WILDLIFE WATCHING — BLM wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo just returned from her weekly winter survey of bald eagles at Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay. The count: 128 total, including 95 adult and 33 immature eagles.
The number is down from the whopping record count of 254 on Dec. 23, but it's still far above this time in 2009. Last year's count on Jan. 8 was 72 birds — 66 adults and 6 immature, Hugo said.
Elsewhere, birdwatchers seem to be finding bald eagles scattered throughout the region where they have access to water or roadkill.
On the Spokane Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 2, Kim Thorburn's team counted 29 bald eagles around the Little Spokane in the fish hatchery area.
Joyce Alonso counted 6 bald eagles in the Hangman Creek area.
All of the other teams whose areas included river counted bald eagles, as well.