Bald eagle, Image created by Hope Rutledge

Dan McDonald wrote the following: February 8, 2016
Ann Arbor MI
The back of my business faces the Huron river Just north of the Argo Dam. I went outside around 4 pm. The seagulls were acting "funny" I almost went back inside but kept watching because something was just strange about the seagulls. There was one seagull that really stood out, he was much larger than the rest. Suddenly I saw the seagull follow a large bald eagle into the tree on the east side of the river. I took a photo, and watched for awhile. After about 15 minutes the Bald eagle flew down the river heading North, and the large seagull chased him till they were both out of sight. The next day the UPS driver told me that workers at the Lotus car factory (business further North) Had sighted 2 Bald Eagles in the same area. I was amazed and thrilled to see a Bald eagle this close to the city.

Jack Ver Merris wrote the following: On 2/08/2016 while eating lunch from my truck at Dutton Park, Holland, MI, i could see a juvenile Eagle (brown head, whitish tail feathers) standing tall on the ice edge near the open water on Lake Macatawa, and obviously no lunch caught yet, as the migratory ducks (Cavasbacks and Buffleheads) and sea-Gulls were congregated in the open water quite a ways off to the west of it near the boat launch, when the Eagle lifted off the ice and landed on a perch at the tree-lined park shore a ways from me, and them.
Today, 2/10/2016 during the snow-storm as I sat eating lunch there again watching the empty Lake Macatawa (no ducks visible) an adult Bald Eagle flew by just along the tree-line flapping those huge wings into a perch to the east of my truck. I lost sight of it in the thick branches, so opened my truck door to stand on the running-board a view across the roof, shortly after that I could view all three! of the Eagles swoop down off their perch out over the shoreline and back in to land a perch just a bit further west of me. - oops, sorry for the disturbance.
One of them did return to the same spot about 20 minutes later, very likely actively setting-up the next ambush hunt, since just now the snow has let up a bit and I can see a flock of ducks across the lake near Kollen Park. A waiting game for the Eagles, I don't have time for, - got to get back to work! I'll be back, if only to identify the variety of ducks here.
I have seen adult Eagle groups at this Dutton Park walkway location quite a few times the last 3 years, including a juvenile sighting this fall too. I have not actively searched for a winter nest here yet, but have a suspicion.
Last winter-2015, i had the thrill of watching an adult Bald Eagle swoop down from a perch in front of my truck, toward a mob of ducks near the ice-edge and grab an unsuspecting bird during the ensuing fly-away chaos. The Eagle and his meal had landed right on the ice there to arrange things and snack a bit, eventually lifting and flying with the duck carcass in its talons yet to a shoreline perch, where I lost sight of it.

Nate Dawson wrote the following: 2/8/2016 Saw Juvenile (2-3 yrs old) Baldy eating a deer carcass on side of Cavanaugh Lake Rd less than a mile West of Chelsea. Got very close to it. No mistaking it for anything else.

Chad Lau wrote the following: 02/07/2016- Saw 2 Eagles feeding on a Deer carcass in Linden Mi, Fenton township at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Ray Eyles wrote the following: Pair of bald eagles feeding on the ice on Western side of Cass Lake, MI, this morning at 7.30. Too far to photograph though.

Kayleigh Cullen wrote the following: My mother and I sighted a bald eagle surveying farmlands in Mecosta County, looking north, from the highest tip of a tree on the south side of US 20 just 3 to 5 miles west of Remus, MI

Ruth Swartz wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle today around 1:45 p.m. It was in a field close to the road, eating from a dead deer carcass. I live in western Michigan, 20 minutes east of Grand Rapids. The eagle was sited in Alto, on the corner of Whitneyville and 84th street.

Evans Tasiopoulos wrote the following: I came across two adult bald eagles around sunset over the Detroit River by Belle Isle.

Diana Dutcheshen wrote the following: Sighted a pair on C-48 on 1/29/16 in a tree near Ellsworth, Michigan.

Cynthia Kehrig wrote the following: My husband and I saw 5 bald eagles on Anchor Bay In Lake St. Clair, Fair Haven Michigan. Three juveniles and 2 adults. Multiple sightings of them in the ice from Monday, January 25th to Thursday, January 28th. Incredible, they hang out on the ice for hours at a time!

Elizabeth Claar wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle soaring and turning above downtown Holland MI about 11:30 a.m.. I was driving west on 7th Street and probably blocked traffic as I kept slowing down and looking up!

Michelle Pomorski wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle eating a dead animal on a frozen lake in Chelsea mi. There was another large bird with it but it didn't have a white head or tail. I think I could possibly have been an immature eagle with mom or dad.

