Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

My Adopted Family



Eagle at the National Eagle Center, Wabasha Minnesota












There are hundreds of eagles that nest along the Big River. The counties that border the river in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and on south see a huge influx in the fall as migrants come into the area from Canada. Mrs. Troutbirder and myself visited the National Eagle Center in Wabasha Minnesota several times. From there you can watch eagles flying up and down the Mighty Mississippi. We often stop and watch them at the bar and grill made famous in the movie "Grumpy Old Men."




















Here are a hundred or more resident eagles visiting a chicken farm a few miles from the river in Wisconsin.





We live 60 miles from the river. We saw an occasional summer visitor but, surprisingly, only in recent decades have they begun to nest here.
Now we have our own resident eagle family nesting only a few blocks from our home in the woods. They have found a haven in a large cottonwood tree, inside the fenced in trout farm. I watch them go about their business. I worried once when I mistakenly thought the nest had been destroyed this spring in a violent thunderstorm.



I watched them feed on a deer carcass along the shoulder of a busy state highway and worried the trucks were too close. I saw an adult and a immature eagle rest within a few feet of my property in a soybean field. I saw one perched on top of a telephone poll nearby this week.
















One day this spring an adult hurried down the tree-lined road in front of my house carrying a large pine bough toward the ponds. It’s almost as if they are family now. I love "my" eagles.

11 comments:

  1. You are so lucky to be able to see these beautiful eagles!

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  2. Aren't they smart? A nest in a tree close to a trout farm! :c) So lucky you are to be able to see these magnificent raptors.

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  3. Oh my goodness--you are one lucky guy! I would give anything to have an eagle nest nearby (but I'd never get a thing done for watching). That picture with all the eagles in trees by the chicken farm is amazing!

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  4. How wonderful to have eagles around. I would also call them my extended family.

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  5. Wow, wonderful photos. We don't see many near us here but 25-miles down river they are beginning to establish.
    Marnie

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  6. Lucky you....here I am still trying to get a good photograph of a Cardinal, and you have an eagle move in. DO YOU HEAR ALL THE JEALOUSY OOSHING OUT?????

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  7. I see eagles occasionally when I'm kayaking and I don't care how many times I see one it's always an impressive sight.

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  8. They are really the most beautiful bird I know besides our version of it which is the Fish Eagle. The call of them in the early morning and evening just makes my day.

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  9. WOW, I would love to get an amazing eagle photo like those you have displayed. They are so beautiful.
    Take care!!

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  10. We have a nice population around here, but not THAT many! Very cool that you have a nest so close, too. I never get tired of seeing these birds, every sighting is just as exciting as the first...I still can't understand why people used to shoot them.

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  11. Where are you? Are you ok? No post in a week....just wondering if you are ok.

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