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Steve Galehouse
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Bald eagle encounter

Post by Steve Galehouse » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:03 pm

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Last October, my buddy and I decided to make one last trip North to our cabin in central Ontario. We arrived on a bright, clear, but very CRISP morning(22F), and that is how the weather remained for most of the trip. We were the only people on a good-sized lake, and the solitude was much appreciated. The second day into the trip, we portaged to a lake we knew held northern pike. We uncovered our cached canoe, and set off onto the lake, only to be utterly skunked. But halfway through our paddle we were treated to a aerial display of a pair of bald eagles, reeling and circling above our canoe for 15 minutes, almost as if to say "Hello, it's a beautiful day, hope you're having fun down there"!

Since the lake had turned over, and no fish to catch, we took a leisurely two hour hike through the jack pine and black spruce woods, following a trapper's trail until we got hungry(and thirsty), and returned to the cabin.

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Re: Bald eagle encounter

Post by Don » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:17 am

Steve-
I'm not a birder, but I have respect for the patience they have for ID-ing birds! Do you think the eagle was waiting for you guys to catch, gut a fish? Or did it have 'bigger fish' to catch?
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Re: Bald eagle encounter

Post by edfrank » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:49 am

There are many bald eagles nesting along the Allegheny River and some alog the Clarion River. The most memorabel encounter I have had was a couple years ago on the Clarion River. It was early October and Carl harting and I were going to be canoeing from the Gravel Lick Bridge a couple miles downstream from Cook Forest to the backwaters of a dam several iles downstream near Mill Creek. Dale had droppe us off. Carl and I had just put in the canoe. it was foggy. You could barely see the far shore of the river through the ist. We paddled out into the river in a subdued silence with the fog circling us on all side. As we started to paddle, a large adult bald eagle silently glided from the mist a few from us then with a few flaps was gone again into the mist. The encounter set the tone for the day. The paddle continued and as the passed the fog burned off, and the day ended in sunshine.

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Re: Bald eagle encounter

Post by James Parton » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:55 am

Steve,

The last Bald Eagles I saw was at Congaree National Park last year during the ENTS measuring blitz. They were a pair flying high overhead. I have also seen them near Lake Russell which is on the border of SC & Ga between Clarks Hill lake and Hartwell lake. Osprey are common along Lake Russell as well.

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Re: Bald eagle encounter

Post by Steve Galehouse » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:50 am

Don, they probably were waiting for us to catch some fish--unfortunately for all of us we got skunked.

Another time I watched 5 or 6 gulls chase and worry a bald eagle, much as crows chase and worry owls. The eagle finally landed in a snap top of a big white pine and waited for the gulls to leave.

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Re: Bald eagle encounter

Post by mikekowalski » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:20 pm

I see Bald eagles almost on a regular basis - I'd say on average about 3 or 4 per week - maybe more. They are quite common around here now, in the lower Saint John river valley. I saw a rather large pair on Grand Lake a few weeks ago. I see them sitting in trees not far from the highway and I've even seen one in downtown Fredericton, NB.
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