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I saw my first Bald Eagle on Jan 5th 2020 in Clarksville TN, the Eagle was on the side of the road eating something, my second sighting of an eagle was on Jan 9th 2020 on Highway 41A south, headed to Pleasant View TN, the Eagle once again was on the side of the road eating something .
James Porter

Just couldn't resist posting. While driving on 322 from Sweetwater I spotted a large bird eating on something in a field. I assumed it was a buzzard from the size but when we got closer I noticed the size and white head. I had never seen one in this area. The wife was sitting in the passenger seat and I almost bonked her on the head trying to point at the bird! I'm glad she saw it so I didn't have to slam on the brakes. The funny part is that when I typed in "bald eagle sighting near Sweetwater TN" the first result that came up was this site and a sighting from someone else on 322.The date wasn't mentioned but I think it would have been 2017. If C Tanner is wondering, the eagle is still here!
Stacy Warwick

I spotted my first wild bald eagle at Kefauver Park in Madisonville, TN!
Regena Shelton

Yesterday, 11/9/2018 at about 10:30 AM, I drove on the Natchez Trace from Madison to Natchez and I saw a bald eagle sitting on the ground about 20 feet from the road. It looked like it was eating something but I couldn't see what it was. It was a cold, rainy day and the feathers looked 'ruffled'. This was between markers 38 and 39 on the east side. There's a small river about 1/2 mile north of that spot.
Tom Dirkx

This afternoon I saw 2 bald eagles soaring overhead when driving west along route 46 toward Nashville from Columbus. I was near the entrance to Brown County state park and pulled over along the side of the road to watch! They climbed and climbed higher and higher until I could no longer see them. That flash of white tail and head in the bright sun today is really something to see! I love watching the growth of the bald eagle population and it made my day!
Michele Hiestand

On Feb. 18, 2018, I was driving up hwy. 68 from Sweetwater towards Madisonville TN. About 5 miles up 68 from the intersection of hwy 68 and hwy 11 I saw this bird with a large wingspan. I watched it land on the opposite of the highway from me. No one was behind me so I slowed down. I saw the yellow beak, white head and black body and could not even believe my eyes!!! NO WAY I thought! A bald eagle here and on the side of the road, how lucky am I !!! It flew off after exploring the side of the road, and I sadly had to drive on.
When I arrived home I immediately called my birding friend and told her what I had seen, then called some of my friends to tell them.
I have traveled in the United States never have I seen one. I'm so excited and feel very lucky to have seen the beautiful bird here in Sweetwater Tn.
Renee Grace

Bald eagle sighting on January 21, 2018 about 3pm in the Lakeland TN area. Sighting occurred over a large field near Highway 70.
Anita Langston

I spotted a bald eagle flying in Louisville, TN over Ft. Loudon Lake near the Pellissippi bridge on 11/25/17.
Lauren Bible

Couldn't believe my eyes! I was driving this morning on Hwy. 322, heading toward Sweetwater (Monroe County in East Tennessee), and I spotted something I couldn't quite identify in a large sycamore next to the road. As I got closer and continued staring, I discovered that it was ... oh, my gosh! ... a bald eagle. After passing, I stopped and backed up. Sure enough, it was still perched way up in the tree. I can't believe it's taken me 60-plus years to see my first bald eagle ever in the wild. Magnificent!!!
C Tanner

Mary Anderson wrote the following: I just saw two bald eagles in Fairfield Glade TN. I have a picture of both of them sitting on a limb looking over the lake! Simply beautiful.

Larry jerome wrote the following: I spotted a mature bald eagle on 1/5/2017 in the 8600 block of Jack Bond Rd near Memphis, TN. The big bird flew in and perched atop a tree just along the roadside. I pulled into a driveway and got out of my car to watch. I stared at the eagle for about 2 minutes as it kept a wary eye on me. After that two or three smaller birds harassed the eagle from it's perch. I watched in wonder as it took flight; WOW what a wingspan much bigger than most birds around here. This was my first sighting of a bald eagle other than in captivityvery very exciting.

Elizabeth Gudger wrote the following: My sightings occurred in Jasper, Tennessee on January 30th & 31st.

Janet cassian wrote the following: I just moved to southern Smyrna into a new development. To my amazement I saw two bald eagles in a field adjacent to our property. They sat there, walked a bit around in the same place for an hour and a half. One of them started hopping toward some brush on the corner of the property line and by property. It stayed in there for a short period of time and was chased out by another large bird. The eagle hopped back to the other one in the field and both began to lunge at each other. One of them took off and then five minutes later the other one flew away. I think that these eagles are regulars here. They come back to the same spot almost daily.

Ryan Corcoran wrote the following: Bald eagles spotted in the Pucketts Point area at Center Hill Lake, Smithville,TN.

Michael Sorrels wrote the following: Took a Sunday afternoon drive to Norris Dam just north of Knoxville, Tn. and on the way back, happened to look across the river and saw a bald eagle!! It was sitting atop a dead tree and was stunning. The eagle was spotted on the Clinch River approx. 1 mile downriver from the dam.

Jill Foley wrote the following: Yesterday (10/22/2016) my husband and I were driving around our neighborhood of Lowe's Ferry in Louisville, TN (near Alcoa, TN), down by the south shore of the Tennessee River, when I saw a huge bird flying above us with a distinctive white tail. I got excited thinking that it could be a bald eagle, when it turned and came back toward us and I could see that gorgeous white head. What a thrill!

