Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Trail Tidbits

 This bird is our nation's mascot.

 There are now at least 49 nesting pair of eagles in Georgia.

 On the Endangered Species List, it is proposed to be de-listed from Threatened on the Federal level, but remains Endangered for the time being on the state level in Georgia.

 The word bald is an old word meaning "white" referring to the head feathers.

 Bald eagles have a 7 foot wingspan.

 Diet includes fish, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, and dead animals.

 Their huge nests are about the size of a hot tub (sometimes up to 8 feet across) and are built in tops of tall trees. A pair of eagles, mated for life, will use and rebuild the same nest year after year making it grow sometimes 12 feet high!

  See live web cam of Bald eagle nest!

Photo courtesy of  Jerome Reyes     Hike back to the Animal Trail