Bald Eagles Are Coming Back To Overwinter

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Adult Bald Eagle in flight on a cloudless skyAdult Bald Eagle in flight on a cloudless sky – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Twice in the past two weeks I have seen Bald Eagles, one four year old bird in flight over the marshes at Farmington Bay WMA and one juvenile perched in a tree up in Box Elder County. In northern Utah we don’t have many breeding pairs of Bald Eagles but during the coldest months of the year we see hundreds of them while they overwinter in our state. Farmington Bay WMA, Salt Creek WMA and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge are great places to find wintering Bald Eagles.

It won’t be long and more Bald Eagles from the north will arrive but for now I was excited to see the two that I have already seen.

Life is good.


(Photo above taken in 2011 at Farmington Bay WMA)


  1. Utahbooklover November 14, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Wonderful image of this majestic bird. A reminder that endangered birds
    can make a comeback with the application of science and conservation.

  2. Kim November 14, 2016 at 6:20 am

    My favorite bird!

  3. Joan Carey November 13, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I have come to love Bald Eagles and follow a few nesting pairs on the live cams, they are my favorite. Your photo is magnificent Mia.

  4. Elephant's Child November 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Magnificent. Majestic and magnificent.

  5. Glen Fox November 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Do you get Golden Eagles over-wintering or do they all go further south? I would think the waterfowl concentrations would be attractive to them.

    • Mia McPherson November 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Glen, our Golden Eagles aren’t migratory. In the winter we might get some Goldens from up north though. The Goldens would take mammals though not the waterfowl. The Bald Eagles take waterfowl.

  6. Bob McPherson November 13, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Gorgeous image, Mia. Always a treat to see the Eagles. Occasionally spot one down here in LA.

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