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Farmington Bay Eagles

Last week we headed out to Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management again.  Salt Lake City and surrounding towns experience an inversion where the car exhaust and other pollutants stay stuck in the valley.  Fortunately last week there was less of an inversion so you could see the mountains and the sky.

The temperature was about 20 degrees warmer than the last time, which caused much of the ice to melt.

Every year in February they poison the carp, which causes a massive amount of eagles to gather and hunt for fish.  At one point I counted 11 Bald Eagles on the ice.  Those black spots are eagles.

I was never able to get closer than maybe 150-200 feet, but for my first Bald Eagle experience this was very exciting.

Utah has the largest number of Bald Eagles in the winter other than Alaska.  I’d like to go back and try to find some more before they migrate.  They’re such noble looking birds.

There was supposedly a place where hundreds of eagles gathered, but it was a two mile hike to get to this speculative location.  Maybe next year.

3 Responses to “Farmington Bay Eagles”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Poison the carp? Non native fish?

    You’re not hurting for birding are you – 11 eagles!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Tiffany, I did some research and they apparently poison the carp because carp are known to create muddy waters, which interferes with ducks’ ability to see through the water and find food. Fewer carp mean more ducks, which in Utah means more hunting. Hunting is huge in Utah.

    I try very hard to not be critical of the hunters because both birders and hunters want the same land to be maintained. But it’s hard when I read articles about the affects of their lead-based ammunition. http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14451090

    It was a really great day. :-)

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