We were lucky again last night and this beautiful bird paid us a visit. It was perched high atop a Douglas Fir tree looking out over the Willamette River. According to Birds of Prey (a Peterson Field Guide for Young Naturalists- a book my kids love), bald eagles like to sit with an unobstructed view of water to look for fish to eat. After a few minutes, this one swooped down. Unfortunately, it left our view quickly so if it dove for fish we could not see it.
It was calling out quite a bit. Bald eagles have a haunting call- it is loud, and the Peterson guide calls it a “harsh cackle”. It certainly sounds unique.
While it was up there, it was bothered a lot by a group of crows. But, unlike the red-tailed hawk we saw a couple of weeks ago, this eagle barely seemed to notice them.