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7/5/21 0715
Brughs Mill Rd, Fincastle VA 24090
Was grabbing a dead possum from the road. Unfortunately, it was far away for the iPhone camera.
Bill Gunn

This morning at about 10:30, (12/28/20) I was sitting at my desk and saw a large bird gliding from the woods towards my backyard. My first thought was that it was just another buzzard. But then it turned towards me, then banked away into a large circle and I clearly saw the white head and markings of a mature bald eagle. What a thrill to see one in the wild! In my 70 years, it's the first one I've seen close up and positively identified. I've seen golden eagles and tons of hawks but this guy was gorgeous. I grabbed my iphone to try and get a picture but by the time I got my camera ready, the eagle was gone.
Wade Johnson
Powhatan Virginia

My husband and I were working in our garden yesterday (5/10/2020) when I heard a screech and looking up saw for the second time in our area a beautiful bald eagle. We live right by I-81 at Dixie Caverns exit in Roanoke County VA. (1st time was 10 years ago in the Shawsville, VA area - the eagle was in a field sitting on top of a dead dear)
This one was flying just right above ours heads - he then flew up to the top of a tree and grabbed something out of it. The next thing I saw were 3 smaller birds chasing after it. The eagle just kept flying higher and higher until the smaller birds gave up. It truly was a majestic sight.
Fran Deweese

I saw a bald eagle this morning at approx 8 am. It flew right over my home! We live in Honaker Va, on Clifton Farms road, which runs parallel to the Clinch River and, I believe it is called the Little River. The two rivers meet less than a half a mile from my home. I was staring out my kitchen window, which faces toward the river, and my home is higher in elevation than the river. When I saw a large bird, flying just above the tree tops, straight toward my home. At first I thought it was a vulture or buzzard, but as it came closer into view, it was CLEARLY a bald eagle. I ran out the front door and into my porch to get a better view. It flew right over my home and therefore my head! I could clearly see every detail of its head, beak, talons, feathers, everything! I watched it till it flew into the trees and I couldn't see it anymore. I came back and watched out the window again and spotted another large bird in the distance but I can't be sure if it was another one. This could very well be a pair! This is the first time I have seen one wild and free. It is extremely rare to see them in my area. I take it as a good omen for the new year. I feel so BLESSED! God Bless America!!
Sparkle Plumley

I live in Northern Virginia and we have been seeing bald eagles regularly. We saw two together on our road, and another in the top of a tree. He or she was very large. I saw another one in a field eating on a deer that had been struck by a car.
It's very exciting to see these beautiful birds!
Helen Boese

Culpeper va, eleys ford road, near the rapidan river. Other family members have also had separate sightings. Was really exciting to see an eagle so close carrying off a snake today.
Sasannah Williams

On my way to school this morning, I spotted a Bald Eagle in the air as it landed on top of a dead tree. This was at the corner of Franconia Road and S. Van Dorn Street near Thomas Edison High School in Fairfax County, Virginia.
R I c h a r d H. A u n k s t

I spotted a bald eagle in Herndon Virginia. It was amazing!
Colleen Dearing

A caught a bald eagle sighting in Vienna, Virginia. It was flying over Gallows Road carrying its prey and disappeared over the townhouses.
Damaris Dolan

Allison Glennon wrote the following: I saw a Bald Eagle in Reston, VA today.

JB Brown wrote the following: Spotted a juvenile bald eagle on Sunday February 5, 2017 in Blacksburg, Va. just west of the 460 Blacksburg bypass near the Virginia Tech campus. The eagle was in a large oak tree being harassed by two crows. Eventually the crows flew off and the eagle flew to another tree a few minutes later. From the markings it looked to be 2-3 years old.

D S Bean wrote the following: This morning (1/1/2017), leaving the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake Virginia, I spotted a very large bald eagle on the side of the I168 bypass near the Hanbury Road exit. It was on the ground and appeared to have prey in its claws. We see many buzzards and hawks in this area, but this bird was unmistakable. I have lived in this neighborhood for 33 years and have never ever spotted a bald eagle before.

