Bald eagle sighting on Wednesday oct 30! Lady's island, SC near the intersection of Sams point rd and Mary Elizabeth drive. Had a squirrel in its talons!
My husband and I were driving on SC 9 on Monday, October 14 around 2 pm and saw a bald eagle take off across a field after examining something on the side of the road. Didn't know they were around here. Great sight.
Pamela L. Reece
I spotted a pair of Bald Eagles flying over highway 178 between Orangeburg and Wolfton SC between 12 and 1 pm on Oct 15, 2013.
On 10/08/13 around 8:45 am, I spotted a Bald Eagle eating from a roadkill on Hwy 17 N towards Charleston from Beaufort SC ... Amazing!!!!
I spotted a bald eagle flying over Houston Northcut Bld. in Mt. Pleasant, SC around 6:00PM on Friday, September 27, 2013. I have seen hundreds of Bald Eagles in my native MN, but this was my first sighting in SC! Awesome!!!
This morning at 9:32am, I saw this huge bird land in the top of a tree across they way... Had my camera in hand, getting ready to take a walk... I thought it was the hawk that hangs around but when I came in to edit my photos and saw the photo where he turned and looked at me, whoooaaaa, it's an eagle!
I've never seen one in the wild before, that was absolutely amazing for me!!!!
Address: Harris Ave @ Major Street, Belton, SC
We saw 1 lone Bald Eagle on Highway #9 just outside Pagland South Carolina. We stopped and watched it for about 5 min until it dove very fast caught something and Flew up into the woods and I lost site.
Bryan And Cathy Carpenter
Monroe North Carolina
Today in Sumter SC My wife, daughter and I saw a Bald Eagle sitting in a shallow pond off McCray's Mill Road. I tried to take a picture of it before it flew away, but all I had was my phone and was having a hard time seeing the display. Saw a hawk dead in some trees hanging by a wing 2 days earlier. I'm wondering if he had a run-in with our new neighbor.
My wife spotted a Bald Eagle today. We were at the Goose Creek city hall park in SC. Only spotted the one bird, probably checking out the pond, lots of geese. There is the Goose Creek Reservoir nearby.
I saw two bald eagles today on Pinckney Island, South Carolina, near Hilton Head. There were 2 of us in our bird watching party. It was about 4:30, chilly day. We saw the larger of the two fly overhead, and over the water & trees. Less than a minute later, another bald eagle, smaller than the first one, flew in the same direction over the same trees. Neither appeared again. Beautiful to see in the wild!
07/1/2012 I was leaving for work, walked out the front door there was a Bald Eagle standing on my street. I live off Dorchester Road in North Chaleston SC it eating some on the street. I went into house to get someone else to make sure I wasn't seeing things. It flew away by the time we came back, but it didnt fly far. It was on a light post accross the street with sea guils flying over it. It sat there for a minute and flew away. Took picture but didnt come out that well. It was beautiful to watch flying away.
North Charleston, SC
Today, Oct. 22, 2012, a little after 10am, I saw 2 Bald Eagles in my back yard. I was stepping off of the back porch of my parents house and looked toward mine to see 2 Eagles in what I believe was a mating dance approximately 125 ft away. When I saw them they were only about 20 feet in the air, obviously full grown, and spiraling toward the ground while clutching at each other face to face. They stopped less than 2ft above ground and flew off across the field behind us. Its still stuck in my mind 10 hours later!
Moncks Corner, SC
October 13, 14, 2012
We were 2 of only 4 people who had the amazing experience of seeing a bald eagle this weekend. We were on a weekend vacation and spent the day on Mitchellville Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC. When the tide went out, we walked across the beach and saw the eagle just standing at the water's edge. He was there for a long time and we moved closer and closer and took several pictures. When we got too close he took off and flew to the nearby woods. The next day we went out walking again in the same general area and while sitting on the beach we watched him fly by over the ocean and then fly back to the stand of trees he went to the day before. It was my first ever experience of seeing a bald eagle so close.
