Now is the time to keep your eyes peeled for one of the country’s most majestic birds.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said this time of year is perfect for spotting Bald Eagles. Officials said the eagle’s population has increased dramatically in recent years. ODNR Wildlife officials said their size, wingspan and dark body are easy to spot against winter snow and ice.
“An eagle’s wings are going to be straight out from the body. They’re going to be pretty flat. If the sun is shining you might notice when they turn the white tail or white head, which is a dead giveaway that you’re seeing a bald eagle,” explained Assistant Wildlife Management Supervisor Chris Smith.
This time of year their nesting activity is increasing. Bald Eagles in Ohio lay eggs and incubate in February and March in large trees like Sycamores, Oaks and Cottonwoods. It’s important if you come across an Eagle nest to keep you distance.
“We encourage people to stay at least 100 yards away and obviously if you are 100 yards away it’s good to have binoculars or a spotting scope, but even if you don’t it’s still a sight to see. But, we encourage people not to disturb them,” said Smith.
ODNR said they know of six active nests in Muskingum County. They are mostly on the Muskingum river and there’s one at Dillon State Park.
If you spot an eagle’s nest you can report it at wildohio.gov