Date: 12/25/17 3:32 pm From: EA <eaubrey...> Subject: [ia-bird] Bald Eagles
Today I carried out my completely unscientific personal Christmas Day Bald Eagle Count along the Iowa River in Iowa City and Coralville, from Terry Trueblood Recreation Area south of Iowa City to the Waterworks Prairie Park north of town and points inbetween. It was a good year. I came up with 41 eagles, some perched, some soaring, some fishing. Most were adults, along with 4 juveniles and 2 sub-adults. I was more systematic and thorough with my survey this year, so I won't try to compare these numbers with those I've had over the last several years. Or with any future years, for that matter, since there is nothing reliable about my numbers. I do it for the sheer pleasure and to test my endurance of frigid temperatures.
Of interest today: An adult and a juvenile fishing "together" below the Iowa River Power Company dam - as soon as the adult took off the juvenile became its shadow in a stellar display of learninghood, and once when the juvenile acted like it had caught a fish (it hadn't) the adult came right for it in a steal attempt. At Waterworks Park a pair of juveniles danced around each other in close proximity as they soared. Such fun to watch!