Date: 2/4/19 9:17 am
From: Norman Budnitz (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Congregation of Bald Eagles at Jordan Lake, NC dam
The most recent information from Jon Bannerman, who organizes the
volunteers for the Army Corps who monitor the eagles nesting at Jordan
Lake, is that last year there were 19 successful nesting pairs and 30
fledged chicks. I'm not sure that that represents " *the largest
concentration of bald eagles in the eastern United States," *but it is
certainly a remarkable change from when the birds first started showing up
40 years ago.

The concentration of eagles roosting and/or hanging out in the area below
the spillway just below the dam has been going on for several years. It's
quite a sight to see.

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:32 AM Ginny Alfano <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Good Morning, All,
> Regarding the large concentration of Bald Eagles at Jordan Lake, I have
> some information to shed about another large flock in the East. I'm from
> northern NY and the wintering Bald Eagles at Onondaga Lake in Syracuse has
> been nothing short of amazing. The last count over the weekend was 56
> birds!! When I first moved to the Syracuse area 45 years ago, Onondaga Lake
> was one of the most polluted in the country, Because the major polluter,
> Honeywell, took the proper steps needed to decontaminate it, the lake is
> now incredibly clean and produces the proper conditions to sustain this
> large gathering of Eagles. There is a Facebook page dedicated to them. It's
> called the Bald Eagles of Onondaga Lake.
> I spend my Winters in SC and really enjoy your listserve. Thank you for
> letting me brag about our Eagles in Central NY!
> Good Birding,
> *Ginny Alfano*
> *Cleveland, NY*
> *"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend
> four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering
> through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all
> worldly engagements. " *
> *Henry David Thoreau *
> On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 10:11 PM Hal Broadfoot <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>> In year's past, I've seen many more at the fish farms and fields of
>> Pactolus and Roper.
>> Hal Broadfoot
>> On Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 5:47 PM Rob G <carolinabirds...> wrote:
>>> Dozens of B. Eagles make Jordan Lake their home; not sure how unusual 13
>>> at one of their favorite spots south of the dam is (though surely a
>>> wonderful sight), but in googling around I stumbled on one real estate site
>>> stating that:
>>> “*Jordan Lake supports the largest concentration of bald eagles in the
>>> eastern United States*” -- that did surprise me; can someone confirm if
>>> it's accurate?
>>> And while at it, are there any statistics yet on nesting pairs in
>>> Triangle this year?
>>> -- Rob Gluck.... Carrboro, NC.....
>>> ------------------------------
>>> *From:* <carolinabirds-request...> <carolinabirds-request...>
>>> on behalf of Stacy and Natalie Barbour <carolinabirds...>
>>> *Sent:* Sunday, February 3, 2019 5:03 PM
>>> *To:* Carolinabirds Listserve
>>> *Subject:* Congregation of Bald Eagles at Jordan Lake, NC dam
>>> This afternoon February 3rd we observed 13 Bald Eagles (6 adults, 7
>>> immature) just below the dam on Jordan Lake south of Raleigh in Chatham
>>> County. The birds were feeding in the tailrace waters of the Haw River
>>> along with gulls and cormorants and perching for extended observation on
>>> both sides of the river.
>>> Thirteen Bald Eagles at one spot in North Carolina seems noteworthy.
>>> Does anyone have any thoughts on what, if anything, might be occurring with
>>> these birds here (other than they've obviously found a good source of
>>> food)? Has anyone seen a flock of Bald Eagles gathered like this elsewhere
>>> in the Carolinas?
>>> Thanks
>>> Stacy and Natalie Barbour
>>> Raleigh, NC

Norm Budnitz
Orange County
North Carolina

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