Majestic Bald Eagles begin arriving in Oklahoma in November and December to spend the winter. Although we have a few breeding pairs in the state, most are here only in winter around the larger lakes and head back north by March. Good numbers are being reported now. I’ve seen a lone eagle several times at Lake Thunderbird recently and eagles on my last two trips to the Wichita Mountains.
Photo by Lindell Dillon.
Sometimes eagles will feed and roost communally during winter. One of the most awesome sights I’ve witnessed in nature was a gathering of over 200 eagles at a temporary food source last December in eastern Oklahoma. They normally feed on fish early in the morning. The photo was taken at a distance because the birds wouldn’t allow me close, but 70 eagles can be see in and around this one tree. Eagles may fly as far as…
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