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This morning at or around 9:15 AM I sighted a Bald Eagle swooping and lifting a fish from the White River. This took place on VT Rt 14 heading north in the Sharon/West Hartford area. It circled the river twice and then swooped down attempting to snatch a fish. First time no success. Second swoop it plucked a fish out of the White River and flew to the shore where it proceeded to peck at the fish. I turned to get my camera and when I turned back it was gone. What a thrill!.................David L Reese

Ericka Albright wrote the following: On Sunday October 16 around 1pm in North Bennington VT near Benningtin College, my daughter and I were driving on the back roads (silk Road going towards Old Bennington)spotted an eagle flying with the white feather on rear tail feathers (a female). It was beautiful and majestic flying with the foliage in the back drop. It was a privilege to see.

Amy Bielawski-Branch wrote the following: This morning around 10:00am we saw a bald eagle over Lake Champlain near the bike path in the New North End of Burlington, Vermont

Today (12/23/15) at 1pm I saw a bald eagle with my 2 sons, ages 7 & 10. It was on Colchester Point in Colchester VT, high in a tree looking towards the causeway. It had white on the bottom of the tail. Such a treat 2 days before Christmas!

Kim Withington wrote the following: On 12/5/15 myself and my daughter-in-law saw a bald eagle flying near Door Drive Bridge in Rutland, VT early afternoon. I am 50yrs old and this is the first time I have ever seen one near my hometown. What an amazing sight to see.

Pete Andrews wrote the following: Saw a large eagle twice about 30 feet from my house on Red Bridge Road at 8:15 am on Monday Nov 23, 2015 plus couple of others in distance.
Ludlow, VT

Joshua Trueheart wrote the following: Saw an adult bald eagle on I-91 SB picking at roadkill. 7:30 AM Nov 16 2015. Near the Saxtons River in Rockingham Vermont @ 43.130905, -72.475668.

Robin Lash wrote the following: Saw a bald eagle in the meadow near our house in Clarendon, Vermont on October 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm. Remained on the ground for about 5-10 min. Stunning to watch as it took flight.

Shirley Stark wrote the following: 2 bald eagles vs Turkey Vulture in Wells River, VT. The bald eagles were successful in getting lunch from Turkey Vulture, amazing dive bombing display.10/11/15 1:30

We saw this American bald eagle last week just north of Brattleboro Vermont about 1 mile north on route 30
Michael Kavanaugh

We saw a bald eagle yesterday, February 12, 2015 at Lake Iroquois in Hinesburg, Vermont at around 2:00 pm. It flew right over us heading south all the way down the lake and then over the hills.
Very exciting to see.
Janice Goodman

I was a bald eagle soaring over Barre Vermont at 2:35 p.m. on February 10, 2015.
Maria Cano
Barre, VT

Feb 01, 2015 @ 4:30 pm saw an American bald eagle in flight over Depot Hill in St. Johnsbury, VT.
Phil Samson

We spotted a bald eagle on January 9, 2015 at 10:30 am in Ludlow, Vermont. The eagle was flying low along Route 103. He/she appeared to be fishing in the Black river. This was our first sighting in Vermont! We were thrilled to see such a majestic bird in the wild.
Diane Johnson

I saw a bald eagle yesterday, 12/31/14, flying above the Winooski River in Essex Junction directly across from the access to the connector, Route 289. It was flying pretty low and looking down at the ground. First one that I have ever seen outside of captivity. A great omen for the coming year.
Steve Ertle

Friday, 12/26/14 my fiance and I were driving along Route 5 we saw a bald eagle in flight in McIndoe Falls and a little further down the road was another eagle sitting in a tree along the waters edge. Such a blessing.
Shirley Stark

There was an Eagle in a tree on Pelots Point Road, North Hero, VT December 23rd, 2014.
Steven Dwight Longe, North Hero, VT

I spotted a bald eagle perched in a tree over ottauquechee river this morning at 8:20am , just before the bend where fletcher hill meets road trailer park is on, I watched it for 10 minutes then it soared huge wings above the river. simply breath taking!
Angel Uva

Saw a bald eagle cruising up the West River in Londonderry, VT, this afternoon – 11/09/14. Can't say whether it was male or female; it was following the river about 30 ft. in the air. Flushed out a small group of pigeons from under the Alexander bridge.
George Mora

On September 24 2014 tim davis and gary perzanowski saw a mature majestic bald eagle in rutland city Vermont.. It was on the otter creek river at the outer edge of rutland city limits off dorr drive near the intersection of river street bridge. There is talk in that neighborhood of other sightings at this time. Apparently the eagle is finding ample food in otter creek suffice to stay around for awhile. The otter creek and east creek in this general area have been heavily stocked this past spring. Its good to see the vt fish and game efforts help the fisherman and the eagle. We sighted the eagle at very close range but too surprised to get out our cameras . The eagle was large and very healthy in appearance. We were thrilled to witness.

