Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Grandson & Bald Eagle Watch Weekend

Introducing my new grandson: Name Rev Archer, he is 8 lbs 4 oz and 20 in long. 
This weekend I went to see the Bald Eagles at Starve Rock.  The weekend is sponsored by the Illinois Audubon Society, US Army Corps of Engineers, Starved Rock, Foundation, Audubon and the lodge.
Here are some interesting facts I learned this weekend about the eagles.  They stand up to 3 ft tall with a wingspan of 7-8 ft.  Although make and female eagles share the same plumage, females, as in most birds of prey, are somewhat larger then males.  
The adult birds are characterized by their white head and tail and yellow beak and eyes.  Immature birds exhibit a brownish plumage and they will not attain the white head and tail 
 until they reach maturity at a 4-5 yrs of age.  They are found only in North America. (click on picture for a close up of birds)
Here I am holding a snake....eck!!! I did this too show my grandsons who are always teasing me with their toy rubber snakes.   


MaryC said...

Congratulations! He is beautiful!

Godelieve said...

Congratulations!! Sweet!!!

Laura O'Donnell said...

he's adorable - so happy for you!