[Bristol-Birds] Bald Eagle seen at Musick's Campground last weekend.

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:26:33 -0400

Musick's Campground
South Holston Lake
Sullivan County, TN
6 & 7 June 2009

While birding at the campground on Monday (8 June)
Virgil Carr, Mae Musick's son-in-law who many of you
probably know, told me about seeing a Bald Eagle.

He said that Saturday (6 June) and Sunday (7 June),
he saw an adult Bald Eagle just offshore of the 
campground flying low over the lake and hunting.  He
saw it dive into the lake in an attempt to take a fish.

While he was not able to see any prey that the eagle
took, he did notice that both days the eagle eventually
departed flying up the lake over Washington County
Park and out of sight.

The computer that Virgil, his wife and Mae use to 
get e-mail and such crashed and they are just now
getting back online.  It has been a long process of
determining the problem and eventually buying a
new computer.  They have been without e-mail
since about February and he was not aware that
eagles had nested just upstream from Avens
Bridge on South Holston Lake.

Whether the eagle flew a direct course back to the
nesting area from Musick's Campground or flew a
path following mostly over water,  the distance would
be 5 miles one way.

The Virginia Tech eagle researcher told me earlier
this spring that birds using nests in their studies 
easily traveled up to 6 miles from the nest (in several
directions) to hunt for food.

Let's go birding . . . .

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN

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