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January 4, 2019

Bald Eagle lifts off in Aztec - Photo by B. Landdeck, TALON

by Brenda Landdeck, TALON

As snow covered the ground in Aztec, New Mexico on Saturday morning, the Bald Eagle was proudly perched in the tree by Ruins Road with its mate! An incredibly beautiful vision of freedom, our National Birds once again are soaring high above the Animas River or quietly watching from bare trees over our town.

It is a glorious sight to behold since the Bald Eagle almost became extinct and it was rare to ever see one only a few decades ago. Eagles pair up for life when they are about four or five years old when the brown plumage on their head turns completely white.

Our beloved Aztec Eagle is mature and can live to be 30 years old. The oldest banded Bald Eagle died in June 2015 at the age of 38 after getting hit by a vehicle in New York as they will scavenge on the roads for food. He was called 03142 and participated in the New York Bald Eagle Restoration project, he was found with a rabbit dinner per various sources.

About 30% of Bald Eagles get hit by vehicles, isn't that unbelievable?

Be careful on Ruins Road, our beloved feathered friends have returned to wish all a Happy New Year!


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