A Bounty of Balds at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Bird watching

Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature as Art

Over recent years the Bald Eagle population has increased, leading to the species being removed the endangered list. For American bird watchers like myself, the resurgence of our nation’s hallmark is exciting.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland is now hosting a growing population of majestic bald eagles. So much so, that Blackwater now hosts an annual Bald Eagle Festival to honor the eagle.

While driving along the wildlife loop, I literally lost count of how many eagles I saw. At least 15, I’m sure plenty more. They were in the trees, flying overhead, and along the sandy shores of the marsh. Giggling and crying along the way, their huge wingspan that ranges from 6 to 7 feet, it’s hard to miss them when they’re in the air.

And you never know when one is going to land on you.

The eagle’s markings change as they age. Starting with…

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