We were just driving down Fort Street in our town, Riverview, Michigan, a southern suburb of Detroit. A bald eagle flew over our car and into the trees of a neighborhood across the street. It is October 14, 2017, and the sighting occurred around 4:15 p.m. I posted it on Facebook and someone responded that they had just sighted one a half hour before in the town close to ours.
Sarah Field wrote the following: Bald eagle flying low, heading west at the Kalamazoo city/township border, this afternoon 2/14/17
Melissa Hatton wrote the following: I could not believe my eyes my real first full on eagle sighting on my way home from work on Jeffrson ave. / Lakeshore dr.in Grosse Pointe area along Lake Saint Clair it flew right above and in front of my car I was looking at it thinking no it can't be... but an eagle it was I had a great view of its white head brown body and white tail feathers with full wing span... WOW! Made my day! Jan 31, 2017 315pm.
Kila Allred wrote the following: I saw my first wild bald eagle in MI Jan 14, 2017 in Lowell. I was on the bridge crossing the river when I saw it perched on a tree overlooking the river. I turned around to go back for a picture. Got the pic, but the eagle was out of range of my lens. Poor pic, but i'm glad I got it!
Tom LoCascio wrote the following: Saw a Bald Eagle standing on the ice in East Tawas 1/7/16 nearthe water edge. We also see 2 of them soaring in the sky between Omer and Standish on most occasion in the drive to and from.. Michigan
Stephanie Holmesb wrote the following: January 08, 2017
Just sharing my sighting of BA. That has been luring around the Michigan area of my son's boss! No one has disturbed the Eagle - That is my belief why she has maintained her existence on the lake side property for several, several months . I had never seen one prior to this!! Beautiful
shelly harvey- skoczylas wrote the following: My boyfriend and I were traveling north on us23 heading to tawas city when somewhere between Standish and augre the biggest bald eagle I've ever came out a nowhere up from the side of the road. It had what looked like maybe a crow ...or something very black, clutched in one foot and was flapping its wings in backward motion trying to get back in the air and as it did ...came closer n closer to our windshield. I was in awe and at the same time horrified it was going to crash into or maybe thru the glass! It looked over its shoulder like wing as struggled it seemed to lift its huge self faster than I think it had originally planned ....it was ssoooo awesome. I was using cruise going about 60mph , I'm trying to stop quick n safe n just staring at it in awe coming closer and just as I thought for sure there was no missing him he hovered a second ,his back still to us ,his head turned back staring right back at us...his wings were wider than our impala and swear he seemed as tall as I am, 5'1", and suddenly just floated right over the car and was gone. Now I'm curious... Could he have been snatching road kill or was it likely he snatched what was eating roadkill? I always watch the sky when I drive thru that area now... I've spotted him once since high in flight. Will he remain In that area ,possibly nesting there also? I really hope to see him around in spring and watch...from a safer distance.
Ted Brindle wrote the following: How cool to have spotted a Bald Eagle perched high in a tree at the side of the express way. I believe sightings are rare in the southern half of Michigan, but we always look fascinated by the larger birds hunting in this area. On a trip home to Grand Rapids from Lansing on January 1st, we spotted a bald eagle approximately five miles before exit 50 near Lowell on i96.
Jill Brindle wrote the following: I just saw my first bald eagle in the wild. It was perched high on a tree next to 96 between Lansing and Grand Rapids. It was approximately 5 miles away from Alden Nash Road.
Dan Mol wrote the following: Saw an adult bald eagle on Christmas Day 2016 on our property in the city of Grand Rapids, MI.
John Burgess wrote the following: Saw my first bald eagle 12/20/16 on US-31 bypass near Berrien Springs, MI in Berrien county. Bird was feeding on road carcass on side of road, took flight as car approached. Size indicated female but I was pretty excited and am not an expert.
Scot Stern wrote the following: Spotted a pair this morning flying north west of m43 and Cochran rd grand ledge mi beautiful site to see
robert hrlic wrote the following: we have a pair of bald eagles in our area, spotted them feeding on deer carcasses in Sanilac county Michigan
Steve Sibula wrote the following: Bald eagle sighted perched in a tree along Dexter-Town Hall Trail next to Silver Lake in Putnam Township, Michigan near Pinckney
Julie Peless wrote the following: Saginaw County, MI, 11/11/16 @ 8:10am until 8:25am. Three bald eagles were viewed. Photos (not impressive) were taken and video was recorded. Two flew in on the first one and then those two flew off chasing each other.
Garnett Peeling wrote the following: Saw a beautiful Bald Eagle off Layton Rd in Fowlerville Mi. today! It was circling around a corn field for awhile and then perched at the top of a huge tree. It was awesome!
B Eggleston wrote the following: Spotted a Bald Eagle in the cornfield on 19 mile between I drive and L drive in Marshall, Michigan
Lisa Bonjernoor wrote the following: Just saw a beautiful sight! First bald eagle I've seen this year. Circling my home by the Kalamazoo River and Deke's Pond in Kalamazoo, Mi. Sure can have quite an effect on you!
tonja bissonnette wrote the following: i saw a bald eagle on maple ave.at the maple creek preserve..has there been any others siteings reported? in this area.
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