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This pair has been coming to a tree outside our gate off and on for awhile. It’s lovely to see them come back year after year.
I wish I was able to get in a better position to get a branch free shot this day, but I’ll take it!
Wednesday on my way out to run errands the male was in the tree alone, and me without my camera!
I have shared many fun facts about the Bald Eagle over the years so I’ll only include a few here today.
Had Benjamin Franklin prevailed, the U.S. emblem might have been the Wild Turkey. In 1784, Franklin disparaged the national bird’s thieving tendencies and its vulnerability to harassment by small birds. “For my own part,” he wrote, “I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. … Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District.”
Sometimes even the national bird has to cut loose. Bald Eagles have been known to play with plastic bottles and other objects pressed into service as toys. One observer witnessed six Bald Eagles passing sticks to each other in midair.
The largest Bald Eagle nest on record, in St. Petersburg, Florida, was 2.9 meters in diameter and 6.1 meters tall. Another famous nest—in Vermilion, Ohio—was shaped like a wine glass and weighed almost two metric tons. It was used for 34 years until the tree blew down.
Fun Facts gleaned from allaboutbirds.org
Today my blog is 13 years old. Thank you all so much for being part of my blogging community, and for the friendships, and conversations we’ve shared. THANK YOU!! 🙏😍
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69 thoughts on “Friday’s Feathered Friends- Eagles at the Gate”
Congrats and great picture! I know Clyde will like this one.
Thank you so much, Kendall!
I can’t get over how large eagles can grow to be. Terrific photo, Deborah!
I saw a Golden Eagle one as large as an adult Tom Turkey. It surprised me that it was so big!
Thank you so much, Paul!
Awesome shot through the branches! Both of their eyes are clear and that is important.
I got lucky there with their eyes didn’t I! Thank you so much, Denise. 😀
First of all, 13 years is amazing! Second, these bald eagle facts are delicious. What gorgeous images and I loved the history lesson!! Thanks for sharing
Thank you so much, LaShelle!
Even with the branches intervening, how wonderful to see these beautiful birds up close.
It was really cool! Thank you so much, Sue!
Congratulations for your Blogiversary! And what a wonderful opportunity to see those two eagles!
Thank you so much, Pit!
Wow! I haven’t seen a pair of Eagles before – great shot Deborah! And fun facts too! I like the one about the eagles passing a game of sticks in the air…how amazing is that!
And happy blog anniversary! Cheers!
Thank you so much ,Jill!! 😍
No eagles around here. We get hawks though. Your photo makes me wish we did get eagles. Coolness
Thank you so much, Ally! I hope someday Eagles are all over the country. 😀
This was such a great post because I am amazed at how bald eagles have rebounded and come back!
And so imagining the joy you feel sad you come and go while seeing eagles is amazing to me!
And I am so glad the turkey is not the National bird
Also – how cool to imagine them passing sticks mid air
It would be so cool to see them playing with sticks in the air.
Once years, and years ago friends and I were on our way up to OR to see the Eagles and we saw a pair doing the mating dance in the air. We stopped, jumped out of the car to photograph and watch it. I was so mesmerized watching them I didn’t shoot it! A friend bumped my elbow and said starting shooting!!! By then it was over. 😂 It’s etched in my brain though.
Thank you so much, Yvette. 😀
Oh that is a powerful story and maybe instinctively knew to soak it up rather then shoot??
That is so cool that you eagles hanging out near your house and they come every year.
It’s wonderful! I’d heard from neighbors about the Eagle(s) landing in the tree just outside the gate but, I didn’t see it for myself until 2021. I hope they keep coming back!
Happy Blogiversary, Deborah!
It must have taken your breath away to see these two perched there. What a wonderful catch. You managed to get amazing clarity too, with all the little twigs around them. Hugs.
Thank you so much, Teagan! 🤗🙏
That was a fun fact! Your photo is terrific, too. Best of all, congratulations on 13 years of blogging!!!
Thank you so much, Jennie!
P.S. There was a Red-Tailed Hawk in a big tree near the street as I pulled into the neighborhood from running errands yesterday morning. I had my camera! 😀👏
I’ll post its photo soon! 😀🤗
This was a wonderful post – fabulous photos and great information!!
