Date: 2/4/19 9:50 am
From: Paula Jeannet (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Congregation of Bald Eagles at Jordan Lake, NC dam
Just a silly question, probably, but do shad make the run up to the dam, or
is that a geographical impossibility?
I guess I’m thinking of the other places where there are shad runs and
wondering if that why the eagles are gathering...

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 12:17 PM Norman Budnitz <carolinabirds...>

> 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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