Thursday, February 01, 2007

Eagles, or here birdie, birdie, birdie...

You may have heard on the national news a week or so ago, that "they" (the bird counters, I guess) counted over 500 eagles in a ten mile stretch of road along the Skagit (the "g" is soft, like in Roger) River - this is an area about 50 miles to the south of us, and we've been talking about taking a drive up there for some time - so last weekend, we decided we'd head out early and see if we could catch a glimpse of some of these birds.

Oh - there it is - right in the center of this photo

Well, here, let me blow it up a little more... yup, that was it - well, really we saw about 5 eagles - big disappointment, but we were relatively close to home - there were some folks who had driven a hundred miles or so to see this "rare" event - and they had cameras with lenses on them the size of my forearm!

I really wish I had taken a picture of some of the "tourists" - they were going to get a picture of an eagle it it killed 'em (and carrying one of those big lens attachments around practically would) All in all, though, it was a very pretty day -

So, here's the deal - I think all those eagles were sitting up in these hills - watching - and about every 1/2 hour, the head eagle calls out to one of the other eagles: "Marge, (I'm sure there must be eagles named Marge) it's your turn to go get you picture taken by the human beans - so get out there and fly one for the gipper" or something like that... What do you think?


Kathy L. said...

Gosh, it's nice to know that someone else has eagles and picture takers as well. :) Soon, we'll have eagles coming through our way. While they are beautiful to see, they also are known to carry off our wild ducks and some of the neighbors cats in this area.
One of the most beautiful sights I ever saw was when I was fishing one day a few years ago. I happened to look up right after making a cast and saw a "fellow fisherman", an eagle, about 10 ft. from my head, flying over me as if to ask, "How's the fishin' been in this spot today, Friend?". Breathtaking!

vlb5757 said...

Tina-I love to see the eagles. We get them from time-to-time here. When there is a sighting, it's all over our local news; as it should be! You are so lucky to live someplace where they are plentiful.

Leigh said...

What wonderful pix. We did bird counting for Cornell Labs for quite a few years but never saw any eagles. (Of course, I wouldn't have expected to in our yard, but one never knows :)

Schmutzie said...

Schmutzie here... Yes, in answer to your question, you can quote my post, although hopefully in context! We bloggers are not the sad and lonely lot that Michael Keren would make us out to be.

Maggie said...

Hehehehe. Your story made me laugh right out loud.

I think the eagles are smart enough to do that.