I think I saw an eagle yesterday – it shocked me! It landed on a street lamp (a really high one) right near a large pond. I looked for known nests and the closest are 8-10 miles away. It was in the ‘Short Pump’ area of Richmond, VA, across from the Wellesly club house
Very excited to report that a bunch of folks heading into the Kroger's Grocery store at 2801 Hicks Rd, Richmond, VA 23235 right off of Hull Street got to watch two eagles interacting with each other for over 5 minutes. They gave a delight when they swooped low above the parking lot!
I've had three sightings of bald eagles in the past three weeks! They all occurred on the east side of the Beaverdam Reservoir, off Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. Twice I saw them (including today, Jan 3 around 11:30 am) when the sun came out after the snow. The other time was on New Years Day morning, on a tree on the Brambleton Golf Course, seen from Belmont Ridge Road. They are majestic, especially while soaring over the snow covered ground!
January 1, 2014 1:45 pm
My son spotted a bald eagle in a tree off of Route 123 near Five Oaks Road in Vienna, VA. We did a U-turn so everyone in the car could see it. Flew from one tree to another. Beautiful omen to start the new year!
On December 30th at approximately 9:30 am I saw a bald eagle in Rockbridge county Virginia. I was travelling up Route 11 just south of Fairfield when I saw the eagle flying over a large field where the McDowell family grave site is located.
I saw a female last week, December 18, and I'm saying it was a female due to her size. She was on the ground in a field eating.
All this week (week of December 16th), I've seen her sitting in a dead tree, way at the top, looking over the field. Always in the morning hours (7:30 ish a.m.). This morning, December 20, she had another Bald Eagle in the tree with her. Slightly smaller, but both of them were big birds.
This was on Route 54 heading west, before the Ashland, VA town limits, near a harvested soy bean field. There is a large structure near the rear of the field that looks like a Tuscany villa, totally out of place in this rural community, so a good landmark.
I feel blessed to have seen them, and I just had to share it.
2013 December 15, South Riding, Virginia,
My Family and I saw an eagle in the middle of a field at the intersection of Rte. 659 and Braddock Rd.
It must have caught something and appeared to be eating. It appeared to be about 36” tall.
Sighting on December 7 at approx. 7:40am. Gorgeous sight as I was eating breakfast - seen soaring up towards our home in Fredericksburg. Proud Patriot eve prouder to see this majestic eagle.
I saw a beautiful bald eagle soaring above the Ashbrook Parkway and Shady Banks Dr. in Chesterfield, VA. It looked as if was eyeing up a dead squirrel on Ashbrook Parkway for a quick snack.
My husband and I spotted a bald eagle flying in Weber City, Va on Thanksgiving day 11-28-13. It was a little before 10:00 a.m. It was flying toward the North Fork of the Holston River. It was about a mile from the Tennessee state line. It was a beautiful sight. It sure made our Thanksgiving even more exciting. God is Good.
Jennifer and Allen Starnes
Nov. 11 2013 - I was returning from a short morning hunt in Salem Va.when I saw a large bird take off from the Roanoke river. My first thought was a Blue Herring, at one point we passed when I saw a white head and gold beak then as he passes the white tail. I am still amazed at what I saw and still see the bird flying away. What a majestic sight on Veterans day.
Bald Eagle seen near Wasena Park on the Roanoke river greenway Roanoke Virginia
Nov. 10, 2013 - Just spotted a mature bald eagle in
flight along Route 1 near Richmond, VA, next to a
I spotted one on October 30, 2013 around 7:45 AM and was not sure what I was seeing. For a moment, I couldn't figure out what type of bird would have a white head and white tail. I thought at first that it was an "Albino Buzzard." It took me about a minute to finally figure out it was an eagle and I was so elated. I spotted it on Clazemont Road in Montpelier, VA having its morning feast on a dead dear in a field. I was surprised at this since I thought they feasted on live prey. Anyway, once I figured out what it was I became more excited because it has been a very long time seeing one that was not in captivity,
S. Jones - Montpelier, VA
Bald eagles have been observed in LOUDOUN COUNTY (VA) twice in the past ten days. The first sighting was when I was driving on Rt. 9 headed west from HILLSBORO/WHEATLAND area. This majestic bird was heading straight towards my car and I began to fear that we would collide. At first I thought it was a buzzard, but as it neared, the classic white head became visible. We were only about 10 yards apart when the eagle ascended and flew overhead. My passenger and I were in awe! The second sighting was by a visitor to my home/farm. He recounts seeing the bald eagle with its prey as he left one day last week. I had no idea we had bald eagles in the area. What a privilege to see them!
