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bjd 06-23-2017 08:04 PM

Eagles
 
Has anyone spotted any bald eagles nesting around the lake. We were lucky enough to catch an adolescent at Little Six last year and hoping for a little more luck this year. Thanks.

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gbracer53 06-23-2017 08:21 PM

Eagles in Smith Cove
 
There is a pair nesting on the west side of Smith Cove... I've seen them since ice fishing this past winter.. Saw the female the other day...

Barney Bear 06-23-2017 09:48 PM

Flying Eagle
 
We have seen an eagle flying over East Bear Island several times this spring. Recently, it flew east toward Six Mile Island. 🦅

Prestige Worldwide 06-24-2017 05:22 AM

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This one is on Blueberry Island.


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Top-Water 06-24-2017 08:46 AM

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This one is on Blueberry Island.


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Two weeks ago at what seems like that very same branch there were two of them. However we were at "Minister Island"

My son may have taken a photo or two. I'll see if he saved the images.

ishoot308 06-24-2017 08:54 AM

We had two perched in a tree at our camp that we watched for about 30 minutes! One was a fully mature eagle with solid white head the other was immature without the white head yet. They are huge!!

Dan

Merrymeeting 06-24-2017 09:41 AM

One just flew over my head while I was on the dock, no more than 10 minutes ago.

Call of the Isle 06-24-2017 10:00 AM

We saw one fly by Rattlesnake last week, going W to E. it may be the one from Smith Cove.


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Mr. V 06-24-2017 10:56 AM

Eagles certainly seem to have made a come back.

Heck, we have nesting pairs near downtown Portland, Oregon.

hapeboatr 06-24-2017 12:25 PM

There are adults and youngsters in the nest on Minister Island (commonly called Blueberry Island). That nest is quite easy to spot from the north side of the island, and the eagles display themselves on various branches and rocks around the island frequently. There are also a couple of eagles in a nest on Dolly Island. That nest can be seen well from the west side of Dolly and Bear - directly above the white boat house.

dickiej 06-24-2017 01:26 PM

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Had a big one perched in a tree in my backyard the other day.....put both the cats out in the yard, if you catch my drift!

bjd 06-24-2017 07:44 PM

Thank you all for the great response. It's always nice to have a destination for a boat cruise. Go eagles. Not! All Patriots All The Time.

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Broken Glass 06-25-2017 07:12 AM

Food Chain
 
Two weeks ago I was fishing beside Diamond Island. I caught a three year old Salmon and released it as I usually do. Sometimes when you release the fish they lay stunned for about a minute or so and then they spark up and dive. While continuing to troll away I always keep an eye on the fish to be sure that it is OK. All of a sudden, out of nowhere. a very large Eagle swooped in and scooped that fish up like a C141 doing a cargo drop, and off it flew, just above the water, straight up to Welch Island. It was one of the coolest sights I have ever seen! (It also happened to me fishing near Locke and Welch about eight years ago)

They are indeed a magnificent sight to see!!

Barney Bear 06-25-2017 09:20 AM

Round Up
 
There is an eagle's nest about a hundred yards north of the south end of Round Island. We have seen an eagle perched on a tree limb nest to the shore, waiting patiently for a tasty meal. 🦈 🦅

AC2717 06-26-2017 07:48 AM

a very large male eagle took up residence near the Channel and patrols Paugus Bay, the channel and the weirs area, I am sure a larger area. He has a perch on the last pine when leaving the channel into the larger part of the lake, almost blends right in.

yesterday he was circling the no wake can on the Bay side of the channel and swooped down and grabbed a fish not more than 30-40 feet from us. From those that have saw him since end of winter there, they say he is not afraid of boats, and I would say he wasn't considering how busy it was when he dropped into the lake.

Enjoy but hide the small dogs, and babies if you see him:eek:

Tmm1974 06-26-2017 11:05 AM

Paugus Bay Eagles
 
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This pic was taken from my house near lakeport. Great to watch them catch fish.

Greene's Basin Girl 06-27-2017 01:05 AM

Eagles love loon chicks. I hope they stay away from our two newborn chicks.

icg56 06-27-2017 05:31 PM

Sex of Eagle
 
Both males and female adult eagles look similiar. If the bird is very large, it is probably a female as they are larger than males. Easiest way to distinguish is if they are together in a pair and then the size difference is apparent. Good luck with eagle sightings!

Barbara 06-28-2017 01:19 PM

Eagles seen flying over Carry Beach in Wolfeboro.

