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A Bald Eagle Over Kelly Lake—Seen It?

Have you see a bald eagle near Green Valley Road or Kelly Lake?

One of the coolest things about living in a semi-rural area like Watsonville is the abundance of wildlife that's all around us: A day doesn't go buy when you don't spot a red-tailed hawk on the hunt. And it's uncommon to *not* see quail or rabbits during a drive (or a run) out on Calabasas.

After the shift change at dusk, we're always lulled to sleep by acres of frogs and crickets near the bend of Buena Vista Drive by the airport, while coyotes howl and bark in the foothills near Hecker Pass.

But it's the unusual that really catches your attention. A few months back, a praying mantis graced us with his (her?) prescence in our backyard. That was a first.

And yesterday, after a long fun weekend of gigs—hosting a sold out Keith Greeninger show in Corralitos on Friday, playing a fun set at Trail Dust BBQ in Morgan Hill on Saturday, and then playing in church on Sunday morning—I saw another first: I looked up, and over Green Valley Road, I thought the sun was playing tricks on my and glaring off a hawk. Then I realized I was looking at a bald eagle. A huge bald eagle. (I could estimate its size, but I'd embarrassingly overestimate it. Let's just say it was a big bird.)

I was born and raised here. This was the first time I've ever seen a bald eagle in Watsonville. And me without my camera. I posted a quick comment on Facebook. Some other folks have seen this bird as well, near Kelly Lake

So that's sorta the point of this post: Has anyone else spotted this gorgeous bird flying over south county? If so, were you lucky enough to snap a picture?

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Santa Jerry March 30, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Sorry! I got the link from a friend in Corralitos and just assumed it was our local birds. The Decorah eagles are actually in Minnesota.
jerry bens April 02, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I saw a bald eagle flying over head with a turky hawk flying buddy ...I was so lucky to see it.... I like observing birds ...and from my experience I have notice that the most amazing birds are not so commonly seen unless you are in the Amazon jungle in the morning or afternoon . I live on top of a hill on smith rd. up above spring hills golf coarse .....I wonder if we all are seeing the same eagle...I didn't even know there were eagles in watsonville....................Jerry :)
Denise Murphy April 02, 2012 at 07:59 PM
There are at least three Bald Eagles. One of them looks about a year younger than the other two. They've been spotted over the other lakes in Watsonville. I would confidently say that you've seen one of the three. The eagles are fairly new residents. We spotted a juvenile over Pinto Lake City Park about a year ago and I've overheard some say they have been distantly spotted on rare occasion for the past three years. These are believed to be the offspring of a breeding program in Big Sur about 20 years ago but no one knows for sure. There are also 2 pair of Osprey at Pinto Lake County Park which make appearances often. And if you really like birding, I recommend getting out the Struve Slough next to West Marine. Its a great place, especially now, during the migration to spot birds that are not here year round. The Nature Center behind Ramsey Park does bird walks on Sundays at 1 or 1:30pm.
Michelle Deering March 17, 2014 at 02:35 PM
I saw one Bald Eagle, flying high, near Airport and the High Way 1. It was last Wednesday, the 12th. I took a double take and asked my husband if what I was seeing was correct. He thought it was a seagull. I said it was to big and had all the markings of a Bald Eagle. This exciting!
Michael Gaither March 17, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Nice. We saw one of them yesterday morning as we were driving along Green Valley Road.

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