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#7192795 - 06/08/18 08:45 PM Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles
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Does anyone know if the Mexican Eagle ranges into central texas/austin area?

I own property outside austin and saw what I think was a bald eagle - friend says it was probably a Mexican eagle - I have seen the Mexican eagles in south texas and this was not that -

The bird I saw had a huge wing span when it flew away - I am in Georgetown
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#7192798 - 06/08/18 08:52 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Houston & Lexington, Texas
We're in N.W. Lee county, 40 miles east of Austin. We have plenty of Caracara and a pair of Bald Eagles nest about 2 miles from our place.

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#7192799 - 06/08/18 08:53 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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Registered: 10/17/11
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Loc: Round Rock/ Lometa
I see caracara at my place in Lometa quite often and have seen others around the area. There is also bald eagles around here. One used to have a nest right off 29 by Buchanan dam until the wind took out the tree. I would see it driving out to mason. There were always people stopping to take pictures. I would say you could have easily seen either around here.

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#7192831 - 06/08/18 09:18 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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Yes Caracara have been reported into the northern parts of Texas in the past few years. I know for a fact they have been seen just NW of Brady since I saw them there myself. I heard rumor that they have even been seen as far as some of the states due north of Texas. Don't know if those are true just heard it.
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#7192875 - 06/08/18 09:50 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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Loc: Mesquite, TX
Early December last year a friend and I were deer hunting in mason and came into our property after eating in town and saw a bald eagle. Very big birds that's the first one I've ever seen it was awesome. I really wanted to get naked and run around with flag.
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#7192884 - 06/08/18 10:07 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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They have been around here for at least 10 years, maybe more. Up where I throw my fish guts, and such on my place they run off the buzzards. Go to the dam at the lake( Granger Lake) you will see a bunch of em!

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#7192905 - 06/08/18 10:29 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Iíve seen a lot of them not far south of Austin. Iím sure they could easily make it to Austin. I am almost positive I seen one in Gatesville one day while driving through.
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#7192906 - 06/08/18 10:30 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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I see them around Brady, aggressive creatures.
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#7192913 - 06/08/18 10:36 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
kmon1 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
first oen I remember seeing was near Meridian over 20 years ago. Last time I was in 22 headed through Maridian from Whitney I say at least 10 between those 2 towns.
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#7193129 - 06/09/18 10:08 AM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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Loc: Kyle, TX
I have them all over me just SE of Austin and see them driving to work in Austin everyday.

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#7193146 - 06/09/18 10:36 AM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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Aren't Mexican Eagles and golden eagles the same thing?
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#7193162 - 06/09/18 10:49 AM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: HuntnFly67]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Originally Posted By: HuntnFly67
Aren't Mexican Eagles and golden eagles the same thing?

No
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#7193172 - 06/09/18 11:01 AM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
javman Offline
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Registered: 03/19/11
Posts: 349
Loc: McAllen, TX deep South Tex
Starting to see Ravens in Starr county, something you never heard or seen before.

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#7193246 - 06/09/18 12:38 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: billyhunt]
tlk Offline
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Originally Posted By: billyhunt
They have been around here for at least 10 years, maybe more. Up where I throw my fish guts, and such on my place they run off the buzzards. Go to the dam at the lake( Granger Lake) you will see a bunch of em!


Have any bald eagles been seen at Lake Granger?
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#7193269 - 06/09/18 01:11 PM Re: Mexican eagle (caracara) and bald eagles [Re: tlk]
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Bald Eagles are along the Colorado River below Austin down to Bastrop.

They also are around Granger Lake, and the Burnet/Llano areas.

Caracaras are very much present in the grasslands east of I-35.

A Bald Eagle is twice the size of a vulture for reference.

The first time I saw Bald Eagles in Texas about 25 years ago, two had caught a wounded snow goose.

They tossed the snow goose back and forth in their talons like a beach ball. They are massive birds.

In flight, their wings make a straight flat line, while vultures have upward swept wings.

Congratulations on the sightings.
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