Jennifer Sawyer wrote the following: Saw a large bald Eagle in Ocean Lakes area of Virginia Beach. It was in my yard stalking his next meal on a rocky bulkhead December 2016

Deb Waugh wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle being chased by crows in Compton Village area of Centreville VA (Northern VA) on Christmas Day 2016.

Richard Taylor wrote the following: Observed a single, large, adult bald eagle in Ashburn, VA on 12/17/2016 perched on top of a tall tree with very distinct white head and white tail feathers. Sighting at the intersection of Ashburn Village Blvd. and Louisa Dr. Amazing... and the first bald eagle I've witnessed in 50+ years of residence in Loudoun County, VA area!

Good afternoon, on Monday, December 12 I saw a bald eagle flying over my neighborhood in Forest Virginia. Forest is located in central Virginia. We are 30 minutes from Smith Mountain Lake and about 20 minutes from the James River. I first noticed a bunch of soaring birds and looked up to see if any of them were Hawks. That's when I first saw the Whitehead and Whitetail of this beautiful bird. I was driving my car and unable to pull over to see if some of the other birds were bald eagles as well. My husband does not believe that I saw a bald eagle. We have ospreys at Smith Mountain Lake but they only have a Whitehead and dark tail.
Allison Carner

Peggy Wooldride wrote the following: Sunday, Dec. 11,2016 aourn 10:48 am. Driving down Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA saw an Eagle flying overhead. Turned down Crowell Lane to get a better view. It landed in a tree across the street with crows circling around it. Finally it flew off. Was amazing just to see one so close to me.

Adam Rabung wrote the following: I was recently (11/19) in the Blue Ridge Mountains/Shenandoah National Forest. We saw a collection of roughly 20 bald eagles. Perhaps they were kettling? It was a very windy day and they were clearly riding thermals, but did not seem to be using them to migrate - they stayed in the area. There was a mix of mature and immature eagles. They were often paired up, doing neat little choreographed "dances" in the sky. It was quite a scene!

Stephen Flasdick wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle on hole number nine at 1757 Golf Course in Sterling, VA today then again on hole eleven. He was flying around the golf course mainly over the lakes. We have video is you need it. 11/19/16. He/she was magnificent.

Jeff Reuteler wrote the following: I was in the Washington DC area on November 5th visiting the area with the Wisconsin Honor Flight group we were at the Air Force Memorial across he Potomac River from the Pentagon when a pair of Bald Eagles did a fly by. It was about 10am. I believe the Memorial is located in Virginia. Did not expect to see Bald Eagles

Elizabeth Thornsbury wrote the following: I saw a bald eagle yesterday, Nov. 9th' 2016 off Meetz Road just east of Warrenton, Va. It flew over my jeep and landed in a field of cut corners about 20 yards from the road. I have several pictures. I think it had a mouse as it stood there for about five minutes and looked down once like it had something. Beautiful white tail when it flew into nearby trees.

Jody Zorbaugh wrote the following: 11/6/16 Spotted a large bald eagle at Mercer Park Middleburg, VA while on a nature photography hike. I was so shocked! I hope my photos of him/her turn out well enough to corroborate my story!

Ryan Allen wrote the following: Saw a Bald Eagle near a creek east of Damascus, Virginia.

Doug Putnam wrote the following: My wife and I saw a bald eagle circling our field on Saturday September 17th 2016. We live 5 miles west on Lexington Virginia in the Shenandoah valley (intersection of Turnpike road and Wee Darnock Way). This is the first time we have seen a bald eagle in this area. It is very exciting.

Lori Clark wrote the following: Aug 23, 2016 Saw a bald eagle today in Purcellville, Va. He was carrying a carcass and flew right through our parking lot on Pickwick Drive across the Street into Browns Orchard.

