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More Eagles Make Home, Sweet Home At Beaver Lake

Posted: April 17, 2014 at 5 a.m.

HOUSE SITTER STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF A bald eagle is seen March 14 at the edge of its nest at Beaver Lake in the area of Coppermine Lodge. The nest is one of four active nests on Beaver Lake where adults have raised young this spring. A fifth nest on the War Eagle River near the lake is believed to be abandoned, after a check of the nest.

Bald eagles are the latest residents who apparently think, by golly, Beaver Lake is a pretty nice place to live.

At A Glance

About Bald Eagles

• The U.S. Department of Interior took the bald eagle off the endangered and threatened species list June 28, 2007.

• Bald eagles have a wingspan of up to 7 feet. They can fly at altitudes of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can reach speeds of 30 to 35 mph.

• Bald eagles weigh 10 to 14 pounds. Bones are light because they are hollow.

• Their diet is mainly fish, which attracts them to Beaver Lake. They also eat carrion.

• A bald eagle is a mottled brown until the age of 5 or 6. That is when it reaches sexual maturity and gets its white head plumage and white tail feathers.

• Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs.

• The bald eagle became the nation’s symbol in 1782 when the Great Seal of the United States was adopted.

Source: www.baldeagleinfo.com.

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