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New Mexico

On January 2, 2020, a bald eagle swooped low over the Chama River in Abiquiu, New Mexico and perched high in the branches of a cottonwood tree adjacent to the river. It perched there patiently, eyeing the water which was at low flow and unusually clear and icy. Two small flocks of ducks were swimming and foraging at the time. The eagle did not mind my observing it or taking pictures from our sunroom window, about 20 feet from the tree. This follows a great horned owl sighting in our hayloft in the end of November 2019. We are loving our New Mexico raptors!
Janet Burggraf

Pamela Anders wrote the following: My husband and I were putting a roof on our barn in Ojo Caliente, NM on February 5, 2017 when a bald eagle flew right over us. It circled for 5 or so minutes. Thought he was after one of our cats. This guy was a large one!

Ron Baca wrote the following: On 2 January 2017 while crossing Alameda bridge headed to Rio Rancho with my ex wife and granddaughter. I looked at the river as I always do, there was a log in the middle and on top was the most amazing Bald Eagle. What a treat for the three of us.

Anna Gustafson wrote the following: On our way to Taos,at approximately 10:40am on State Road 68, my husband and I saw a bald eagle flying parallel to the Rio Grande near Embudo. We were fortunate to also see (possibly the same bald eagle) perched on a tree on our way down from Taos, in the same area at about 3:20pm. It was a very special day as I'm a New Mexico native and had never seen a bald eagle in my 30 years of living in New Mexico.

Randy and Judy Owens wrote the following: We were driving from Las Vegas to Mora on highway 518. Three miles southeast of Mora we saw an eagle fly down toward some cattle that was grazing.

On Dec 25, 2014, while traveling on the 68 to Taos just past Embudo, my sister and I saw a Bald Eagle fishing over the Rio Grande. What a spectacular Christmas gift!
Susan Brown

I saw a bald eagle on December 28, 2013 about 10 miles ESE of Santa Fe, just south of the intersection of Interstate 25 and Highway 285, at approximately 3:30 pm. It crossed over Highway 285 flying east to west.
I haven't seen bald eagles for over 20 years since I lived in the Pacific Northwest so this was more than exciting for me. I did not realize that they winter here until I did some reading tonight and found several other postings in your directory.
Christina Rutland

Bald eagle sighting-4:24pm MST just east of San Antonio Mountain on December 24, 2013 (in New Mexico). Amazing and beautiful -soaring low over Hwy 285.
Mike Schneider

Hiking off Tano Road in Santa Fe, NM on the 17th of October, 2013. Blue clear skies - we saw what was clearly a very large bird in the sky making large circles with a white head and tremendous wing span. We watched it for a while and certain it was a mature bald eagle. How beautiful and what a wonderful gift!
Barbara Marburger

Sighted a bald eagle today while fishing at isleta lakes today just south of Albuquerque NM
David Lara

We live in Canoncito de las Manuelitas, a rural community located 20 miles north of Las Vegas, New Mexico. A male has been visiting since January 28, most likely because our neighbor has 2 ponds which he stocks with fish. We've watched the eagle catch 2 fish thus far and taken a few photos when he perches on the uppermost branch of a tall cottonwood located right next to a dirt road in front of our house. Awesome! We are so blessed!
Carmen Baca

1/26/2012 1015 am, Albuquerque nm, traveling east across Alameda bridge over Rio Grand River, looking north, saw bald eagle diving down to the river being chased by a crow. Outstanding features: yellow beak, while head, white tail, wingspan of 5' est. Have seen plenty of them in alaska on cruise 2010. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it.
gregg kaldveer
rio rancho, nm

I saw a bald eagle in albuquerque New Mexico. I was in the North Valley driving with my girl friend and her daughter. The eagle was flying south over the alamda bride clear as day a bald eagle massive size and with a swift glid. It was truely beautiful. It was Febuary 12 2011 around 5:30pm.
Travis Vigil

