn lot.
Time: afternoon Bald eagles (3) Sarah Chaney West of VA 654 about 2 miles north Three adult BE in hay meadow fed on
adults of US 250 about 300 yards from carrion left by mower. Observero
Chaney house reported seeing hem thoughout the
week after making hay several more
times, but only one at a time.
June 26, 2009
Times: Bale eagle Sandy Hevener West side of VA 637 north of US Fourth year BE perched on left branch
4th year w/eye shadow
2 0615 no eagle 250 2.4 miles of left fork of maple tree.
0715 eagle
0815 eagle
1045 no eagle

June 27, 2009
1 Time: 1045 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener Over south side of Blue Grass VA Adult BE circled low and several crows
adult 642 chased it. The group moved south
down the valley out of sight.
June 29, 2009
2 Time: 0602 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West side of VA 637 north of US Juvenile BE perched on left branch of
Juvenile hatch year 250 2.4 miles right fork of maple tree.

2 Time: 0650 Bald eagle
Juvenile hatch year
Sandy Hevener West side of VA 637 north of US
250 2.4 miles
Juvenile BE perched onright branch of
left fork of maple tree.
Time: 0700 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West side of VA 637 north of US Observer didn’t see eagle, but when
2 Juvenile hatch year 250 2.4 miles she walked under it a juvenile BE flew
out of it, circled, started to perch, then
flew low around tree and disappeared.
When she approached the scouting
camera a very black skunk was eating
on a groundhog she’d staked to the
ground inside a feed sack late the
previous day. She made noises at the
skunk, but it kept eating.
July 2, 2009
2 Time: 0910-0915 Bald eagles (2) Sandy Hevener West side of VA 637 north of US First juvenile BE perched in tip-top of
Juveniles, hatch year 250 2.4 miles right fork of maple perch tree. It was
gone at 0915, but a second perched
on right branch of left fork of same
tree. This bird had small shoulder bars
and distinct white at base of tail. The
first one was slightly darker, smoother.
July 6, 2009
5 Time: 0837 Bald eagles (2) Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Two adult BE perched in tree
2 adults 5.4 miles overlooking Jackson River.

6 Time: 0843
Bald eagle
adult
Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey
9.5 miles
Flying up Dry Branch

Bald eagle Allen Boynton, Gale Kuebler West side of VA 640 slightly south Second year BE on ground near group
Time: 1400 2nd year immature of VA 642 38.4977°N/-79.5549°W of TV perched on fence. The BE flew
toward TVs and landed on ground.

Time: 1630 Bald eagle Al Burgeois, Roger Propst, East side US 220 5.7 miles south of In response to a report of an injured
5 Juvenile/hatch year Sandy Hevener, Gary Smith Monterey eagle, a rescue team met at site. They
DEAD found the eagle in the river, dead with
one wing almost severed. The injury
looked like a gunshot wound. Burgeois
took the bird to test for lead. The test
came back negative- no traces of lead.
The property owner said she’d notice it
perching on low limbs nearby for
several days but did not realize
anything was wrong with it.

Bald eagles (2) Sandy Hevener, Edmund West side of VA 637 north of US Juvenile perched in snag. When we
2 Time: 1805
Adult Hevener 250 3.3 miles stopped the car to observe, an adult
Juvenile (b. 2009) flew west from the ground. A short time
later the juvenile flew same direction.
Time: 1845
2 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener, Edmund West side of VA 637 north of US Adult BE flew south low over hayfields.
adult Hevener 250 2.4 miles

July 10, 2009
2 Time: 0710-0825 Bald eagles (2) Sandy Hevener West side of VA637 north of US Adult BE showed up about 0710 and
Adult 250 2.4 miles perched in tip-top right side of left
Juvenile- hatch year branch of maple. At 0745 observer
walked up corridor with sheep toward
tree and juvenile flew in from north and
perched left side of right branch down
from the top in a clump of leaves. The
adult flew SW after observer opened
gate and let sheep out. The juvenile
remained perched after observer
returned to house. It was gone at
0825.
2 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just south of VA Adult BE percehed in Julie’s tree.
Time: 1300
adult 639
July 11, 2009
2 Time: 1000 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just north of VA Adult BE fed on carrion on Bandy farm.
immature 639
July 12, 2009
2 Time: 1840 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just south of VA Adult BE perched in Julie’s tree.
adult 639
July 13, 2009
Time: most of day Bald eagles (2) Alix McGraw Hayfields farm VA 678 about 7.2 Two adult BE on snags near Bull
adults Miles south of US 250 Pasture River while farmer mowed hay
fields.
July 14, 2009
2 Time: 1645-2015 Bald eagles (4) Sandy Hevener, Edmund West side of VA 637 north of US Two juveniles on ground 50 feet away
3 juveniles Hevener 250 2.4 miles and one in tree while third year bird ate
1 3rd year carrion (sheep.) The two on the ground
fussed and picked at each other.
Eventually the older bird flew to a
locust tree on hill and younger eagles
ate one at a time. Crows tried to sneak
in bites. Turkey Vultures on ground
nearby didn’t try to eat while eagles
ate.
July 15, 2009
2 Time:0645-until at Bald eagles (4) Sandy Hevener West side of VA 637 north of US Adult perched low in maple on hill.
least 0815 2 juveniles 250 2.4 miles Juveniles were on the ground between
rd
1 3 . year adult and carrion. The third year bird
adult was on carrion first, juveniles later. The
juveniles ate at the same time. Turkey
Vultures circled above, crows on
ground nearby.
July 16, 2009
Time: 1431 Golden eagle Rick Lambert Southwest Monterey at county Adult GE circled to east.
adult landfill

July 17, 2009
Time:1420 Bald eagle Carol Bandy VA 640 about 1.5 miles north of US Adult BE perched on fence near
250 near quarry Paxton Grant residence.

