Record Number Of Bald Eagles Counted On Alabama Lakes

| February 9, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Alabama Power employees counted a record 35 bald eagles on five company reservoirs during the annual nationwide midwinter survey in January.

A combination of 10 APC full-time and contract employees on boats braved cold temperatures during the surveys on Logan Martin, Lay, Smith, Harris and Martin reservoirs on Jan. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, said Biologist Chad Fitch. In addition, two U.S. Forest Service personnel assisted with the Smith Lake survey.

“Survey crew members bundled up with wind-breaking float coats, thermal underwear, double gloves, double socks, ski masks and hand/foot warmers to stay warm while cruising the lakes in search of eagles,” Fitch said.Twelve bald eagles were counted at Logan Martin (six adults and six juveniles), which is a record number for APC reservoirs. Nine bald eagles were counted at Lay Lake (five adults, four juveniles); nine at Lake Martin (six adults, three juveniles); five adult eagles at Smith; and none were seen at Harris Lake. One active nest was reported at Logan Martin, Martin and Smith lakes.

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