There’s nothing quite like spotting a bald eagle in the wild. I clearly remember my first sighting, which happened to be on a cruise ship in Alaska. As at stood at the prow of the ship, a magnificent eagle swooped down and hovered in front of me for a few magical seconds. I looked around for someone to share the sight with, but I was alone, and for that moment in time, it was just the eagle and me.
I’ve spotted them many times since, but the sightings are never casual. They always cause me to stop and stare, whether the eagle is soaring high overhead, squatting at the edge of our lake eating a fish, or even calmly sitting atop a light post in a parking lot. There’s just something about a bald eagle… and its hard to put into words.
January is National Bald Eagle Watch Month, and even though the month is almost over, there’s still plenty of good time to get out and look for these amazing creatures. SeEtta wrote a fantastic post about them back in December, so if you missed it, click here to go back and check it out. Then take a look at this article from the National Wildlife Federation, which lists 10 great places around the country to see bald eagles. Check with local wildlife refuges in your area – they may be hosting bald eagle celebrations around this time of year too.
Help us celebrate National Bald Eagle Watch Month by sharing your bald eagle stories in the comments below. What do you love most about these birds of prey? What was your most incredible viewing experience? Have you ever seen them nesting? We’d love to hear about it!