Bald Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Status: Vagrant. Last recorded on site in 2021

The Patuxent web-site provides more general information about this species.
At this time of year, this species is rare on site.

Occurs sporadically throughout the lab at most times of the year, though more frequently near the larger lakes during migration periods. Sightings have become more frequent in recent years. The first successful Bald Eagle breeding began on Feb. 27, 2019 with finding a possible brooding female on a nest which soon flushed. The nest was originally a smaller R-T Hawk nest in a Girl Scout Woods pine tree. On Mar. 3, 2019 the eagle was found on the nest brooding. The first eaglet was spotted on May 16, 2919. Two fledglings were found perched approx. 5 ft above the nest on Jun. 30, 2019.

Photographer: Gene Oleynik.

Photographer: Gene Oleynik.
This is an immature bird.