Bald eagles in Barrington — national bird seen on cove, river


Bald eagles have been turning heads in Barrington recently.

In late January, Sowams area resident Bill Gauntlett was preparing himself a cup of coffee at about 8 a.m. when he spotted two large birds sitting on the frozen ice of the Palmer River. He grabbed his camera and moved to the window to get a better look at the birds — after a short stare he realized the birds were, in fact, bald eagles.

Mr. Gauntlett said the two bald eagles spent most of the day eating a dead bird, leaving their meal at about 3 p.m. He said one of the birds flew north while the other flew to an area along the eastern edge of the river.

On Sunday, Feb. 2, fellow Barrington resident Heidi Piccerelli saw two bald eagles standing on the ice on Hundred Acre Cove. She snapped some photos, capturing the memorable event. Just three days earlier, Ms. Piccerelli spotted two bald eagles — possibly the same birds — sitting atop an osprey perch in the cove.

According to web resources, a bald eagle's natural range covers most of North America. It often feeds upon fish but will also eat other birds.

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I had seen these eagles while I was working on the Barrington Bridge.. And believe me, I was there long enough. Sorry, not my fault.

Several times I watched them and would see them in the tall trees on the East side of the river North of the bike path trestle. One day I witnessed one swoop down by the boat ramp, grabbed what I think was a duck, flew towards me then went north through a break in the trees near the back of the parking lot by the boat ramp. This was around 2004 - 2006. I estimate the wingspan was at least 5 ft. I had a couple pictures and a short video of them. Maybe they will turn up during spring cleaning.

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