We have a fair amount of eagles here in Maine. It’s hard to believe that less than 40 years ago, eagles were almost extinct. There were only about 20 nesting pairs at that time.
Fast forward to 2011, and we have more than 500 nesting pairs of eagles in the state. Right here on the lake, there are three nesting pairs and a few miles from here at Deer Lake is another pair. We have seen four eaglets this year but many years see two babies on each nest.
This week the big news is the four eaglets that were born to a nesting pair of eagles in Richmond, Maine at the Swan Island Wildlife Management Area. This is a very rare occurrence. It is a first in Maine and there are only three more documented cases of four eaglets being hatched in the entire United States.
No matter how often we see an eagle or where it is, we stop to watch it. It is always a thrill to see this majestic bird and we thank all of the folks that made the eagle recovery possible. We look forward to seeing these youngsters leave the nest.