Ginger Clayton wrote the following: Jan 24, 2015 Saw a Bald Eagle flying in the snow just past the Montgomery County Frog Pond, 2:30, Christiansburg, VA. This is the second time I have seen a Bald Eagle in this area. First time was Oct 3, 2015 near the Smart Road bridge in Ellett Valley - in a tree watching a road kill deer in the ditch

Hazel Reese wrote the following: January 24, 2016 at approximately 10:15 a.m.
While looking out side at our covering of snow on Byrd's Mill RD, Glade Hill, Virginia (this is in Franklin County). I was surprised and excited to see and hear the call of a large bald eagle. She appeared to be hunting. There is a pond near my property and lots of lake and river access in the county.

Jetta hendrick wrote the following: Spotted soaring over Grob Hill Rd., Amelia, Va. 23002

Kathy Kappes wrote the following: Two bald eagles flew along Smith Creek, between New Market and Mount Jackson, over my neighbor's field. My 4-yr-old granddaughter and I were outside in the flowerbeds. We heard them before we saw them. I thought at first they were hawks, until they got close enough for us to see white tail and white head. They collided briefly then continued on up the ridge. What an awesome sight!

Katherine Hitchcock wrote the following: Sighting in Loudoun County, Virginia. Snickersville Turnpike headed north, in a field on the west side of the road just past Colchester Road. It was eating something.

Tim Yuskavage wrote the following: Along south side of Four Mile Run in Alexandria, VA. He had a fish between his talons. Nearest intersection is Mt. Vernon Avenue and Four Mile Road.

Susan Lake Gilbert wrote the following: Dec 20th, filmed 4 immature bald eagles eating carrion in the middle of a sod field near Gulberts Corner.

Chris Rodriguez wrote the following: 30 Oct 2015 around 5:15pm: I was at the intersection of Rte 50 and Cherry St., in Falls Church waiting for the signal to change. I looked up and notice a couple of small birds harassing a larger bird. The big bird swooped down, maybe 20-30 ft above ground. That's when I realized it wasn't a raven and I saw the white tail feathers. I quickly glances to its head and saw that it was white. An eagle! I was thrilled to see one this close, yet wondered what it was doing in the area with all the noise, bldgs., congestion, etc. It swooped into some trees by an apt. complex where I lost sight of it due to the signal changing.

Marc Hirsch wrote the following: On October 24, 2015 I spotted a bald eagle sitting in an open field at Poages Mill Farm which is on Rt. 221 (west side of farm). Field had been recently plowed under. By the time I turned around to go back and get a photo, it was gone. I think scared away by dogs in the adjoining property.

Kelly Bruton wrote the following: 10/21/15, West of Charlottesville, VA -- An adult bald eagle caused a hubbub in the smaller bird population when it came to land in a large tree at the back of my yard. Scavenging from a new deer carcass.

Cassie Lam wrote the following: My husband and I just saw 3 female eagles in a field near the road. They are such a beautiful bird! They were spotted on Lynnwood Road in Port Republic Virginia.

Dona Thewes wrote the following: Two seen flying at the intersection of old Keene mill road and Lee chapel in Burke northern Virginia. Sunday, October 11 Young eagle spotted fishing at the sandy hook park near Occoquan, Virginia on Sunday, October 11

Mark Messersmith wrote the following: Spotted adult (female?) eagle vicinity Northstar Blvd and Grassland Grove Drive, Aldie VA.38.909113, -77.571988. Beautiful. It was definitely being annoyed by black buzzards/vultures who looked to be pushing it out of the wood's edge at Willowsforg/Greens. Would be awesome if it were to set up nesting there.

Gina Smith wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle on naval station Norfolk just five minutes ago. It was so awesome to see one not in captivity! Didn't look tagged either!

