I’m sitting on a busy road at a red light when I look over and see a brown thing on a utility pole right on the road. At first glance I thought it was an osprey. I did a double take and realized it was an eagle. Right in front of a fast food restaurant. I pulled into the parking lot. No other cars were there since it was early Saturday morning.
He’s yelling at something. I noticed he had something furry under his foot.
The screaming gets louder. At first I thought he was yelling at me. I was standing back in the parking lot beside my car. Someone had just walked down the sidewalk underneath him but that didn’t seem to bother him. Then I notice what it was.
Another eagle is circling around him. Not sure if it’s his mate or the competition.
Continuing to yell, he makes his stand on his pole.
Then I see a juvenile eagle flying by.
After a few minutes he goes back to his meal. I couldn’t tell what it was. It didn’t look feathery but furry. Maybe a rabbit?
I stand there for a few minutes while he is enjoying his meal. I wonder how many other people are sitting at that red light and don’t even notice there was a bald eagle sitting right there chowing down. Am I the only one that gets so excited seeing an eagle so close? This is a busy intersection with a lot of road construction going on.
Grackles and blackbirds were getting close to the eagle. Are they brave or just stupid to think they could steal the eagle’s meal?
I noticed behind the fast food place was a tall cell phone tower with a big nest in it. I wonder if this was his nest from last winter?
I was on my way to the small botanical gardens in Pinellas County early on a recent Saturday morning when I saw the eagle. When I got to the gardens, a fall festival was just starting and there were already tons of people piling in. I knew I should have checked the event calendar before I left. I didn’t want to fight the crowd so I headed off to a small park close by. Not many birds out but the eagle sighting was totally worth making the 40 minute drive across town. I’ll be heading back there this winter to keep an eye on that nest.
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