Richard Houzvicka wrote the following: 09/25/16 saw a bald eagle perched on the Ocoee river just past the Welcome Valley Cabins. It flew down and dragged its talons in the water for quite some distance then flew back up into the tree line. One of the nearest things I've seen on the river in a long time.

Amy O'Neill wrote the following: Was just sitting on my porch in Estill Springs TN right near Woods Resivior Dam and witnessed a beautiful Bald Eagle flying just above the trees. Unsure if male or female or age but it was gorgeous!

Erin McNulty wrote the following: Adult bald eagle perched on a tree along the Buffalo River in Lobelville, TN Feb. 14, 2016.

George Boyte wrote the following: February 13, 2016. Drove past a bald eagle perched in a roadside tree on State Route 152 just west of Spring Creek, Madison County, TN.

David Mansfield wrote the following: We had a beautiful mature Bald Eagle perched in a tree on Tims Ford Lake just behind our home in Winchester, Tn. just off highway 130. My wife went to get our camera but before she could get back it took off and made a low circle over the lake with its beautiful white tail spread against the back ground of snow that was falling.

Lauren Bible wrote the following: Two bald eagles were spotted flying over John Sevier Elementaty school in Maryville, Tennessee on Jan. 25, 2016.

Trevor Smith wrote the following: A friend and I were driving near the entrance of Melton Hill Dam Park in Lenoir City, TN and spotted a Bald Eagle. Though the eagle's head was fully white, it looked like it was was still shy of full maturity size. Lenoir City is just west of Knoxville. The park is in between Interstates 40 and 75 in Loudon County.

Jesse Morrow wrote the following: Saw my first wild bald eagle on January 5 2016 on the ground close to sweetwater near hWY 68 in mcminn county tn. I was on a county road the eagle actually flew over my car as I stopped to get a picture. I am an avid hunter and fisherman and it was the most awesome thing I've seen outdoors.

James Pope wrote the following: On December 25, 2015, I viewed a bald eagle flying just above the trees along the Wolf River Conservancy in Memphis, TN. I believed it to be a bald eagle from the very wide wing span, short head / neck, and distinctive white tail feathers.

dean and tammy dodge wrote the following: three Immature Bald Eagles perched high in the trees, (and not spooking) seen at the lakefront of Percy Priest Lake. Long Hunter State Park, & Suggs Creek. 12/16/15

Burton and Faye Pruett wrote the following: We live on Lynn Chapel Road in Putnam county Tennessee. This morning at 11:30 there was a mature bald eagle at our farm pond on the ground. It had caught something and was eating it. Beautiful bird. Just made my day.

Willis Henson wrote the following: I have seen bald eagles on three different occasions in Williamson County, Tennessee over the past two weeks. Two of the sightings were probably the same bird (same general location, just different times).

Ann Lucas wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle over Percy Priest lake in the Mt Juliet TN area on 10/22/15.

I saw an Eagle at Bluff City, Tennessee little league field this morning. It was about 9:15 am. I was stunned to see it, as I've only ever saw one wild in my lifetime. It was truly amazing. He or she had a small fish or something else in it's claws. It landed on one of the light poles surrounding the field. I walked to the edge of the parking lot and it flew to another pole and began to pick at whatever it had. I turned and left, so I wouldn't disturb it any further.
Kevin Rhodes
Bluff City, TN

I deliever coca cola and was driving through hurricane mills, tn when I saw a bald eagle flying over the river. I'm not quite sure the name of the river but thought I would let you know of my sighting.
Chase Roden

On February 8, 2015 my wife and I saw a bald eagle flying over RT 321/19 outside Elizabethton Tennessee. It flew over the bridge and down along the Doe River. Beautiful bird, sun shiny day and the white head and tail was so prevalent.
Ron Voyager Sr

January 29, 2015 Clarksville Tennessee Dunbar Cave State Park. I saw a mature bald eagle at 3:00 PM. He was soaring and diving above the mostly dry pond. He was able to find something to eat and took it to a nearby tree where he perched for a long time. It was a magnificent thing to see as I was just passing through and decided to stretch my legs!
K. Reeves

    On January 20,2015, at approximately 10 am, my wife and I saw a magnificent bald eagle. It was sitting in a tree on Rt 321 south going into Maryville, Tennessee. Unfortunately I could not get a picture, by the time we stopped it had flown off. It was one pretty sight.
    On January 17 2015 I spotted this eagle in a tree in Bluff City, TN, off of River Rd. These magnificent birds are definitely coming back in Tennessee.
Ron Pander Sr.

We were driving northbound today on I75 across the Hiawassee River in East Tennessee. We saw a bald eagle soaring above the river. AWESOME!
Bill Castle

January 15, 2015, 11 a.m. at Mt. Herman Road, Cookeville,TN.
Peggy Slagle

I spotted a bald eagle on Old Hickory Lake, at Bledsoe Creek State Park near dusk 1/14/15. It flew out of a tree on the edge of the lake as I was at the top of the bluff on the hiking trail.
Barry Johnson

Saw a golden eagle in October 2014 in by the Power Company in Jefferson County on Andrew Johnson Highway. Flew from the sunflower patch and perched in a tree across the street.
On January 12, 2015 at UT Medical Center, Knoxville Tennessee. It was perched on top of the parking garage H, it flew above the hospital toward Cherokee Trail.
Tina King

