In the last month I have see a new bird in my expanded neighborhood.  It is dark brown with a blue sheen on it's feathers.  It is much larger than any raptor I have seen here before and flies fat more elegantly than the local buzzards.  We are guessing that it is a young bald eagle.  Since we live within a few hours drive of the Alabama Swamp (NY) and the Montezuma Swamp (NY), it could surely be possible that an eagle is checking out our neighborhood.  I am thrilled!

Adolescent Bald Eagle

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Young bald eagle

There is a huge supply of plump juicy squirrel here. We are loaded with black walnut trees and the pick-up trucks rarely brake for the little critters.  Perfect place for a hungry adolescent eagle to spend some time!

I have added links to some of the streaming video available this nesting season.  The quality of the video stream at Decorah is excellent, and the owl cam is from a private individual who is willing to share.  Enjoy!
Decorah Eagle cam

Duke Farms in NJ

Falcons in Harrisburg, PA

Great Horned Owl cam in Oklahoma City

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