There was a time when sighting a Bald Eagle was pretty rare, but now thanks to their recovery they are a pretty common sight. Adding to my “ho-hum” attitude is the fact that this late in the year it is pretty hard to come up with a new and exciting bird to add to the list for the year. By this time you have pretty much seen all the different species your going to see for this year. Checking on my observations reported to e-Bird.org, I can see that I have counted almost fifty Bald Eagles so far. But, come January 1st every new bird will be special.
This Bald Eagle was photographed today during a tour led by ODFW to Hayden Island along the Willamette River in Polk County.