America’s National Beauty – The Bald Eagle

Location: Sacramento, CA, January 2018

Is there any bird more easily recognizable in the United States than our national bird? The Bald Eagle is undoubtedly one of the most majestic and well-known birds in the country.

I spotted this one while touring the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge in California. An area for migratory and resident birds to stay safely, it boasts a wealth of avian life from across the United States. The refuge is a wonderful place for any birdwatcher – you can see a huge variety of birds, some of which you would almost never see in California otherwise.

When my family and I toured the refuge, the day was cold and foggy, with not much visibility for birders. As a result, we didn’t have the highest expectations about being able to see much. However, at one point, were able to point out a silhouette of a large, raptor-like figure in a tree to our right. As we got a bit closer, we were able to see past the fog and realized that it wasn’t just any raptor – it was a Bald Eagle!

In Central/North California, we get quite a few Golden Eagles, but I have found Bald Eagles to be quite rare – where I live, there are mostly mountains and not as much by way of coastal areas, making them even rarer. In the past, I have seen Bald Eagles in Canada and in Washington State, but never before over here. However, The Sacramento Wildlife Refuge has a wealth of water bodies, making it an ideal habitat and landing spot for fish-hunters like Bald Eagles and Ospreys. Seeing a wild Bald Eagle, and seeing one just a few feet away from where I was standing was a real treat.

You can learn more about the Bald Eagle on my bird identification website, FindYourBird!

Published by kabirsamsi

High School Senior in Fremont, CA. I enjoy music, programming and ornithology. My other hobbies include biking and watching soccer and cricket. Check out my birding blog, KBirdVentures! (link below) to see my photos and read up on different news in the avian world.

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