11/5/13 Joyce Guthrie
Spotted a bald eagle eating dead animal in road he took off when we came into view, but what a sight he was amazing!
Huffville rd. Pilot VA
At approximately 2pm on Tuesday Oct 29, I saw a large bird swoop down towards the road in front of my car (about a few yards). I thought it was a buzzard after some road kill but noticed the bird didn't touch down. As it turned toward a field on my right, I noticed a white head and then snow white tail feathers. I was amazed! I didn't think bald eagles were around here. This happened on Hwy 24 Stewartsville Rd in Moneta, VA.
2013, October 27th – Late Afternoon/Early Evening – Gainesville, Virginia
I saw a bald eagle flying SE above Lee Highway just below Baltusrol Blvd. It was carrying a carcass. I'm not sure what the carcass was. It was the first time I’ve seen a bald eagle in the wild but it was unmistakable, the stark white head on the large brown body. Beautiful and amazing!
Oct 26, 2013. Manassas, Va
Saw a pair a bald eagles flying along RT 234 at the intersection of Grant Ave and Sudley Rd. They flew west along RT 234 for about a mile.
Watched a bald eagle swoop over an empty field near my house in Louisa, VA. Was near the road and startled by the approach of my car. Flew over the field and perched in a tree approx. 50 yards away. Not sure if it was male or female, wing span approx. 5-6 feet and looked very healthy. Beautiful!
several sightings of the Eagles around lottsburg Virginia in the Northern Neck
I live in Fords Landing in Old Town Alexandria. For several weeks there is an occasional bald eagle who lands on the pings. I can't tell whether it is a male or female but it is magnificent. My husband and I are always on the look-out for it now.
I saw a male bald eagle flying over the Western Branch area (Bruce Road) of Chesapeake. Once, about two weeks ago and again, two days ago. The first time he was pretty high up, but he was obviously an eagle because of the white head. I stopped to get a better look, but by the time I pulled over, he was long gone. This last time he was low enough that we could see him clearly. He didn't look full grown, but his marking were distinct. I wonder if they were the same eagle.
Oct 6, 2013
I was standing on my deck today in Glenwood when I saw an eagle fly over. I came from across the Honey Bee golf course, over Round Hill Rd between Belspring and Radisson Ct. About 3pm.
Virginia Beach, Va
I was driving on Ashburn Village Blvd. in Ashburn Village on 9/17/13 around 11:15am when I spotted two bald eagles circling above the lake near the Sports Pavilion.
Samantha Bailey, Ashburn VA
I saw a mature Bald Eagle at 6:40 pm on September 10 flying around a field across from my house. The bird circled around the field several times. This was a mature bird with a white head and white tail feathers. The bird landed on the fence and then flew out of sight.
I was driving outside my home and at the intersection of Newington Forest Ave. and Pohic Rd (FFX Cty. Pkwy.) I stopped at the stop sign and right before me I saw a huge bird with a white head and tail. I immediately got excited and drove across the street and parked to take a picture. Unfortunately, I was not able to take one even after following it around the neighborhood for about 15 min. There sounds kept getting farther away. I cannot believe it! It was so huge! I never have seen a bald eagle in my area so close and so low! Wow! My kids and I were so excited. I will have to keep watching.
Today, September 2nd
North Chesterfield, Va 23236
Flew down to pick up a dead squirrel on a residential street, I was in my car, scared it off. It perched 50 ft up in a tree for 2 seconds, then flew off without the squirrel.
The eagle was huge, maybe 5 ft wing span, dark brown, white head and tail. Looked very healthy.
