View Full Version : I have a Bald Eagle on my farm

Oct. 30, 2009, 10:43 AM
:DWell, it may not be exciting to all of you, but I have one sitting in a tree at the edge of my horses field. He/she is huge and gorgeous. This makes my day.

Oct. 30, 2009, 10:46 AM
I never get tired of seeing them. Each year I see more; often in my back yard or when I'm out hunting.

Makes my day.:yes:

Oct. 30, 2009, 10:46 AM
How cool is that!

Oct. 30, 2009, 11:04 AM
I'm not too far from the lower James River. W e have a pretty good population of Bald Eagles.
I love watching them dive into the water and come up with a fish in their talons.

Oct. 30, 2009, 11:07 AM
Never had a bald eagle but at the farm I boarded at up north there was a breeding pair of golden's that nested in the wood's at the back of the property. They would land in the middle of the pasture and munch on a catch with the horses milling around. We were really careful not to startle them and scare them off.

Oct. 30, 2009, 11:10 AM
We have a canyon called Eagle Canyon and, since at least 1910, it has always had a pair or more of eagles nesting there every summer.
We leave them alone, so we only see them rarely, when they fly high up, mostly at dawn or in the sunset.
Eagles cast a very large shadow.:cool:

Oct. 30, 2009, 11:14 AM
I get some that visit my neighborhood farms from time to time, roosting on the 80 ft pine tree in my pasture. It always amazes me, along with the hummingbirds that visit the honeysuckle bushes outside my office window.

Oct. 30, 2009, 11:31 AM
You are so lucky! What a thrill it would be if he decides to stay.

Oct. 30, 2009, 02:43 PM
Isn't it great when they hang around. We have a spring that the Kokanee spawn in and the eagles all come in during the fall. Last year there were 2 bald eagles on the ground and a golden eagle. Man, that golden dwarved the balds. We've actually counted 5 bald eagles in the trees at the same time.


Oct. 30, 2009, 03:49 PM
They are opportunistic and will feed on carion. We had two for a week during the holidays last year feeding on a deer carcass. The two that graced us with their presence last year had two fledglings in the spring. It was really fun to watch.

FYI the female is the larger of the birds, if you have a nesting pair. I spend some time every week with our educational eagle at the nearby Raptor Center. No matter how many birds are used during presentations, jaws always drop for our eagle. She is magnificent.

Oct. 30, 2009, 03:53 PM
Bald eagles are just amazing birds!!

Saw one swooping around over my paddocks trying to catch one of a group of visiting cattle egrets. After several very close calls, the cattle egret selected as prey landed next to my 22yo gelding (for "protection" I guess). The eagle decided the horse was just too big to go after and flew off to the enormous pecan tree in my front field.

All I am seeing these days is a not-too-unusual gaggle of seven Canadian geese who like my paddocks and my neighbors 12acre hayfield...still, large birds. :D

Oct. 30, 2009, 04:55 PM
The salmon are spawning now and there are hundreds of them up and down the Fraser and tributaries. In the past we have even sent some down to the US - it is your national bird and Symbol of greatness. Never get over the sight of such magnificent birds.

Oct. 30, 2009, 04:59 PM
For eagle lovers go to Hancock Wildlife Cameras on the web for live streaming video, in season, and interesting local information.

Oct. 30, 2009, 08:33 PM
For about the last 15 years, every November, I have one show up and some years, a pair. They're only here for a few weeks to come fish my pond as well as the big creek that runs in the farm "Little Bull Run".

You sure can't miss them with the striking white head and tail, enormous size and regal stature. They take my breath away and I always feel like singing God Bless America when I see one....:lol:.

None have shown up yet, but on the way back from my feed store in Marshall the other day I saw one swoop across I66 from an nearby creek and land in a tree. Caught a good glimpse, so hopefully he/they are heading my way for their annual visit.

