That Time of Year

The eagle action is picking up as the autumn approaches. This is the season when eagles roam. Juveniles and immatures  wander from place to place, other sub-adults are pairing up and starting to build life-long pair bonds and recently bonded young adult birds are looking for a territory of their own.

Two unknown Bald Eagles (possibly 4-year-old birds) have recently passed through Jim and Cindy’s domain and three juveniles and two more older birds are fishing the shallow waters of the wetlands behind Englewood Dam, north of Dayton.

I will be quiet and just let Roger’s pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy.

A wanderer at Eastwood.

A wanderer at Eastwood.

Another Eastwood stranger.

Another Eastwood stranger.

Englewood juvenile.

Englewood juvenile.

Another Englewood juvenile.

Another Englewood juvenile.

Englewood juvenile fishing.

Englewood juvenile fishing.

Englewood juvenile catching.

Englewood juvenile catching.

Englewood juvenile smiling.

Englewood juvenile smiling.

Scattering the Great Blues at Englewood.

Scattering the Great Blues at Englewood.

Older bird at Englewood MetroPark.

Older bird at Englewood MetroPark.

(The last picture was actually taken by Roger’s wife, Marcia! She inherited Roger’s old camera rig when he updated.) There is always the chance that some of these juvies are Jim and Cindy’s offspring and for that matter, some of the adults seen at Englewood could be Jim or Cindy, but we think not as they seem younger than our resident pair.

If you want to see eagles in the wild and you live nearby, now is the time! Head up to Englewood MetroPark, just north of the Englewood Dam at the southern intersection of U.S. 40 and Ohio 48, about a mile north of I-70. They are easier to watch there as there are fewer lakes to fish from than at Eastwood. Early morning is always best because eagles are hungry after roosting, but anytime of day is promising right now. After all, it is that time of year.

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Published in: on September 11, 2013 at 4:02 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. Thanks Jim, Roger, and Marcia!! It’s always exciting to hear from you!! Sounds like this area is really a busy place and maybe I can make a trip to Englewood Metro Park and hopefully see some eagles!!! I would just love that!! Thanks Jim for this update, looking forward to more on Jim and Cindy! Polly.

  2. Went Eastwood this weekend to watch the eagles, should have stayed home in Englewood. It’s been around five years since we had the nest in Englewood reserve, I hope they stay. Thank you for sharing the photos.

  3. You are welcome Polly. The Englewood eagles are best viewed from the paved parking area south of the big “lake” (More like a very large puddle.). Yesterday there were dozens of dead fish floating in the water. Most of the water is less that a foot deep and probably closer to 6 inches deep. The oxygen level is falling and the hot sun is taking it’s toll as well.

  4. The eagles are not always too easy to find at Eastwood Ron. Some days they are impossible to see. I am not sure if there is any activity at the old nest in the Englewood Reserve. It is pretty far from that road and viewing area along the west side of the park. As the leaves fall, we may see it being added to by young adult eagles. The low lake level is a negative factor but the Stillwater passes right by that nest. I don’t want to give anyone the wrong idea, this is not Alaska and our eagle population is growing, but still small. Even the ones at Englewood stay mostly on the west side of the lake, away from any paths or roadways. Patience is the key, and a bit of good luck doesn’t hurt. I captured a few dozen pics of two juveniles there yesterday but being distant, zoomed shots through the haze, heat and evaporating water, I only kept a few. When I pulled into the lot, one flushed from a tree near my car but by the time I grabbed my camera it was too far away for a decent shot.


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