Eagle power

If you’re wanting to kick the winter blues or get your kids out of wi-fi range for a few hours, grab your binoculars, telescopes and cameras and take a drive out to Trinity Lake, to check out the bald eagles that have been nesting and feeding in the area. A recent count by the U.S. Forest Service showed as many as 123 bald eagles at Trinity Lake, topping the numbers seen at Shasta Lake this year. USFS Wildlife biologists Kaela Gamio and Lauren Clark counted 68 adults and 55 juvenile bald eagles. This lone eagle was hanging around Saturday next to the Trinity River Hatchery in Lewiston. Others have been seen south of Coffee Creek, near East Side Road. “January through July is the bald eagle nesting season,” said a USFS Shasta Trinity National Forest social media post. “Early in the nesting season, you may see the eagles repairing their nest and participating in courtship behavior. Once the eggs are laid, they will be incubated for approximately 35 days before the chicks hatch. While both adults share in the incubation duties, the female generally does most of the incubation. Once hatched, the chicks remain in the nest for approximately 12 weeks before they begin to fly on their own.” The Forest Service wanted to remind residents to observe state and federal laws and stay away from nesting areas when viewing eagles around the lake.

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xtine

What an incredible photo by Tony Reed. That's competition quality, if you ask me! Please pass along my comment.

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