WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles are dispersing from their annual gathering to feast on kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene, but they're not gone by any means.
Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, just returned from her weekly survey of the the lake's Wolf Lodge Bay region. She said she tallied 64 bald eagles -- 56 adults and 8 immature.
The count during this week last year was 46 total -- 38 adults and 8 immature.
On Jan. 7, 2011, the count was 128 total, including 95 adult and 33 immature eagles. The 2010 count for the same week was 72 eagles — 66 adults and 6 immature, Hugo said
This season's peak was a whopping record count of 254 on Dec. 23.