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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Troutbirder Meets An Angel

A lone eagle flew over our house yesterday. It’s not uncommon anymore as they have expanded their range inland from the Mississippi in recent decades. Each sighting though reminds me of a friend.
Her name is Angel.
She was injured badly and taken care of at the Raptor Center in the Twin Now she lives at the National Eagle Center along the Mississippi in Wabasha Minn. Four other eagles also live there. Volunteer friends come and take Angel for outings along the river in City Park.There she gets to go splashing in the shallow water along the rivers edge. She loves it
Because of the severity of her injury Angel can't fly anymore. Sometimes, though, her wild cousins land in the trees in the park to visit her. Everyone gets excited when this happens. There are many more eagles now along the river corridor. Being territorial, as river niches are filling, some are moving to nest far inland.Hundreds gather here, in winter, near a chicken farm, when fish are less available. They get the leftovers.
Thousands of people get to see Angel at the Eagle Center. She is a great ambassador for her kind.We were lucky enough to meet her, "up close and personal" during her and our outing in the park. It was one of the best picnics we ever had. Then we had to go home. So did she. What a magnificent creature!

16 comments:

  1. I remember seeing a special once about an eagle that could no longer fly, and his friend took him on a ride on a hang glider. It was a wonderful thing to see him up there looking around. And you're right: they are magnificent creatures!

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  2. I have seen a few over the summer. Where i live they trade places with the turkey vultures and love our open river during the winter.

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  3. They are magnificent to see. I've only been fortunate once when kayaking, there were two flying across the lake in front of us. Off subject, I'm waiting for you and Baron to review Rin Tin Tin's biography.

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  4. One was flying over our farm when we came up to see it before buying. A good omen, I think. :)

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  5. i love that she gets outings to expand her days!

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  6. Oh, I do agree. Angel is indeed a magnificent creature. Lucky you to get so up close and personal with this grand bird.

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  7. Angel is a magnificent bird. Thank you for sharing her story and the great pictures of her.

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  8. Eagles are so beautiful. I saw one at the Calgary Zoo last month. It would be wonderful to see one in the wild. Beautiful!

    Happy October friend!
    xo Catherine

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  9. What a picnic! From the looks of that padded "glove" it looks as though Angel's talons work just fine.

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  10. What a great story. I'm looking for a place in the Twin Cities to take the young grandkids (ages 3 and 4.5), who'd like to see an eagle or two fly over. I've heard the bluffs near Pig's Eye Lake are a good spot. Recommendations welcome!

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  11. How lucky you are to see Angel up close and personal. What a treat!

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  12. We have lots of them up here..they stay most of the winter...some will leave for the coldest months when the water is frozen over. The road kill deer keep them fed. Mrs Troutbirder is very brave:)

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  13. Here in Tennessee we never saw Eagles and then at Reelfoot Lake they started appearing a few years back. Now if you are very lucky you can catch a glimpse of one in a tree as I suspect they are enlarging their territory around here. I am thrilled to see them and would have been thrilled to get a close look at that beautiful Angel.

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  14. We used to keep eagle nests a carefully guarded secret around here. Now, there are enough of them (and this peninsula is so narrow) eagles can be seen by everyone, not that we ever have hundreds like Alaska and places like that. But, it is still an awesome sight.
    The first one we got in the rehab center blew my mind. I got to hold it for its shots. WOW!
    Thanks for sharing Angel!

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  15. What a neat experience. We have been following the hatching of the eagles over at Decorah all summer. I don't seem them very often here in the middle of Iowa but the Des Moines river does have a few, I just don't live over there.

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  16. Magnificent creatures.

    Every winter, we drive out to Dubuque and follow the Mississippi to the Quad Cities for eagle watching.

    We're sad here on the Chain of Lakes as the June wind storm knocked down a tree where blad eagles had a nest. They hung around for awhile, but we haven't seen them for a couple months now.

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