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Bald Eagle sighting confirmed in Western LI sound

May be old news for some as I know they have been around LI for a while,
but was my first sighting yesterday (Saturday) afternoon while sailing just east of Hart Island in western most LIS (off entrance to Manhasset bay)
Was 4 sets of eyes that agreed/confirmed was Bald Eagle, as we had not yet fully consumed our quota of liquid refreshments. Pretty sure landed in trees on Hart Is. near green can # 1. So will be looking from afar for nest when sailing near by.
Wonder if they will be migrating south in fall? Sound does not freeze but thinking may not be a lot on the menu come January. Think may be getting close to where may be a toss up. But have been seeing some seals in western sound last few years during our winter sails so just might be enough chow around.
Anyone else out there spotted any Bald Eagles or other rare species over or in the sound
this year?
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With bald eagles the 'adult' birds are usually the first to migrate, starting at the end of
August. The adolescents usually migrate as late as late October - early Nov depending on the weather.
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Centerport has several bald Eagles... and they have a web page too.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bald...fcenterportNY/
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Not that these majestic birds are impressive enough, they even have their own web page!
Have to let my daughter know about Centerport eagles as she is spending weekend
at friends family house behind Bird Island.
Good info on migration Rich, we usually take a Halloween evening cruise
around Hart Island (NYC's potters field) would be great added attraction
if eagles were still in residence that late in season.
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Re: Bald Eagle sighting confirmed in Western LI sound

The immature bald eagles along the coast seem to follow the striped bass and the 'last' bluefish schools going south.

Back in the PA mountains, any northwest 'blow' from late October thru mid Nov. will usually have the young bald eagles & golden eagles, etc. riding south on the updrafts along the SW-NE aligned ridges.
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Thanks Rich. Again good info, like so many of your posts.
Will have to keep up with my friends fishing reports this fall.
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Good that you saw one. They are neat

We have one whose nest in in a tree in our marina. Tonight he was perched surveying his/ her domain when we brought Haleakula home.

Bald Eagles have made a huge comeback on the Chesapeake and not a weekend goes by we don’t catch of glimpse at a least one. Their wing spans are impressive and easily identify them from the hawks.

Last weekend we saw “ king scavenger” steal a snake in mid air from a red tailed hawk ( also frequent the Chessie).
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Re: Bald Eagle sighting confirmed in Western LI sound

I got this picture several years ago while sailing on Lake Superior:


My understanding is that if they'll stay over winter as long as there is open water. I live near an overflow dam on the Mississippi that keeps that section of the river open and we see bald eagles all year.
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We have them nesting in the city lakes areas here in the Twin Cities. See them frequently. We saw one Sunday evening flying over the lake. Have kind of become a bit common around here, even in the city.

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Re: Bald Eagle sighting confirmed in Western LI sound

We had one fly low over the boat on Sunday. Lots of bald eagles in the coastal and wetland areas of Lake Erie. Big change from 20 years ago.
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