JPC 06-28-2017 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Barney Bear (Post 280674)
There is an eagle's nest about a hundred yards north of the south end of Round Island. 🦅

In the past that eagles nest was very visible. Now the trees along the shore line have grown and are blocking the view of the nest. The nest was very prominent on one of the tallest trees on the island.

Airedale1 06-28-2017 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by AC2717 (Post 280713)
a very large male eagle took up residence near the Channel and patrols Paugus Bay, :

If you're speculating that it's a male because it appears to be "very large" you need to know that male Eagles like all other raptors are on average roughly 30% smaller than their female counterparts. I often see an adult Bald Eagle along Weirs Blvd and it is a female.

This is the one I am referring to and I spotted her atop a scrub pine on Weirs Blvd last year.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h3...psgujmxoy7.jpg

Barney Bear 06-28-2017 05:39 PM

Wow!
 
Fantastic portrait of our national symbol. Thank you! 🦅

AC2717 06-29-2017 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Airedale1 (Post 280854)
If you're speculating that it's a male because it appears to be "very large" you need to know that male Eagles like all other raptors are on average roughly 30% smaller than their female counterparts. I often see an adult Bald Eagle along Weirs Blvd and it is a female.

This is the one I am referring to and I spotted her atop a scrub pine on Weirs Blvd last year.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h3...psgujmxoy7.jpg

i was told it was a male, it is probably her, great photo!

Meredith_Resident 07-13-2017 04:48 PM

Saw one at Tarleton in Tiermont but never around Winni.

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Meredith_Resident 07-13-2017 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Meredith_Resident (Post 281893)
Saw one at Tarleton in Tiermont but never around Winni.

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Piermont. Sorry [emoji43]

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SteveO123 07-13-2017 05:02 PM

Had one in my back yard on Opechee yesterday! Perched in a big old pine tree on the shore.

S/he was being pestered by a hawk, who in turn was being bothered by some crows.

Why can't we all just get along?

bobkatfly 07-13-2017 05:34 PM

We often see them with binoculars doing the "search circle" very high above our house between Winter Harbor and Mirror Lake. Haven't seen them dive from that height yet. Got to spend more time with them.

icg56 07-13-2017 05:43 PM

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Blueberry mother and juvenile. Parents watch from far end of Blueberry or Hull Island depending on location of juvenile who flys but occasional still hangs out on nest.

Pricestavern 07-14-2017 09:37 AM

Rattlesnake
 
We've been seeing an adult cruise low past our place on the Broads-side of Rattlesnake very frequently this year. Keep your small dogs close by.

noreast 07-14-2017 11:25 AM

It would have to be a real small dog, If I remember correctly they can maybe carry 5lbs. But they are very conscious of the fight. An Injury is usually deadly in the wild so the risk reward is a real factor.

Phantom 07-17-2017 06:36 AM

Saw our first of these magnificent birds on Saturday while anchored at the Margate ......

sorry, no pic's as he was high up in the pines and the cell phone pics we got are unfortunately horrible


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fltsimguy 07-17-2017 11:25 AM

Saw an immature (but big!) bald eagle overfly Ragged Island on Sunday. He/she took a perch above the Cow Island mailboat dock.

chipj29 07-17-2017 12:44 PM

If you are in the Concord area, I see them all the time flying up and down the Merrimack River, especially just south of the Garvins Falls Dam.

Rattlesnake Gal 07-17-2017 06:21 PM

Eagles
 
There is an eagles nest on the west side of Clay Point in Alton.

I know that an eagle would not be able to "take" my 12 pound dog far, but to could grab, drop and kill them quite easily. My opinion and fear.

As stated above, these eagles have gotten very smart about capturing the recently released fish. An easy meal! I recently watched one hassle a boat just out from me. It was pretty cool to see. I expect the fishermen were surprised!

ishoot308 07-17-2017 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Rattlesnake Gal (Post 282120)
As stated above, these eagles have gotten very smart about capturing the recently released fish. An easy meal! I recently watched one hassle a boat just out from me. It was pretty cool to see. I expect the fishermen were surprised!

This is pretty much a common occurrence with the fishermen around Welch. The eagle parks himself / herself right in a large pine on the southern tip and watches the fishing boats. As soon as a fish is released they go for it. I have personally seen an eagle carry off a 4 lb rainbow trout up into a tree without a problem.

I would think your 12 lb pup would be safe BUT better to be safe than sorry!!

Hope your summer is going well!

