A record 67 bald eagles in Granite State logged in midwinter count
A pair of bald eagles sits perched in a tree near an office parking lot on Buttrick Road in Londonderry. (PHOTO COURTESY VINCENT J. BYRON)
An additional eight bald eagles were found just over the border in Maine and Vermont. Although they visit the Granite State, they aren’t part of the midwinter count.
The midwinter count does include Canadian bald eagles who come south for the winter.
The 2013 nesting count showed 29 active nests, which means at least one egg, said Marchand. “Twenty of those (nests) were successful.”
“Not all nests are successful,” said Marchand.
Nests are usually built high in white pines, but heavy winds and rainstorms sometimes cause problems. Both male and female incubate and protect the egg or eggs.
Bald eagles are 3 feet tall, with a 6- to 8-foot wing span.
Marchand said the population is recovering well.
“It’s still rapidly increasing,” he said, adding that there is plenty of habitat left to support a larger population.
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