Sunday, December 5, 2010

 

Jean from Levittown reported a Bald Eagle sighting in her backyard on Sunday, December 5th. As Jean watched from her window a Bald Eagle swooped down and carried off a squirrel. If you’ve ever tried to outsmart a squirrel the Bald Eagle solution seems to work the best. Jean was also concerned that she was missing 2 Koi fish from her pond. She wasn’t a witness to their demise so it could have been the Eagle, but also the Great Blue Heron. Jean’s greatest concern however was for her cat. Who, weighing in at 15 lbs. could also find itself in peril. According to Jean, “The whole experience made my day.” The BCAS reported to Jean that Eagles and other wildlife are opportunistic and will remember locations where they have fed successfully. Keep an eye on the cat, Jean!

 

The range of the Bald Eagle includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting. In the late 20th century, the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction in the continental Unites States, but was removed from the list in 2007.

 

When the state game commission began its eagle re-introduction program in 1983, there were only three eagles nests in Pennsylvania. Bucks County can now boast several locations that have nesting pairs. Bald Eagles are regularly sighted at Core Creek Park and Peace Valley Park.

 

Thank you, Jean for calling in your sighting!

To report a sighting please e-mail lindabrinker@bcas.org

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“Chuck from New Hope diverts Groundhogs away from his flowerbeds with carrots…good for the flowers and healthy for the Groundhogs. Chuck’s peaceful backyard solution could be a lesson for us all on a more global scale.“

 

 

To report a sighting please e-mail lindabrinker@bcas.org

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

 

Jo from Doylestown sighted a Bald Eagle scavenging on Forest Grove Road near Slack’s Farm.

From Jo, “Cool sighting.”

 

 To report a sighting please e-mail lindabrinker@bcas.org

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December 13, 2010

Diane of Buckingham has reported a flock of 16 wild turkeys on her back lawn. Diane reported, “They were foraging for something, seeds and acorns maybe, and they were enormous. They are majestic birds. I can see why Ben Franklin wanted them to be the national bird.”

To report a sighting please e-mail lindabrinker@bcas.org

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Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus - Picture 5 of 30 in scandiacus

 

Susan from Quakertown reports that “ my husband and I were heading out to do some Christmas shopping, driving along [Rt.] 663 out of Quakertown, and his [my husband’s] head swiveled around. He said he saw a white hawk, or something. I said there are no white hawks, it would have to be a snowy owl, he didn’t think it had an owl outline. We circled around, it took maybe 6-7 minutes to get back …and pulled over. There he was, beautiful as anything and clearly a snowy owl. He was maybe 75 ft. away, in a tree maybe 20 ft. up (around 11 am on a bright sunny day). He saw us, swooped down maybe 6 ft. from the ground before flying up to another tree maybe 150 ft. from us. We watched him for a few minutes before continuing on. He was quite spectacular, and gave us a remarkable view of his plumage and wingspan.”   Susan says, “One to remember, have not seen [a snowy owl] in my home territory.”

 

To report a sighting please e-mail lindabrinker@bcas.org

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Bill from Solebury got a beautiful surprise hidden in the Christmas Tree that he bought at the Tuckamony Tree Farm this year.  Tuckamony didn’t charge extra for lovely natural ornament – An Eastern Comma Butterfly.

 

 To report a sighting please e-mail lindabrinker@bcas.org