Eagles on the Ice, A Forester's Northwoods Adventures

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Eagles on the Ice, A Forester's Northwoods Adventures

This video came up on my suggested videos today on Youtube and it reminded me of an interesting story from one of our many ventures in the Northwoods.

Many years ago we were doing a Goshawk Survey a the edge of the Boundary Waters near Orr Minnesota, a very cold and snowy winter, as most of them are up here.

I was impressed with the number of Eagles I would see huddled up standing on the lakes, bracing themselves against the wind. Seemed kind of silly considering there are so many better places to be than on a frozen lake with 50 below windchills.

About a month later one of my sons who was helping with this project came back at the end of the day with an interesting story involving an Eagle encounter.

He was crossing a large lake (1x6 miles) to get to some of his survey plots when an Eagle swooped down and brushed against his head. Not something you expect as you are minding your own business enjoying the quiet solitude with nothing but the sound of your snowshoes on the crusty snow to interrupt the quiet.

Always alert for Wolf packs and Moose, one never expects an attack from an Eagle.

After diving down to avoid this Eagle, Nick noted that it continued across the lake and settled down next to an ice fisherman.

So, Nick hiked on over to say hello to the fisherman and noticed as the Eagle sat 3 feet away from the hole in the ice, getting excited every time the fisherman wiggled his fishing pole.

Turns out that Eagles up here rely on these fishermen to share their catch with them, and the fishermen are happy to share any fish that they do not want, mainly undesirable species and small ones.

In this harsh environment where food is scarce, the Eagles seem nearly domesticated as they have grown to trust and cooperate with the fishermen to supplement their winter diet.

Enjoy the video!



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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Bob I loved the story and that is an amazing picture above!

Jan 15, 2020 11:52 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

That was a pretty cool video Bob. The way that the eagle exhibits no fear when the boy tosses the fish is fascinating. 

Jan 15, 2020 01:57 PM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Bob Crane - You just shared a perspective I never would have known. Thank you!  This is why you are an expert in forest land!

Jan 15, 2020 06:39 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bob- loved this and isn't it fun to learn more about the birds we share our planet with. 

Jan 15, 2020 07:07 PM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Bob.

What a great video, thanks for sharing.  Make it a great day

Jan 16, 2020 02:36 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing this interesting story. Great video!


Jan 16, 2020 12:25 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a great story, Bob, and a stunning photo. I really liked the video, too!


Jan 17, 2020 01:29 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jan 18, 2020 05:50 PM #15
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great story and video, thanks for sharing, never seen a bald eagle up close and personal.

Jan 19, 2020 04:38 AM #16
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I'll never forget touring a Salmon fish processing in Alaska and seeing the number of Eagles perched on the trees, waiting for the scraps from the processing.

Jan 19, 2020 05:47 AM #17
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Bob - an interesting story.  I admit if a bald eagle came swooping towards my head, my screams might frighten the bird as well as any bystanders.  

Jan 19, 2020 06:36 AM #18
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That's a very interesting story and great photo. The eagles have found a great source of food!

Jan 19, 2020 07:05 AM #19
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I was fishing on Lake Texoma with my brother and saw a bald eagle way up in the sky. After my brother threw back a too small stripper I heard a sound behind us. The eagle has seen this and swooped down to get the fish. I wish my eyesight was that good.

Jan 19, 2020 07:32 AM #20
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Bob Crane ,

What an amazing experience one of your sons encountered with a bald eagle. Who knew they could be so domesticated. Loved the video. We saw many Bald Eagles when we were on a cruise in Alaska and they would sit on tress perfectly equidistant from each other. It was like someone placed them on a tree perfectly.

Jan 19, 2020 07:42 AM #21
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Congrats on being Kathy highlighting your post this week!  Well deserved!

Jan 20, 2020 07:01 AM #22
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Now that is smart!  I've become a bit of a "bird watcher" as of late ... so this video made my day, Bob Crane ... and I learned something too!  Congrats on being Featured in Kathy Streib's post  ...


Jan 20, 2020 07:44 AM #23
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

Bob, I agree with Patricia that a publication like Nature Magazine that features wildlife should reprint this blog.  You must be so proud of your son and his creature consciousness. Eagles are a treasure to be sure.

Jan 20, 2020 05:31 PM #24
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Very cool video and beautiful birds.  I keep thinking, wow, that eagle must have some cold feet!

Jan 21, 2020 04:30 AM #25
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bob. This is a wonderful post with pictures and a fabulous video. TY

Jan 21, 2020 06:09 AM #26
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  What a video.  I"ve never seen anything like this, thank you for sharing!

Jan 23, 2020 05:32 PM #27
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