Characteristics of Bald Eagles
The bald eagle is one of the largest birds in the Northeast. In profile, as it flies toward you, its wings are held straight out; the more common turkey vulture soars with its wings held in a V-shape. As the eagle passes overhead, the feathers at the tips of its wings are widely separated, and its relatively short tail is usually fanned open.
Height: 30 inches
Weight: 8-12 pounds
Wing Span: 6-7 feet
Adult Color: (by about 5 years)
Male and female eagles look identical, although females are usually the larger of the two.
Although not common (only 1 or 2 along the Upper Delaware annually) the golden eagle is frequently mistaken for an immature bald eagle.
Did You Know?
Spawned in the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean, the American Eel migrates as a juvenile to fresh water where they grow into adults. As a traditional food source for Native Americans, smoked eels are still a local delicacy.