It's hard to believe it's been less than two months since crowds flocked to the Three Rivers Heritage Bike Trail to see the bald eagles fledge at Hays. A few dedicated eagle watchers still visit the site but this month they usually come up empty-handed. The young eagles have left for parts unknown and the adults lounge out of sight.
Boring as the eagles are right now, they've fostered a huge fan club and several reunions including a picnic last Saturday. Love for these birds has created many lasting friendships.
WQED's Michael Bartley captured the excitement when he visited the bike trail in May. On site, he chatted with me about the eagles' popularity and with the National Aviary's Bob Mulvihill on what to expect from the eagle family in the weeks and months ahead. Though the video was filmed on a weekday in May you can see the trail was crowded with watchers.
As Michael says, "We haven't seen the last of bald eagles in Pittsburgh. If you can't wait til next year, here's a look back at the birds that flew away with the city's heart."