My husband and I saw a mature bald eagle between 1:00 and 1:30 pm today while we were driving along the Charles River near Buckingham Brown and Nichols.
Judy Robinson

On Thursday, January 30, 2013 I saw a bald eagle on the ground pecking at something in a field on the south side of Route 117 between Essex Junction and Richmond, about half a mile north of the Winooski River. As I drove by he flew up into the trees.
Michael Case

I spotted a bald eagle on our drive through Bridgewater Vermont this morning (12/8/13) around 10:45am. It was sitting on a branch above the Ottauquechee River about a half mile east of the 100a intersection on Rt. 4. It was clearly visible from the road. Very cool!!!
Sarah Wannop

Today is 11/15/13 around 11:15 AM here in West Bridgewater along US Route 4, I saw might be the same American Bald Eagle that I have spotted 3 days ago. Same size and with distinctive white feathers in chest and yellow beak.

Today 11/12/13 we are in West Bridgewater Vt, along US Route 4 while having breakfast 8:30 am when this big bald eagle caught in my peripheral vision. And landed on a tree outside our house. Was so excited to get my phone to take photo. I tried to open my curtain slowly because my husband told me it will fly away if the see my moving, sure it did. But i had a close glimpse of it flying away. So magnificent! I was so bum that i did not able to take a photo, but i was so happy to see it briefly.
Francia Andreance

On September 9, 2013 approx. 4pm, entering the USA from the Highgate Springs port of entry on Interstate 89, immediately pulling out of first exit 1/2 mile south from customs where Old Route 7 starts/ends, next to the overpass on Route 7, large American Bald Eagle got into my sight, less than 25 feet away from the car, then took altitude where I noticed he just caught a small fish, most likely from nearby Missisquoi Bay. He then flew northbound just as he was heading to cross the border himself! Amazing feeling to see such a beauty coming to say Hi and pulling away!
Benoît Dagesse

In the afternoon at around 3:30 PM on February 3, 2013 we were tarveling North on VT-100 driving from Ludlow toward Plymouth. There was a large beautiful bald eagle sitting in a tree on the east side of the road across the frozen narrow water tributary to Echo Lake. We pulled off the road to get a better look. It appeared to be a mature female. Very disctinctive looking bird, I had never seen one in the wild before, absoltuely amazing.
Michelle Holster

We were just exiting Manchester, Vermont today, 01/04/2013, on Route 11/30 heading east when we were overflown twice by a mature Bald Eagle. Very distinctive with the white head and tail and characteristic fierce look as he cruised the thermals. Not more than 200 feet up. Stopped the car dead in the middle of the road to watch!
Charles Wheeler

I saw a mature bald eagle perched above the Little River off the Moscow Road in Stowe, Vermont on Saturday, 12/8/12 in the late morning. A truly magnificent bird!
CarolLynne Kirch

I saw a bald eagle perched on top of a tree Thanksgiving Day. On I-89 Vermont going North towards Waterbury and Stowe. I was wondering if anyone else had seen it.
Jennifer Phipps

I thought you might appreciate two recent bald eagle sightings in the vicinity of the Nature Conservancy's Raven Ridge. I remember reading that up until some point in 2009, Vermont was the only state in the lower 48 that did not have a nesting pair of bald eagles.
Peter Kuhn

I am sure I saw a bald eagle fly across I-89 yesterday (2/21/12). I was driving south around noon or 12:30. Sorry I don't remember my precise location, but I was south of Waterbury. It was a beautiful sight.
Anne Hartigan

I just saw a beautiful bald eagle flying above I-89 between Exit's 9 and 10- at the end of the Worcester Mtn Range. I could clearly see the striking white head and dark body- I was driving so did not get a chance to see it for very long. Beautiful!!
Middlesex, VT February 10, 2012 8:30am
Sara Davis

I saw a mature bald eagle Sat, Feb. 4, 2012 in Vermont flying over the southbound lane of I-89 at mile point 60.6. It was about 11 a.m. I only saw one bird, and I could not tell if he was banded. If I had to guess, I'd guess he was a male because he looked relatively small.
Lori Kettler

January 31, 2012
At 9:00 this morning I saw a bald eagle sitting on the ice of Lake Champlain. It was just off the shore of Bay Road in Shelburne, Vermont.
Kris Linn

Last week, on 12/12/11 around 9:00 AM I spotted a mature Bald Eagle soaring near Rt. 89 by the Lake Champlain Islands exit. Then today, 12/21/11 around 8:40 am, I was driving by that same spot while thinking about my sighting and a juvenile Bald Eagle landed right next to my car in the median!! It was startled when I passed and I managed to catch a glimpse of it's distinctive brown and white markings and head. Now I know to be super careful in this area!
Rachel Garbolino

I saw my very first bald eagle today. I was driving towards Hardwick, VT right near the Dam..and looked up to see a very large bird flying overhead.. It was low enough for me to see the yellow color of his beak..and his vibrant white feathered head. It literally flew right over my car!!
Lisa Daniels

