Can You Really see Bald Eagles Flying in Grand Rapids?
Yes, there are Bald Eagles flying around the Grand Rapids area and not just at the John Ball Zoo.
This handsome pair were spotted on Reeds Lake, and several others have been spotted in the area especially around the 6th Street Bridge.
People have said that the pair on Reeds Lake probably have a nest near the northwest corner of the lake in the swampy area just past Rose's. This pair is probably a resident breeding pair, one of a few within the city limits. This time of year it’s crucial to keep an extra respectful distance, because they’re super sensitive to human disturbance of nesting areas. Good plan!
Lamberton Lake has also been a good place to see a bald eagle flying around, and that's because they love nesting next to rivers, large lakes or marches or other large bodies of open water with an abundance of fish.
It is really cool to watch them swoop down upon and snatch fish from the water with its talons. The nests you may are typically very large and can be as big as 13 feet deep and 8 feet wide.
On a trip to Alaska a few years back, I rafted through Eagle Country and it was stunning. We were able to get fairly close, not to close, just close enough, to see how majestic they are.
Bald Eagles, peacocks and wild turkeys seem more and more plentiful in our area, and that is a good thing. They must like West Michigan as much as we do!
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