January 21, 2022 - Bald Eagle Sighting

Just recently there was a Bald Eagle sighting at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex just west of the Big Muddy Conservation Area.

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Bald eagles generally nest near coastlines, rivers, and large lakes where there is an adequate food supply. They nest in mature or old-growth trees, snags (dead trees), cliffs, and rock promontories.  Recently, and with increasing frequency, bald eagles are nesting on artificial structures such as power poles and communication towers, and away from large water bodies.  In forested areas, bald eagles often select the tallest trees with limbs strong enough to support a nest that can weigh 1,000 pounds or more. Nest sites typically include at least one perch with a clear view of the water, where they forage. Eagle nests are constructed with large sticks, and may be lined with moss, grass, plant stalks, lichens, seaweed, or sod.

This Photo was taken by Kyle Brown.