P.S. Congratulations on 13 years of blogging. I am glad that we connected.
Thank you so much, Rebecca! I’m glad we connected as well. I love your poetry recitals.
Thank you so much, Rebecca! 😀
An outstanding image of the Bald Eagle, looks like they are having a Conversation about the situation, 🙂. Congratulations on 13 years of blogging, I always enjoy your post.
Thank you so much, John!! 🙏😀
Congratulations and thank you Sandra for an excellent blog😊
Thank you so much, Ashley!😀
Terrific facts about Bald Eagles, Deborah. Terrific photo too. Happy Anniversary.
Thank you so much, John!
Absolutely fabulous feathered friend visitors, Deborah, lucky you! Congrats on 13 years blogging as well!! 🤗😊🤗
Thank you so much, Donna!! I hope they continue to come for years to come. 😀🤗
Happy anniversary for your blog. I don’t know how long I’ve been following, but I remember when #1 Grandson was a tiny tyke.
I like that picture of the eagles. They look like they’re talking and that maybe they’re aware you’re taking their picture.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Thank you, Dan! It’s lost that baby look and is growing up so fast!
The Eagles were definitely aware that I was there. They were probably wondering what all the fuss was about.
Thank you, I hope you have a good week-end as well! 😀
Hope you find their nest!!
I think it’s way out on the Incline Village GID property where I can’t go! 😭
Congratulations, Deborah! Is this the champagne birthday for your blog (13 years on the 13th, and a Friday at that?). I raise a glass to you, regardless 🥂. May you blog ever on.
Thank you so much, Deb!! It just might be my champagne anniversary! Cheers!! 🥂
Congratulations with your 13the blog-anniversary, Deborah! The fun fact about the eagle not being appreciated by Franklin made me smile. I don’t know about the moral standards and courage of the turkey, but somehow I find the bald eagle a more fiercesome symbol then a turkey. (When I was a boy we collected NASA Apollo patches. Apollo 11 depicted a bald eagle hovering above the moons surface with an olive branche in its claws. Heroic! I can’t really imagine that ccould have been a turkey 🙂 ) Anyway, a cool picture you made!
Thank you so much, Peter! That’s a cool thing to collect! I agree they look so much more majestic than the turkey, and heroic!
Happy 13! I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that if you convert the thirteenths to repeating decimals you get two sets of six, within each of which the same digits cycle around. Here’s one set:
1/13 = .076923…
3/13 = .230769…
4/13 = .307692…
9/13 = .692307…
10/13 = .769230…
12/13 = .923076…
While there are probably a lot more birders than numberers in the world, they do share some things. For instance, just as branches often block birds from clear view, mathematical relationships can be obscured, too.
Math has always been obscure to my brain!
Thank you, Steve!!
Isn’t it anti-avian for a birder to chicken out and duck math rather than getting lovey-dovey with the subject?
LOL!! Well played, Steve! 👏👏👏
A great way to highlight your 13-year anniversary, Deborah–with a stately pair of beautiful bald eagles. How utterly thrilling to have them return and breed every year. Thanks for all your lovely photos over the years, day and night photos of great beauty.
Thank you so much, Jet! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the pair of Eagles. 😀
Congrats Deborah! For what it’s worth I love all birds of prey and rather than view them as scavengers, prefer to think of them as the clean up crew. 😉
Thank you so much, Cheryl! I love the raptors too. I agree with you! 😀
Happy blogging birthday, Deborah. What a treat to see these magnificent birds! I knew that about Ben Franklin’s view of the eagle but all else aside, the turkey just would have the same panache and eating our national bird on Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be cool.
Thank you, Janet!! LOL! You’re right it wouldn’t be at all. 😂
What a treat for you the photographer and for your readers. Thank you for sharing with those of us who don’t get to see these magnificent creatures in person.
Thank you so much, Judy! They’re such a fun, and exciting bird to see!
Love your pair of Bald Eagles! Thanks for these Bald Eagle facts. I’m glad Ben Franklin didn’t get his wish about the turkey. Congratulations on your 13 years of blogging!
Thank you so much, BJ!