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Sonny, Bald Eagle
Updated 6/30/2017 1:44:14 PM 

Sonny, the Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Sonny Placed on our Eagle Exhibition permit, Sonny the Bald Eagle is officially on the teaching team. Retrieved by our friend Rob Domenech in June, the bird was standing on a riverbank at Quinn's Hot Springs for a few days. Rob actually fished him out of the river with a net when he baled, to discover a very mellow bird, down in condition and missing a wing tip. He is at least 6 years old, with that white plumage and yellow beak and eye, and he stands next to the Golden Eagles, waiting for a nice squirrel, beef heart, or whole chicken. Bald and Golden Eagles are not closely related, so it is fun to see the differences as they all perch together.

Sonny is yet another jazz bird, named for all of the jazz musicians by that name that you can think of, like Rollins, Stitt, Clarke, and another jazz devotee from KCSM radio in San Mateo, CA - Sonny Buxton. Catch his show on Saturdays, live on the web!


  • Date Acquired: 6/26/2011
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