Dan

Rattlesnake Gal 07-24-2017 01:39 PM

Eagles
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ishoot308 (Post 282122)
This is pretty much a common occurrence with the fishermen around Welch. The eagle parks himself / herself right in a large pine on the southern tip and watches the fishing boats. As soon as a fish is released they go for it. I have personally seen an eagle carry off a 4 lb rainbow trout up into a tree without a problem.

I would think your 12 lb pup would be safe BUT better to be safe than sorry!!

Hope your summer is going well!

Dan


Thanks for the reassurance, Dan! These birds of prey really are amazing and a complete joy to see. I am glad that my dogs don't usually hang on the dock to temp one. Lol.

My summer is going very well. :D Paul is crazy busy, but we are both so glad that our plans to sell a few years ago fell through. (Thank you, God!) Working on improvements to make long-term island life easier. Our 15th season here! :D

I hope that you and yours all are having a good summer too!

ApS 07-26-2017 09:26 AM

Golden or Bald?
 
Except for stunned fish, Eagles will scavenge any floating fish. (And an opportune time to have a camera at-the-ready).

Osprey always take live fish; however, that makes them targets for Bald Eagles. Due to their legendary "eagle-eye", they'll take off to fly at their rarely used top speed to intercept Ospreys. Ospreys will call repeatedly in distress; but burdened with their catch, still drop a lot of dinners to this bullying. :(

Besides watching for Ospreys, Eagle-watchers should listen for Mother Nature's warnings:

1) Chipmunks call out repeated "Munk" sounds when there's an aerial predator about. For some reason, they're not fooled by ultra-light aircraft overhead.

2) Crows will gather around an Eagle ashore "minding his own business" and gather closely to "caw" loudly and repeatedly, until they drive him off. One crow following close behind will keep him going away.

3) Loons use an abbreviated warning call. (Ah-oo).

Last weekend, I saw a large brown bird speeding from Tuftonboro Neck to Gilford. In less than a minute, I heard a Loon sound a call described as the "Yodel"—another aerial predator call. (Neither bird could be seen at that time). Loons will also "alert" to ultralights and noisy, speeding, powerboats.

Sailing, I can approach closely without anxiety on their part.

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Originally Posted by Barbara (Post 280852)
Eagles seen flying over Carry Beach in Wolfeboro.

There may be a chance to see the Golden Eagle—rare in Eastern States.

Off Carry Beach, a large Eagle, which I failed to identify (as to which one) swooped down to "dinner" within several feet of my sailboat. As it swooped upwards, "empty-handed", I saw a large white patch under each wing.

Now I had to think, could that have been a Golden Eagle or a juvenile Bald Eagle? :confused:

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/b.../06/eagles.jpg

People who know these birds, say a Golden Eagle will never have white spots under their "wing-pits".

(A new word to me). :eek2:

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ApS 08-02-2017 07:24 PM

What Are They Up To?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Barbara (Post 280852)
Eagles seen flying over Carry Beach in Wolfeboro.

Saw one yesterday, heading towards Carry Beach. It had a white head, but its tail feathers were a mix of white and brown. This may be an identifier, should you see the same Eagle again. :look:

Its flight was relaxed, and flew about 100 feet above the lake—over my head. :eek2:

Later, a Loon surfaced within 50 feet of my sailboat, and made that short warning call, "Ah-oo". (So forget what I said about anxiety!) :o

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DanteMartiniello 08-03-2017 10:16 PM

I saw a bald eagle and possibly a younger bald eagle at Blueberry Island, near black cat, it was on a rock near the red and black markers near Hull and blueberry islands. It was a sight to see!


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rick35 09-11-2017 05:37 PM

I saw two eagles on Dolly Island on Sunday. I heard them long before I saw them. I was out kayaking and luckily someone was coming out of the cove who had seen them before and pointed them out to me. You could make out their silhouettes against the bright sky but you had to be out near the moored sailboat to see the top of the tree where they were. We passed by around 6 on our way home and one was in a dead tree above the boathouse. The light was right and you could see it clearly. Unfortunately I didn't have the right camera with me and didn't get a good shot.

Barney Bear 09-11-2017 08:24 PM

The Eagle Has Landed. 🦅
 
Yesterday, our guest asked me to listen to an unfamiliar sound near our cottage on East Bear Island. I heard a squawk and said that an eagle may be nearby. Two bald eagles were perched on a lakeside pine tree, looking for a late afternoon snack. About ten minutes later, they flew away toward Six Mile Island. 🐻

rick35 09-23-2017 08:33 AM

Went back to Dolly with a better camera and found this juvenille making a racket. There was another juvenille hiding in the branches nearby but I didn't see the adult.

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