Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaeetus
Species: leucocephalus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Haines, Alaska
Williford, Arkansas
, British Columbia
Klamath River, California
Redding, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Melbourne, Florida
Mims, Florida
Newberry, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Dixon, Illinois
Madison, Illinois
Bloomington, Indiana
Coatesville, Indiana
French Lick, Indiana
Patriot, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Lawrence, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Alvaton, Kentucky
Benton, Kentucky
Cadiz, Kentucky
Calvert City, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
La Place, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
South China, Maine
Cambridge, Maryland
Conowingo, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Arcadia, Michigan
Belleville, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Sandstone, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Fort Benton, Montana
Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Keansburg, New Jersey
Elizaville, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Norwood, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Oak Harbor, Ohio
Gold Hill, Oregon
Junction City, Oregon
Gardners, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Jacksonville, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Alexandria, Virginia
Fairfax, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Greenbank, Washington
Mazama, Washington
North Sultan, Washington
Shelton, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Dec 24, 2012, Mixalis from Orlando, FL wrote:

Within the last few years we have noticed American Bald Eagles in our area, but, it wasn't until this year 2012 that we have had constant viewings of two adults and a juvenile. Our 365 acre lake has given them somewhere to fish and us them to view ! Magnificent creatures ! What a joy to hear their cry while hovering over the lake fishing.


On Oct 3, 2012, tlm1 from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I was totally amazed last week when this beautiful creature swooped down onto my neighbors front yard to retrieve his lunch/snack. A squirrel that wasn't quite fast enough. What I find more amazing though is our proximity to downtown. It's about a 10 minute drive. This gorgeous Eagle was huge. The wing span could not have been less than 6 feet. We often see Hawks in our little suburb, but this Eagle was a sight I won't soon forget!


On Oct 1, 2012, ews1951 from Keansburg, NJ wrote:

Within 8 miles of our house is Hartshorne Woods, which was part of the coastal defense on the East Coast. The park has hiking and biking trails with access to the Navesink River. In the spring the Bald Eagles have a nest in a secluded section of the park maintenance yard. It's a real treat to watch them fish over the river while we are kayaking.


On Jun 4, 2012, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

We just returned from a weekend at the resorts at French Lick, Indiana and while there had two Bald Eagles fly right in front of the car--I suspect they were fishing in a river we were passing over. Very up close and exciting moment.

If you are a bird watcher in our region, I recommend planning a trip to the national forest and boggy areas around French Lick--we saw many other interesting birds while visiting.

And the resorts are lovely too!


On Jul 30, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Rare visitor to the Fl. Keys


On Jan 31, 2010, mcash70 from Logan Lake, BC (Zone 3a) wrote:

We have a number of Bald Eagles that live here year round, I think they are magnificent birds! During the summer when we're fishing I love to watch them diving into the lake to catch fish, I think it is amazing!
I've also seen some great battles in the air between the Bald Eagles and the Ospreys.


On Jan 21, 2010, Tozai from Williford, AR wrote:

Bald eagles are plentiful in NE Arkansas during the winter months. I see them frequently fishing the Spring River. I've never seen one in the summer, so I assume they migrate. They really are magnificent!


On Jan 15, 2010, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Our national symbol is making a spectacular comeback! On 1/3/10, I identified 4 adults and 3 juveniles. I also observed three nests. An adult was carrying green material to 1 nest in preparation for egg laying. I have also abserved them in the Aleution Islands where there are no trees. Quite a sight to see them nesting on cliff tops.


On Jul 31, 2009, ic_conifers from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Bald eagles flock to the Iowa River and other local rivers in winter. They are an amazing sight to behold. When I moved to Iowa from New York City, I didn't really believe my new friends that I would see bald eagles in the wild in winter. However, they are hear and there are lots of them! They like to gather around dams for the easy pickings of fish.


On Apr 23, 2009, joegee from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

When I was growing up, DDT was still in use. I remember seeing eagles and other raptors as zoo creatures.

A few years after the DDT ban, once levels in the food chain had dwindled, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources began reintroducing breeding pairs to Ohio wilderness parks. I saw my first wild bald eagle in the 1990's. Now I see them every year.

They nest all around this state. Everywhere in Ohio is eagle country. Once again it is possible to hear the cry of an eagle and see the flash of white in the sky that lets you know the United States' national bird is flying over head.