A headline in today’s Syracuse Post-Standard read “NATION’S OLDEST BANDED BALD EAGLE FOUND DEAD NEAR ROCHESTER”. He was 38 years old, with a numbered aluminum band on his leg to prove it. Wow!!! I had no idea that a wild and free eagle could defy such odds and survive for nearly four decades.
This amazing, record-setting bird was reportedly hatched in Minnesota in the late 70’s, banded, then transported to New York for the state’s Bald Eagle Restoration Program. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says old Number 03142 was apparently struck and killed by a motor vehicle while feeding on a dead rabbit.
From my archives (not #03142):
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