One of the delights of living here is the ability to see so much wildlife. This morning, bald eagles were putting on a show.
Driving home from caring for cats of friends who are out of town, I saw some large birds flying over the snow-covered country road, near where cattle were feeding on hay tossed onto the snow for them earlier in the morning. Then I noticed the distinctive white heads and tails of a couple of bald eagles. Ravens appeared to be tormenting them. I often see eagles soaring in the valley, especially in spring and late autumn, but I rarely get to see them so close-up. Spectacular birds.
I had my phone handy, so I started taking photos, first through the windshield, then through my open driver’s side window as I slowly approached the telephone pole that made a handy perch.
As you can see in the video, there were lots of other birds – ravens and smaller birds I couldn’t identify but likely magpies as most other birds have left for the winter – on the ground, feeding on something. I saw four eagles total, including the one who sat on a fence post near where the other birds were feeding (most visible toward the end of the video). I doubt the eagles would congregate for a meal of hay, so I’m guessing something died in the pasture and the majority of birds were feeding on the carcass.
Life is slow here in the country, but there’s always something going on.
Featured image: bald eagle, National Park Service.