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I wonder if Ben would write those same words after spending time in America today.
I always enjoy a Bald Eagle sighting, especially when I am in the outdoors hunting. But Ben Franklin had this to say about the Bald Eagle. I found this to be an interesting read..
"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
"With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country....
"I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."
Yes, starting ~ 76 along the Big Blue River S. of Tuttle Creek Reservoir.
About the same time, I saw injured Bald Eagles, hawks & owls in cages @ KSU's Vet Med facility.
In the last decade, I had the opportunity to touch the head of a Kansas Bald Eagle chick in the process of it being weighed & banded, as the parents circled overhead.
I attribute these good fortunes to reading Carlos Castañeda in HS; releasing a Great Horned Owl from a trotline hung up in a hedge row by flood waters; & freeing a crow from a coyote trap as the members of its murder raised cain.
Yes, down off Golden Rd. in LV county, there is a nest on the south side of the river (on JOCO side) and they have flown by pretty close while fishing. Also have seen golden eagles.....very majestic birds too. Birds of prey are cool. A had a small sparrow hawk get trapped between the window and shutter of an old shed of mine once, I carefully caught it, studied it over and let it go.....cool.
I've seen them several times in winter when I've been riding my bike out near Clinton Lake. Also see them at the Riverfront, of course.
All by myself for Xmas one year and after broiling my steak to a lump of coal on one side (huge bummer!), I went down to the Kaw spillway with my camera. Don't know if it still happens, but when all the waterways froze back then the spillway was the only open water for quite a ways. Bald eagles from Squaw Creek (or is it Snow Creek? never remember) Refuge would come to Lawrence to fish. There'd be a dozen or more at times fishing the area just east of the bridge.
So I creep down near the water toward one eagle sitting on a limb not 20' above. He let me get real close and.............my camera jammed! Dammit! But I can still hear his wings when he took off; awesome! Spectacular creatures.
We had two bald eagles fly over our house (with a juvenile in tow) while we were out in our yard... an incredible sight. They are less spectacular when they're just sitting around in a tree, but if you want you can see them doing just that up in the bird sanctuaries outside of Weston, MO. They love it there in the winter (lots of ducks and geese get frozen into the ice... free snacks for our national symbol!)
Sometimes hundreds at 1803 West 6th Street. Many of them are bald and almost all are wrinkled.
I have sat in my blind in the marsh and watched a big ole eagle dive bomb a duck....it was cool. The are some bad ass birds.
Yes, there are many of them at Smithville lake. Sometimes we get them outside the small lake near where I work at KCI
YES, WHILE CAMPING, LAST SUMMER WE FOUND A NEST. OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WE WATCHED THEM RAISE TWO YOUNG ONES. WAS REALLY QUITE BEAUTIFUL AND VERY INTERESTING TO WATCH.
I SURE HOPE THEY FIND THE GUILTY PARTIES.
Hundreds. Lived in Alaska for 6 years...
Many times. They often fly over my house and also nest along the river 3/4 mile north of me.
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