Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: This fledgling bald eagle has got the grab-the-fish-and-run sequence down pat.  Note that she is carrying the large fish with only her right foot and still manages to do a great landing deep inside the tree branches.  However, like bald eagles are prone to do, she yelled about her accomplishment … luckily for her none of the other eagles decided to accept her challenge!

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: I recently found out that this particular plumage pattern is called a “white belly” bald eagle. This youngster is one of this year’s fledglings. I see one or two of these white bellies every year. The eaglet will be mostly brown by the time it is a 3-year-old.

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River, October 2, 2020. It was a big bird day: a fledgling bald eagle over head. It was a little bird day: a red-breasted nuthatch in flight. Migratory update: I last saw the Kirtland’s warbler at noon on Wed. at the dam, did not see her Thursday or Friday. I have been watching palm warblers and Cape May warblers in the same area. Most likely the Kirtland’s has headed on towards the Bahamas – I hope her flight goes well!

Jordan Lake, Haw River:  Oh Joy!!! The fledgling bald eagle was going to land very, very close.  I concentrated.  Snapped a photo and got the moment of intent just before the landing. The fledgling disappeared into the boughs of oak leaves.  I waited.  Then I waited some more figuring he would get hungry and fly out.  1 hour and 20 minutes later I was still waiting, and, had to leave for an appointment.  The youngster won the patience round, by default!  Ah, well, I did get us a great look at his precise landing.  Did you notice the set of talons he has???