Arizona Bald Eagle

The Feather Files
Name: Bald Eagle
Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Native to and Migration: Resident to long-distance migrant throughout Canada and the United States. Northern adults begin fall migration when lakes and rivers freeze – migrating coastward or to open water. They return to breeding grounds when weather and food permit, usually January–March.
Date Seen: April 28, 2019
Location: North of Fountain Hills, Arizona
Notes: One of the largest birds in North America, wingspan slightly greater than Great Blue Heron. Arizona has 87 Bald Eagle breeding areas.

I live near a small, stocked lake that is a short flight from one of Arizona’s Bald Eagle breeding areas. Sometimes I see the Bald Eagles fishing in the lake, or sitting near the top of a tall tree that grows on an island in the middle of the lake.

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  1. You are so lucky to see t hem regularly. We had one in our neck of the woods last year; I saw it in late March in a farm field nearby (it then flew right over my car and landed in a nearby tree; I sat and watched it for several minutes, cursing myself for not having my camera with me) and my husband saw it closer to home two days later. We haven’t spied it since so I suspect it was just passing through. I was truly awed and surprised by how large it was up close.

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    • They are huge birds! I don’t see them very often in Alberta, so it is a big deal to see them more often in Arizona.

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