Lori O'Neil wrote the following: This week I watched as a Bald Eagle circled real low, 4 times over my side yard in Acme, Michigan. I got up to stand at window and watch and when I reached the window it suddenly swooped down straight to me, scooped up right in front of me and soared into the sky. It was an amazing and beautiful sight!

brooklyn moore wrote the following: Bald eagle soaring in midland michigan. Jefferson rd and us 10. 01.17.16 noon

John Renucci wrote the following: We spotted a large bald eagle standing on the ice in the middle of Thornapple River, Ada, Michigan

Cheryl Zielonka wrote the following: I saw a bald eagle flying over Hines Park at Ann Arbor Trail and Hines Drive on Friday January 15th 2016 at 8:35 am on my way to work...large wingspan but most notably the white head - magnificent!

Laurel Prosper wrote the following: On the morning of Jan. 13 or 14, 2016 I saw an adult bald eagle flying just above the treetops at the corner of Mt. Hope and Aurelius in Lansing, Michigan. This is right between Fenner Arboretum, Mt Hope Cemetary, Potter Park Zoo, and Crego Park, a great wooded floodplain area for wildlife where the Red Cedar River flows into the Grand River. Great blue herons and wild turkeys are often seen in this area, but what I saw that day was unmistakable-- and thrilling.

Robin Edwards wrote the following: My father and I saw a bald Eagle on January 11, 2016 in St. Clair Shores, MI. It was eating in a tree 2 doors away. It was the most spectacular thing I have ever seen. He stayed there with a crow watching him for about 45 minutes. It was on Liberty Street between near Malvern.

Keith Hutcherson wrote the following: January 2, 2016 at 2pm I saw a bald eagle in monroe, michigan along I75 as i was driving north to Detroit.

Rachel Halford wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle today (1/6/16) flying low over Fulton Rd (M-21) at the Grand River.

Charity Hoffman wrote the following: Spotted my first bald eagle today, driving on a country road outside of Ann Arbor, MI. It was soaring just above Vreeland Rd, in Dixboro. It didn't stay for long, but I recognized its telltale white head and impressive wingspan. Was stunned to see it, didn\'t know they exist in the wild here in Michigan! Friends say it may have been from Leslie Science Center?

Jay Wiseman wrote the following: Witnessed a successful Bald Eagle hunting this morning (12-30-15 10:30am) on Corey Lake, Three Rivers Mi. Male Bald Eagle circled, swooped down & captured a foraging Mud Hen, fly off with him hanging in Eagle's talons. Was also able to get a couple of quick photo's too!

K Gore wrote the following: SE corner of Livingston County, MI ~ near Portage Lake. From my kitchen window, spotted a large bald eagle sitting on tree branch over-looking wet land. Appeared to be hunting. Flew off after a few minutes. Absolutely incredibly breath taking!

tj mcclure wrote the following: Saw mature bald eagle today 12-27-15 in highland recreation area.

Luke Dillon wrote the following: Saw a Great Bald Eagle sitting in up in a tall tree surrounded by 4 or 5 crows while walking my dogs in Grand Haven, MI on 12/26/2015

phil kalamaros wrote the following: two flying north along the shoreline in Hagar township, berrien county, Michigan 12-25-15.

Kip Moffett wrote the following: Bald Eagle flew over my house between 50 and 100 feet. Gave me a perfect profile for identifying. Flew West to East over East County Line Road bordering Gratiot and Saginaw Counties West of Merrill.Just 2.4 miles South of M46. 12/16/15 4:45 P.M. Awesome! My first ever live sighting of the American Bald Eagle.

Kelly Bixby wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle flying northwest along I-75 in southern Michigan, near Little Lake Creek crossing; not far from Lake Erie, 12/16/15 2:20 p.m.

Bob Humphrey wrote the following: We've been watching daily, a pair mainly, and at times 3 adults and a younger bald eagle, for about 6 weeks. Northern Barry County, MI. They often perch very close to our home. Didn't know they would land on water, but they do and can swim along quite easily(looks like breaststroke) and will also take flight from the water. Had previously see flybys in early spring by singles. 12/12/15

Laura Korten wrote the following: Single bald eagle landed in big tree this afternoon next to I-94 just west of I-69 in Marshall, Michigan

Amy Schultz wrote the following: ON November 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm between howell and pinckney on D19 and Reason rd. we spotted one bald eagle sitting in the tree. He was gorgeous.

