Muskoka River sighting
I studied birds of prey in my lone year at Sir Sanford Fleming College.
I learned how to to decipher through elimination.
Two weeks ago I paddled from Baysville to Fraserburgh Road on the Muskoka River with one of my sons.
On a short stretch of wilderness between cottages coming south off of 117 and north off of Fraserburgh Road, a large bird of prey flew over us and perched atop a tree down river.
My first thought was that it was a Golden, but knew it was extremely unlikely.
We lifted our paddles and floated downstream observing the bird. When we came close, it took flight and landed again down river.
We followed and I made sure to take in every detail.
It was no bird I had ever seen before. When I returned home I immediately grabbed my bird book and confirmed my suspicion. A Golden Eagle.
What makes this truly bizarre is that the last day paddle I had previous to this, in early July on the Snake Rapids section of the Madawaska, I saw a Bald Eagle.
Two consecutive paddles, two Eagles I'd never seen in Ontario before. Hi Dave - I hope you don't mind, but I moved your submission from our comments section where it might only be seen my a few people, to this Eagle section where more people will read and enjoy it!
Thank you so much for telling us about your Eagle sightings!