|Bald Eagles at Heinz NWR, 9/14/2014 by Damon Orsetti|
They are big and awesome, but I see them more often that I see Merlins or Broad-winged Hawks, and probably by a factor of 10. And compared to all the wonderful warbler migrants? Bald Eagles are much more commonly seen than most of those as well.
So while it may come across as jadedness, it is actually just that we aren't surprised to see them. We see them and like them, but we see them all the time.
Seriously. All the time.
|Immature Bald Eagle flying over Rose Tree Park Hawk Watch, 10/9/2014 by Damon Orsetti|
Yeah, so I didn't see one yesterday, after seeing at least one every day for eleven days in a row.
Now, this includes areas that have them around, including a couple of Hawk Watches and a couple of Big Sits, but they are still everywhere. I've seen them this past year fly over my house, over my kids' elementary school, over the high school I went to, over a shopping center while I was with my son, over every place I ever seem to work or volunteer, while I've been on vacation, and while I've been driving in four different states.
They are everywhere.
|Immature Bald Eagle flying over Heinz NWR, 9/12/2014 by Damon Orsetti|
I've seen them the other day while sitting at a desk at work. I casually pointed them out and a half dozen people ran out to get a better look. I stayed seated.
I guess that looked like a jaded birder, but I had a good view from the desk (hell, I spotted it before anyone else who was standing near the windows) and it wasn't even my first or second sighting of the day.
|Immature Bald Eagle flying over DuPont Environmental Education Center, 9/12/2014 by Damon Orsetti|
And this is not a bad thing.
|Bald Eagle at DuPont Environmental Education Center, 9/13/2014 by Damon Orsetti|
And I am fully aware of this, such that when anyone ever asks me why I don't think it is a rare thing to see a Bald Eagle, I use that as chance to teach them about pesticides and habitat loss and how we, as humans who can make important decisions, can actually make a big change that helps the environment. How not everything is great, but things can (and have) gotten better when we make wise decisions.