Bald Eagles Soar Through in Brooklyn: Their Favorite Borough
By Yehudit Garmaise
By looking up, Boro Parkers might spot something majestic soaring through the air.
In West Midwood, on Wednesday, Anthony Finkel was walking down the street when the sight of a bald eagle perched on a rooftop stopped him in his tracks.
“It really was awe-inspiring.” Finkel told CBS New York.
The six-feet-long wingspans of bald eagles make them the third largest bird, after golden eagles and California condors, whose wingspans reach more than six and 10 feet, respectively.
Bald eagles, which have served as symbols of the United States since 1782, are not actually bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to the chocolate-brown feathers on their bodies and wings.
"It's an incredible thing [to see a bald eagle,],” said David Barrett, the creator of Brooklyn Bird Alert on Twitter. “As far as we know, bald eagles have not nested before in Brooklyn. If they did, it was more than 100 years ago."
Although in the 1960s and 1970s, bald eagles faced extinction as a result of hunting and pesticides, protective measures have allowed the beautiful birds to flourish in New York, where now 400 pairs, which stay together for life, can be found.
For the last couple of weeks, Brooklynites have been spotting bald eagles in Prospect Park, where birders have been making videos and taking photos of the large birds taking flight and carefully building nests, piece-by-piece, to house their eaglet eggs, which will soon lead to more bald eagles perched on treetops and rooftops in the borough.
"Bald eagles are all over the park,” said Ocean Parkway resident Natalya Kez, who likes to catch fish to feed the birds. “They sit on the tops of the trees."
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