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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bald Eagle Count in Massachusetts Yesterday


This is from today's Cape Cod Times. The ohoto shows a bald eagle soaring above Merrymeeting Bay yesterday, above the Kennebec River in Maine. We were lucky enough to see a bald eagle two years ago at Spot Pond, right here in Stoneham.

State conducts annual census of bald eagles
By Associated Press
January 16, 2008 4:53 PM
BOSTON — Wildlife officials and volunteers have spotted 68 bald eagles along Massachusetts waterways during the annual count of the once-endangered birds.

That’s up from 48 birds observers counted a year ago in the state during the nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey.

Tom French of the state Fisheries and Wildlife Division says the preliminary number of birds spotted today could rise as volunteers in isolated areas file their reports.

The biggest number of eagles, 36, were seen during a helicopter survey of the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown -- the source of drinking water for Boston.

Other sites that were surveyed include the Merrimack River in Newburyport and two ponds in Lakeville.

French says the state’s all-time high came in 2004, when 78 were counted.

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