You Know We Worry So

Parents often utter those words when asking their children to call home once in a while. I feel the same way every year when Jim or Cindy disappears for a few days and the remaining eagle sits and waits. The weather here has been pretty gloomy and the hazy lighting has been pretty poor for photography but we have seen a lot of scenes like this lately.


But this was the scene today along Ohio Route 4!


Now the reports from the well field crews include sightings of both Jim and Cindy working on last year’s aerie, and indeed, that is the case. This activity will increase as winter approaches and should grow more consistent as courting behavior intensifies. Many of the trees in the area are already shedding leaves and that should make spotting the eagles considerably  less challenging. Hopefully, this will also make it easier to watch their comings…


and their goings.


By the way, the fall/winter issue of Pathways, the Five River MetroParks magazine has been published. On page 30 they list an event called Soaring Eagles And Quacking Ducks Along The Mad River. This event will be held at Eastwood Lake on Saturday, March 8, 2014 and will include presentations about the various avian residents and visitors in the Eastwood area. The Eastwood Eagle Watchers will be leading the presentation on Jim and Cindy. The weather should be much more comfortable than the blustery, frigid weather we experienced during our gathering last February! I hope to see many of you there.

Speaking of avian visitors, on August 2, 2013 the American Eagle Foundation released a 13-week-old female Bald Eagle in Tennessee. The youngster, named Destiny, was fitted with a GPS transmitter and sported a Patagial tag reading “L3” on her left wing. Unfortunately the transmitter quit sending data while the bird was somewhere in Ohio. I know that many of the followers of this blog are residents of Ohio and neighboring states and are avid birders. If you should encounter Destiny at some point, please send me an email at and I will pass the report on to Dollywood. We eagle-people worry so.

Published in: on October 16, 2013 at 12:15 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. Thank you so much for asking that anyone who sees Destiny contact you! I am a moderator for the American Eagle Foundation, and we sure would love to talk to anyone who spots her!

  2. Thank you for mentioning Destiny and all your eyes on the sky for her!
    Joleen Maiden AEF Chat Moderator

  3. You are welcome Carol. I am a big fan of AEF (and Challenger) and all they do to protect and rehab eagles and to raise public awareness of eagle conservation and protection. I am going to be in Pigeon Forge in two weeks. I will be sure to let you know if anyone spots Destiny.

  4. Thank you for the update and the photos. It is always so rewarding to read the stories of these two beautiful Eagles. I will be renewing my hobby of ‘daily’ interest in following many Eagles as the weeks turn into late Fall and then Winter. I am hoping to have someone remind me of the name of the female Eagle that last Spring or the past season was being helped faithfully by her mate, Larry – as she had obviously something wrong with her foot. She seemed to manage and was photographed sitting in fields as well as their nest but I have not heard anything about her for months. So have been wondering how she is now and taking this small opportunity to ask if anyone knows. So besides the ever active Jim and Cindy updates, if there is any news on this female mate of ‘Larry’ would love to hear or be pointed in that direction to inquire. Thanks. . . . .

  5. You are welcome Joleen. With the Bald Eagle population rebounding in Ohio there are a lot of juveniles for her to hang out with. Any body of water of any size at all seems to be attracting eagles now days and the followers of our blog are all glad to help out. I have received eagle reports from Pennsylvania and West Virginia to Indiana and Michigan and points beyond. If Destiny pauses for a few days, she will very likely be seen. I know the sorrow that comes from losing an eaglet as well as the elation of seeing a recovered eaglet released. To nurture an eaglet and then release it only to lose track of it must be very disappointing. Those young, strong, beautiful wings carry the hopes and prayers of many who just want to know she is prospering. I hope we all hear good news soon.

  6. Things have been kind of slow around our eagles lately but the activity should begin soaring soon. Maybe someone will see your comment and answer your questions about Larry’s mate. We have eyes on the nest and eyes on the skies daily and will keep you all posted on Jim and Cindy’s adventure.

  7. Reblogged this on Lori Hardison and commented:
    Going to see if we can catch a glimpse of these today.

  8. Patience is key Lori. Keep an eye on Eagle Lake, east of Harshman Road. They may be perched over there or fishing off their largest private lake. Also look carefully overhead for soaring eagles. Good luck out there.

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