The bird known as the eagle has made a big comeback in America. Most places where they have been spotted record a large increase in their populations. This is true where least expected, like in New Jersey. The eagle numbers now seem to far exceed the human numbers in this small state. There are 13 eagle towns in the United States. Most of them are small, The town of Eagle in Alaska, for example, is known as a rustic riverboat landing place on the Yukon River with a population of 89.
The Eagle in the State of Wisconsin is virtually a suburb of Milwaukee with a reported population of 1,950 souls. The Eagle in West Virginia reports a big increase in eagle sightings in its county and isn’t even on the map. The town of Eagle in South Dakota is Eagle Butte. It has a population of about 1,400 people, The State of Michigan that reports a huge increase in eagle numbers lists 2 towns with eagles in their names. They are Eagle River and Eagle Lake.
There are 2 fairly large towns called Eagle. One of them has become a suburb of Boise, ID and reports a population near 20,000. The other is a town in Colorado that Ruth & I often go through on I-70 with a population of 7,500. The Eagle Town in Minnesota is Bald Eagle. It has mostly become a suburb of Minneapolis-St.Paul. There is an Eagle in Illinois with a reported population of 1,600. The Eagle in Alabama that reports a huge number of eagles in its area is a tiny town west of Birmingham that isn’t even on maps of Fayette County.
A lot of towns have bird names. There is a town named Osprey in Florida and a Pigeon Forge in Tennessee. Not too far from the Eagle in West Virginia is a town called Bob White.
One of the things that was hard to get used to when Ruth and I first moved to Washington State was the absence of cardinals. We were used to greeting a mating pair of them on our property each spring in Missouri. This big increase in the number of eagles is welcomed news for us. We were used to a big increase in their numbers amid the bluffs above St. Louis each winter.
There are 2 types of eagles that are common birds where they congregate. They are Balds and Goldens. The Goldens are described as fast and agile mammal eating birds. 96% of bald eagles live on fish as adults. I loved seeing and observing eagles when I went to Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands extending westward from Alaska.
I will tell more as I learn it about these birds.