Birdwatching is confused and captivated by the rare eagle’s rare odyssey from Russia to Texas, Quebec and finally Nova Scotia.
The Steller’s sea eagle trekked almost half of the world from his home about 8,000 km away on the east coast of Russia.
Phil Taylor, a biologist at Acadia University, found an eagle on his way home after having lunch with a colleague on the banks of the Avon River near Farmas, Nova Scotia, on November 3.
“And there was this bird, just sitting on the mud,” he said in an interview. “It’s a very noteworthy bird and it’s very easy to identify.”
This bird is larger than a bald eagle and has white shoulders and a tail and a large orange beak. The wingspan is up to 2.5 meters and the weight is up to 10 kilograms.
Steller’s sea eagles have been classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as vulnerable, with approximately 6,000 remaining wild and typically inhabiting the east coast of Japan, China, South Korea and Russia.
“It’s very distinctive, and I quickly realized it because the same individual bird was previously seen in New Brunswick in July of this year,” Taylor said.
Nick Lund, network manager for Main Audubon, who tracks the eagle’s movements, said the bird was first discovered in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska last August because it is on the other side of the Arctic. Ocean.
According to Lund, he disappeared for several months before appearing in Texas this spring before heading north to Quebec.
“It seemed to make more sense to people,” Lund said. “As you know, it’s in the same latitude, so Russia and Alaska give or take, and it makes sense in a way.”
The eagle’s next destination is New Brunswick, which is now found in Nova Scotia.
Birds were photographed at all stops and compared to make sure the photographs were the same, he said.
Although it is impossible to know exactly what the bird followed, Lund said the eagle is likely to cover many states and states throughout the continent.
“So it’s a bit surprising to think that such a big bird obscures the path across the distance,” he said.
According to Taylor, the eagle hasn’t been found since November 4, but I’m not worried because it will disappear for a while and then reappear.
We usually eat fish, but we can also eat deer, ducks and other small animals.
“There are many places where it can be, and even if it’s big, it may be behind a small valley somewhere,” he said.
“Or maybe you’re heading to New York, St. John, New Brunswick, or who knows. I really don’t know.”
Lund said he wanted the birds to appear in Maine.
“We are sitting with the fish on the coastline and the fish are hanging to fly to us,” he laughed.
It’s not uncommon to find small feather creatures such as hummingbirds and warblers on selfish courses, but Lund said there is no precedent for finding Steller’s sea eagles in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and certainly Texas.
“It’s like a Canadian tree doctor finding a palm tree growing in a tundra, or a fisherman finding a blue whale in a local pond.”
Scientists have used the term “wandering” to describe birds that fly outside the normal range, such as the Stellar Sea Eagle, he said.
Wandering can be caused by birds moving in the wrong direction, being blown off the course by the wind, or looking for a better habitat, he said.
“It’s completely anthropomorphic, and you might think that birds are a kind of native explorer,” he said with a laugh.
“They like to see the Earth, so they can bring the adventure story back into the home range, but that’s probably not true.”
NS Hina Alam