Thank you for the opportunity to report my sighting. Very surprised to see one so close and in my neighborhood. There are a lot of owls and hawks, but no eagles.
We were driving a back road in Franklin County near Callaway VA. A large black bird swooped down and grabbed a small animal off of the road in front of us. When it flew up we saw the distinct white head and tail and we were amazed to realize it was an eagle! We have never seen one in this part of the State. It flew side by side with the car and we were able to view it for several seconds. It was truly an awesome sight.
Live on the Lafayette River in Norfolk, VA. On 1/24/13, heard crows fussing loudly for about 20 minutes. Went on deck to shoo them away. Saw it was an eagle in a tree that they were angry at. When it saw me, it flew away. Have seen him/her before.
At Alexandria National Cemetery on 1/22/13 and 1/26/13 (at around noon both times). On 1/22, I saw him/her on a tree branch 30 feet off the ground. He/she saw me approaching and flew to another tree. We repeated this at the cemetery a few times and he/she flew towards I-495. I took a picture with my iphone, but he/she was too far away. I could see him/her near the top of the power line pole by I-495. On 1/26, I saw the same eagle or another eagle at the same location.
Sighted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 sitting in the very top of a tree - Just south of Carmel Church, Virginia on Route 1.
On 20 January, 2013 (2:45 pm) I watched a Bald Eagle flying over the Woodland Park Crossing shopping center in Herndon, VA (near intersection of Monroe and Sunrise Valley). I sighted him while driving my car as it circled several times in the air and could clearly distinguish its white head and tail. I am certain this was a Bald Eagle, as I saw several of these birds in the wild while visiting Northern Wisconsin over the holidays.
January 19, 2013 10:40 am in Glen Allen, VA. I saw a Bald Eagle perched in tree overlooking a lake on Hungary Road as we were leaving the neighboring subdivision.
January 15, 2013 - Columbia Island Marina, Arlington VA. I saw a bald eagle perched high in a tree overlooking the Potomac River and marina access near the Pentagon around 9am ET on a cool rainy day. I fully expected the large bird to be a buzzard and was shocked when I saw the beautiful white head. Seems to be the same/similar location reported by Thomas Slattery.
I live in Indian Springs Subdivision Off Hopkins Road in Chesterfield county Virginia. About 10:30 Sunday 1/13/2013 we had just left the subdivision and were driving south just past Kingsland and watched an eagle flying off with dinner in its claws. Just as it took off it looked to be attacked by a crow or starling. It was beautiful.
Chesapeake, VA, two Bald Eagles on my neighbor's roof in Hickory. Lots of Eaglets practicing flying and learning to hunt for fish in the neighborhood lake.
My husband and I were driving down Franconia Rd toward Telegraph Rd, there was a bald eagle flying above us with a group of smaller birds, it was about 3:00 pm.
We see these fellas all the time!
Riner, Va. On January 2nd, 2013.
Fawn Lake, Spotsylvania, VA (Spotsylvania County) December 29, 2012
On December 22nd in the early afternoon me and my son saw a bald eagle flying along side of us in a field right around the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake Border on Land of Promise Rd. in Virginia. On December 28th around 3pm I saw a very large golden eagle flying down Land of Promise Rd. in Virginia Beach Va. Then again on Jan 1st me, my husband and our kids all saw (I believe it was the same large golden eagle that was seen on the 28th) the golden eagle on Land of Promise Rd. in Virginia Beach VA. around noon. This time he had a raccoon at his feet he had killed or found and I got a really good close up look at this beauty. This road is a very country road with lots of farms and fields with very little traffic. They seem to love this area! I have seen a few more over the past three years since I moved out to the country in Knotts Island NC. I saw a bald eagle perched right on my fence line staring at my chickens! That was one time I ran outside to scare it away :)
Christmas Morning, 2012, Newport News Va.
Spotted perched in a tree across pond from my apartment, approximately 100 yards away, in mid-town Newport News. Flew off to another nearby eagle.
Bald eagle sitting in a tree top beside a trail off Soapstone Drive in Reston, VA at noontime on a sunny, cold day - Dec. 15th.
