Monday, October 26, 2009

Goatucation - Eagle Bait!

I mentioned in one of my posts that the kids didn't go out on too many grazes when they were little because of our resident Bald Eagle.  He sits in our tree almost everyday. He is not here much in the Spring but he is here constantly in the Fall and Winter. 

Bald Eagles are very large raptors and a little goat kid would make a nice meal for an eagle. Some of my commenters were surprised that an eagle could lift a goat kid. A Bald Eagle can lift up to four pounds! Goat kids when they are born only weigh (at least on this Farm) around two pounds. Now they really prefer the trout they find in the river but if they thought they could easily catch a little goat kid...
The eagle tried to fly away with Farm cat Fred so we know he is checking things out on the Farm.

We also have Golden Eagles in the area. There are not as many around as the Bald Eagles but both the publicist and male person have seen Golden Eagles flying around. They are truly magnificent birds.  They are larger than the Bald Eagles; they can have a wingspan of up to SIX FEET! That is a big bird! Golden Eagles have been known to take small deer. Deer are our cousins!

So it is much better to keep the kids in the pen until they are bigger so that the eagles won't be interested in having them for a snack.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the eagles around the Farm.

Tomorrow: Who's Moooooving in?


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