This did not happen in my fiftieth year, but it did occur twenty days into my 51st year! I did spot a bald eagle, there are two of them!
I’ve always wanted to see a bald eagle in Ohio. Growing up, eagles were an endangered species. I don’t recall even seeing the birds in a zoo. They were finally removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007.
How I Found Them
I found the nest entirely by random. I was driving to my dental appointment, down “River Road”-which runs along the Tuscarawas River. I knew there was a nest along the road, but River Road is about ten or fifteen miles long, and I had no clue where the nest was. I saw a bunch of people standing beside the road, I assumed they were hunters. Then I saw the tripods and cameras with big telescopic lens-they must be the birders!
Patience is a Virtue
The nest is about five miles from my house. I stopped by several times when I was driving in the area. I did not see the eagles until my third trip. The birders-two men-were really helpful. The eagles were perched in trees, and didn’t return to the nest while I watched-about one hour in the cold.
My husband and I were out and about, and I had brought my camera with me on a subsequent outing. There he/she was! On the nest!!
There should be eggs in the springtime and I plan on returning and hopefully getting some good pics of the eagles.
The second eagle was just to the right of the nest. I did not get a very good picture of the pair together.
Have you seen eagles in the wild?