David Nowak wrote the following: On November 23, 2015 at 8:45am Northern Washtenaw County Michigan. My wife and I observed an Eagle trying to snatch one of several diving ducks on our lake. Having a place on Drummond Island we are very familiar with eagles. This was either a young Bald Eagle or a Golden Eagle. After about a dozen try's it had no luck in snatching a duck which leads me to believe it was an inexperienced young bald eagle. After living here for close to forty years this is a first.

Christine Lefever wrote the following: Saginaw Charter Township, Michigan At 3:30pm on November 22, 2015, I saw a mature bald eagle flying westward over my neighborhood.

Kim Schumacher wrote the following: Bald eagle sighting in Wyoming, Michigan. It was perched in a tree near the entrance ramp onto 196 at Chicago Drive. Gorgeous.

Andrea Barker wrote the following: Michigan - South of Holly flying south down Milford Road near Davisburg Road.

Manny Yellayi wrote the following: Today November 15 /2015 saw 2 bald eagles flying across telegraph road between lone pine and long lake roads

Ken Hayes wrote the following: Saw a pair of bald eagles on Sunday November 15, 2015 one mile southeast of Ithaca, Michigan. They were near a pond just south of my farm in Gratiot County Michigan.

Jewell Hall wrote the following: Saw two bald eagles flying 20 feet over my head in Fennville Mi, Nov 10, 2015! Majestic!

Diane Schlanser wrote the following: Spotted a Bald Eagle flying west over Blue Star Highway in South Haven Just south of the Black River. He headed sw towards Lake Michigan. This was about 4:30 pm. No doubt. I have never seen one I could positively identify since moving back from out west. Ooo yes in Iowa in the winter when they gather for open water and fishing.

Jayson Shene wrote the following: Sighting in South Haven, Michigan

Carrie Kwi wrote the following: October 10, 2015: a male band eagle spotted flying overhead at Keefer/ Ionia roads in Portland, Michigan. The eagle rested in a tree for several minutes and then took off again. The biggest bird I've ever seen! Amazing experience.

steve thompson wrote the following: About 40 feet from my patio door that faces sand lake,10-27-15 approximately noon. It sat looking at us for a minute then joined another bald eagle that was about 100 yards south. They flew to an old growth tree on the point and sat there for quite a while. Nottawa, Mi. on sand lake which adjoins lake templene.

Jan Mundy wrote the following: 1 bald eagle in tree along highway I 69, 10 miles west of Port Huron

jay Mead wrote the following: Buchanan, Mi on October 18 2015 on the St. Joseph river.

Diane Tercha wrote the following: Sited a bald eagle on September 25, 2015 in Ira Township, Michigan on M-29 heading West at approx. 1:15 p.m. E.S.T. the bird was flying with the wings open and gliding
White head / white tail feathers
-First time spotted in this area -

Kathy Haushalter wrote the following: Michigan, on 75 Southbound after crossing the Ogemaw River we saw a female bald eagle. September 27, 2015

Jenna Krumlauf wrote the following: Just saw a bald eagle flying over M59 about a 1/2 mile west of downtown Pontiac. How cool!

Rachael Vandyke wrote the following: My husband and I saw a bald eagle on Sept 20, 2015 flying over the Grand River east of Grandville, MI at I-196

Douglas Snowden wrote the following: Hello, I was driving home from work today Sept. 12 about 12.30 in the afternoon and spotted a male Bald Eagle on I -94 between Fredmore Hyw. and Wadams Rd / at. Clair area feeding on road kill in the medium . Pretty cool to see this magnificent bird around here.

Kyle Gorncy wrote the following: There's 2 flying around van etten lake in Oscoda michigan

Today, Saturday, August 29th, @ about 4pm I sighted a young adult Bald Eagle flying and gliding SW from mid-Williamston. I spotted the Eagle just as it left Williamston airspace and watched as it flew SW over I-96. What a beautiful sight!
C M Haas

I spotted what appears to be a young bald eagle in Litchifield, MI. Eagle had a green and white wing tag with orange lettering L5
Jeremy Staggs

Bald eagle flying west directly over 127 about 40-50 miles north of Lansing. Today 3pm
Daniel O'Connor

I saw a Bald Eagle yesterday (2/15/15) flying overhead while I was snowshoeing across a field. He was flying west, from Cherry Valley Rd toward Schad Rd, in Middleville, Michigan. He looked very content to be soaring with the wind currents. Great to see.
Tiffany Thaler

Saw an adult bald eagle on Lake Michigan near Glenn, MI on 2/15/15.
Mark Osowski

We just saw two bald eagles on Evans Lake in Tipton, MI. They flew around and then landed on the ice. It looked like they were eating something left be ice fishermen.
Daryl Lewis
Saline MI

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