Golden Eagle in the Lake District?

  • In reply to Sarah21:

    I did type out a lengthy reply, but on submitting it, I was shown to then be logged out. Not got time or keyboard to retype all the waffle. Basically, it was thanks for the further info. Unfortunately, I don't know that road or specific area. Can't offer a good suggestion. White tailed eagles are spreading out more now. Whether any got to Lake District three years ago, I don't know if it is poss to search for rare bird sightings for then. Probably. I woud be extremely doubtful about it being a golden eagle. Difficult to offer a suggestion. Size though is always the i.d. Feature that is hardest to get accurate.
  • In reply to Robbo:

    Robbo a few sightings of WT Eagle in Cumbria over that period including one of mine. The released youngsters did quite a fly around

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to SunnyKate2:

    Thanks I’ve had a look but it says I need to subscribe to see all the details. It does say a possible white tailed eagle sighting in Cumbria though
  • In reply to Robbo:

    Yeah I thought that, and I know how memory can sometimes be a bit distorted over time. But I remember how shocked I was at the sight of it and how we made eye contact so close up. I just keep remembering that I’ve seen lots of birds of prey, but I knew as soon as I saw this that it was something unlike anything I’ve seen before and just so enormous and when I couldn’t get a picture I knew I’d likely never see it again. I could honestly cry, why couldn’t it have been on a straight bit of road? I could have stopped and got a quick pic or video!
  • Hi Sarah, don't know it you'll see this as it's a yr later now.
    But I have seen a Golden Eagle almost exactly where you describe, I was parked in the long layby near Binsey, and witnessed one approx 50 yards away for several minutes. This would have been late in the yr 2019.
    I was unsure too at first, but after a bit of research I was sure.
    I have also seen one in the sky over the beach near Allonby.
  • The same thing happened to me in Wasdale a couple of decades back. In this case it was definitely a buzzard. It wasn't going to move off its meal so I had to drive around.

    Having handled an injured female spar in the past I can say that they are more than capable of giving a stare of a certain type.
  • With so many immature white tailed eagles about, there is an increasing risk of ‘golden eagle’ sightings in England.
  • I think you are right there Robbo, with no white tail to catc h on to and nothing to get a sense of size it is easy to get it wrong. We had a couple around our area this year and I can understand the problem when in a clear sky with nothing to get your scale

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • For anyone interested in the history of the Lakeland Eagles should find a copy D G Walker's little book called The Lakeland Eagles. Dave was warden at Haweswater when the site was at its most prolific. It's not full of fancy photos but loads of info obtained by had graft by Dave and the band of vols. Some may think it dated but to me well worth looking out for

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can