On January 1, 2015, my wife and I sighted a mature bald eagle on Hwy 41N near Hillsboro, in Coffee County Tennessee. The eagle was first seen on the ground in a marshy area near what I believe was Blue Spring Creek. A farm and home were very near the sighting. We turned around to get a better look and it had flown to a nearby tree. We watched for about 10 minutes before moving on.
Greg and Ann Mather, Christiana, TN

My wife and I spotted a bald eagle at 11:10am on December 26, 2014 in McMinn, County, Tennessee near the intersection of State Road 305 and Hwy 68.
Peter Giroux

I saw a mature Bald Eagle flying over the bridge in Solway, TN today(December 21, 2014 at about 3:50 pm) on Melton Hill Lake. I was driving but he was very low and his identity was unmistakable. This is the first Bald Eagle I have seen in TN so it was very exciting!
Tammy L. Chatman

I saw a bald eagle this morning (December 14, 2014) on Hwy. 58 in Hamilton County. At Harrison Bay, going south towards and about a half a mile from the marina. It and possibly 2 more, maybe young ones, were on a sandbar about 100 yards east of the road in the bay. It flew over the highway and sat in a tree over the roadway for about 5 minutes. Then flew back to the sandbar. I could recognize the white head and tail very clearly. I watched them for probably 30 minutes. It was very exciting to see them in the wild and not in a sanctuary!
Patty J. Hawkins

Fisherville, TN near Macon and collierville/Arlington road intersection.
We saw him/her flying near a pond and noticed the long wingspan and distinct color markings. We weren't sure it was an eagle until he lit in this tree. Stayed on the tree 15-20 min the fly up again soaring back and forth and in large circles. Totally amazing sight!
Angie Rangel

I saw a bald eagle about 9:30 am on Sunday 12-7-2014 East side of Dickson Tn.
Mike Lynch

Spotted a bald eagle with my son at these coordinates on 6 Dec 2014 (36.077616, -84.156786) near Clinton, TN. It was 9:30 AM ET and about 55 deg F on a rainy morning. Our house overlooks a river and we saw the eagle on the opposite shore land on the grass strip between a road and the river bank. It appeared to be scavenging at the ground level for approx. 5 mins. It was a good size (larger than a full grown Osprey - we have those around) so may be a more mature eagle. Was unsure it was a bald eagle…the head was clearly white but when it took flight, the white tail made the eagle ID unmistakable. Very cool.
Sean Chou, Clinton TN

Our friend at Highland Yacht Club on Woods Reservoir in Franklin County, TN has returned. Last saw him Friday, Nov. 21. Had my camera ready this time.
Matt Crawford

Just saw a bald eagle on a new stream. Laurel creek on hwy 91 in Johnson County TN. Right at the VA TN line.
David Lay

November 11, 2014
Today I saw a wild bald eagle for the first time. It was sitting in a field next to a deer carcass just down the road from my house in Lawrenceburg, TN. It took flight as I drove by and perched in a nearby tree. It was an amazing sight.
Marybeth Massey

Today around 1:00 pm, I saw my very first bald eagle in Franklin, TN on Bear Creek Road near a hilltop. I saw it perched and watched it fly! It seemed to be a young one as it was smaller than I imagined a full grown one would be. Very exciting!!
Robin Jones
Franklin, TN

I saw a bald eagle standing in a corn field on Oct 25, 2014. This occurred in Bedford County Tenn in back of the River Bend Country Club and near the Duck River (about five miles from Shelbyville TN). It flew into a large tree - a majestic sight.
Jim Peissig of Shelbyville.

Tennessee. Henderson County. Lexington, TN. Pine Lake.
Eric Hambrick

Spotted a solo bald eagle today while leaving work. Flying high against a clear blue sky, very clear markings. Undeniably a bald eagle.
Was working on set, filming a movie at the TN State Penitentiary. Walking by death row, heading out the gate, there it was, flying high.
Made my day :-)
Benn Payne

2 bald eagles sited in Cades Cove in Tennessee , on Oct. 15, 2014.
Ron Pander

October 5, 2014 9:30am. Gibson County TN, Highway 54 between Bradford and Trenton at the Rutherford Fork Obion River. Lived here 30+ years and never seen an eagle in these parts! Was amazing to watch!!
Julie Clark

My husband and I were sitting on our front porch in Dandridge TN near Douglas Lake and saw a Bald Eagle in a tree in front of our house. We watched for about 10 minutes before it flew off towards the water. First time seeing one in the wild. Amazing!
Michelle Atwood

On 2-19-2014 while coming around Douglas Lake near the power station /dam, my wife and I observed 2 bald eagles flying along the tree line. Once we found our way down to the road the station was on we observed not only the 2 bald eagles, we also observed 2 other juvenile or golden eagles. these 2 seemed larger than the bald eagles. We stayed and watched for at least an hour, seeing them all at various times in flight and sitting on branches. This month of February We have seen 7 Eagles in various places in eastern Tennessee, including our home city of Johnson City at Winged Deer Park on Boone Lake.
Ron Voyager Sr

I saw a bald eagle on Eatons Creek Road in Davidson County at 7:05 am on 2-12-14. It was in a sharp bend in the road next to a recently killed possum. As I rounded the curve in my truck it flew off rather casually. I was worried it might be struck by a vehicle traveling faster than I was at the time. I was also amazed it was so close to Nashville. It was about a mile SSE of Beaman Park.
Bill Heath

