Starting the New Year with Eagles

The Artist and I ushered in the New Year with out-of-town friends by taking a trip to Brackendale, a small town just north of Squamish. Marked as the “Eagle Capital of the World,” Brackendale is home to one of North America’s largest congregations of wintering bald eagles. They feed on the chum salmon in the Squamish River.

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On a trip a previous year, we only saw one eagle flying overhead and were understandably disappointed. This trip yielded far greater results. We winded along the river bank, enjoying the crisp January air and the sun on the mountains and snow.

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Once we rounded this bend, we saw our first eagle perched in a tree.

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That’s the closest I’ve ever seen one. Majestic and huge, just like they’re portrayed on US money and other things.

We thought that sighting was exciting but then we walked a little further and saw this!

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Jackpot day! Not to mention numerous eagles flying overhead. We probably spotted a dozen in total. This is a good time of year to get a visit in if you’re a bird watcher like we are!

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