While visiting the Inn of the Mountain Gods hotel/resort in Ruidoso, NM yesterday, we spotted a pair of American Bald Eagles and their immature offspring on the frozen lake at the lodge. I was able to sprint for my camera and snap off a few shots before they spotted me and left. The pair flew to a tree at the other end of the lake. The immature eagle flew above the lake for quite some time.
It was VERY exciting. I'll be making more trips out there to watch for them.
Sheri B. Rodgers

On January 21, 2011 I was traveling the Alameda bridge over the Rio Grande, Albuquerque NM. Whenever I cross the bridge, I always glance at the river as there are always so many water birds on the Rio Grande. At the same time, I saw a large bird of prey, with a white head, and a white tail, flying northward over the river. I believe that I was lucky enough to see a bald eagle. Unfortunately, could not stop on the bridge, nor did I have binoculars to confirm.
Elizabeth Grant

Bald eagle hunting, circling over highway, Jan 18 2010, between White Rock and NM502 intersection. Clear identification in mid-afternoon sun.
Roberta N. Mulford

Saw 2 separate bald eagles perching on trees in Rio Grande Valley south of Taos, New Mexico on morning of 12/29/10 at start of a snow storm.
Sue Williams

Saturday 9/5 about 10 am. We live in the NE Heights in Albuquerque at the intersection of Louisiana and Comanche. We were backing out of our driveway and we noticed a huge bird flying from the southwest heading northeast. At first we thought it was our neighborhood hawk but this was a much bigger and darker bird. We followed a few blocks and could tell it had a very distinct white head. I've seen bald eagles flying in Minnesota and down a Bosque Del Apache but I've never seen a bald eagle around Albuquerque. I wonder if anyone else saw this giant bird?
Susan Petersen

Today, January 22, 2009, my husband and I saw a bald eagle on the Rio Grande River on the west side Bosque in between the Central and I-40 bridges here in Albuquerque! It was an amazing sight! I never knew that bald eagles wintered here in New Mexico. The crows weren't very happy with him and kept chasing him out of every tree he landed in.
Paula and Aaron Manning-Lewis, Albuquerque, NM

I live near the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque. All last winter from Thanksgiving until about April, a few bald eagles were wintering about 500 yards north of the Montano bridge. I went walking along the bike trail yesterday(December 2nd, 2008)and there was a bald eagle in the same exact tree from the year before. An incredible sight.
Jaramillo Bongoso

December 18, 2007
Late this afternoon, while bicycling along near the Rio Grande in Tome’, New Mexico, we spotted a bald eagle sitting high in a tree. The area is popular with sandhill cranes and crows and last week we spotted three ferruginous hawks!
Donna Mayer and Clifford Deiner

October 21, 2007
Soaring across the Rio Grande between Albuquerque and the Isleta Reservation, a beautiful black and white bald eagle scanned the muddy red river. I have only seen bald eagles in sanctuaries and zoos, so it was a real treat to see this one just 2 miles from my home flying so low.
Marilee Berry

Yesterday, January 14, I was walking in the state park along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, NM. I was watching a group of sandhill cranes in the middle of the river when I heard the rustling of wings above my head. Twenty or so ducks were flying low right above me. As I watched them, they parted into two groups and turned to fly in the other direction. Directly behind them, was a bald eagle. It was enormous with a black body, white head, and yellow beak. It was flying low, just above the canopy level of the trees, following the line of the river. I have never seen an eagle flying so low, as opposed to soaring high, riding the thermals. It felt like an enormous blessing to see this spectacular bird. I am grateful to the ducks for heralding its arrival. Courtesy of Mary Lou Singleton

August 10, 2004 we saw a bald eagle fly over the pedro creek preserve in Sandia Park, New Mexico. We watched it for a few minutes as it flew over us and into the canyon. Courtesy of Tony and Linda Fava

A couple of months ago I saw a bald eagle perched in a tree along the Mora River, a small river that runs through the Mora Valley here in Mora, New Mexico. About a month later my mother and I both saw a bald eagle in flight as we were coming home to Mora from Angelfire, New Mexico. Both times have been so exciting for me and I am constantly on the lookout for another one. Courtesy of Kristin Laney-Medina

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