Upper Rockyford Lake, Richland County, South Carolina
While driving home from winnsboro SC to Camden I saw my first Bald Eagle in the wild. It was between Winnsboro and Ridgeway on hwy 34 Just east of I 77. No doubt about it..
We are traveling NE up from Georgetown, SC, on the Waccamaw River on our True North power boat Elizabeth Ann. At 12:13 p.m. I noticed a bird fly across the river to land on a tree on the eastern bank. At first I thought it was a gull but it didn't look quite right. After it lit in the tree I was able to get a good look at it with the binoculars and confirmed my suspicion: it was a beautiful bald eagle! That was my second sighting of one in the wild. My first was last March on the ICW just south of Jacksonville Beach, FL.
When we moved from NYC 7 years ago here to Neeses, SC the RE agent told us there were Bald Eagles not too far from us but that they weren't usually seen here. Well this past Sunday, 10/16/11 at around 1pm I watched awestruck as I saw an Eagle rising up, soaring over our pond. It took me a minute to realize I was watching an Eagle, but the white head and tail told me this was no buzzard! I will watch for its return but I know once you are actively looking, you usually don't see. The accidental sighting is the best!
Hartsville, SC: We live on Patrick Highway, about 2 miles north of the city of Hartsville. All summer we have occasionally observed a pair of bald eagles soaring high over our ponds and creeks. We have not been able to see one close up, but it is easy to recognize the eagles by their bright white heads and tails. I hope they were nesting, but we have not been able to figure out where the nest might be. On October 7 and again on October 8, 2011, I also observed a bald eagle flying over the creek and lake near the Sonoco Products plant in Hartsville.
While driving home from work today, Wednesday January 11, 2011 on Hwy-52 near the oakley road intersection I noticed a large quantity of birds flying around above the treeline which is nothing odd for that area due to the county landfill being in that same vacinity. As I got closer to the mass of soring birds two of them stood out as bright as day with black bodies and angle white heads and tailfeathers. It was with no dought to me Bald Eagles. I was looking at two Bald Eagles which appeared to be playing in flight as they tumbled and flew in the air above me as I drove by. Having moved here almost two years ago from Arizona, I never knew this beautiful and majestic creature could be sharing its home with me. The first thing I did when I got home was to research the bird and sure enough the information it gave me was the Bald Eagle was known to be living around the Cypress Garden swamp areas of Berkeley county in South Carolina. My siting was around 3p.m. in the afternoon, so you can bet on my drive home I will be looking to see them again.
In late October, 2010, we camped at Myrtle Beach State Park, SC to do some fishing from the pier. One day the menhaden ran near the shore for about two hours, and we observed a pair of beautiful bald eagles checking out the fish. We saw one dive down and catch a fish. It was very exciting.
November 27, 2010
I was traveling North on I-77 to Fort Mill, SC this morning around 10:00 AM. As I was crossing the Catawba River at Rock Hill I witnessed two adult bald eagles chasing each other over the bridge directly in front of me. They then locked talons and cartwheeled tumbling to my right. I was able to watch them tumble until they dropped below the bridge. I have seen eagles cartwheel in upstate NY while courting, but never this late in the year. The display this morning was spectacular!
I live in Lancaster, SC and on 10-03-2010 I saw a Bald Eagle while fishing on the Catawba River at about 1300. I was just off Little River Rd in a canoe on the Catawba when I saw it. It flew over a few times circling lower and lower each time until it plucked about a 6" fish out of the river and flew away over land. It was definitely a Bald Eagle, it was close enough to see it in detail...Maybe 30 yards. Beautiful!!!
I live in Bishopville, SC and my family and I saw a bald eagle fly over Lake Ashwood at about 10:30 am. It flew from a pine tree and caught a fish and then flew over into a wooded area. My son and I knew instantly that it was a bald eagle due to its white head and tail and large wingspan. It flew so low in front of us and that we could easily identify its head.
