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Mounds Park bald eagles become true urbanites

Urban Eagle Sightings

June 30, 2010

Sharing the backyard with protected wildlife not a cakewalk, homeowners find

Scott Nichols
staff writer

In the beginning, John and Carol laughed over how jealous their Mounds Park home's previous owner - a bird lover who bragged of the place's falcon-friendliness - would be if he were to discover the bald eagles now raising fledglings within their very urban, tiny backyard.

The owners of a West Seventh Street salon were themselves at first overjoyed at being so chosen, feeling privileged to witness countless courting behaviors not just out their windows but even the skylight in the upstairs bathroom. Even now, they can find themselves captivated by the antics of the eagle couple and two fledglings.

"I watch them at night, and it's pretty incredible," John says.



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Nesting Bald Eagles in the City of Vancouver 2009

Urban Eagle Sightings



Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are an adaptable species that have become a common sight around the Lower Mainland in the last few decades. These eagles, which were once declining in population, have rebounded and learned to live in the urban environment. Commonly thought of as a primarily fish-eating species, our local eagles seem to have specialized in hunting birds. Gulls , crows, ducks and other species are all commonly eaten by Vancouver eagles, as well as fish and scavenged items usually found along the seashore. Vancouver eagles nest in large trees in parks, backyards, parking lots and even in one industrial site. These often public and noisy sites have been chosen by these large predators as a home base for most of the year, and as nurseries to raise their chicks through the spring and summer.

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Two females, one male bald eagle fight over mating nest

Urban Eagle Sightings



Rodney Thrash

, Times Staff Writer

In Print: Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A bald eagle rests by the Fernandes’ pool after a beating from a combative female.
A bald eagle rests by the Fernandes’ pool after a beating from a combative female.
[RUSS FERNANDES | Special to the Times]

PALM HARBOR — He's everything she's ever wanted in a man: distinguished, a caretaker, a homeowner.

She'll do anything to get him, even if that means taking out his better half. That's exactly what the hussy tried to do Saturday, authorities said Tuesday.

No, this isn't a recap of Fatal Attraction, the famous 1987 movie starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas. And the characters aren't people. This love triangle is playing out in the trees above a Palm Harbor neighborhood. The parties involved? Bald eagles.

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Turtle Bay eaglets thriving after three weeks

Urban Eagle Sightings

By Dylan Darling (Contact)
Sunday, April 5, 2009

Early in their young lives, the fluffy little bald eaglets at Turtle Bay are thriving.

Seemingly bottomless pits for salmon scraps, all three eaglets have grown to three times the size they were when they emerged from their eggs last month, said Sharon Dale, animal programs manager at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

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Subdivision near eagles' nest gets county OK

Urban Eagle SightingsSubdivision near eagles' nest gets county OK
Published: Sunday, March 22, 2009 12:36 AM CDT
The Daily Inter Lake

The Flathead County commissioners unanimously have approved a preliminary plat for a 28-house subdivision 900 feet from an active eagles' nest.

Commissioners Dale Lauman and Jim Dupont said that the nest appears to be far enough from the nearest proposed house that it should not be disturbed, according to minutes of the March 12 commissioners meeting
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