Please be advised that today I viewed a large adult eagle flying between my two large back yard trees and circling occasionally. Very large and impressive. Beautiful white head and white tail feathers. This is my first time seeing this magnificent bird. We do have quite a few hawks of various types around here, but this is a first for me.
I'll have to warn my neighbors to keeps their small pets inside for a few days. I hope to see this beautiful bird again tommorrow.
Betty Kane

My wife and I sighted a Bald Eagle today, flying above our house in Fincastle. It's beautiful white head was clearly seen as it's big wings flapped on by us. An emotional sighting for sure. Twice I've seen a Pileated Woodpecker, and that was amazing too, but not like viewing this amazing symbol today.
Jon and Suzanne Bryan

On Wilderness Rd in Jonesville VA just above Kingsport TN on 1.27.15 at 8 a.m. and around 4 p.m.
Michael Heatherly

01/21/15 at 10:40a.m. spotted an eagle landing on a tree limb at the edge of woods on Rt. 60 Anderson Highway in Powhatan, VA between the County Line and Luck Stone. The beautiful white tail spread caught my eye as he landed. It took awhile to sink in that it was a bald eagle & for the first time in my life I saw one! If it ever happens again, I hope I will have enough wits about me to pull over, take a picture and make a note of the exact location
C. Dickson

Opal Road, Opal Virginia January 19, 2015 at 9:30 am the bird was fully white headed and white tailed flying up from the road and perched on high tree. It didn't look huge, though, about the size of a buzzard.
Sara Byers Roeper

January 15, 2015 around 5:00 p.m.
Saw a pair of bald eagles in a tree at Oronoco Bay on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Va at the end of Pendleton Street.
Jane Thompson

I saw a large bald eagle, Sunday, January 11, 2015, on Rt. 106, Vineyards Parkway. It was on a right side hill, as you head towards, The New Kent Winery, in New Kent, Virginia, not far from the Four Seasons entrance. It was almost dusk, and the eagle was eating a freshly killed mammal, by the looks of how red, the mammals body was. I drove past slowly, and then swung around, to get another look. I watched, at a distance, for a few minutes. It looked like a large, mature bird, with a full white head. When I drove past the second time, the eagle took flight, going away from me. I had never seen an eagle flying away, and was thrilled to see, the large section of white feathers, in the back. The wingspan was impressive, somewhere between 5 and 6 feet.
I feel grateful, that these magnificent birds, have made such a successful comeback.
Carol Yorgey
New Kent, VA

We saw and photographed a bald eagle in the City of Alexandria on January 2, 2015. It was perched at the very top of the dead tree near the Wilkes street train tunnel.
P Kilcullen

Witnessed a bald eagle behind my property....just sitting in tall oaks. Stayed in my area for about 30 minutes. He was about 100 yards away. About dusk, he flew away towards the northeast. I am located in Southampton County, VA in a rural area between Capron and Drewryville. On January 1, 2015....what a great way to start the new year!
Melanie Washington

Observed 4-5 juvenile bald eagles feeding on a large deer carcass only about 120ft from the side of the road in Bowling Green, Va on Paige Road 12/29/14 about 12:30am. They were huge and completely caught our eye. Just fascinating to watch. They were only a few black vultures around as well. I was driving and unfortunately could not get a clear photo but it was a scene imprinted in my mind.
Robin A. Blanchard

Saw a bald eagle today (12/29/14) in Burke, Va on Burke Center Parkway near Rt 123 intersection, circling with two crows about 8 ft above the road near the firehall. Awesome!
Sherri Berkman

I was driving down the road a bald eagle was standing in a field watching over what looked like a deer carcass that was hit on the side of the road. The sighting was in Hanover, Virginia. My whole family saw it. I have never seen one outside the zoo
Brittny Stone

Genito Rd 616 Amelia Virginia near 609 just setting in a field wish i could have got pictures
Gary Pollard

