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musing over that strange sight, a golden
eagle flies overhead. But mostly it's
a day for red-tailed hawks. On every
tree line across a field are perched from
one to a handful - 26 by the end of our
32-mile, threehour, slow ride.
At one farm,
we stop to look
at a large flock
of brown-headed
cowbirds, because
Michael thinks there may be a rusty
blackbird among them. He gets out
of the car and walks down the road to
scan the flock that keeps flying ahead
of him. I follow halfheartedly, knowing
I'm not going to be able to pick out a
rusty from the throng of cowbirds high
in the trees.
Instead, I notice a huge tree far
across a field. In it sits a large bird that
looks as if it has a white head. It's a
mature bald eagle. Sitting on a
branch above it is a second mature bald eagle. I'm excited
and call Bruce, who's
been sitting patiently
in the car, to bring
our spotting scope
for a better view.
After several years of
seeing one
mature
wintering
bald eagle
in the valley, I wonder if they are a pair and
nesting somewhere nearby.
Back in 2011, when an Amish
youngster who watches birds in his
spare time, first told us of a wintering
bald eagle during our Winter Raptor

Survey, I speculated about possible
breeding. But I thought that because
there was no river or lake nearby, bald
eagles wouldn't nest there.
A hard winter and late spring keeps
me from returning
to the valley until
mid-May in search
of fresh rhubarb and
asparagus from Amish
farmers. That's when
I learn that a pair of
bald eagles is nesting on the other end
of our mountain. My Amish friend
has spent time watching them from
afar across a steep, wooded ravine on
SGL 166.
They have two eaglets, he tells me,
and once he saw a parent feed them a
gray squirrel.
"It took them exactly 20 minutes to
eat that squirrel," he says.
Returning back across the valley on
my usual circuitous route, I pass the tree
where I had seen the eagles perching
in January. One eagle sits in it. Later,
when I take out maps and do the calculations, I realize that the tree is about 1
mile, as the crow flies, from the nest. I
assume it is a favorite hunting area and
learn from another resident that he had
seen an eagle fly overhead with a rabbit
in its talons.
According to Patti Barber, a biologist with the Game Commission's Endangered and Nongame Bird Section,
bald eagles are opportunists. In the
winter they often live on carrion, and
have been seen going into dumpsters.
On the other hand, friends of mine who
monitored three bald-eagle nests in a
nearby county only saw them feed fish
to the young, although they observed
only four feedings. But once, in the

With no river or lake
nearby, I thought bald
eagles wouldn't nest there.

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