We have seen a bald eagle at our pond daily since Sunday, Feb.21. On Tuesday we saw two. Our pond is 8-9 acres. We live in Union County, NC.
My sighting occurred on Wednesday, Jan 20 2010 at about 2pm on Lake Keowee in South Carolina. The coordinates on Goggle Earth was 34 43 51.77 N and 82 57 52.67 W.
It was my first sighting on Lake Keowee. I hope to see many more.
I definitely saw a bald eagle on January 15th at about 10 am in Mount Pleasant, SC. My home is located on marsh between Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms, SC. My home is one house away from a wildlife preserve. I stepped out onto the third-floor porch which faces the marsh and the eagle was about about 5 feet above me, and about 10' in front of me.
I have always been fascinated with Eagles of all kinds, especially the Golden Eagles. I grew up in Alabama and would always go to Auburn University football games. At Auburn they have 3 Eagles on campus 2 Golden Eagles and 1 Bald Eagle. Before ever home game they would allow the Eagle to circle the stadium and dive down to the field. It was simply breathtaking. I must admit I have never seen an Eagle in person out in the wild until today. My friends and I were playing golf at The Legends Course in Myrtle Beach, SC. We were finishing up on the 18th hole when I looked up and saw a huge bird. At first we did not realize what it was until it got a little closer and we could see the white head and tail. It was soaring with grace and we all just stopped and starred. It was awesome and a true sight to behold.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Forest Lake/Spring Lake
New Years day 2010. around 10am, was walking with a friend, and saw a bald eagle from the bridge at Rockyford Lake.
12-12-09 a mature Bald Eagle flew over our parking lot in Murrells Inlet S.C.
I live in Columbia, SC in the Lake Katherine area which is an area that incorporates the Gills Creek Watershed and a series of small lakes feeding into one another. As I was walking my small white dog down the street, I spotted a single large black bird circling over the creek area & thought it might have spotted something dead.
As I walked closer, I was struck by the pure gracefulness of the bird as it circled and moved, without flapping its wings like most birds do, and the thought occurred to me that it was too smooth and effortless to be a hawk or buzzard. It finally circled closer and I could see it was larger than any bird I had seen and realized it might be an eagle. Mesmerized, I kept slowly walking forward and it circled close enough that I could see the outstretched wings which looked like about a six feet span. It was around 12 noon, and it flew almost above me and I could see the sunlight filtering through the feathers as they spread out from the wing, and then saw the white head curved over from the body scanning the ground. It was pure majesty.
After about 5 minutes it disappeared towards another lake further north about 1 mile away which is the larger of the small lakes. There are lots of tall pines around.
I asked neighbors if they had seen it, and one said she had only seen one a few years earlier over Forest Lake. Then another neighbor said she had gone with one of the bird guides to try to spot one in the Congaree swamp, but to no avail, and the last time she talked to the guy, he said he had spotted some in our area.
We saw 2 adult bald headed eagles on a rooftop in Garden City Beach SC. We had seen a younger bird perched on a beachfront house earlier in the afternoon.
We had a hard time choosing between a sunset over Murrells Inlet or watching the pair of eagles...the eagles won!
Denny Powell and Shelby Rhyne
I was just thrilled and disappointed within a 20 minute period when I saw an eagle on Route 601 in St. Matthews, SC on 10/11/09. I had taken the car out after dinner to take photographs of the local landscapes. Driving along, camera next to me on the passenger seat, I saw an unmistakable Bald Eagle. He was landed in the road and, when I drove by with 2 cars behind me, he took off. I was freaking out, wanting to brake and grab the camera. He flew back and landed again. This was NOT a vulture, turkey vulture, hawk, none of that. It was an eagle. I had to drive down a bit to turn around but when I got parked he or she was still there. Grabbing my camera, I got out of the car. Well, I should have come to your sight sooner because that was the end of my eagle sighting. I stood, camera at the ready, for 20 minutes with no results. If you read this, STAY IN THE CAR when you sight an eagle. Take pictures from your open window.
