Last Friday I had the day off so I decided to head over to Carpenter Nature Center to watch them do some banding in the morning. The morning was sunny and relatively warm so I decided to run over to Prescott, first, and check and see if I could spot the Barrow's goldeneye or harlequin duck that have been hanging around there this winter. I did not see either, but I was fortunate to have about 10 bald eagles hunting down on the river. I sat in my truck for about 2 hours and took pictures of the eagles.
I am guessing that this guy will blame that miss on the darkening skies too.
In the winter the eagles gather around the open water. They need open water to drink and to find fish, which is their main food source. Eagles are opportunistic eaters. They need to conserve energy so they will try and eat whatever takes the least amount of energy to catch. This sometimes gets them into trouble as it did several weeks ago in Kodiak, Alaska. In Kodiak 50 eagles descended on a dump truck hauling fish guts from a seafood factory. The truck was uncovered and the eagles ended up pushing each other into the slimy, oily mess. Twenty eagles were drowned or crushed in this tragedy. The remaining 30 were saved and taken to the Bird TLC in Anchorage. This is old news that has been covered by several bloggers, such as Ocean over at Island Rambles, however I am sure that the Bird TLC could still use some more support. Even though this story is no longer in the news they are still doing great work. Taking in 30 eagles at one time is a huge undertaking so if you can help them out please do.