Skip to comments.Here's why you might see more bald eagles in the Bay Area right now
Posted on 03/29/2020 4:18:35 PM PDT by thecodont
Trapped in the confines of four walls, springtime spent in quarantine can feel uninspiring, if not isolating. But as Gregory Chiates son looked outside his window in Marin County one recent morning, he realized he wasnt alone.
On top of a towering conifer outside perched a bald eagle: the first one his father had seen since they moved there 11 years ago.
The birds have been making a comeback, according to Shannon Burke, an interpretive naturalist with Marin County Parks, though its not necessarily because the area has been deserted by people. (Coyotes are a different story in San Francisco.)
She said sightings of bald eagles are uncommon, but not rare especially now, during their spring migration. And the birds that breed around the Bay Area local nesters, as Burke calls them usually begin settling down during the months of March and April. They mate for life.
The breeding numbers are still small, but in the wintertime we do get visitors, Burke said.
And for Bay Area residents like Chiate, the eagles presence was uplifting a welcome distraction from the challenges the last few weeks had presented.
I felt like it was a sign in these troubled times that we are all going to be OK.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Bald Eagles have been making a dramatic comeback for the last 25 years.
I ser them all the time now.
They are all over. Bald eagles are far more numerous than would be normal. When the fish run out, they like dumpsters and road kill.
I would expect them to be buzzards . . . circling over San Francisco.
Soon they’ll be like pigeons pestering people for fish.
Alaska likely had more bald eagles than seagulls
What in God’s name is an interpretive naturalist?
When in a park in SITKA, there were HUNDREDS of Bald Eagles in the trees above us, and I just Prayed they didn’t CRAP on us!
There has been a nesting pair in a redwood tree at a school in Milpitas, California for several years. Every year they raise one to three eaglets.
That’s a beautiful picture.
I posted this because... it’s uplifting. The bald eagle is our national symbol and I found the article encouraging.
There was a breeding pair in eastern Santa Clara county 30 years ago.
A bit of a secret as they were on SF water district land where it was illegal to be.
That’s why the fishing was so good.
Why? They eat human feces or they eat the rats that eat the feces??
Coyotes have been seen walking the streets of San Francisco. No doubt the pervasive odor of feces tells these predators that there are numerous mammals or food sources congregating in what must appear to be a strange locale for the coyotes.
We were in Alaska almost 20 years ago. Our family booked a cabin on the ferry run by the U.S. Parks Service up the coast from Bellinham, WA to Skagway, AL. There would be a park ranger lecture in the front observation lounge every afternoon.
In one lecture, they explained that the eagles liked to feast on the spawning salmon since the water would be real shallow. The eagles would eat until they could not fly. They would stagger around until they got to a place where they could safely plop over. They looked like they were drunk.
Great! I’ve never seen one in the wild. At least not to my knowledge; I may have seen one in the distance and not recognized it. Beautiful animal. Anyone who shoots one or deliberately injures one in any way should be strung up by the you-know-whats!
A stripper maybe?
Bald Eagles are plentiful here at Lake of the Ozarks in mid-Missouri.
The big lake is ice free year round...
Dances with wolves?
Feeding on the corpses of Corona virus victims floating in the bay?
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