I live in the Crystal Lakes subdivision off of Shelton Rd in Collierville TN. On Tueday, February 11th as I rolled my trash can out to the street I happened to notice an adult Bald Eagle swoop down into our subdivsion's lake a grab a fish. Apparently the noise of me rolling the trash can startled the eagle because he dropped the fish and flew away. I got a good look at him as he was less than 25 yards away as he flew over my next door neighbors roof. The white head and tips of his tail feathers were unmistakable. For me this was a rare and unusual sight.
Paul Arthur

There is a Bald Eagle that roosts (or at least hangs out in the same tree most evenings) at Highland Yacht Club on Woods Reservoir in Franklin County, TN. He is accompanied by what I think is a pair of Golden Eagles. I have seen them attacking geese nearby. I have seen them several evenings now, and the Bald Eagle circles and lands back on the same branch when I disturb him with a flashlight. The other two are harder to get a clear view of, but the larger one circled over me about 30 feet above my head and is significantly larger than the Bald Eagle. I have started taking a camera with me hoping get pictures.
Matt Crawford

Hwy 64 E between Savannah and Waynesboro Tennessee. Picture taken today 2.2.14
Martha Kelley

While walking on the bike trail along the Little River in Townsend TN today, 1-31-14, my husband and I spotted a bald eagle sitting in a tree beside the river. As we walked further, we spotted another bald eagle on the opposite side of the river sitting on a branch of a tall tree. We have had very cold weather and snow recently and both eagles were sitting in full sun, watching the river below. We have never seen them in this area before.
Marilynn Pittard

Tuesday December 31, 2013 spotted a mature bald eagle on the ground in a cornfield in Manchester, TN, on Hwy #53. It was about 11:00 am, temperature was 34 F, clear and sunny. I (and several other cars) turned around and drove past again, stopped on side of highway and watched as he/she flew a short distance, landed, then flew off above the treetops and was gone. First time I have ever seen a wild eagle.
Linda McInnis

I witnessed a bald eagle feeding on a raccoon carcass on December 31, 2013, at 10 am on Highway 44 between the Weaver Pike and Chinquapin Grove Rd intersections in eastern Sullivan County Tennessee along the South Holston River. It was a VERY large bird, and it was strikingly beautiful.
John Williams

My daughter and I saw a bald eagle Thursday morning around eight. We live in Giles County and this is the first time I have ever seen one in this area. It was a big bird with a white head. It was flying over three ponds on highway 11 halfway between Pulaski and Minor Hill Tn.
Regina Taylor

My sighting is on Grandview Mountain in East Tn. A magnificent fully grown eagle swooped down in the field in front of my home on Firetower Road. It looked to be about 4 feet high with a huge white chest and legs. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes and then flew off to a tree.
We live near Watts Bar Lake and Piney Falls.
Belinda McCampbell

Today at approximately 10:45 am while driving on the Old Knoxville Highway in Sevierville, TN. I spotted a mature bald eagle sitting on a small island in the middle of the river, it had its back to the road facing the river, sitting with absolute confidence and authority it looked about three foot tall and the white plumage was full like a lion's mane…..what a gift to see such a majestic bird.
Anthony Fiorio

Saw my first, in the wild, bald eagle today (11/25/2013). I saw it land on a rock out on the North Fork Holston River near Kingsport Tn. It sat perfectly still as I eased by on the nearby road. Wished I had had my (usually ever-present) DLSR camera. I did get a shot with my cell phone though. How majestic (s)he looked.
Chuck Leamon

I saw a female I believe on the ground with four raven or crow looking birds. I was driving a school bus full of kids and it was a big surprise for all of us. They were in a cut soybean field across from 2951 Kirkwood rd., Clarksville TN 37043. We saw them this morning at 8:20 am. Oct. 30, 2013.
Teresa McCraw

A golden eagle or bald eagle with a brown head perched on the arbor in my back yard. This past week. It's width across the shoulders was about 12-14 inches across and the length from head to tail was about 3 feet tall. This was not a hawk or owl. I live in Germantown Tennessee near the collierville line.
Alta Simpson

Have seen several Bald Eagles in Jackson County, Tn where I live. The first sighting in my county was in the city of Granville, Tn, two were sitting on a log in at the edge of the lake this was about two years ago. Last year, saw one fishing, it was sitting on a sycamore tree on the banks of Roaring River just past the city of Gainesboro, Tn.
Katie Brown

Spotted my first Bald eagle in Tennessee, smith county..I live on Cordell Hull Lake the eagle was pursuing a hawk which had something, Hawk won took his prize and flew off...9/22/13
Jennie Scheef

Sighting: September 15, 2012, Tims Ford lake, Winchester, TN. Sighted mature bald eagle successfully fishing in remote east section of Cove 9, Hopkins Point Cove. Heard intermittent eagle shrieks throughout day. Crows were agitated and cawing much of day due to eagle's presence.
Vail Miller, Winchester, TN

We live on Douglas Lake, in Dandridge, TN near Henderson Island, and wildlife refuge. On January 29, 2013, was saw one adult and two young Bald Eagles in the trees on Henderson Island. It was fun watching them, they probably sensed we were nearby and were keeping an eye on us.
Carol Gerritsen
Dandridge, TN

I recently was driving from Trezevant to Mckenzie TN in Carroll county and saw a Bald eagle down in the bottom. It was sitting atop the tallest tree! Beautiful, I am hoping to catch another glimpse in the near future.
Lisa Kapeller

I just spotted a huge bald eagle on us-41, in Marion county close to foster falls. It was standing on the side of the road & I thought it was a statue. I turned around & it was still there. It was about 10 feet away then flew away.
Liz Grudger

