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Bald eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus


We spotted 72 eagles today at Colville Park in Red Wong, MN. They congregate around open water during winter months. The river bluffs along the southern MN/WI border are an ideal place to see them.


It is an opportunistic feeder and lives on mainly fish for its diet. Builds the largest nest of any birds in North America.


Was listed on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife from 1995 through 2007.

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Lindsy 8 years ago

Hi Aaron- Thanks for the reminder! I must have logged this out in the field and forgotten to update it. Thanks!

Aaron_G 8 years ago

Hi, Lindsy. Please take a moment and update your spotting with the scientific name. That way your spotting can go into the database and be useable information. Thanks! :-)

Lindsy 8 years ago

That sounds incredible! We saw many juveniles, too. It's so fun to watch them soar and dive.

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

I've heard of it...I get up to MN every couple years as I have lots of family still there. It's hard to get away from the family bit though! ;-) I was down by lake Pepin this past summer and saw "dancing" balds - they were soaring together every which way - chasing each other - and were probably siblings (no white yet on the head or tail) learning the art of flight! I couldn't stop watching!! 200 would definitely be a sight to see!!

Lindsy 8 years ago

Thanks, Chrisy! I will add this to the Raptors mission. Thanks for the suggestion! Seeing the wintering eagles is an incredible sight. We saw nearly 200 a couple of weekends ago, with most of them congregated near Red Wing and Wabasha. If you're ever back in Minnesota, definitely check out the Eagle Center.

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Very neat that you see so many wintering Balds!! I'm from MN (years ago), but I rarely am there in the winter now. We get a lot wintering down here in CO, but I've never seen that many together! I'd love you to add this (and any other spottings that apply) to the mission Raptors of North America:

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Red Wing, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Jan 13, 2013
Submitted on Jan 13, 2013

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