Bald eagle, Image created by Hope Rutledge


Last week an immature bald eagle lighted on my deck railing. The large bright yellow talons were the sure sign. He sat there for about ten seconds and as I reached for my iPad to take his photo he flew. Very large and I had no idea what it was when it was landing. From photos I feel sure it was an eagle.
Susan Hester
August 2015
Dothan, Alabama

My wife and I watched a bald eagle as she fished around the banks of Ed Lisenby lake for about an hour in Ozark AL, at appr. 2:00 pm on Feb. 3, 2015. She soared around from one point to another so beautifully. It looked very much like a female based on the pictures I've seen, and yes I was fortunate enough to get my binoculars on her, I keep them in my truck. This is actually the second I have seen here, the first was many years ago and I don't remember the date. In total I have been blessed to have seen four out in the wild, one in Texas and one in Kansas. If you ever have the blessing of seeing one of these there will be no mistakes, there are no other birds like them and it is no wonder why they are so special.
Bobby and Stephania Lane

I was driving north on highway 231 near the city of Wetumpka AL and saw the first bald eagle gliding west and traveling into the sunset and saw its white head.
Lynn Whited

I spotted a Bald Eagle on my property on January 4, 2015. I live in Mobile, Alabama just west of the city limits and while outdoors doing some projects I heard my Labrador Retriever bark once and I looked to see and noticed that she was sitting at the edge of my three acre pond looking across it when I caught a glimpse of a very large bird flying from a tall pine tree. At first, I thought it was a buzzard by the size of it but as I watched it fly through the tree tops, I realized that it was a Bald Eagle clinging to something in its talons. It flew within about 100 yards of me about 50 feet above the ground, so I’m certain it was a Bald Eagle with a white head, white tail feathers and about a 6 feet wing span. I was thrilled to see such a beautiful creature and wished I had time to photograph it before it flew away. I see red-tailed hawks regularly and have some good photos of them, but this eagle is more than twice their size. I’ve only seen one Bald Eagle in the wild prior to this one, but that was in Camden, Alabama about ten years ago.
R.Eric Greene

1/1/2015. Huntsville, Alabama. I live in south Huntsville at the base of Green Mountain about 1.5 miles north of the Tennessee River. While doing yard work I kept hearing a hawk calling in one of the many abundant trees. It took me several minutes to locate him - he was jumping from limb to limb and calling out constantly. There was a very large dark object in the tree with him - didn't know what it was until it moved and I was able to pick out the white head and tail feathers of a Bald Eagle. The eagle appeared to be eating something and was ignoring the hawk for the most part. This went on about 10 minutes until the eagle decided he had had enough and off he flew. Amazing experience - being near the mountain we see many hawks but have never seen an eagle.
Joel Patterson.

19 December 2014 in Limestone County Alabama between HWY 72 and Brownsferry RD, my wife and I were sitting on our back porch when something in the sky caught her eye. A bald eagle passed over our house in Newby Plantation flying very low from south to north.
Terry and Amy Frederick.

Wife and I spent 15 minutes last Friday (11/14/14) watching a bald eagle near Trafford, Al. I spotted the bird as we were crossing the McKnally Ford Bridge (33.830181,-86.756028) over the Locust Fork river on Warrior-Trafford road (153). I stopped and backed up to make sure I wasn't seeing things and the eagle came up with a fish from the shallow water on the left. Bird was fishing on the north side of the road and flying back up to the tree overhanging the river on the right. After asking around, the eagle has been spotted by several locals over the past several weeks.
Kevin Elrod

Have a bald eagle living in a tree near a private lake on my property in Hale County, AL.
Austin Rice

Saw a Bald Eagle at 1:20pm, 10-12-2014, 11 miles north of Dothan, AL. This is the first time I've ever seen one here.
Jed Shilas

Hwy 21 mile marker 28. Between Frisco City, AL and Uriah, AL east side of hwy perched in a barren tree
David Wood

I got to watch a bald eagle fly over a lake while I was fishing. I didn't catch a thing but it caught two. I was in Weaver, Alabama and it was about 3:00pm.
Jordan Weathers

I saw a bald eagle above my house about 11 AM on 1/19/2014. I live in Mobile, Al in Crestview Subdivision. He circled the house about five minutes then moved off to the NW. He was about 3-4 hundred feet above me and I thought he was a hawk at first cause we have alot of them around us. He made a turn and that is when I saw his bright white head and tail feathers and then I knew it was an eagle.
John Perkins

We saw a immature bald eagle at 1130 on 1/4/2014 in Semmes, AL on Firetower Road. It soared above us for a good 15 minutes. I thought it was a Golden Eagle but I do not think they are this far South.
Doug Ferguson

3:05 pm, Oct 6. Titus side of Lake Jordan, in a light rain. A beautiful specimen circled over the area, flying from north to south and then back toward the north at tree top level. Hope it's the first of many sightings and they'll become established in the area.
Dave Reid September 26, 2013 - A bald eagle flew across Highway 82 in front of our car just west of Reform, Alabama. I immediately noticed the white tail feathers. It landed in a pine tree and we could see the beautiful profile and orange beak. This was our first and only time to see a bald eagle in the wild. =
David Lack

Sept 11, 2013
Elmore County, Alabama
About 2:45pm local time
My friend Robert Griffith and I were flying a Civil Air Patrol glider just east of the Wetumpka Airport. We were circling in lift at about 4,200' and I noticed a bird off our left wing. We typically see buzzards and hawks so we were not surprised--except this was a bald eagle. I turned the glider toward the eagle and it dived away. I dived the glider to follow and then noticed a second bald eagle, both diving away from us. Robert took a couple of photos with his phone; you can make out the white of their tail-feathers but that is about all. The entire encounter lasted less than thirty seconds. But it was quite a treat!
Jim Locke
Montgomery, AL




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