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15 hours ago, Benjamin said:

Yes, likely a first year bird

 

Decidedly a juvenile. Bald Eagle is a highly adaptable and catholic predator. They are regular attendants at Black-tailed Prairie-dog towns in eastern CO, even those very far from large water, where they prey directly upon the dogs, but also are successful kleptoparasites of other raptors that catch prairie-dogs.

From the Birds of the World account:

An opportunistic forager; food habits highly varied across range and site-specific, based on prey species available (119, 12, 91). In most regions, seeks out aquatic habitats for foraging and prefers fish (120, 121, 90, 12, 122). Uses birds and mammals often as carrion, especially in winter. Eats a great variety of aquatic and terrestrial mammals, including muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) and hares (Lepus spp.), reptiles and amphibians, crustaceans, and a variety of birds, including many species of waterfowl, gulls (Larus spp.), and even Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodius; see 12). May eat garbage at dumps in Alaska (55).

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