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HIGHLAND COUNTY EAGLE SIGHTINGS SPRING 2009 March 1 – May 31

March 2, 2009
Time: 1230 Golden eagle Norman Bell East side US 220 about four miles Golden eagle fed on raccoon carcass.
Not aged south of Monterey
March 5, 2009
Time: 1430 Golden eagles (3) Sara Ervin and Mr. Ervin Riverbend farm, VA 678 south of Three adult GE flew and circled over
adults McDowell Bullpasture ridge.
March 8, 2009
2 Time: 1309 Bald eagle Edmund Hevener, Sandy West side VA 640 near 641 Immature BE on ground appeared to
Immature- 3-4 years old Hevener, Amanda Hevener, Ruckman Lane be eating something, but observers
Shaun Harvey could not see what.
March 9, 2009
5 Time: 1400 Bald eagle Norman Bell East side of US 220 south of Adult BE flew from Sycamore tree next
adult Monterey 6.5 miles to Jackson River.
March 18, 2009
6 Time: 1140 Bald eagle Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Adult BE flew over Jackson River near
adult 9.5 miles trout ponds.
March 20, 2009
2 Time: 1045 Golden eagle Patti Reum VA 637 north of US 250 about 6.5 Third-year GE circled over house then
3rd year miles, just north of VA 639 flew north toward Snowy Mountain.
Time: 1647
Bald eagle Rick Lambert VA 678 at Clover Creek/VA 612 Adult BE perched in tree over
adult about 6.5 miles south of McDowell Bullpasture River.
March 23, 2009
Time: 0900 Bald eagle Carol Bandy US 220 in Monterey Fourth-year BE flew over road in
4th year Monterey
March 24, 2009
2 Time: 0715 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener West side VA 637 north of US 250 Adult BE flew from perch tree WSW
adult 2.4 miles toward Lantz Mountain
March 26, 2009
Time: 1022 Bald eagle Rick Lambert VA 614 north of US 250 0.5 mile Adult BE flew over Bullpasture River.
adult
March 28, 2009
1 Time: 1510 Golden eagle Sandy Hevener Over East side Snowy Mountain Crow harassed GE disappearing in
Adult? seen from VA 640 top of Wimer and out of thick fog/cloud over Snowy
Mountain Mountain..
April 2, 2009
Time: 1126 Bald eagle Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Adult BE perched in tree over Jackson
adult 5.4 miles River.
April 4, 2009
Golden eagle Tom Duncan North side US 84 west of US 220 GE fed on groundhog while raven
Not aged about 6.6 miles stood nearby.
April 7, 2009
6 Bald eagle Amanda Harvey US 250 near Mustoe Adult BE on ground fed on carcass.
adult
April 10, 2009
6 Time: 1440 Bald eagle Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Adult BE flew over trout raceways
adult 9 miles
April 13, 2009
6 Time: 0810 Bald eagle Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Adult BE flew over trout raceways
adult 9 miles
April 14, 2009
1 Time: Golden eagle Keith Carson About one mile north of VA 644 Juvenile GE flew north up hollow
immature between VA 640 & 643 on toward Snowy Mountain.
Carson/Newlon property
April 16, 2009
2 Time: 1423 Golden eagle Sandy Hevener At VA 639 between VA 640 & VA Immature GE circled low. It had very
Immature 637 distinct light ovals under the wings and
2-3 year much white on tail, a small about of
color on tail fringe, some modeling on
top of wings ,
April 18, 2009
1 Time: 0800 Bald eagles (3) Keith Carson About one mile north of VA 644 Two adult BE and immature flew over
2 adults between VA 640 & 643 on ridge east of property on Snowy
1 immature Carson/Newlon property Mountain.
April 19, 2009
5 Time: 1000 Bald eagle Keith Carson East side US 220 5.4 miles south of Adult BE perched in tree next to
adult Monterey Jackson River.

