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It isn’t at all surprising that Delilah gets alerted to something and starts barking at the doors and windows. Happens multiple times a day. Yesterday afternoon, seconds after one such flourish, Cyndie commented about all the birds making a racket. She joined Delilah at the door to the deck and quickly exclaimed there were eagles perched in our trees. Four of them.

She stepped out to take a picture and one of the four took flight, no sound but the whoosh of wings.

I joined her at the door in time to see another one fly off.

After several minutes, a third one launched into a gorgeous glide. We fully expected the last one to fly and that would be that, but suddenly two of the flyers zoomed back on the scene. One appeared to consider a landing but the big branch it picked snapped off and fell toward the ground.

With that, all three spread their wings and flew away into the distance.

Other than worrying a little about the health and well-being of our chickens, we are thrilled whenever the majestic bald eagles pay us a visit. More often it’s one or two coasting overhead in the sky making a brief appearance. Finding them perched is a bit of a rarity and offers extended viewing, but four at a time was a first.

I liked that they showed little concern about Delilah’s barking.

Sometimes I wonder what they must think about us and our activities down below them.

I suspect they find us a lot less fascinating than we do them.




Written by johnwhays

February 19, 2021 at 7:00 am

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  1. Wow!!! 😁😆😎 You are so blessed! Four eagles! I have to admit, I do have a bit of concern for the chickens and also the cat. But let’s think good thoughts about all of them and peace on earth! 😘


    February 21, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    • Yes, I’m hoping the treat of seeing four eagles together wasn’t because they are starting to gang up as lethal predators. Closer to the ground, I think our chickens are more at risk of a local fox that prowls the area. We are hoping Rocky will encourage the fox to choose wildlife rabbits and rodents as a preferable diet.


      February 22, 2021 at 7:56 am

  2. Very cool! We often see a peregrine falcon perched on the cathedral cross that we view feom our living room. Last week, we saw 4 of them gathered. I wonder if the falcons and eagles are having a pow wow of sorts. Perhaps planning the territories. Maybe it is the “kids” stopping by for a visit. Or maybe they are just being social.


    February 19, 2021 at 9:02 am

    • We pondered the association. One family? Two couples? All appeared to have white feathered “bald” heads, so there weren’t obvious age differences.


      February 19, 2021 at 11:24 am

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