Photo: Joel & Valerie Moore
Yesterday, January 15th, Joel & Valerie Moore were taking an early afternoon stroll along the Kokosing Gap Trail in Knox County, when they glanced skyward and saw this massive beast. A juvenile Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos! Fortunately they were able to get the camera lens up in time to fire off this nice shot. Golden Eagles take five years to attain full adult plumage, and this bird looks like a first-year, given the amount of white in the tail and wings. Golden Eagles are always major rarities in Ohio, and winter reports are few and far between. This eagle may be overwintering, and refindable.
The Moores saw the bird about one mile east of Gambier, along the north side of the Kokosing River. The Kokosing Gap Trail parallels the north side of the river. They were near Killduff Road (County Rd. 230) when they saw the eagle, and this is probably the place to start searching.
Thanks to the Moores for sharing their sighting and photo, and best of luck to anyone who seeks the eagle. Let us know if you relocate it.