March 18, 2011

Big Birds in Town!

Adult bald eagle at Great Meadows
Bald eagles returned to Great Meadows as the dense ice over the marshes began to melt a couple of weeks ago.  They have been daily visitors since, making a springtime feast of a bounty of carp and other fish.  Yesterday there were two adults and one immature eagle fishing, perching, and soaring together in the late afternoon delighting a crowd of us watching from the observation tower.

One eagle flew down to an island of cattails and, curiously, gathered a clump of dried leaves and carried them up to the branch where the other birds were perched.  Likely these big birds will move on as the weather warms, to return late in the year as winter closes in once again.  But let's not go there just yet!

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