What I really like about them is that they tend to fly LOW...no missing them. Enjoy! They are about the ONLY thing I look foward to as we head for the shorter days, mud and winter blahs....;)

Oct. 31, 2009, 12:20 AM
We have a nesting pair right next door. The often come to visit, much to our delight. The chickens on the other hand don't seem to appreciate their visits...perhaps that is because the eagles took their leader this summer....

Oct. 31, 2009, 06:30 AM
Lucky you! All I've got is a turkey vulture that hangs out on the dead tree looking over my horse's pasture.

Oct. 31, 2009, 07:49 AM
Lucky you! All I've got is a turkey vulture that hangs out on the dead tree looking over my horse's pasture.

We got some of those too.
They are kind of interesting, the original totem bird of many native indian tribes, as you can see by their drawings, that some confuse for eagles, but the scalloped wings and standing up with open wings, static, shows them to be turkey vultures.

You are in good company with your bird, those are not really lesser birds.:yes:

Oct. 31, 2009, 11:42 PM
That is way cool!!

Nov. 2, 2009, 08:55 AM
We have a pair of Red Tail Hawks who live on our farm. I know...not nearly as cool as the Bald Eagle but we still love to watch them and they keep our mice and snake population down.

For eagle lovers go to Hancock Wildlife Cameras on the web for live streaming video, in season, and interesting local information.

I just watched something on Animal Planet showing a male Bald Eagle fly over another Bald Eagle nest and snatch one of the babies out of it. He ended up dropping it where it fell something like 40-50ft. He then circled back around and snatched the other one and dropped it as well. I am not sure if this was his intention or if he was planning to eat them. This was all captured on one of the eagle cameras setup on the various nests. Some random person who happened to be looking at the nest at that exact moment called in immediately and people were dispatched. They found both babies ALIVE but in poor condition. They performed surgery on both and they survived. Very good story but very peculiar behavior for a male BE.

Horse with No Name
Nov. 2, 2009, 02:02 PM
How fabulous! We don't have the big birds of prey here, we get hawks which I love watching but nothing as majestic as the eagles.

Tom King
Nov. 2, 2009, 02:11 PM
They really are amazing. We have a nesting pair on our farm. You can't see their nest except by air but it's huge.

It's very entertaining to watch the young ones trying to learn how to "fish". They always start by going after ducks which doesn't work out too good for them. The ducks live up to their name and will always duck underwater just as the youngster (no white yet at the early age) dives close enough. The youngsters will keep trying for about 5 minutes and fly off. I guess they get tired, but it's quite a site.

I've seen an adult catch a fish in a 20 knot wind in between whitecapped waves off the end of our point. There was a dead pine tree that they could sit in and see their nest and the lake from that we saw them sitting in on most days but unfortunately it finally fell down a couple of weeks ago. I've been thinking of a way to put up something more permanent for them.

Nov. 4, 2009, 04:03 PM
We have a gigantic bald eagle who comes around with her juvenile in the late afternoons to snack on my neighbor's chickens and trout. She -- I think it's a she-eagle -- is at least a metre tall. And stout.

The downside to this is I have a six-pound canine who wanders off at the first possible opportunity. He wouldn't be much of a meal as he's basically fur, skin and bone, and he's a few months shy of his 15th birthday. But still, I worry.

Nov. 8, 2009, 09:53 AM
We had a nesting pair of bald eagles at our old farm (moved last year). They were very fun to watch each year, could see the adults sitting on eggs in the nest. Then the chick hatched, and in six weeks (? not long!!!) the chick was out and about. They get to adult size very quickly, but solid black, without the white head. The chick was sitting on a pasture fence when I was out there. I was about 20 feet away, I said "hello, baby birdie". He/she gazed back at me, unconcerned. I think it was about his/her first day out of the nest. We did lose pets to the bald eagles, chickens, at least one cat, many wild ducks taken off the fields. Which is hard to watch at the time, but bald eagles do have to eat just like everyone else.

At our new farm 200 miles north of our old farm, we have some bald eagles around sometimes, but no nest here. But we also have Golden Eagles regularly. First time I've seen them. They are even larger, very impressive birds. I put out foal placenta for them this spring, but they weren't interested.