My husband and I were driving Northbound on 234 Prince William Parkway near a water tower on the right, this is between Dale City, VA and I-66 in VA maybe WSW of Washington D.C....hey I'm a girl, close enough...about 11am today. It was a mature bald eagle, flapping its wings and flying slowly and at low altitude over the traffic below, enjoying the sunshine. The white head and tail were easy to make out. No other motorists seemed to notice. Last week we saw a mature bald eagle roosting on a tree limb at Hayfield, VA on Rt 600 South just a few hundred feet from Rt 50 West. This is just west of Winchester, VA, maybe 6 miles West of Winchester Medical Center. We saw a mature bald eagle in this same pasture two years ago. December is a good month for eagle spotting as they winter over in Eastern WV on the WV VA border, and we are only a few miles from the border.
Bald Eagle sighting in Chesapeake VA, 23323 on 12/6/12 and on 12/11/12
12/6/12 Adult Bald Eagle was seen flying and gliding over the lake behind our building in the 1100 block of International Plaza in Chesapeake VA, right behind I64, west of Bowers Hill interchange. Estimated wing span of 7 feet. WOW! First time I’ve actually seen a Bald Eagle. What a magnificent and memorable sighting.
12/11/12 same location in Chesapeake VA. This time it was an immature Bald Eagle with an estimated wing span of 6 feet. Small compared to the adult, but still a sight to behold. Swooped down on the lake and came out with a fish.
I saw a bald eagle on Monday 12/3/2012 around noon on Mt. Ephraim Rd. Sumerduck, Virginia.
I was leaving my friends house. I was SHOCKED to see a large bald eagle fly directly in front of my car. It was soaring, not flapping it's wings.
It had a beautiful White head, curved yellow beak, brownish/black in color.
It was probably about 6 foot from tip to tip of wing spread.
I couldn't believe my eyes. I have NEVER seen an Eagle in the wild.
I live in Midland, VA. which is only a ten Minute drive from Sumerduck. I have fed, and been a bird watcher for years. I have seen many different species of birds, including hawks, woodpeckers, and on occasion, owls.
But never have I seen a Bald Eagle in the wild. It was a thrill of a life time.
I think it was headed to a large pond in an open field across the road .
The property is also close to the river, and it's very wooded. I will never forget this encounter.
Shannon Kreutz of Midland, VA.
12/2/12 ~11:00am Spotted a bald eagle sitting in a field at the corner of Rt 606 and Evergreen Mills Road. Fly off north to the tree line in the same field. South Riding/Arcola, VA.
Bald Eagle sighting in Nov. 2013 in Giles county, Virginia.
On Nov. 27, 2012 I saw a large Bald Eagle rising from the ground off of Antioch Road just south of LaGrange Winery. It went straight up vertically about 75ft. before flying off into the trees. I had a good look at it's beautiful white tail, brownish/black fuselage, and white plumed head. It was a magnificent sight.
David Shilling, Warrenton, Va.
As I was driving to work this morning, November 23, 2012, near Great Meadow in The Plains, VA – a bald eagle was flying low over Rt 245. So beautiful. The first time I have ever seen one in the wild.
On 11/19/12, I had a Bald Eagle perched on a tree (on my property) from
7AM until about 10AM--in the Waterford Ridge development Waterford, VA
On Thursday evening, November 18, 2012, I saw a bald eagle fly righr towards me while driving from the oceanfront with a bird in his talons. We were ten blocks from the ocean and live in both the Lynnhaven River watershed and the Rudee Inlet watershed. I was amazed how large and regal that bald eagle looked without a care in the world at that moment. God is great!
Bristow, VA an Adult Bald Eagle landed in my yard about 7:00 AM. It was looking for a quick meal of freshly run over squirrel. It seems unusual that a Bald Eagle would be trying to feed in a residential area. It was a magnificent sight and appeared very health.