One of my coworkers just saw -2- adult bald eagles circling each other above the Health Dept. Admin. Bldg. in downtown Fairfax City.
12/18/14 1:30 PM
Carol Wood

Yesterday 12/14/14, my husband and I saw a large eagle eating a deer carcass in a field beside CampCarysbrook Rd. in Riner, VA.
We had heard there were eagles in the area but had never seen one in. We drove by and it took off in a circle, we didn't have time to go back but it was awesome!
Vickie Campbell

I saw a Bald Eagle fly over 395 in Arlington,VA this morning 12/12/14 around 7:30AM.
I couldn't believe it! It was gigantic, had a white head and white tail.
Nila Kay

My son and I spotted a large bald eagle in a field on mettz road , right off of rt. 28 near midland Va. This was on Dec. 10 and 11, 2014 about 3:00 pm both days.
Robbie Ryan

Sunday12/7 @ 4:40 PM saw an adult bald eagle flying over the Bull Run bridge on Old Centreville Rd. (between Pr. William and Fairfax Counties West of Rt. 28). I’ve lived next to Bull Run for 22+ years and this was my first Bald Eagle sighting.
Carol Wood

12/7/2014, Shoemaker School Rd, Purcellville, VA
My wife and I watched a pair of bald eagles attempting to feed on a deer carcass directly across the street on Shoemaker School Rd. in Purcellville, VA. The carcass was close to the road so between an occasional passing vehicle, gathering turkey buzzards and a pair of red hawks the eagles gave up and eventually left left the area. There was a several minute time period when the both eagles and both red hawks circled away flying high and within 10'-50' of each other with the hawks seemingly driving the eagles from the area in a semi-aggressive manner. My wife and I found it spectacular viewing the pairs of bald eagles and red hawks together within the same field of vision through our binoculars for several minutes.
Dave and Cindy Ingels

On November 30 at around 8:30 AM, I saw three Bald Eagles on Richie Road, in Midland VA. I think there was a total of five of them but defiantly three were in a field feeding on a dead deer.
Angela Clarke

Nov. 29 afternoon - top of tree on farm bordering south side of Rivanna River in Albemarle, just west of Fluvanna, lone [bald] eagle. First thought is was buzzard, but it turned and it was clearly eagle!
Alice Owens

Bald Eagle spotted on Judes Ferry Rd in Powhatan Va 23139
Bob Jones

Midlothian,VA 23112.
See in tree top along RT 288 near Swift Creek Reservoir. It was a very large female.
Saks Richmond 007

11/12/14 - Floyd, VA.    My wife and I saw a single bald eagle soaring in a circular pattern a few hundred feet above the West Fork of the Little river.
A friend told me about two recent sightings a few miles up river.
- Jason Burgard.

My friend and I saw a single bald eagle soaring about twelve feet above the middle fork of the holston river this past october in smyth county . About two weeks later I saw another one in a field eating on a deer carcus ( probably the same one or one of a pair). It was only about three hundred yards from my first sighting. The area where we saw the eagles is called Fox Valley.
Thomas Austin
Marion, Va.

I saw a mid sized bald eagle today (10/26/2014) in Arlington Virginia. I was driving along Washington blvd between Ohio st. and McKinley Rd at 3 PM. when I looked up and saw a bald eagle being chased by two crows. I tried to get a photo to no avail. At one point, the eagle while trying to evade the crows came down at a very steep angle with very the distinctive bald eagle talons extended. It was beautiful.
The crows chase the eagle away and I was unable to observe where they ended up. This is not the first bald eagle I have observed. I have lived in areas where I have seen many other bald eagles. I was very surprised to see a bald eagle in Arlington County Virginia.
Joe Dorsey

