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.
- 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)