I have had five American Bald Eagle sightings since January of 2012. Sometime in January 2012, I saw an Eagle flying low in the opposite direction that I was traveling on Rt. 360 in Hanover County near I 295 and land behind me on the side of the road. In early March of this year, we saw an Eagle on the side of Route 301 in Caroline County, VA. Later in the summer, saw an Eagle High above I295 in Hanover County, VA. In October of 2012, saw an Eagle flying very low across Creighton Parkway near my residence. Finally today, November 5th, saw an Eagle Circling overhead near Mechanicsville Elementary School in Hanover County, VA. I will be keeping better records as far as dates with future sightings.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Spotted 4 eagles flying about 150 ft in the sky over Burke Dale St. in South Riding, VA around 1500. A pair of eagles seemed to stay together in flight and as they drifted briefly on the breeze. The other two darted and dove back and forth as the four of them moved on as quickly as I spotted them in their splendor.
November 1st, 2012 - Behind the DMV in Manassas VA by the intersection of Route 28 and Godwin Rd. there is a pond with some large trees. Eagles can be seen there either the pair or just one perched on the large trees. Nest is not located here. These eagles have been seen there coming and going for several years.
This morning my wife and I saw two bald eagles perched atop the large metal columns supporting high voltage power lines adjacent to our property. We live in Courthouse Estates in the Princess Anne borough of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
I was traveling N I-581 In Roanoke County 24019 12:00 noon today 10/22/2012 I did a double take that a bald eagle was flying approximately 80-90 feet up. This is the first sighting I have ever witnessed.
October 7, 2012 in the afternoon, A few friends and I saw a single bald eagle perched on the outskirts of the man made lake in Buchner Farms neighborhood in Virginia Beach, 23453. It was watching ducks on the lake. I was watching from the 2nd level of my friends house which was about 20 yards away. It flew away when I started to pull the blinds up for a picture. Other friends that didn't get to see it, don't believe it.
September 15, 2012: Two bald eagles flew over the soccer fields at the Princess Anne Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach. The following weekend, one of the eagles was perched on a power pole outside of the complex, and we were able to take pictures of it.
Saw a bald eagle fly overhead while sitting out on my porch in Williamsburg, VA.
I moved to a house in June on the North River close to the Rockingham/Augusta county line in Virginia. Frequently, I see a bald eagle and an all brown eagle swooping down for fish.
9/10/2012 5:00 PM Loudoun county Virginia, along Belmont Ridge Road Rte 659 just south of the Dulles Greenway.
Spotted 2 birds interacting in flight about 75 ' off the ground just east of Beaver Dam reservoir.
September 8, 2012. Spotted a single bald eagle on the side of highway 57 near Elkhorn Lake. Between Chatham and Halifax, Virginia. The eagle had just caught something to eat and was taking flight.
Sept 4, 2012 9:50 am I-264 at Mount Trashmore, Virginia Beach, Va.
Viewed in flight about 100 ft altitude. Observed in flight with full wing spread. Appeared to be full grown with full white head and white tail feathers. My son and I were headed east on I-264 in the right hand lane and observed the eagle come from the south side and circle over the highway and head back south...
At twilight off Rt.50 in Chantilly, VA having left the South Riding development on Monday, February 20, 2012. On a thick branch of a tall tree. White tail...much larger than the hawk..the feet looked almost orange as did the beak. Shockingly taken aback. Majestic. Felt compelled to stop car as I usually have a good camera on me, but was not driving.
American Bald Eagle seen in tree just off pond on Westridge Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia
Date: 18 February 2012
I saw a Bald Eagle flying in Chesapeake,Va. on Feb. 17th 2012.
I saw a bald eagle on Cold Harbor Road (in the 5000 house number area) in
Hanover, VA near the Chickahominy Market. It was sitting in a field and
then flew up into a tree about 3 football fields away. Beautiful sight.
I have seen 2 Bald Eagles at the intersection of State Route 33 and Scotchtown Road, in Hanover Va. on Feb. 5th and 6th 2012. They were in the field feasting on a deer.
I saw a bald eagle at about 5pm this evening, flying over the campus of Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia (zip code 22302). Amazing sight!
Have seen a single eagle on several occasions, along the Potomac River just north of National Airport, in the trees between the GW Pkwy. and the pond at Roaches Run. Assume it is the same one.
Another sighting last fall, eagle flying above the western edge of Roosevelt Island in the Potomac.
