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Winter Visitors (Posted On: Thursday, January 28, 2010)

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Birders and wildlife enthusiasts have been entertained lately by two Bald Eagles who have taken up hunting near the Collingwood Harbour and Harbourview Park. One adult and one juvenile, the pair can be seen hunting fish and sea gulls in the harbour from the park.

One of the best places to view them is from the parking lot behind the Sanitation station.

While there, you can feed the many ducks that gather in the open water by the shoreline and also see an occasional Sharp shinned hawk.

Although bald eagle populations are recovering from near extinction, regular sightings in our area are still quite rare. It is certainly a dramatic sight to see these magnificent birds soar above the water.  This is a unique opportunity to see them. Viewing is usually from a distance; however, occasionally they will come close to shore as you can see from the photograph below.
If you are interested in reading about the current status of eagles in Ontario please go to http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/wildlife/factsheets/fs_bald-eagle-e.html

Photos and article by Brian Barker

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