Bald Eagle

A Bald Eagle just flew by my window.  This is one of the benefits of living in the state of Washington.  I was probably twelve years old before I saw my first wild bald eagle.  Where did I grow up?  Mostly right here in the state of Washington.  I guess the DDT problems of the past put a major damper on the eagle populations when I was young (I was born in 1963).  Also Salmon runs are more plentiful these days and by in large rivers, lakes and the Puget Sound are much cleaner these days than they used to be.  The result, lots of bald eagles.  I'm constantly stunned at the number of them that live in this relatively urban area of the country...the most common place I see bald eagles?  Just off I-520 in Redmond where they built their giant nest last year on top of a cell phone tower.  I wonder how many accidents were caused last year by motorists watching the two maturing eagle babies in the bumper to bumper traffic that always haunts that portion of 520.

I'm glad my kids probably go more weeks than not seeing wild bald eagles.  They are really beautiful.