I have delayed, avoided, and postponed writing this because I wanted to find the words to convey my recent profound experience.
For more than a month, we have had Bald Eagles visiting on our quiet little dead-end street, unusual in the middle of one of the largest, fastest growing cities in Washington state.
I’ve lived in my home for almost 44 years and have sometimes seen eagles circling high above. Twice, I was even gifted with a low fly-by right in my driveway! But I have only seen them land once before. (I wrote a whole story about that dramatic event but I’ll save it for a later post!)
A few weeks ago on my daily walk I just happened to spot, well actually hear some sky activity. A couple of Bald Eagles, apparently cruising our neighborhood for prey or a nesting site (although it seems late in the year for that latter). Not sure why they are hanging out here. (Hope all the neighbors are keeping their pet Gerbils inside.)
It was a really gray day which made it impossible for my hard-working point and shoot Canon to get a good shot when they landed in a tree top.
And then, a few days later, I was at my computer sending a favorite link to my new blogging friend, Lisa, at https://dailymusing57.com/ (a terrific Blog, by the way). The link is to a live camera for the Decorah Eagles. As I was typing, I heard that unmistakable eagle-screaming right outside my window! I ran outside onto my deck (without my camera-Dang!) and witnessed the most amazing thing.
This deck is very large, about 600 square feet, and wide open. It’s actually the roof over an old 3 car garage. Before the trees in my neighborhood matured, from my deck I could see the Space Needle and the Olympic Mountains! And every year, lounging on this deck, I would watch the big fireworks shows in July or the Blue Angels performing in August.
But I had never seen a show like this one! There were FIVE BALD EAGLES circling my above me!! Like a small Convocation! (you gotta be impressed I knew that word!) It looked like two were fending off or chasing the other three. Maybe it was a territory battle or some kind of mating ritual. I don’t know!
The twosome flew very close together in large and then smaller and smaller circles. They landed on the top of the biggest tree right in front of my house. The other three flew off into the distance.
In all these years living in my house, no eagle has ever landed right in front of my house before! Maybe I was just tapped into Eagle Energy on that day or something. I mean, what are the odds I’d be typing away about the Decorah Bald Eagles at the exact moment my local ones appear? I have often wondered if Eagles are a “totem” (spirit animal) for me. Supposedly, if an animal presents itself to you three times, they are yours! So I looked them up.
For the next several days, the Pair that won the turf battle, hung out in some trees right up the street from me.
Finally, a sunny day. I shot so many pictures, I broke my camera…literally. I now have to use glass tape to keep the battery door closed.
Now my neighbors all know about our visitors. I am the longest (and oldest) resident on our street and the self-appointed Wildlife Reporter for our neighborhood e-mail list. When I am in the street with my camera, looking up, they stop their cars and ask where the Eagles are today? There have been many emails of sightings, almost as many as when there is a coyote prowling around. On Easter morning, several households were treated to a dramatic Bald Eagle show during outside Easter Egg Hunts. Great opportunities to teach the younger ones about these majestic birds!
Part of the “show” was a couple of Crows dive-bombing these two Eagles, who seemed to be simply sitting there…but I bet there was a Crow’s nest near by.
This whole experience has totally inspired me to upgrade with WordPress so I can share short videos on my blog. And I think there is a way to capture single frames from a video but I don’t know how. Here is the opening frame of a great video I got of that epic sky-battle. (It’s a photo of my computer screen, so sort of a blurry “screenshot.)
In recent weeks, almost every clear morning and evening this beautiful twosome sits at the top of my tree to watch the sun rise or set. They remind me of a scene in the movie City of Angels (Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage) where all the Angels are lined up on the beach to watch the Sunset. (It’s in this Goo Goo Dolls video)
I have been house and dog sitting for dear friends this last week, so I have missed their visits, but every day I drive the 25 miles back to my house hoping for a sighting. I pay lots of attention to my three cats for a while, pretending that’s why I’m home, but then, I go out on my deck looking for my Bald Eagles. I miss them. (Do NOT tell my kitties that’s really why I’m home. They are so sensitive!)
One morning, at the place I’m staying, I looked up from writing this story to see a huge bird right outside on the fence…some kind of Hawk, I think. Couldn’t get my camera focused fast enough but here he is.
Anybody recognize this pretty? I thought to myself “Hmm, settling for a Hawk? It’s just not the same.” but when I looked up the Native American symbolism for Hawk, it was so close to Eagles I decided I’d better start paying better attention to their message for me.
I have to admit that with all this activity and totem research, I am now taking these Bald Eagle visits very personally. I’m looking at my current life differently and as usual, with a “message from the Universe”, there is a mixture of wonder, awe, and Duh!
If I knew how to thank these birds, I would.
I mean, I’m not going to sacrifice one of my cats or anything, but I am truly grateful for their amazing and persistent presence.
21 thoughts on “The Eagles (for once, NOT the rock band)”
great medicine and great photos!!
Thanks, and you got to have one right on your grass!!!
reaction: awestruck. Amazing to see these majestic beauties up close and hanging out in a pine tree. I do believe there is some deeper meaning to them hanging out around your house- some spirit they embody. Amazing. Thanks for sharing ,my friend xxoo
Thank you Lisa!
wow! How lucky are you to experience these incredible birds at such close range! I’ve never seen one in person, can’t imagine how moving it must be. Great pictures, especially the bloom with the Eagle perched in the background.
Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs Kathie and what a blessing to have these eagles for company! I have seen them sweep through the sky and heard their call and believe they are truly magical :o) xxx
Well, I for one, am incredibly impressed. I have seen the eagles many times since they live in the area, but never seen so many in one small area. You have been graced!
That’s exactly how I feel…graced. Although I have not seen them for a couple of days.
But then this morning, at 5:45, about two hours before I wish I could wake up, I heard that unmistakable sound outside. When I opened the door to go outside, I found a fog so thick, I could not even see the top of their usual tree. So I just listened. Pretty cool.
I was fascinated by this post when you posted it. I just noticed I never acknowledged that. May I reblog it?
Reblogged this on Living, Learning and Letting Go and commented:
Today, the 4th of July holiday, seems like the perfect day to reblog Kathie’s ChosenPerspectives post about her bald eagle visitors. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. What an incredible life experience.
Thanks so much Karuna! What an honor!!
I am so glad you had this experience. And I appreciate being able to share it with my readers.
Wow, what a gift, and how moving to be sooo close to these eagles, to have them be in your proximity for several days.
It turned into WEEKS. It was so amazing! It got to the point where several neighbors I didn’t really even know yet were calling to find out the latest sighting, so they could show their kids!! My favorite part!!!
Thank you Cindy
What a wonderful gift, to see these majestic birds! 🙂
Enjoyed your eagle story immensely. That might be a sharp-shinned hawk you saw… a magnificent one crashed into my big picture window here.
Great way to start my day! Thanks
Anytime Al. I bet you’d like Geoffrey Castle. Local electronic violinist and he can play ANYTHING, from Rock to Gospel to Blue Grass, etc
Oops I thought you were commenting on my musical post for the 4th of July. Glad you liked the Eagle story!