Ornithologists decree that all birds’ birthdays are on the first of January. This eagle is a second-year bird. Bald Eagles do not acquire their striking white heads and tails until their fourth year. The uneven wing and tails feathers are typical of second-year birds. They retain some of their longer juvenile feathers. The speckled white sides of this bird’s body are also typical of second-year Bald Eagles.
We photographed this Bald Eagle on 21 February 2017 at Lake Byllesby Regional Park in Dakota County, Minnesota.