I live in the Clairfield area of Claiborne County, Tennessee. This past fall I spotted for the first time a Bald Eagle flying over my house. My brother, while hunting, saw two soaring in the Valley Creek and Straight Creek areas. A man that lives near Eagan also spotted two flying near the water close to his home. Amazing birds! GOD did GOOD !
Gary L. Garrett

We spotted a pair of bald eagles on the French Broad River in Knoxville, TN on 1/13/2013.
Sheila Marsh

I live on the Holston River, in the county just east of Knoxville, Tn.
This morning 1/6/2013 at 10:15, I saw movement of a large bird with a white head in a tree across the river. I got my binoculars and it was a bald eagle again. Almost in the same tree that I had seen the last one. This time I got my camera and went out on the deck and took some photos. They aren't real clear due to the distance. I came back inside, looked over there again and saw wings flapping and another one had joined him. I ran out and snapped a couple more photos of the two.
Rita Neubert

On Friday, November 2nd, I was having lunch at a small restaurant on the Tennessee river just north of Chattanooga when I saw my very first Bald Eagle in the wild. I was looking out the window at the river and changing colors of the leaves on the trees and saw it making slow circles directly over the river as it followed the water's downstream travel. I felt so lucky, and proud to be an American, all at the same time. I immediately called a friend of mine who grew up in the Northwest, and had seen many in her travels. She lives in Georgia now, and I knew she would appreciate the sighting. Apparently there have been many sightings in this area, of adults and babies too. Very exciting!
Jamey Jones

Bald Eagles are a passion of mine. I also photograph them and my job allows me certain privileges that put me in close proximity to them while roving the lakes of East Tennessee.
Gary Loucks

While on a walk this morning (January 30, 2012) had the amazing experience of seeing a bald eagle flying over the lake behind my father-in-law's house, near the junction of Hwy 96 West and Old Hillsboro Road near Franklin, TN. As far as I know, it's the first sighting in this immediate area. The bird made a loop of the lake, soaring low enough to see his head and tail feathers clearly before he flew away over the tree line. A stunning sight against a bright blue sky.
E. Finan

My husband and I were driving west on 20 in Summer town TN. about 10:30 AM. Toward summer town metals.I looked to the sky to see what I thought was a hawk! I just couldn't believe it !!! It was a bald eagle!!!! I have never was one in the wild. It seem to be carrying something like grass or hay or a tether.
Connie Staggs

I commute to work on scenic Hwy 296 Carter's Creek Pike in Franklin, TN and today again saw "my bald eagle" on the shallow lake there. It's at about 3027 Carter's Creek Pike near Coleman Road ... many of you commuters should remember to take a quick look each morning because that was the 3rd time in 6 months I've seen them. I say "them" because on one cold morning, back closer to the woods, I saw TWO of them!
I sooo hope they start a family this spring. Maybe they came from Reelfoot Lake for some privacy. Happy Valentine's Day Mr.& Mrs. American Bald Eagle.
- Chris Swift

I live I was traveling on Dentville Road in Polk County, TN, when I came to the bridge where the Hiwassee and the Ocoee Rivers converge. The bridge is 50+ feet high and goes across the Hiwassee River near the Two Rivers Campground. I began to cross the bridge when I noticed something appear over the top of the bridge. I looked and could not believe that a Bald Eagle flew over my vehicle and continued traveling over the Hiwassee River and then up the Ocoee River. I have never seen a bald eagle in this area although I know that there have been some spotted around Parksville Lake a few miles away. It was the sheer size of the bird that impressed me along with its natural beauty. I hope that I get to see another one around here soon but I consider it a once in a lifetime event in this part of the country.
Guy Ferguson
Cleveland, TN

in West Millers Cove, Blount County TN, on the southwestern edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Today, Jan. 8, 2011, a mature bald eagle was on the edge of our pond eating something, probably a fish. I have seen Bald eagles many times in other parts of the country, usually around large water bodies, but never before in our east TN high elevation mountains. Today is very cold and snowy with a strong cold front moving in from the north. The eagle might be 'riding the front' towards a more desirable southern clime.
Tom Talley

Over the past several weeks Nov. / Dec. 2010, my family and I have had a few opportunities to observe a pair of Bald Eagles from our kitchen window and back deck. We live on Blair Lake (about a 200 acre man-made lake) in the Springbrook Subdivision of Jackson TN.
We can usually only catch a glimpse midday as they perch on log coming up out of the water. This pair is very shy, and even though we are nearly 1/4 mile away, they will head for the trees as soon as they realize they are being watched.
We would love to get pictures, but the distance is too great for the equipmet we have. Each sighting is enough to take your breath away as paralysis sets and you just hope to view them for just a few moments more.
T. Stemen

We just saw the bald eagle that flies around just outside the back door of our job. As always it was very beautiful soaring around just above our heads and out over the Cumberland river. It was around 1:00 pm today (11-23-10) two guys were outside and called on their cell phone and told us to run outside the eagle is out there. Our building sits up high overlooking the river so it is perfect for watching this beautiful bird climb to great heights without every flapping it wings. It was about 6 of us we followed it down the back of our plant as far as we could go until we lost site. We believe it landed in some tress on the bank below us. Out of nowhere it shot across to the other bank, then it flew above our heads in circles for what seemed like 10 minutes. We all tried to get pics, and videos from our cell phones but were unsuccessful.
Dedrick Hunter, Greg Claude, Daniel Burns, Mike Davis, Ronnie Wilson, Steve Johnson
Nashville, Tn

