Golden Eagle No. 53 Continuing South In Wisconsin

Arrows show the migration of Eagle No. 53, called “Jack,” that was banded Nov. 12 at Hawk Ridge and fitted with a GPS/satellite transmitter. (Golden Eagle Project photo)

The golden eagle that was banded and fitted with a GPS transmitter Nov. 12 at Hawk Ridge continues his southward migration. On Nov. 13, he was in Douglas Coonty, Wisconsin, about 8 miles south of Superior. On Nov. 15, he continued his southbound journey and moved into Rusk County, Wisconsin. From Nov. 16 to 22 he has been using an area west and south of Ladysmith, Wis.

The GPS unit he’s carrying records his location every hour during daylight hours. Every three days, the information is uploaded to a satellite and e-mailed to Mark Martell of Audubon Minnesota, who provides updates.

The golden eagle is just one of 11 to have been trapped and banded at Hawk Ridge in more than 30 years. The transmitter is expected to operate for five to seven years, enabling researchers to learn more about the areas of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin where some golden eagles winter.

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2 Responses

  1. Jenna Poole

    Hi there, I was wondering if you could help me figure out what I saw in southern Wisconsin. I was driving down Riley Road which is located just south of Highway 59 in southern Wisconsin Rock County. I believe very strongly that I saw a golden eagle. The size of this bird and the coloring seemed to be nothing other than a golden eagle. However, when I told my story to my family the next day everyone told me that it was not possible. They said that if I were to see a golden eagle it would be around the Mississippi River. I know it wasnt a turkey vulture and I know it wasnt an owl. Is it possible that I saw a golden eagle in southern wisconsin? Your response would be appreciated. Thank You!!!!!
    –Bird Lover

    1. Sam Cook

      Hard to say what the bird might have been, but golden eagles do winter in southern Wisconsin. I know, this isn’t winter.

      Possibly an immature bald eagle?

      Good luck.

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