Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

The sound of dogs barking alerted Lizzie and I that something was afoot in the neighborhood. It is not unusual there are dogs barking in our neighborhood but something about the barking drew our attention.

While I listened to the barks trying to determine the reason for the upset, Lizzie let out a low growl which immediately grabbed my attention. Lizzie rarely vocalizes and very rarily growls. To my surprise, looking to where she was staring, thirty feet away, I saw a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). I regularly see them flying overhead but this was the first I have seen in our yard.

A bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
A bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in our back yard.

Grabbing the binoculars, I saw it had been eating something. I could see blood in the snow and nearby what appeared to be the remains of an animal.

bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
To the left, the remains of a bald eagle’s dinner. And to the right, the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

After the eagle flew off, Lizzie and I investigated the site, where we found tracks, blood, fur, and various parts of an animal.

Remains of animal killed by bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Remains of animal killed by bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

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