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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Baby Bald Eagles living in a tree behind our home.

There are 3 baby bald eagles behind our house.  They are not nesting but are still being fed by mom and dad.  The nest is still in the tree but the birds sit in the surrounding trees and on top of the telephone poles.  Bald Eagles have white heads when they are adults and ready to bread.  Baby or juvenile Bald Eagles have brown heads.  These are pictures of one of the babies.  He/she screamed for an hour for his dinner, this is why we noticed him/her.  Sorry the pictures are not very clear, it's the best I could do with the camera I have.  :(

The Bald Eagle is a sacred bird in some North American cultures, and its feathers, like those of the Golden Eagle, are central to many religious and spiritual customs among Native Americans. Eagles are considered spiritual messengers between gods and humans by some cultures. Many pow wow dancers use the eagle claw as part of their regalia as well. Eagle feathers are often used in traditional ceremonies, particularly in the construction of regalia worn and as a part of fans, bustles and head dresses. The Lakota, for instance, give an eagle feather as a symbol of honor to person who achieves a task. In modern times, it may be given on an event such as a graduation from college. The Pawnee considered eagles as symbols of fertility because their nests are built high off the ground and because they fiercely protect their young. The Kwakwaka'wakw scattered eagle down to welcome important guests. The Choctaw explained that the Bald Eagle, who has direct contact with the upper world of the sun, is a symbol of peace.

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