2 Time: 1130 Golden eagle
Immature
Patti Reum VA 637 north of US 250 about 4.5
miles
Young GE flew north over house.

Bald eagles (2) Keith Carson East side US 220 5.4 miles south of Adult BE and near-adult BE perched in
5 Time: 1510 Adult Monterey tree next to Jackson River. Another
4th year resident (Bill Wagner) has reported
that something happened to one
member of the pair the landowner
(Doug Gutshal) calls Ferdinand and
Isabella and “Isabella” returned with a
young Ferdinand. Several years ago
the landowner said Isabella had
returned with a younger Ferdinand and
he had observed the pair about 20
years.
April 22, 2009
4 Time: 1300 Bald eagle Keith Carson West side US 220 north of Adult BE chased osprey with fish in
adult Monterey 5 miles, near Halterman talons over Strait Creek.
Hollow trout raceways
April 23, 2009
Time: 0800 Bald eagle Keith Carson About one mile north of VA 644 Immature BE soared southwest of
1 immature between VA 640 & 643 on
Carson/Newlon property
house, then flew up hollow west of
house toward Snowy Mountain.

Bald eagles (2) Bill Bratton, Sandy Bratton North of Nest # B-08-01 but Adult BE flew off nest. Second adult
N Time:1900 adults appears same pair. This is Nest # BE flew in. When first flew off,
B-09-01 observers saw movement in nest,
believed it a chick.
April 24, 2009
4 Time: Bald eagles (2) Doug Puffenbarger East side 220 north of Monterey 5 Adult and immature BE at trout
Adult miles at Monterey Trout Co. hatchery. The immature BE had a little
Immature white on it. This year’s chicks are just
now hatching in Highland Co.

1 Time:
Bald eagle Keith Carson About one mile north of VA 644 Adult BE flew up from ground in hollow
Adult between VA 640 & 643 on near creek from vicinity where
Carson/Newlon property observer threw dead groundhog day
before. Eagle flew toward Snowy
Mountain.
April 25, 2009
5 Time: 1619 Bald eagle Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Adult BE perched in tree over Jackson
adult 5.4 miles River.
April 26, 2009
1 Time: 1400 Bald eagle Keith Carson, Polly Newlon About one mile north of VA 644 Adult BE flew past house as observers
Adult between VA 640 & 643 on sat on deck. It flew southwest up the
Carson/Newlon property Blue Grass Valley.
N Time: 1600
Bald eagles (2) Patti Reum Nest # H-08-01 Two adult BE at nest.
adults
April 29, 2009
6 Time: Bald eagle David Glenndinning US 220 south of Monterey 7.3 miles Adult BE in field ate something small.
adult at Mustoe
April 30, 2009
Time: 0931 Bald eagle Rick Lambert VA 678 in Williamsville Gorge about Adult bald eagle perched in tree
Adult 8 miles south of McDowell/US 250 overlooking Bullpasture River.
Time: 1759 Bald eagle Rick Lambert VA 678 one mile south of Clover Adult BE perched in tree overlooking
adult Creek about 8 miles south of Bullpasture River.
McDowell/US250

May 1, 2009
7 Bald eagles (2) Terry Gordon East side US 220 at transmission Pair of adult BE perched in tree east
line 13.4 miles south of Monterey side of Jackson River.
May 2, 2009
7 Time: 1015 Bald eagles (2) Sandy Hevener, Edmund East side US 220 12 miles south of Third year BE perched in tree, 2nd year
2nd year Hevener, Don Davis, Ray Monterey BE perched in adjoining tree and crow
3rd year Davis perched above. The 2nd year flew low
to south and crow chased. Several
more crows joined in the chase. The
3rd year BE flew low to south and
circled with other eagle and crows
pursued both occasionally diving into
the eagles and pecking them. Finally
the group circled higher and higher
and moved north out of sight.
May 7, 2009
9 Time: 0805 Bald eagles (2) Della or Wes Napier VA 678 south of US 250 about 7 Two immature BE flew toward the river
Immature (email report) miles between Purdue home and locking talons in midair displaying
McClung estates. some white feathers on one and none
on the other.

2 Time: 1000 Bald eagles (2) VA 640 Blue Grass Valley Road 3rd yr BE perched in willow by river, 4th
3rd year Carol Bandy near VA 639 year on carrion on driveway, west side
4th year of BGV Rd, on Griswold property
(previously Ruckman).
May 8, 2009
1 Time: afternoon Golden eagles (2) Keith Carson About one mile north of VA 644 Two juvenile GE flew over house. A
Juveniles between VA 640 & 643 on Red Tailed hawk chased one.
Carson/Newlon property
Time:
6 Bald eagles (4)
Adult
Patti Reum US 220 south of Monterey about
9.8 miles
Two immature BE were on the ground
near trout ponds. The young adult BE
Young adult (4th year) perched in tree nearby while adult BE
2 immature soared overhead. The young adult
crossed the road and flew west. Both
immature BE stayed.
May 10, 2009
2 Time: 1000 Bald eagles (7) Carol Bandy West side VA 640 south of VA 639 Seven BE on carrion in field north of
2 adults about 0.2 mile Bardon Warner’s.
5 various ages immature
May 12, 2009
5 Time: 0818 Bald eagle Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Adult BE perched in tree overlooking
adult 5.4 miles Jackson River.