Alison L. Spain
Today, 25 Jan 2012, my wife and I observed two Bald Eagles flying near the bird sanctuary at the end of the runway at Washington Reagan National Airport. The weather was clear and it was 3:30PM. Yesterday we saw a single Bald Eagle in the same area, but today we were thrilled to see the pair. This is in Virginia in zip code 22202, Crystal City where the airport is located.
Peter & Mary Beck
Saw a bald eagle in residential Virginia Beach, VA. It flew up and perched in a tree. There was an Osprey flying around too.
25 January: I clearly saw a Bald Eagle resting in a tree in the mainside area of Quantico Marine Corps Base. This is the first time I've seen an American Bald Eagle in the wild and it was very exciting! What a treat. I really couldn't believe my eyes at first, so I moved a little closer to get a better glimpse. As expected, it did fly to a nearby tree, but in the process, I got a very good look at its white tail feathers, which convinced me that it was, in fact, a Bald Eagle. I did leave it alone after that. The sun was very bright, which made him look all the more majestic. My only regret is that I didn't have the brand new Canon camera with the telephoto lens that I got for Christmas.
January 24, 2012: I saw 4 Bald Eagles today perched today at Lake Mercer in the Burke/Fairfax Station, VA area. They were on the West side of the lake by the dam. There were also several sea gulls. Absolutely gorgeous. I've run this area for the last 2 years and never seen them before.
Woodlands Rd, Charlottesville, VA
We have a decent sized pond in our next door neighbors field and live
2 miles from the Reservoir. We had a large congregation of Turkey and
Black Vultures around the pond. There was one Bald Eagle among them.
Crows began chasing a Hawk, the vultures started flying off, and the
Eagle soared over my head - WONDERFUL!
Jan 20 – Huntsman Lake, Springfield VA
Today I've seen six or seven bald eagles soaring and fishing on the lake. Also noted other residents taking photos and enjoying the spectacle.
Huntsman Lake, Springfield, VA – Jan. 17 & 18. Lake is full of seagulls and I spotted two Bald Eagles soaring with (or after ) the gulls. Beautiful! I spotted them in the same area at least four times. They were soaring and then perching in higher trees. I guess they are migrating but I'd love to see more of them.
Joan Cutlip-Spivey, Springfield VA
I was walking my dog around 4:30 pm across the dam at Lake Mercer in
Fairfax County, Virginia on 16 January 2012. I spotted 4 Bald Eagles. 2
were roosting at the top of 2 trees at the water's edge and 2 were soaring
over the lake. The soaring eagles left the lake area but the roosting ones
remained. I have lived next to Lake Mercer for 16 years and have never
seen an eagle until now. I will definitely watch for these magnificent
Pete Blakney Jr.
14 Jan 4:45 p.m. - Spotted impressive bald eagle in Chantilly, VA on
Walney Lane, just south of Route 50. Appeared to have landed onto the
road for a moment, then flew back up as traffic turned towards him,
giving us a very good look at him. He was observed circling back and
forth over the road for quite some time.
I was travelling on Willard Rd in Chantilly VA and saw this huge bird swoop down into the median. I assumed it was a buzzard picking up something dead but as I got closer I saw the white feathers on its legs and was when able to see its head. It flew over the same area for a few minutes. Saturday Jan 14th 2012 @430pm.
12 January 2012 -- 2pm, Arlington VA: bald eagle flew over the Hilton Hotel beside the Ballston Metro stop, southbound!
I saw a bald eagle in Loudoun County, Virginia on 1/10/2012. It was about 8:30 am on Sycolin Rd. where it meets Gulick Mill Rd. near Goose Creek. Amazing!
Below is the email I sent to my friends and family about the awesome eagle I saw on Jan 1st, 2012.
We were on Herndon Parkway near Dulles Pl. in Herndon VA around 4:30pm.
It's a nice way to start off 2012! Happy New Year!!! :-D
I was traveling on interstate 85 north towards DC when I saw a bald eagle flying low just past the Chester exit.
I have never seen on before but you could clearly see the white neck, orange bill and black body.
Most awesome sight!