Yesterday morning I sat down to have breakfast, and looked out the window and much to my surprise saw a bald eagle sitting in a dead tree on a small island on our pond. It was an amazing site. We live on the Cumberland plateau on the far south end of Fentress County in Tennessee. I have never seen a bald eagle except for in captivity. I watched the eagle with my family until it spread its great wings and flew away. Such a wonderful site and blessing to be reminded of what a great country we live in.
Kristi Hall
Clkarkrange, TN

We saw a Bald Eagle flying down the cumberland river headed back towards Briley Parkway today around 1:00 pm on 11/16/10. We see eagles in this area behind our job (4600 Centennial Blvd. Nashville Tn) which overlooks the cumberland river frequently. It was a mature eagle beautiful white head and tail feathers. On previous occassions other coworkers have seen what appears to be a young bald eagle.
Dedrick Hunter
Steve Cordel
Mike Davis

Yes afternoon,September 12,2010,we spotted a mature bald eagle trying to take a fish away from an osprey..They fought for several minutes,the osprey did drop the fish but neither bird was able to retrieve it..We watched the eagle for over thirty minutes..We were about one mile up river from Avondale Landing on the Sumner County side.
Tommy and Peggy Lansford
Bob and SherryBerry Sever

August 23, 2010 My husband and I boat on Center Hill Lake outside Nashville, Tennessee. Last Saturday, as we were riding near a bluff area on Center Hill, we spotted a bald eagle circling above us. He made one attempt to pluck a fish from the water and was coming back for his second try. He was intent on his mission and unfazed by our approaching boat. We watched the beautiful creature swoop down and grab his prey, then fly off to the nearby hillside. We followed the eagle’s flight and were amazed when he reappeared followed by another eagle. It was an amazing experience.
Ken and Bev Sledge

I live on Melton Hill Lake off Buttermilk Rd. in Loudon County, Lenoir City, Tn. On January 5th 2010 my husband and another person saw a bald eagle flying down our cove. Two weeks later, January 20th, my husband and I saw another (or the same) bald eagle. We called a neighbor who bird watches to alert him; he claims to have seen 3 bald eagles within the same time period. Today, Feb. 20th, 2010 we watched a bald eagle fly down the cove and lite in a tree within viewing distance of our deck. We grabbed the binos to watch until the bird (quite large) took off further down the cove.
Ann Avery

I work for Brunswick Corporation at the Sea Ray Headquarters in Knoxville TN. We are located on a small island in the middle of the French Broad River just before it merges with the Holston River to create the Tennessee River. There is a large bluff here and 2 eagle were spotted.
Ken Miller

We live about 8 miles north of Clifton, Tennessee on Highway 128, approximately 1/4 mile (as the eagle flies) from the Tennessee River.
Our first sighting of a Bald Eagle over our house was almost 8 years ago in the Fall of 2002. It took my breath away when I realized what I was seeing. We were clearing the brush along the tree line of our fields when a large shadow crossed the ground. Expecting to see a turkey vulture when I looked up, I quickly realized it was something else. The wings weren't right for a vulture and it was too big to be a hawk. Then it turned and the sun caught its head and tail - FLASH - brilliant white! Being a bird-watcher since childhood, I was thrilled. I was speechless pointing at the sky. My husband thought there was something wrong at first until I got my voice back and blurted out, "Bald Eagles!". As it turned out, there were two of them circling above us. Since that first sighting, we have witnessed them above our house several times each year.
We have also seen them several times in Clifton along the Tennessee River. One day, after coming out of a local restaurant near the river, we saw a dozen of them soaring and circling above the town over the river.
And the most exciting sighting for me was the day I was driving out of town on 128 along the river and as I looked to my left, there was a beautiful eagle soaring along the river's edge near the road about 10 to 15 feet away from my car at eye level! What an amazing sight to see! To be that close to one in the wild, to see first hand (up close) just how majestic and impressive the Bald Eagle really is. The whole experience lasted only seconds (I was driving, after all) but for me and our son, whom I had just picked up from school, it was a sight we won't soon forget!
We look forward to more sightings and more growth in our eagle population in Clifton along the beautiful Tennessee River.
Patti Erisman

Just past the dyke crossing woods reservoir on Hwy 127 between Winchester, TN and Manchester, TN. My wife and daughter returning from town saw a large bald eagle swoop over the road right in front of us and land in a tree. I slowed down and got a great look as we pasted under him. We quickly turned around and got our phone cameras ready, but another vehicle had stopped just under the bird and this seemed to make him nervous. We pulled into a field driveway and watched him fly back towards the water. I've seen Eagles in Canada and Oklahoma, but never here in Tennessee, where I've lived all my life. Absolutely wonderful.
Robert L Clarkson

I live on the Holston river in east Knox county in Knoxville, Tn.
Today is 12/20/2009. It is 10:50 a.m. I have been watching a bald eagle in a tree across the river for about 20 minutes. I happened to just be looking out and saw a very large bird land in the tree. I picked up my binoculars and sure enough it is an eagle. I don't know if he caught a fish or has some other animal but I can see him pulling and eating it. He has just flown away heading east up the river. What a nice Christmas present to see such a bird in the wild!
Rita Neubert

My son and I spotted a bald eagle soaring over our property near Knoxville, Tn on Nov 21, 2009. I have seen several bald eagles before, near Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia, where I used to live, but this was my first sighting in Tennessee. Very exciting.
Danny Bransford

