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Nov 26, 2020 - 3:46:47 PM
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7052 posts since 2/14/2006

This time of year we'll start to see more bald eagles around the area, like this one we saw today.


Nov 26, 2020 - 3:59:56 PM
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slammer

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3050 posts since 12/30/2008

That’s Great!!! We have lots of Bald Eagles around here and most people take them for granted. I see them on a daily basis and still think they are one of the most Majestic critters on this good earth!!! The only problem I have with them is on Saturday mornings when trying to sleep in , and the crows decide to torment the eagles and the eagles start squawking and screeching!!! So fun to watch,but so damn annoying!!!
Slammer!!!

Nov 26, 2020 - 4:16:37 PM
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Could you get a more American picture that that for Thanksgiving ? Great photo Doug.

Nov 26, 2020 - 4:20:59 PM
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Eric A

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It's been great watching eagles make such a huge comeback in the Lower 48 in my lifetime.

Nov 26, 2020 - 5:32:46 PM

bubbalouie

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quote:
Originally posted by Eric A

It's been great watching eagles make such a huge comeback in the Lower 48 in my lifetime.


Seems like a comeback everywhere! 

I was raised on the shore of lake Ontario when DDT & phosphates were killing the birds & fish. 

The phosphates caused the weeds to choke the water & then carp turned small lakes into mud holes.

It wasn't until my late teens & early 20s that I saw eagles in that area. They reintroduced wild turkey & they are doing great now . Vultures & cormorants too. 

Edited by - bubbalouie on 11/26/2020 17:49:20

Nov 26, 2020 - 6:42:42 PM
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Helix

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13295 posts since 8/30/2006

Great shot, Doug.
Join us in the thread Birds in my Backyard 2020. These banjo players notice what is going on around them.


 

Nov 26, 2020 - 6:55:31 PM
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I still remember the first bald eagle I saw, this was in the late 50's when I was a teen and living in northern Minnesota. Came down to Iowa in the mid 70's and seems like they have become more "common" in south central Iowa. They seems to congregate around the big reservoirs in the winter, and also during that time you can find them near the river in Ottumwa. Even though they aren't as rare as they were when I was a kid, it's still a thrill to see one. Thanks for sharing the picture.

Iowa reintroduced wild turkeys in the 60's, they spread fast and so the DNR started allowing hunting shortly after I moved to Iowa. They are so common now that it is not unusual to see them in the fields in the morning or evening. One of the signs of spring for me is when you go outside in the early morning you hear the toms gobbling and see them strutting their stuff in front of the "girls".

Nov 26, 2020 - 7:17:48 PM
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Brian T

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17592 posts since 6/5/2008

DDT residue tended to accumulate as you move up from the insects in the food web.
One apparent effect for birds was thinner eggshells with many lost in incubation.

Nov 27, 2020 - 4:31:48 AM
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OM45GE

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Great photo.

I bet the eagle spotted you first

Nov 27, 2020 - 5:12:12 AM
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rinemb

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12911 posts since 5/24/2005

Bald Eagle Sighting and Watching has become kind of a big deal in the City of Wichita, KS, They come in and nest in trees along the river through town and feed along the river. I think we did a good job on the Nation's bald eagle recovery.
Alas, I doubt we will ever see some buffaloes wondering along the river.
Brad

Nov 27, 2020 - 7:48:01 AM
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Trewq36

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1909 posts since 11/30/2007

The sight of a bald eagle has thrilled campers for generations. The sight of a bald man, however, does absolutely nothing for the eagle.

Nov 27, 2020 - 2:43:33 PM
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Helix

USA

13295 posts since 8/30/2006

Eagle circle in the sky
Your shadow crosses mine
Perch upon the highest tree
Preenin your feathers fine

Take these wings and sail the sky
And never be afraid
The plans for your survival
Have already been made


Nov 27, 2020 - 3:37:25 PM
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rinemb

USA

12911 posts since 5/24/2005

Thank you, Larry, for the poetry. Brad

Nov 27, 2020 - 6:40:51 PM

919 posts since 6/6/2008

I’ll never forget the first time I saw a bald eagle. I went to Southeast Alaska on the black bear hunt and was seeing them everywhere. I was commenting to one of the locals about how majestic the birds were and how beautiful they were and his response is what I’ll never forget. He said yeah they look pretty good until you see them at the local dump tearing into a dirty diaper. Still makes me laugh!

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