Popes Harbour, Nova Scotia
While at the cottage which is on the Atlantic Ocean, three Bald Headed Eagles rest on the tree tops on the small island approximately 100 ft from shore.
We always thought seeing these birds along with other Hawks, Ospreys, Herons and various other sea birds was a fantastic thing, until late this morning when one swooped down about 15 ft above my husband while he was out with our 4 month old poodle pup on the lawn. The Bald Headed Eagle apparently thought the pup was lunch. Now we do not view them as such a beautiful site; we see quite a few of these birds because this in one of their nesting areas; now we always have to be aware of where our dogs are. It truly was an eye opener for what they consider food!
In the Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia, Canada, during the winter months until late February, you can see as many as 100 Eagles sitting in trees and waiting for chicken farmers to throw out chickens for them to feed on. Eagles can be found over a large area of the valley but in particular and area called Sheffield Mills. There is one tree that the local people have named the "Eagle Tree." In this tree alone you may count as many as 30 eagles at one time. Each year there is an "Eagle Watch Weekend." Specific feeding sites are set up so that visitors may watch the birds feeding. There is also a community centre set up for a pancake breakfast as well as having display set up to teach visitors all about eagles.
There is another area of Nova Scotia that seems to attract eagles. That is along the Shubenacadie River in Hants County. The eagles sit on the ice flows following the tides and feed on fish in the river.
Courtesy of Peter Landzaat
Many areas of Atlantic Canada provide wonderful opportunities for "Eagle Watchers" Visitors to Nova Scotia should keep an eye peeled on the sky for distinctive ´hunting´ flight patterns - you will probably find it is an adult bald eagle. In particular, many areas on the island of Cape Breton (in Nova Scotia), i.e. Richmond county are summering areas. My husband and I, made eye contact with a juvenile eagle perched in a tree not more than 10 feet from our car window, today. An awe inspiring sight, even though it is not our national bird.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Morrison