Saw a beautiful Eagle at Radnor Lake near in Nashville, TN this afternoon. The bird sat for an hour on a tree trunk that stretched out into the water. It was actually a very low spot, only about 5 feet above the water.
Awesome Creature.
Laura Button

How amazing to see this beautiful, majestic creature near our home in Dickson, Tennessee! At 10:00 am today at the intersection of Highway 96 and Brown Drive we spotted him sitting high in a tree. I almost didn't believe what I was seeing. My 5-year-old son, Evan, insisted that I drive home for the camera. I thought he would have flown away but here he is... (pictures attached)..... What a wonderful sight to behold!
Suzanne Shiftlet

Today (Jan. 8, 2009) we spotted 3 bald eagles in a tree in the neighbor's backyard. We are in Roane County, Tennessee, in the city of Kingston, very near Watts Bar Lake. Two of the eagles were just sitting on a branch, but the third kept opening its wings and moving around on the branch. This is what caught my eye, and made me go outside barefooted in 38 degree weather. The birds were so big even from that distance. I was amazed. I ran to get shoes & binocs, and call my kids to come see. The eagles hung around for about 5 minutes more before the first two flew off, out over Watts Bar Lake. The third stayed another minute or two, opening and closing its wings, until it finally flew off in the same direction as the other two.
Kristie Hart
Kingston, TN

In December, 2009 I spotted a bald eagle soaring through a small valley (the valley I view from my house) less than 2 miles from Watauga Lake. Mountain City, TN.
Tina Delahunty

Today, dec 3rd 2008, we watched a bald eagle hunting for 20 minutes over our farm in Leipers Fork, Franklin TN. He (or she?) was eventually chased off by some crows but those 20 minutes of soring over the farm really made our week. We had never seen a bald eagle in Tennessee and we had to double check your site it had really been one. Yup, all checked out good!
Arnold Warmels

11-19-08 My daughter and I had a clear view of a single bald eagle this morning at about 7:45 a.m. while sitting at a stop light at Mack Hatcher Blvd. and Lewisburg Pike in Franklin, TN. This is an intersection with a lot of traffic at this time of the morning. However, the bald eagle flew on a steady course in my general direction cutting diagonally across Mack Hatcher then along Lewisburg Pike toward Moore Elementary school. A smaller bird was following/chasing it. Both birds were at a height of about 50 - 60 feet. It was easily recognizable as a bald eagle as opposed to any of the other large birds common to this area.
Terry Casey

I was traveling the Natchez Trace on Saturday October 18th. Just after crossing Big Bayou Pierre we had a mature bald eagle fly across the road in front of our car. We were able to watch him flying North for a short while. This area is approximately 15 to 20 miles NNE of Natchez and is close to the Mississippi river.
Bill Beard

Today (3/5/08) I saw a bald eagle fly directly over my house. I caught a great view of the bird as the sunlight made him stand out very clearly. He was flying with two other smaller birds flying behind him. The birds were also being very vocal. I'm not sure what the other two birds were (any reply info would be appreciated). I live in Knoxville, Tennessee in the eastern part of the city just off the Holston River. After flying over my house, he went on to do 4 or 5 big circles before going over a patch of woods where I lost sight. This was very exciting for me because I have lived in east Tennessee my entire life and this was my first wild sighting.
Matt Quillen

On Feb 5, I saw 2 eagles flying low over Old Hickory Lake in the Hendersonville, TN area. One flew toward our house that fronts the lake, landing in a tree about 50 ft from my window. The other continued flying further down the lake. I saw them later in the day, hoped they would, again, come close (as I finally found my camera!) but were never that close again. I'm still hoping they will return!
Cindy Parobek

Today January 2, 2008 my husband Ronnie called me and was very excited. He said he had seen a bald eagle fly and land in a tree not far from where he was cutting some wood. He told me where to look and sure enought there it was. What a sight it was. We have never seen such a beautiful creature.

We live about 70 miles south of Nashville in Pulaski, Tn. We have lots of turkey and deer on our farm but this was our first bald eagle. Two of our grandchildren was here today and got to view this magnificent bird.

Every time I would go by the window I would look and see if he was still there. I wanted him to stay but I wanted to see him fly too. It started getting dark and he was still setting in the top of the tree. Hope we will get to see him again.
Ronnie and Hattie Bledsoe

29 December 2007 09:30
Tennessee, Coffee County
Normandy Lake, Barton Springs area
Two Bald Eagles on the shore line eating something. Very Cool and unexpected.
Tim Frideczky

On Sunday, December 2 2007, two friends and my self saw a Bald Eagle in the Dry creek area of Tims Ford lake in Tennessee. We had been walking the dry lake bed in an area close to were I work. The eagle flew out of the lake bed and lit in a tree 75 yards from us and stayed for quite some time, so we got a very good look at it. This is the first time I have seen one in this area of the lake.
Stacy Farris

I live on the Tennessee River in the Ten Mile area of Roane County. For the past 6 years I frequently see a pair of Bald Eagles near my home between Bayside Marina and Thief Neck Island. In February 2007 one of the Bald Eagle landed in my yard to eat the fish he had It was funny as my daughter came and got me in the Garage saying their was a big bird with a white head eating a fish. It was quite a sight to watch him or her eat lunch less than 50 feet from my deck. I was able to get several good pictures. In June 2007 while at anchor in my boat near the TVA wildlife management area just south of Blue Springs Marina I got to watch a Bald Eagle swoop down catch a nice fish and then land on the bank of the WMA to eat his lunch. October 28th 2007 my wife and I were out for a boat ride to look at fall colors. We spotted one Bald Eagle just out side the Bayside Marina cut. We were only able to watch this Eagle for 10 minutes or so before he disappeared into the trees. We headed north up the river to Kingston were we got onto the Clinch River. Just about 3 miles north of the power plant we were able to watch a Pair of Bald Eagles for 35 to 45 minutes. We did get to see one of them catch a fish.

