The Eagle has landed. No, really. So it’s 7:00 AM and the dog won’t stop barking. I go out to check on the reason why and see that she is pacing her Invisible Fence line and barking her Golden Retriever Head off at something big and brown with a white head in the neighbor’s front yard. Well, darn if that doesn’t look like a Bald Eagle! Where are the binoculars????? OMG! It really is a Bald Eagle!
So after my husband and son confirm that I am not having a hallucination I start to worry about said Bald Eagle. I mean why is he sitting in the wide open in my neighbor’s yard? Shouldn’t he be up in some huge tree in the forest or on a mountain somewhere? So in between making the morning coffee, packing my son’s lunch and putting some breakfast together I keep checking the window to see if he was still there. My husband takes the camera and says he’ll get some photos as he is driving out to work.
My son was right when he said that’s not normal behavior for a bird that big to be just sitting on the ground like that. Do you think he escaped from somewhere and is lost??? Maybe he escaped from the Natural Science Center? Good idea. So I called them. Of course at 7:30 AM no one is there to answer the phone so I leave a message. “Yes, Um…..there is a Bald Eagle in my neighbor’s front yard just sitting on the ground and we were wondering if A: you even have Bald Eagles and B: if you were missing yours? Please call me back when you get this.”
And then shortly after 8:00AM, my son shouts down that he was flying away. He said the wing span on it had to be more than five feet across. That huge bird sat on the ground for almost an hour! I guess he was just resting. So I am guessing he wasn’t hurt if he was able to fly away….and you know…the Science Center never called me back. I guess they must get calls like that all the time and since it wasn’t the tiger that got loose…why bother?