Tahoe (Golden Eagle)
Tahoe Wildlife Care took in an injured Golden Eagle from Susanville. Their vet found an old wing injury which made
the eagle non-releasable. Unable to keep
the eagle permanently, they set out to find him a home. They transferred the
eagle to Critter Creek. We named him
Golden eagles are the most common eagle in the Central Valley.
Bald eagles also live in the foothills and mountain lakes but are
usually just wintering in the area.
Golden eagles are the largest raptor next to the bald eagles. They are 30-40 inches in length with a 6-7
foot wingspan. The females can weigh as
much as 8-9 pounds. The golden eagles
have feathering all the way down their legs to their toes. They live in mountainous areas but hunt on
the flatlands eating small mammals like rabbits and ground squirrels. They also eat carrion found on ranches and
along roadsides. These raptors are
soaring birds and with wings outstretched, they can “cruise” for miles before
flapping their wings. They have a keen
sense of sight, able to see people approaching from miles away.