I know of at least 2 pair that live in the Ten Mile area of Watts Bar Lake (TN River) and I am pretty sure there are four pair between Watts Bar Damn and Kingston, and two more pair on the Clinch River. I have always been fascinated by the Bald Eagle since my dad pointed out the first one I saw in 1970.

I have seen Bald Eagles in Michigan where I grew up. I have also seen them on Lake Moultrie in SC, St. Marries River in GA, the St Johns River in FL, and out west in CO, WY and MT. It seems to never loose the excitement for me even now that I see them 20 times a year or more near my home.
Dave McKale

I spotted a bald eagle on the east side of Oak Ridge, TN flying from Melton Hill Lake over the top of the UT Arboretum moving towards city center on 09/25/2007.
Ryan Rife

I have a corner office on the second floor where I work in the eastern end of Oak Ridge, TN. I oftentimes see as many as 40 buzzards circling, riding the ridge lift of a nearby ridge. I can not help but watch occasionally the birds that are outside. This past week however I actually saw an adult bald eagle flying over this same ridge. The white head and white tail showed very distinctively. I called to a couple of co-workers who also witnessed it. It is the only bald eagle that I have ever seen in the wild and was very impressive. Our office is about two miles from Melton Hill Lake (as the bald eagle flies) and I hope that it is making its home locally.
Terry W. Sanders

Today, November 29, 2006, a couple of crows started calling loudly outside my house in White Bluff, Tennessee. I went outside to investigate and saw a mature bald eagle perched right across the street from my house. It stayed for about ten minutes and we were able to catch him/her on the video camera and also take a few pictures. Then it flew away with the crows following closely harrassing it til it was out of sight.
Katherine Kingsbury

For the past two months I have been seeing from one to four bald eagles almost daily perched in trees by the bluff which is across the lake from Cages Bend, Hendersonville, TN. The bluff is west of Cedar Creek campground on the Wilson County side of the lake. There are two immature and two mature eagles that come in mid-forenoon and stay up until 5:30 PM then head west. They do not seem to mind the river barge or boat traffic unless people come too close. Many of our neighbors walk the trail along the lake about 300 to 400 feet from where these birds perch and feed. As long as people keep moving and do not look directly at the birds they do not fly but if you stop and look directly at them they will be disturbed. There is 13 acres of Corp property here between our house and the lake. This is the fourth year these beautiful birds have been coming here in mid December to February, but we have never seen more than 2 in the past. Reported by Paul Van Buren

I live at the northeast end of Cherokee Lake in Morristown, TN. I noticed a bald eagle hovering over our backyard yesterday afternoon (2/12/06) and it proceeded to land on the lake shore. I then let our small dog out of the house and it proceeded down toward the water to greet the eagle. The eagle noticed the dog, took flight and made about three lazy circles above our dog at a height of about 25 feet. We think the eagle was sizing up our dog as a possible "snack". It was truly a magnificent sight. We have lived on the lake for about one year, and this was our first bald eagle sighting. Courtesy of Gregory Frank

    My wife and I boat on Pickwick lake located on the Tennessee river. While we were out yesterday we were able to sight over 8 eagles and capture some great photos. Over the past few years the bald eagle population has been increasing during the winter months dramatically. Courtesy of Jay Harrison

January 20, 2006
Crossville, TN
Today my brother saw a most magnificent bald eagle circling his house on Lake Tansi near Crossville, TN. He said it was the most spectacular sight. He wanted to get a picture but he did not want to miss a second of the view so no picture was taken. The bird circled his house, and then proceeded out over the lake. My father also has seen this bird near his house on the other side of lake. Courtesy of Pam Hofmann

    My wife and I were out motoring our Chrysler 22 sailboat near Sale Creek Recreation Area on the Tennessee river New Years Eve and spotted three bald eagles within an hour's time. It was cold, overcast and we were hesitant to even leave the slip. After spotting our first eagle of the day we knew we had made the right choice. Several Great Blue Herons and two more Bald Eagles later we decided it was our best New Years Eve yet. Courtesy of Lenora and Jody Conn Chattanooga, Tennessee

    I saw my first bald eagle on Dec 26 2005. In Franklin Tennessee. It was by a water reservoir. It was sitting in a tree off one of our main roads. Mack Hatcher. The funny thing is it is a heavily traveled road. I do not think any one else be me and my family saw it. Courtesy of Vickie Hale

I saw my first pair of Bald Eagles today while driving close to Ft. Loudon dam at Lenoir City,TN. They were spectacular! They were flying fairly low towards the water. I almost ran off the road trying to watch them. I was thrilled a few weeks ago when I saw a single Bald Eagle flying near the same place. Now today two! Truly magnificent birds.
I had never seen an eagle in the wild until I moved to this area in October. Now, I'm afraid I'll become a hazard on the road because of staring toward the sky! Courtesy of Susan Hill 3/3/05

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