Is It a Bald Eagle Family?

New photos of two birds together in Reston.

Update: Tuesday, April 5

Patch reader Marcia Cunningham sent this photo of TWO Bald Eagles in a tree near Lake Audubon. An eagle family?

Update: Thursday, March 31

The Bald Eagle made a return to Lake Audubon. Check out new photos posted with this story.

Original story:

A Bald Eagle has been spotted in Reston several times this month.

Reston Patch reader Beth Burns took a picture of the eagle that landed in her tree on the Glade Drive side of Lake Audubon on Tuesday morning.

Earlier in the month, Burns said she spotted a younger bald eagle flying nearby.

Bald Eagles are often found in areas with large trees for nesting that are nearby bodies of water with fish for eating.

Bald Eagle population has stabilized since the US Government banned the use of DDT in the early 1970s. In 2007, it was removed from the endangered species list.

The U.S. Department of the Interior estimates there are about 9,789 nesting pairs of bald eagles in the country. About 650 of those pairs are in Virginia, says the Center for Conservation Biology.

BBurns April 01, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I meant the eagle isn't nesting in our tree. Btw, for those interested in eagle - or osprey - info, the eagle expert/webmaster at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in MD posts great stuff, and has generously answered umpteen questions of mine over the last few years. You can also see their eagle and osprey cams: http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/camcentral.html
John Farrell April 01, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Found a spot on RA land to see the tree on the eagles have been perching on. Thanks for the heads up Beth. The Va. Department of Fish & Wildlife just stocked Snake Den with trout on Friday and did so last year just before your guests arrived. Coincidence?
Richard Holmquist April 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Those are great photos! How exciting to have these eagles here in Reston. I've seen several on the Potomac canoeing out of Algonkian Park, but not yet in Reston. This reminds me of a funny story that my William & Mary ornithology professor told me a number of years ago. Dr. Mitchell Byrd was long Virginia's expert on bald eagles. For years he conducted aerial surveys of nesting bald eagles and documented the successful recovery. In any case, one day a call came in to the W&M biology department's office line. It went something like this: Caller: Hello. I've seen an unusual bird and I'd like some advice from an ornithology professor. Can you put me through to one? Secretary: Oh, that would be Dr. Byrd. Caller: OK. What's his real name? Secratary: Byrd. B-Y-R-D. That's his real name. Caller: OK, fine. Thanks. Is he available? Secretary: No, I'm sorry. He's out flying today. The caller hung up.
BBurns April 02, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Ha! Keep in mind all of the photos except the last three are from last year. Karen Goff started a new story about them yesterday or the day before, called something like, "Eagles return to Reston." I've only seen one eagle in our tree so far this year (2012). If you'd like to see a remarkable eagle feat (note spelling), my lovely neighbor, Karin, sent me the following link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/87xNpOYOlQ4?rel=0 The footage was taken at Mallard Lakes subdivision in Baton Rouge . Someone had shot a nutria, and it was floating dead in the water.  
BBurns April 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
That's interesting about the timing of the stocking, John! No one mentioned that last year. Smart bird.


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