Wow! My son and I were cleaning out my dad's hose on 41 Lincoln St. in St. Johnsbury, VT today. At about 1:30 PM we were taking a break standing on the lawn. My son Patrick said "holy s#@% dad look up an eagle!" Right over us at about 100" was a bald eagle in full flight with a crow behind it and maybe 50" higher then the eagle. No mistaking this - it had a huge yellow beak, its head was entirely white and its wing span was easily 3 to 4 feet. It was flying west parallel with Portland St. It was so large we could still see it beyond the intersection of Concord Ave. and Portland St. It was absolutely awesome!
Doug Conly

Saw a huge one today at my house lifting out of a tree because I startled it. I think it is the bird that killed a chickadee yesterday. I went out again to see if it was still around and it was and took off again before I could get a picture. I think it will be back. I live in Milton, VT. The wing span looked about 6 ft- I was about 50 ft from it. I'm happy to read it can only carry 4lbs as I have 2 cats. Is there something else they eat besides meat because I thought it was around because I feed the squirrels a corn and seed block but now that I think of it, it is probably trying to get the squirrels..............
Christie White

I caught sight of the same bald eagle (missing a feather in one wing) yesterday afternoon. it was soaring along the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, just south of where the Winooski River enters the Lake. very cool.
sandy matathia

01/16/2010 3:45 PM EST Vermont: Bald Eagle flew directly over us while cross country skiing at Shelburne Farms along the Eastern shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Eagle was missing one wing feather.
Nicole Purwin

My wife and I just saw a majestic bald eagle fly close to our house and land in our large yellow birch, not 150 ft from our home just south of Poultney, VT. Circling nearby, our resident red-tailed hawk was seen at the same time!!
Stephen Kornbluth

Today, January 21, 2009 I saw a bald eagle flying north. I was driving along Rt 144 in Benson Vermont.
Darryl Kuehne

At the beginning of Nov 2008 a juvenile bald eagle was in full view. He turned - stretched his big wings. This was near Pinnacle Mountain close to Sutton and the Richford, Vermont border.
Also in the Missisquoi Valley of Glen Sutton, Quebec winter 2008 a neighbor was able to take a photo of 2 mature Bald Eagles on the Mississquoi River. This small village is close to East Richford, Vermont.
Jean Bird

While driving south to Randolph, Vermont, on Interstate 89, October 21, 2008, I spotted a large bird in a tree in the median. As I got closer to the bird I noticed the white head, white tail feathers, and unusually large body. After a two hour meeting, as I was heading back to work, north on Interstate 89, and I spotted the bird again in the median, at approximately the same location. Beautiful sight!!!
Linda Chugkowski

I spotted a bald eagle on the limb of a tree on January 31, 2007 in Irasburg, VT. He was perched in the tree, right next to the Black River, I suspect it was probably looking for fish, as the river had not frozen over.
Kristin Poginy

Driving home from work on Saturday September 29th, on RT105, I noticed a large bird roosted on a branch over-looking Pensenior Pond in West Charlseton, VT at about 3PM. The large body, white head, an dark feathers were a huge giveaway to what was there--The 2nd time this bald eagle has been seen.
Michael Hunt

My husband, myself and a few friends saw a Bald Eagle while out for a boat ride on Echo Lake in East Charlseton, VT. The exciting part was that he had a huge fish in his talons. Then the very next day I saw one an hour south of here in Eden VT.
Ann Barron

Today I counted 5 bald eagles in the trees on our property along Lake Champlain. There were 2 adults and 3 immature birds. They’ve been here for almost 1 week but today was the first time they were all together in the trees. Courtesy of Kathy Morgan, Bridport, VT

This afternoon I had a unique bald eagle sighting while flying. I was piloting a small Cessna from the Laconia airport to Springfield Vermont and was just about midway between the two when I noticed a bird in front of me and about 300-500 feet off the right. It is extremely rare to see birds more than a few hundred feet off the ground. This one was at 4500 feet - higher than any bird I had ever seen.
As I pulled even with it, there was clearly no mistaking it as a bald eagle. Super-impressive in flight with a wingspan that had to be at least 8 feet. When it became aware of me it pulled its wings in tight and dove off rapidly away. Very cool. I had to share this unique experience. Courtesy of Stephen Metzger (9-3-05)

On March 6, 2004 we were on our way icefishing driving in the car on Route 129 in Alburg Vermont approx. 8:00 am we spotted not one but two bald eagles flying along. What a sight it was, we drove along as the eagles flew along a couple of times flying just above the car about 30 feet, we could see them clearly from our sunroof in the car. The birds were actually flying along side the lake (Lake Champlain). We wonder if we will see them again next weekend on our way to our camp/home in the islands. We will post other sightings if we see them again. Courtesy of Michele & Peter Murray

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