Bald Eagles can sometimes be seen by visitors that enjoy the art
of Birdwatching at Assateague Island National Seashore. The bald
eagle was in danger of extinction just 25 years ago, but its numbers
have improved. This raptor has a wing span of 6-7 feet and can
weigh up to 14 pounds. Bald eagles feed on fish along coastal
areas and inland waters. People have witnessed the eagles fly
low over the ocean, between the wave troughs, in order to capture
seabirds by surprise.
eagles add to their nests each year, some nests weigh up to 2,000
pounds. Eagles often prefer high tree tops with the best commanding
view of an area. In the nests, their eggs (2-3 usually) normally hatch
within 40 days. The parents have the responsibility of providing food,
such as fish, ducks, birds, and small mammals. Young eagles can fly
at 3 months of age. Bald eagles can live to 30 yeas of age or longer,
they also mate for life.
habitat improvement and the banning of the pesticide DDT, Bald Eagle
populations have steadily increased. They are still considered "threatened"
although the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service took them off the Endangered
Species List in 1995. The recovery of our national symbol is very
encouraging and increased numbers mean more sightings at Assateague
Island National Seashore.