Iroquois Observations Eagle Watch Highlights of 2017

Trumpeter Swan pair spotted at IO Eagle Watch event. Photo by Bob Ensminger
Trumpeter Swan pair spotted at IO Eagle Watch event. Photo by Bob Ensminger

Short yet to the point, the Eagle Watch sign along Route 77 has drawn in a few more first time viewers to the Bald Eagles nesting at Cayuga Overlook. The reaction we get when someone sees their first Bald Eagle makes it all worth the effort.

Bob Hazen’s telescope was a big hit again, showing exceptional up close views of the eaglet(s) feeding. In addition to the show the eagles put on, we were surprised with a pair of Trumpeter Swans hanging out at Cayuga each weekend. Both of the swans sport yellow wing tags. After investigating, I learned that one of the Trumpeters was born in Ontario in 2013.

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"Move Over!" Photo by Bob Ensminger
“Move Over!” Photo by Bob Ensminger

This year’s visitors totaled roughly 255, which included 118 visitors for Spring Into Nature. I would like to give a big thanks to all the volunteers who played a part in making this year’s Eagle Watch another great success, not to mention the participants who stopped in on a regular basis and shared their birding adventures with us. Thank you.

Whether you’re new to birdwatching or looking to add to your life list, stop out at an Eagle Watch! You never know what will fly in.