Last weekend, Thanksgiving weekend brought a lot of first time visitors, some local, some from out of town, down the Dyke Marsh, my nearby swamp walk, the place I go for my daily eagle. I had an opportunity to talk at a safe social distance with masks on with a few visitors. I pointed out a distant bald eagle to one person, I thought she was going to cry. She said, she had never seen a bald eagle in the wild before.
There are two or three breeding pairs of bald eagles within a mile or so of river front. I have located two nests, I am sure there are more. On average I see an eagle about 80% of the time. It took a while to learn how to spot them, often at a great distance, and where they tend to roost. Rarer is seeing one in flight, my guess is about 1 in 25 times I see and eagle, one takes flight. I have noticed two ways they perch, in the upright position like they are above, they may take flight, but they may also perch there for an hour or more. If they are more horizontal, and pacing on the branch, in my experience they are much more likely to take flight.
When I first walked up, there was one on the tree above, they are about 100 feet from their nest. I turned to take look at something on the beach (yes there is a small beach), turned back and there were two in the tree.
I have to admit that I look for my daily eagle on every walk.
What do you look for everyday?