I'm sure everyone has been noticing the increased population of eagles over the last few years. The little swamp of a lake I live on usually doesn't bring many birds around. Some ducks and geese sure. But rarely ever an eagle. A few years back we would be lucky to see even a single eagle. Last year I was excited to have two eagles living in the tree behind our house.. It truly surprised me and I spent a lot of time observing them. Watching an eagle fish can be pretty cool. I live in Lino Lakes and not many lakes around here offer much to the eagle. Especially when you consider its only a short eagle flight to some pretty nice rivers and bluffs.
You want to know whats cool though?
Every day for the past week I've counted over 30 eagles on the lake. Today it looks like even more. Possibly 40. Some of them are mature and have the beautiful white heads. Others are still all brown but still definitely bald eagles. Im assuming those are the younger ones. They are all just hangin out in the sun enjoying the weather and looking through an area of lake that the ice cracked and opened a seam. I havent seen any of them fishing but Im assuming its why theyre here.
It really excites me to see how successful the bird is because they really are beautiful. And super fun to watch fly around.
Since I brought up eagles I might as well tell a little story from a few years ago at my parents cabin in Solon Spring Wisconsin.
I watched an eagle dive into the lake for a fish. But instead of flying away like normal he stayed in the water. I thought it must be injured because it was swimming to shore. I've never seen an eagle swim. Im guessing most people dont ever see an eagle swim. Let me just say they aren't so graceful in the water. Anyway, After a 20 minute swim (probably 75 yds) it reached shore right in the backyard. I assumed it was hurt but as soon as it hopped up on shore I realized what was going on. Turns out the fish she dove in after was a bit larger than she expected. She couldn't fly with it so she swam it all the way to shore. Im guessing some of the eagles erratic movements while she swam were probably due to a fish who would rather be free than clamped into a set of eagle claws. The fish was BIG. This sucker was probably over 10 lbs. I couldn't get a great look at it but the thing looked big as heck to me. The eagle immediately screamed for her children and they showed up out of nowhere for meal time. The momma eagle sat back and watched her two eagle children rip this fish to shreds. I never saw her take one bight. After about ten minutes they took off and mom followed behind. When I went and checked out the scene there wasnt even a piece of fish left. Nothing at all.