July 18, 2009
2 Time: 1015 Bald eagles (2) Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just north of VA Two immature BE perched on fence at
immature 639 Bandy farm.

2 Time: 1500-1600
Eagles (3)
Golden- adult
Sandy Hevener West side of VA 637 north of US
250 2.4 miles
Observer placed three fresh
groundhogs in front of spy camera
about 0900. At 1500 observer saw
large GE on carrion from the yard. It
had a very shiny head.. Went to get
binoculars and it was still there.
Observer tried to move up closer
blocking view with building, but when
closer, saw nothing but but a bunch of
turkey vultures on carrion. Spy camera
failed to record any images.

July 19, 2009
Time: 1500 Bald eagles (5) John Spahr VA 642 just west of VA 643 Five juvenile BE fed on sheep carcass.
Juveniles

1 Time:
Bald eagle
2nd year
John Spahr VA 640 Wimer Mountain Rd. Second year BE perched on fence
post.
July 20, 2009
2 Time: 1030 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side 640 just south of VA 639 Adult BE perched in snag
adult
July 21, 2009
Time: 0800 Bald eagle Keith Carson North of VA 644 near VA 643 Juvenile BE soared SW of
1 juvenile Carson/Newlon house and moved
west toward Lantz Mtn.
1 Time: 1200
bald eagle Keith Carson North of VA 644 near VA 643 JuvenileBE soard SW of
juvenile Carson/Newlon house with red-tailed
hawk and moved SW.
4 Time: 1800-2000
Bald eagle Brenda Pullin US 220 north of Monterey 5.7 miles Adult BE displayed peculiar behavior.
adult For at least two hours it perched in
locust tree across from house and flew
back and forth from the tree to the trout
ponds and back. It would fly low over
ponds and return to tree, but never
actually dove at the fish.
July 22, 2009
2 Time: 1015 Bald eagles (2) Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just north of VA Adult and immature BE ate carrion on
adult 639 Bandy farm
immature

Bald eagle Rick Lambert Southwest Monterey at county Adult BE flew east.
Time:1031 Adult landfill

2 Time: 1415 Bald eages (3) Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just north of VA Adult and two immature BEs ate
Adult 639 carrion on Bandy farm.
2 immature
July 23, 2009
Time: 1650 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener VA 637 about 0.7 mile north of US Adult BE circled over Blue Grass
adult 250 Valley.
July 24, 2009
1 Time: 1000 Bald eagle Keith Carson North of VA 644 near VA 643 Adult BE flew toward Lantz Mtn.
adult

W Time: 1700
Bald eagle
adult
Nancy Witschey, Katharine
Windsor
US 220 at Snowy Mt. Road (WV) Adult BE flew along Potomac River
and settled in tree.
V
July 27, 2009
1 Time: 0745 Bald eagles (3) Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Adult BE flew SW and perched in tree
Adult VA 643 on Ralsoton property with two juvenile
2 juveniles BE perched. The juveniles stayed
around the tree most of the morning.
Time:1010-1043 Bald eagles (2) Sandy Hevener, spy camera West side VA 637 2.4 miles north of Third year BE ate on groundhog for 7
2 3rd year US 250 minutes and flew south. Hatch year
Juvenile- hatch year appeared at 1024 took a bite and third
year returned at 1025. The younger BE
stood back and let the older one eat
undisturbed. The older BE left at 1031
and then the younger one ate until
1043.

Bald eagle Rick Lambert US 250 at US 220 Monterey Adult BE flew west.
Time: 1543 adult
July 28, 2009
1 Time: 1630 Bald eagles (2) Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Adult BE perched in tree near
adult VA 643 driveway/right-of-way, flew west as car
Juvenile approached. Juvenile flew west from
tree 100 yards away, near front gate.

1 Time: 1840 Bald eagles (5) Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Two juvenile and adult perched in
Adult VA 643 same tree SW of Carson/Newlon
4 juveniles house. Two more juvenile BE were in
ground and styed in the vicinity of the
tree for one hour.
July 29, 2009
5 Time: 0753 Bald eagles (2) Rick Lambert East side of US220 5.4 miles south Two adult BE BE perched in tree over
Adults of Monterey Jackson River.

5 Time:1000 & 1015
Bald eagle
Sandy Hevener East side of US 250 5.4 miles south
of Monterey
Large adult BE perched in tiptop of
perch tree over Jackson River.
Adult
Time: 1330 Keith Carson North of VA 644 between VA 640 & Juvenile BE perched in same tree SW
1 Bald eagle VA 643 of house as on 7/27/09 for about one
Juvenile hour and then flew west.

6 Time: 1602 Bald eagles (2)
Adult
Rick Lambert East side of US 220 south of
Monterey 9.8 miles
Adult and immature BE were on the
ground near trout raceways.
Immature

5 Time: 1610 Bald eagle Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Adult BE perched in tree over Jackson
adult 5.4 miles River.
July 31, 2009
2 Time: 0845 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West side of VA 637 2.4 miles north Large 4th year BE perched on tiptop of
th
4 year with eye shadow of US 250 left branch of sugar maple perch tree.
GENERAL REPORTS
Robin Vance reports seeing two adult BE and a juvenile at Riverbend Farm almost every day. This is on VA 678 south of McDowell about six miles. They are
shooting groundhogs and leaving them out for eagles.
Pen Goodall continues to report seeing adult golden eagles on west foot of Tamarack Ridge north of Goodall house. He says he is seeing them there off and
on all summer but doesn’t write down date time etc.