I had the thrill of seeing an adult bald eagle at close range (50’) on October 16, 2014, on Roundtree Road in Glen Allen, VA. I was looking out the living room window toward our bird feeders and saw a huge raptor shadow on the road right at our driveway. Almost immediately a bald eagle swooped down through the trees and shrubbery that separate our driveway from the neighbor’s yard. That is where the songbirds hide when roosting or when they know a hawk is in the area. The eagle’s fly-through flushed many birds and one squirrel out into the open. The eagle made a quick turn, circled around in an oval pattern, came back over the road, and then swooped down again. This time its talons touched the neighbor’s grass and grabbed up the squirrel as it ran. A snack was served! What a magnificent bird … and what a shame I didn’t have my camera handy. I hope this bald eagle will come looking for food again, because next time I absolutely will be prepared to photograph it.
Judy Proffitt

One very large Bald Eagle was spotted in Moseley,Va 23120 just west of Richmond,Va. at 18321 DuVal Road about 5PM.
Robert Huddleston

I live in Virginia Beach. I have seen them in groups and pairs over the Sandee Lake area. Also in the Thalia neighborhood. I have gotten pictures, very exciting. This took place within the last two weeks.
Andrea Valle

I was looking out the front window and high above a section of trees that are protected by Fairfax County as parkland, To my amazement, I saw a pair of Bald Eagles. This occurred around 11:00 am EST today, October 5, 2014 in Alexandria, VA.
I had no idea that bald eagles could be in this area. They had distinctly white heads, white tails and the rest of the body from spread out wing tip to wing tip was brown and large, like the golden eagles we used to see. It's a tad windy today and they were flying in the typical circular pattern without flapping a wing the whole time I was able to watch outside my front window. It was so exciting to see!
I am so delighted to have seen eagles here again. I know they may be migrating, but still I am happy to have had this experience. Thank you Fairfax County for preserving this strip of trees and the parkland it backs up into!
Diane Mousa

September 20, we saw two gorgeous Eagles flying above us around the N. Fork and Shelbourne Glebe area of Purcellville VA.
Kimberly Marrin

Sept 20 2014
Purcellville, VA A Bald Eagle was scavenging on a deer carcass near the house.
Matthew King

Sighted 22Sept 2014 flying above corner of Great Falls Road and Hallwood Ave in Falls Church Virginia
Hannah McCarron

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
A friend and I were fishing the New River in Virginia, upstream from Claytor Lake. We were in the area of the confluence of Big Reed Island Creek. It was overcast and drizzly all day. We observed a VERY low flying eagle. It was joined by three or four more, obviously riding a thermal updraft. We watched a bit, looked even higher, and after about ten minutes, we had been witness to a flock of ELEVEN eagles ascending on the thermal. We continued our observations until the last one vanished like a shadow into the clouds. I honestly have never felt quite so lucky in my life.
Sam Rorrer

I think I saw an eagle yesterday – it shocked me! It landed on a street lamp (a really high one) right near a large pond. I looked for known nests and the closest are 8-10 miles away. It was in the ‘Short Pump’ area of Richmond, VA, across from the Wellesly club house
Cara Ziegel

Very excited to report that a bunch of folks heading into the Kroger's Grocery store at 2801 Hicks Rd, Richmond, VA 23235 right off of Hull Street got to watch two eagles interacting with each other for over 5 minutes. They gave a delight when they swooped low above the parking lot!
Lorene Greenwald

I've had three sightings of bald eagles in the past three weeks! They all occurred on the east side of the Beaverdam Reservoir, off Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. Twice I saw them (including today, Jan 3 around 11:30 am) when the sun came out after the snow. The other time was on New Years Day morning, on a tree on the Brambleton Golf Course, seen from Belmont Ridge Road. They are majestic, especially while soaring over the snow covered ground!
Kathleen Cho
Ashburn, VA

January 1, 2014 1:45 pm
My son spotted a bald eagle in a tree off of Route 123 near Five Oaks Road in Vienna, VA. We did a U-turn so everyone in the car could see it. Flew from one tree to another. Beautiful omen to start the new year!
Jean Pawlowl

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