South Carolina- I am from Pennsylvania but am currently vacationing in Hilton Head, South Carolina. At about 10:45 am we were driving down the main road in Hilton Head by mile marker 8 after breakfast. I caught a brief glimpse of a bald eagle soaring just about the tree tops and then it disappeared into the trees. Having never seen a bald eagle in the wild I came across your website to see if they would be found in Hilton Head. I didn't realize that they are found all throughout the United States. What a way to start my day!
What a wonderful and awesome sight it was to drive away from my neighborhood in Fort Mill, SC, (just below Charlotte, NC) and see a bald eagle fly over. It was low enough and the sky was clear enough to make out its distinctive white head. My house is just a short distance from the Catawba River.
About two years ago (Dec 2007) my wife, 3 year old son, and I were in the back yard of our Aiken, SC home. It was about 8AM when we heard a loud sound from the top of a pine tree in our back yard. The sound was like a grown man jumping from a pine branch. We all looked up and about 30' above our heads was what was clearly a bald eagle. The morning sun was to our backs and shined directly on the birds white head so there was absolutely no mistaking it's identity. The bird flew toward the southeast and disappeared.
Since then I'm pretty sure I've seen at least one other Eagle, but it's not often that the view is so up close making identification easy.
I live in the northeast subdivisions of Columbia, South Carolina. Yesterday, 2-25-08, I was in my yard getting a delivery of sod when I notice a large bird, white head and enormous wingspan circling above. The truck driver and I agreed it was a bald eagle. I was so excited that I went to my neighbor' s house, knocked on her door and told her to come out and see the eagle. The bird continued to circle for a few minutes and flew off in an easterly direction. This is the first eagle I have seen in South Carolina. I am hoping to see more!!
I live in Goose Creek, South Carolina (about 20 miles northwest of Charleston) and have spotted eagles circling high above off and on since we moved in 11 months ago. My wife, believing eagles were not indigenous or migratory to our state, brushed off each sighting as a turkey vulture or something. I finally captured some pictures last Tuesday (1/22/2008) of one perched in our neighbor’s backyard tree (needless to say their dog was flipping out!)
At the Great Pee Dee River near in a boat just down river from the Hwy 34 bridge me and a friend saw a Bald Eagle, we noticed the large wing span and solid white head and tail and knew this was no Hawk or buzzard I have since seen more birds that I think are Eagles riding the thermals about 1000 feet up I am very glad to see Bald Eagle in the Pee Dee area...Cal McInville, Mechanicsville S.C.
Florence, South Carolina. January,3 2007
I ran down to the store in town and as I was pulling out to go back I saw something out of my front glass, Coming over just above the trees he sailed over my truck. Looking back out of my mirror i saw him glide to the trees on a small branch that runs into town.. Beautiful just beautiful. Over the last few years I'm seeing more and more, Love it..
It was amazing,my wife and I had walked out on our back deck around 9:15 a.m. on 12-04-06 when I happened to look up over my mothers house and there was a rather large bird flying over, and then about 20 seconds later here came another one following it.They had solid white heads and tails,and very large wingspans so I would say they had to be eagles,I have heard that they mate for life so hopefully they are a pair.I khow we have eagles that live about twenty miles fron us on the catawba river near the bowater plant.I dont know if these have taken up living on one of the large reservoirs near my house or not but I sure hope so.I know we have a pair of hawks that raise young in the woods back behind our house every year and have been doing this for a lot of years.My mom would sit and watch them teach their young to hunt every year in our feild.I live in Lancaster S.C. out in the county.I have always enjoyed watching the hawks and would love to be able to watch the eagles.I will be checking out the spots where they might like to live.
