#371 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

11 March 2021

Usually seen around Montreal in passage. Locally look in the trees on the islands visible to the west from the locks in Ste-Anne where they sometimes rest.

Not really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. Look for them soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food, or gathering by the hundreds in winter. Once endangered by hunting and pesticides, Bald Eagles have flourished under protection.

To be seen soaring high in the sky, flapping low over treetops with slow wingbeats, or perched in trees or on the ground. Bald Eagles scavenge many meals by harassing other birds or by eating carrion or garbage. They eat mainly fish, but also hunt mammals, gulls, and waterfowl.

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