Bald Eagle Days

Bald Eagle at Conowingo, Nov 2016 (photo by Annette Devinney)
Bald eagle watching the parking lot, Conowingo, Nov 2016 (photo by Annette Devinney)

This month the Hays bald eagles are at home in Pittsburgh but not nearly as easy to find as they will be during the nesting season. If you need an "eagle fix" make a trip to Conowingo Dam in Darlington, Maryland, just south of the PA border on the Susquehanna River.  The dam's tail waters attract hundreds of bald eagles in November.

To celebrate the eagles locals hold an annual event called Conowingo Eagle Day.  This year it was on Saturday November 12 and was so well attended that sponsors had to run a shuttle bus to the viewing site.

Annette and Gerry Devinney went to Conowingo Eagle Day and, yes, the eagles were spectacular.  Annette brought back these photos.

Bald eagle with fish at Conowingo (photo by Annette Devinney)
Bald eagle carrying a fish at Conowingo, Nov 2016 (photo by Annette Devinney)

 

Three bald eagles, chasing at Conowingo, Nov 2016 (photo by Annette Devinney)
Two immature bald eagles chase an adult, Conowingo, Nov 2016 (photo by Annette Devinney)

 

Bald eagle at Conowingo (photo by Annette Devinney)
Bald eagle fishing in flight, Conowingo, Nov 2016 (photo by Annette Devinney)

 

Bald eagle at Conowingo (photo by Annette Devinney)
Another drag of the talons. Did he get it? (photo by Annette Devinney)

 

Caught it! (photo by Annette Devinney)
Caught it! (photo by Annette Devinney)

 

This year's Eagle Day is over and the huge crowds are gone, but the eagles are still at Conowingo for a couple of weeks.  If you have the time, it's worth a November trip to see them on the Susquehanna.  Here's a map.

Thank you, Annette for sharing your photos.

 

p.s. If you don't know Annette Devinney, she's the heart of Pittsburgh's bald eagle community. Annette knows a lot about bald eagles, she takes gorgeous photographs, and she knows everyone. Every August Annette throws a big picnic reunion for Pittsburgh's bald eagle fans.  Annette and her husband Gerry travel far and wide keeping track of the area's eagles.  You'll find them at the Hays Eagle Viewing Site in the months ahead.  See her photos on Facebook.

(photos by Annette Devinney)

3 thoughts on “Bald Eagle Days

  1. Beautifully written Kate! Annette’s photos are fantastic! I happened to run into them that weekend at the Conowingo Dam. Great place to go to see the eagles. Thank you both for this wonderful article and beautiful pictures.

  2. Spot on about our gal Annette! She is the heart and soul of our beloved Hays Eagles and the chatter/watchers. Her knowledge and love of sharing is beyond words! Looking for a great 2017 Hays Eagle Season! Thanks Kate

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