Thursday, February 7, 2013

A year's worth of eagles in an hour

   Just after 2 pm this afternoon an immature Bald Eagle flew over my house and headed off toward the south west. It was the first Bald Eagle sighting from my yard this year.

Bald Eagle #1


 Just a minute later two more appeared off to the north heading more in a west southwesterly direction. 
Bald Eagles #2 & #3

 Their forward progress was slowed by a little sparring

Composite of Bald Eagles #2 & #3

  As they got due west another Eagle (#4) joined them.

Eagle #4 (lower right) joining #2 & #3

  Then just before 3 pm a fifth immature Bald Eagle flew by.

Eagle #5
   In each of the past 4 years I've only seen Bald Eagles on 3 or 4 days and the total birds seen in those years ranged from 3 to 5.  Typically most of my yard eagle sightings occur in March when they are heading northeast on their spring migration.

  Other birds of interest in the yard today were the Chipping Sparrow that has been here since Sunday

  and a Cooper's Hawk that scatters all the House Sparrows

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