Status Update

Jim and Cindy had disappeared again and were rarely seen as of late. If you are a local resident and have driven by the wellfield, or spent some time at Eastwood Park, and have not seen any signs of them during the past few weeks you have probably wondered where they have been and what they have been doing, allow me to fill you in.

As I have previously stated, Jim and Cindy love to take late summer and early autumn hunting trips. These trips often span several days or even weeks, but eventually they return home, usually a day or two apart. This year they have added a new ploy to keep eagle-watchers at bay. They have a been frequently hanging out in several large sycamore trees along the edge of The Mad River, in the deep recesses of the wellfield. All three eagles, Jim, Cindy and Pride, have enjoyed the tranquility and solitude of this remote location for much of the last few weeks. With ample fishing, hunting and secluded, shady perches, they have remained far removed from the public eye.

Over the last week or so they have become easier to view as they are again frequenting the east end of Blue Lake. Most late afternoons or evenings Jim, and sometimes Cindy, can be seen perched high in a treetop on the south side of the lake. They are a beautiful sight as the setting sun casts an orange glow across their white heads and tails. Jim’s soiled and tattered appearance (the result of months of incubating eggs, constant hunting and fishing to feed himself and the eaglets, plus the normal loss of feathers) has all but disappeared. Mating season is rapidly approaching and his plumage is impressive. Cindy disappeared for several weeks shortly after Spirit’s death and left the feeding and flight training of Pride up to Jim. Speaking of Pride, he is probably still around but the pole tops are no longer his favorite perches as he has adjusted well to tree landings and without the white head and tail of an adult Bald Eagle, he is very hard to spot while perched among the leaves of a tree.

Now that fall is here, courtship will begin along with the instinct-driven nest-building. All of which will be more easily observed as the trees begin to shed their foliage. The crisp, cool air of October and November are wonderful months to view the eagles and watch their activities. Try to catch a glimpse of the courtship dance as Jim and Cindy soar high in the clouds, lock talons and plummet earthward. It is amazing to see. As the days grow shorter and the leaves burst into color, the overture begins. The aerial ballet is at hand!

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Published in: on September 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thank you for the update Jim! We’ve been wondering about our popular family here in Dayton, I hope to one day see the aerial courtship in person:)


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