John T. Hagins sr.
On March 20, 2006, my friend and I were riding on Route 601 going north in North Carolina not far from the South Carolina border. There is a stretch of farmland and some land being leveled. I was in the passenger seat and looked to my right, and right there in the field was a bald eagle. He must have just caught up with something. We kind of thought that rats and mice were being chased out of the piles of plowed trees that were being burned. I was very excited to see the eagle in such plain sight! Several days later, my friend saw one in a tree while fishing at a local lake in Ruby, South Carolina. I did not know that eagles were so prevalent in this area, having moved from New Jersey, where there are some in the local reservoirs near where we lived. Courtesy of Karolyn Tredeau
I had the privilege of seeing a bald eagle this morning in Timmonsville, SC. I was driving by a restaurant near the Hwy 403 intersection and saw the bird land on a light pole near the restaurant. I did a double take, turned around and parked at the restaurant parking lot and started snapping photos. People came out of the restaurant and cars were pulling over to see the bird. It was very awesome! Courtesy of Stephanie Bittiker
South Carolina: My friend and I were beached at Morris Island early January ('06) during the middle of the afternoon. The sky was clear and the sun bright, and while catching up from the holidays he looked up facing toward the harbor sighting the eagle. The markings and size were unmistakable - it was in fact my second experience with a bald eagle in the Charleston area. The eagle soared over Morris Island and near to us for some time before flying higher and toward the peninsula out of our sight.
In sharing this experience with my neighbor on James Island she indicated seeing an eagle hunting around our creek (Seaside) within a week of our sighting. Perhaps it was the same bird.
My first experience sighting a bald eagle in Charleston was early spring '00 at Bulls Bay. I was touring the area with an ecologist who made the sighting. Without his guidance I doubt I would have made the connection or trusted my judgment to classify the bird. This most recent sighting at Morris Island confirms for me that the bald eagle exists in our area, and has generated real enthusiasm to learn more about this incredible creature that I only believed existed in textbooks or patriotic themed advertising. Both sightings were real blessings.
Courtesy of Sean Davis
South Carolina -- Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie (the Santee Cooper Lakes) are great places to see Bald Eagles. Saw one take a fish from an Osprey and another catch its own fish. Courtesy of Jim Lang
I am so excited and pleased to be able to let you all know that over the last month and now into Feburary, our two Eagles have been returning to the same tree on the old air base in Myrtle Beach, SC.
I saw them on several occassions, soaring overhead almost too high to make out that they were eagles, and between January 25 - 31, 06, they frequented the same tree that I originally saw them in! They are indeed beautiful beyond words. I can not believe that they are returning and the fact that there are two on most occassions, I am guessing that perhaps they are mates.
I was in the backyard, and heard a shrill, clear cry. Not a screech, almost a whistle. I had never heard it before and scanned the nearby trees to locate what bird was making the sound. Because of the weather it was difficult to see at first, but there he was. A beautiful Bald Eagle. Sitting in the very same tree as I first saw him. I got the camera, and was going to take some pictures, when he spread his wings and off he went, within seconds a second eagle came from behind me and followed the first.
And today, Feburary 3, 06 I saw him again. He was alone. He sat in the tree for several hours and did not seem to be bothered by the loud trucks that were driving by on the nearby street. He watched me just as I watched him. Turning his head and following me. I am so fascinated with him. I am going to keep a note of each time I see him (or them). The camera doesn't seem to bother him, nor that my German Shepherd is with me. He allows us to come approximately 15' of the base of the tree. I sit quietly and watch, and I'm careful not to disturb him. Perhaps he is as curious of me as I am of him. We have had a lot of developement going on around us, as they are redeveloping the old air base in Myrtle Beach. I am thinking that perhaps their usual roosting spot has been torn down or disturbed. I have lived in this area for seven years and these sightings are the first for me. Courtesy of Dee Salmi