Pulled over for a little bird watching on the way home-a bald eagle having a snack in the field off 96B (or as my husband likes to call it, the Ithaca-Owego turnpike). My neighbor told me one landed in his yard one year, and we’ve certainly seen them soaring overhead here in Danby NY.
Not the worlds best shot (still prefer my DSLR to my iPhone), but you can see the classic American Eagle profile above the large pile of carrion. (Say what you will about that).
- In 1976 there was only one pair of bald eagles nesting in New York. Conservation efforts have increased that number to 389 territories in 2015.
- Bald eagles mate for life – which can be over 30 years.
- Nests are reused and added to each year, growing to over six feet across, eight feet deep, and weighing hundreds of pounds.
- An eagle’s 2-inch-long talons can exert 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.
(Factoids c/o the NYS DEC)
My favorite time of year, always has been. For a kid that moved every year, it signaled a fresh start, a situation I thought I was addicted to…until I got a garden. Decades later,this one is mature, and tough as nails.
– Poem by Dealva Jade