ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Atlantic Bald Eagles

Updated on February 18, 2015

Bald Eagles of the Atlantic Coast

The bald eagle is found throughout North America, and is the only eagle unique to the continent. It is the national bird and symbol of the United States of America.

This stunning icon of North America is often seen along the Atlantic Coast, from the Canadian Maritimes to the southern United States.

Bald eagles are often found around lakes and rivers. During winter, eagle populations increase in coastal areas as they follow seasonal food supplies.

Bald eagles are members of the raptor (bird of prey) family.

Bald eagles typically prey on fish, waterfowl, rodents, and small mammals. Bald eagles also scavenge on animal carcasses.

Bald eagles reach a length of about 3 feet, a wingspan of 6-7 feet, and a weigh 10-14 lbs. Females are larger than males, which is a common trait of birds of prey.

Adult bald eagles have a dark brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and beak. Juvenile bald eagles are a mixture of brown and white; with a black beak in young birds.

Bald eagles were officially declared an endangered species in 1967 in all areas of the United States south of the 40th parallel, under a law that preceded the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

In June 2007, the U.S. Department of the Interior took the bald eagle off the endangered species list after the bird made a remarkable recovery.

USA Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

An important bald eagle population assessment occurs annually in January, when citizen scientists conduct the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey.

“The survey is a true public-private partnership with hundreds of volunteer citizen scientists taking part, in addition to federal, state, and NGO biologists.

The data is collected during a two-week window every year; then sent to a national database set up to monitor eagle populations in the lower 48 states. The survey is part of a national effort to identify important winter habitat and develop a total population index for the wintering eagle population.

atlantic ocean bald eagle
atlantic ocean bald eagle

Bald Eagle Seasonal Migrations

Along North America's Atlantic coastline, bald eagles migrate with the seasons. During the warm months, eagles disperse to traditional areas where they nest and raise their young.

During winter, considerable numbers of bald eagles move to Atlantic coastal areas where food is available. Eagles are highly intelligent birds and opportunistic feeders.

Depending on local conditions, winter eagles may feed on carrion, waterfowl, rodents, small game, fish, or other food sources.

gizzard shad
gizzard shad

Winter Feasts - Fish Kills

Bald eagles commonly congregate in areas where fish kills occur during winter cold spells. Cold stun fish kills can affect spotted seatrout, spot, red drum, black drum, spot, mullet, gizzard shad, menhaden and other species.

Winter fish kills in the Atlantic region are known to occur in saltwater as well as freshwater.

In addition to feasting on fish that die and wash ashore, bald eagles are skilled predators and will take fish that become disoriented or trapped in shallows during cold spells.

Guestbook

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very nicely done. Here in OK, the eagle population is very healthy, and since last year, there has been a nesting pair in town. DDT was a big problem in the 60s and 70s, and luckily, that problem was readily resolved.

    • annieangel1 profile image

      Ann 

      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      nice info - more photos perhaps? but Angel blessed

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)