DEEP: Falling leaves make eagle sightings easier
Despite some snowflakes that fell Saturday, autumn is still in the air.
And autumn is still a good time to see bald eagles since adult eagles sometimes repair and build their nests during fall, accoridng to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Once leaves fall from the trees, eagle nests can be spotted. Connecticut residents might also see nesting behavior — like birds carrying sticks. But anyone who sees a bald eagle should give the birds their space — especially since they’re protected by state and federal law.
Eagle sightings can be reported online at surveymonkey.com/r/ctdeepeaglereports, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 860-424-3208. Banded eagles can be reported at www.reportband.gov.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division monitors wintering and breeding bald eagles in Connecticut. The agency did a midwinter eagle survey on Jan. 13 this year and monitored 457 miles of shoreline at 142 observation sites across Connecticut.
During the survey, the agency recorded a record high count with 55 active territories reported at 68 chicks. The survey also turned up 38 successful nests, 10 failed nests and an immature golden eagle.
The 2018 breeding season was affected by a series of thunderstorms of May 15, which destroyed three eagle nests and led to the failure of another. There was also a rare successful re-nest this year after a nest with eggs collapsed in early March, DEEP said. The nest was rebuilt, a new egg was laid and a chick was born.
In the spring of 2018, the DEEP Wildlife Division’s biologists banded 12 young eagles. Past banded birds were sights as far south as West Virginia and as far north as Vermont.