6 Time: 0823
golden eagle
adult
Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey
9 miles
Adult GE fed on deer carcass.

7 Time: 0826 bald eagle Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Adult BE fed on deer carcass.
adult 13.4 miles at transmission line

2 Time: 0930 Bald eagle
Adult
Carol Bandy
West side VA 640 south of VA 639 Adult BE perched in Julie’s tree
about 0.2 mile

6 Time: 1240
Golden eagles (2) Rick Lambert East side US 220 south of Monterey Two adult GE fed on deer carcass.
adults 9 miles
May 13, 2009
2 Time:1000 Bald eagle Carol Bandy VA 640 near VA 639 Adult BE flew east to west over Bandy
Adult house.
Time: 1330
Bald eagle Carol Bandy VA 640 one mile north of US 250 Adult BE eating carrion.
adult
May 14, 2009
2 Time: 1845 Bald eagle Sandy Hevener, Edmund VA 640 about 2.5 miles north of US Immature BE flew up from road where
3rd year Hevener 250 it had been feeding on roadkill-
groundhog. It perched in top of a snag
until we drove past. This bird’s head
was speckled black & white and tail
white on sides with black in center.

2 Time: 1845 Bald eagles (2) Carol Bandy West side VA 640 south of VA 639 Adult & immature BE with lots of
Adult about 0.2 miles molting on ground near stream fussed
Immature 2nd year? over something
May 17, 2009
2 Time: 0715 Bald eagles (10) Carol Bandy West side VA 640 south of VA 639 Ten BE on or around carrion in hay
1 adult about 0.3 mile meadow above Bardon Warner’s barn
1 4th year
1 juvenile
Others various ages
1 Time: 1315 Bald eagles (2) William Leigh VA 640 at top of Wimer Mountain Adult BE & immature with lots of white
: Adult across road from Margaret on axillaries soared for about 10
Immature- O’Bryan’s. minutes.

Time: 1930 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side 640 south of VA 639 Adult BE perched in Julie’s tree
2 adult about 0.2 mile
May 25, 2009
1 Time: Bald eagle Patti Reum Near Hevener Lane
4th year, near adult

N Time
Bald eagles (2)
Adult pair
Patti Reum Nest # HI0802 Adult pair BE perched in nest tree

May 26, 2009
Time: Bald eagle Patti Reum
4th year, near adult
May 28, 2009
1 Time: 0645 Bald eagles (4) George Harris, Rosemary VA 644 about.0.25 mile west of VA Adult and three blotchy immature BE
Adult Harris 640 south foot of Snowy Mountain flew west a few feet abouve ground
3 immatures following a small stream.
May 29, 2009
2 Time: 1015 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just north of VA Immature BE fed on carcass at Bandy
Immature 639 farm.

2 Time: 1500 Bald eagles (2)
Adult
Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just north of VA
639
Adult BE fed on same carcass at
Bandy farm.
immature
May 30, 2009
Time: 0800 Bald eagle Carol Bandy West side VA 640 just south of VA Adult BE perched in Julie’s tree.
2 adult 639

N Time:
Bald eagles (4)
Adult
Mitchell Byrd, Patti Reum,
Bob Cole, Linda Cole
Near nest HI0802 Four BE ate on a groundhog carcass
near nest. Observers saw pin feathers
2 juveniles on juvenile. It ate last. The fourth BE
1 flew before aged flew before anyone could age it.
Mitchell Byrd declared that the nest
produced at least one young.
3
Time: 1030 Bald eagles (3) Nicky Athanason US 84 near VA 640 junction Adult BE flew over Somers
Adult Stephenson home with two immature
2 2 juvenile or immature or juvenile BE and headed north along
stream.
Time:1110
Bald eagle Edmund Hevener, Sandy South side VA 640 Laurel Fork Rd. Near adult BE perched in tree above
4th year small tail fringe Hevener, Amanda Hevener, about 3.5 miles west of VA 644 large beaver pond on Fitz Gary
Shaun Harvey Hevener La. property. Observers watched it stare at
pond for 10 minutes.