It’s All Part Of The Fun

Eagles have a way of doing their own thing on their own schedule. Jim and Cindy have a way of doing their own thing on their own schedule and making me look funny.

In my last post I encouraged all of you to join me down on the banks of The Great Miami River (along a 1/2 mile stretch between where The Mad River and The Stillwater River flow into The Great Miami) for an eagle watching opportunity that only comes once a year. I mentioned that during January and the first part of February that stretch of flowing water is a virtual eagle magnet as Jim and Cindy, a few of their offspring and some roaming eagles all focus their attention on that same section of river. I explained that once Jim and Cindy start incubating the first egg of the year, somewhere around February 15th, they will stay nearer to the well field and their nest, so this opportunity is short-lived. I even posted images of the eagles perching and hunting in that area of The Great Miami.

The next morning I met about a dozen of you as you sat in your cars trying to stay warm in the frigid weather. There were red cars, white cars, blue cars, black cars and gold cars. There were cameras and binoculars and spotting scopes. There were couples and individuals. And there was egg on my face because there were no eagles!

Once again Jim and Cindy were setting there own agenda.

Once again they were proving that they are wild, unpredictable creatures.

But one of the most important attributes of successful eagle watching is patience. Since then they have been busy working on the nest, flirting on the ice, chasing off nomadic eagles and interacting much more congenially with some juveniles, quite possibly some of their own offspring. And once again there is a lot of eagle activity along that infamous 1/2 mile stretch of river.

The winter weather has at times been rainy, snowy and even briefly sunny and since my wife has been recuperating from a recent surgery, I have had to stay closer to home and monitor the reports and photographs of others. Here are just a few of the wonderful images capture by our group during the last two weeks.

Jim

Jim

Cindy

Cindy

Love on the ice.

Love on the ice.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Eagle selfie.

Eagle selfie.

Adult and juvenile.

Adult and juvenile.

These last images are of a four year old sub-adult that might be Pride, Jim and Cindy’s only surviving offspring from their first successful nesting season.

Four year old.

Four year old.

Four year old fishing 1.

Four year old fishing 1.

Four year old fishing 2.

Four year old fishing 2.

Four year old fishing 3.

Four year old fishing 3.

Whether the eagles follow my schedule or not, whether they perch and pose or soar in the clouds, whether they back me up or make me look like a total fool, when it comes to eagle watching, it’s all part of the fun.

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Published in: on February 3, 2015 at 5:23 am  Comments (10)  

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  1. Hi Jim. Exactly where can I go to the Eagles by the river. I went to deeds park and didn’t see them. Am I in the right place. Thanks for your help.

  2. What a choice for eagle watching! Watching Jim and Cindy at Eastwood or watch the roaming eagles come downriver to the low dam. Even the people in Miami County are spotting an adult eagle near Dye Mill road.

  3. Once again Jim, Very nice, We will keep tabs on the Eagles while you are Home bound.
    Marcia wants to thank you for including Her in the Blog. 🙂

  4. Thanks Roger. I meant to mention in the text of the post that the images of the fish totin’ 4 year old were Marcia’s masterpieces. I saw her today and told her that I admired her work.

  5. Fun times Ron. There was a nest last year in Troy along the gravel pits off Dye Mill but I had heard that they had relocated downstream towards Tipp City.

  6. Hello Fay, I can help you out there. They usually hang out in the trees along the west side of The Great Miami on the Temple Israel property or in the large trees behind the Box 21 facility south of Helena Street, on the point of land between The Stillwater and The Great Miami. They fish just south of that low dam and also fish just north of the inflow from The Mad River. Patience is key.

  7. Thank you so much. I came down to Box 21 this morning and was rewarded with an immature. This is so exciting.

  8. Always love your blog. So much visual in your writing as well as photos! Thank you…

  9. Glad you had good luck Fay!

  10. We love to share our eagles Carole. Thank you for your kind words.


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