Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Nesting Bald Eagles in Philly

For the first time in 200 years, Bald Eagles built a nest in the City of Brotherly Love.

"They have eggs in the nest and you can tell they are incubating by their behavior," said Doug Gross, an endangered bird specialist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The raptors laid eggs in a former Navy yard. City and state officials worry that the species' endangered status and nest fidelity will conflict with plans for a $150 million produce market and a new marine terminal. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service might remove Bald Eagle from the federal endangered species list in June.

If all goes well, Philadelphia might host chicks like these (click on the image for a larger version):

Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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Blogger Larry said...

It's funny how things change.-For the last few years,everyone has been excited about the increase in the Bald Eagle population for Connecticut.-This year I have heard complaints from birders that the eagles are eating too many ducks and chasing gulls away.-Why is it that some birders only like rare birds?

March 28, 2007 7:22 PM  
Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

Even at the cute fuzzy white stage, they have a fierceness in those little eyes!
I like 'em all. Except House Sparrows. Can't the eagles just EAT all of THEM?

March 28, 2007 7:48 PM  

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