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THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Bald eagles tussle in the air for control of a kokanee one had snagged from the water with its talons in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Carlene Hardt)

Bald eagles tussle for food in season of plenty

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Despite a 20-year high number of kokanee spawning in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene, bald eagles still occasionally battle for their share. Photographer Carlene Hardt ventured out in the cold weather on New Years eve and captured images...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016

FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

A bald eagle flies over Lake Pend Oreille in search of food.

Eagles still lingering at Wolf Lodge Bay

WILDLIFE WATCHING --Bald eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene for their annual gathering to feed on spawning kokanee are dispersing, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist says. Carrie Hugo, who has surveyed eagles in Wolf Lodge Bay almost weekly since early November, counted 28...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2015

Soaring high: A bald eagle wheels patiently high above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday during the annual gathering of eagles in December to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. Though fewer in number than in other years, several birds were feeding Friday near Higgens Point on Wolf Lodge Bay with others stationed around Beauty Bay. (Jesse Tinsley)

Bald eagles still hanging out at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Today's weekly winter survey of Lake Coeur d'Alene bald eagles -- possibly the last of the season -- tallied 93 eagles at Wolf Lodge Bay feasting on spawning kokanee. U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo counted 87 adults, 5...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

A multi-exposure image by Spokane pastor-photographer Craig Goodwin illustrates the sequence of a bald eagle snatching a spawning kokanee this week from the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Craig Goodwin)

CdA bald eagle count nearly doubles in a week 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The number of bald eagles has nearly doubled since last week for their annual gathering to feast on kokanee spawning in the northeastern corner of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 66 bald eagles Tuesday...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

Soaring high: A bald eagle wheels patiently high above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday during the annual gathering of eagles in December to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. Though fewer in number than in other years, several birds were feeding Friday near Higgens Point on Wolf Lodge Bay with others stationed around Beauty Bay. (Jesse Tinsley)

34 bald eagles counted at Lake CdA 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 34 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene. That's up from 18 eagles counted last week during her weekly survey. Two weeks ago she counted only...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014

The winter gathering of migrating bald eagles peaks in mid-December at Lake Coeur d’Alene. (File)

Bald eagle gathering grows at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles are finally showing some interest in their traditional winter feast of spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 18 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area. That's up from...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

A reader submitted this photo of a bald eagle snatching a Lake CdA kokanee to the S-R eagle web page.

Four bald eagles show up at lake CdA, so far

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Four bald eagles were counted today at Lake Coeur d'Alene in the weekly fall survey conducted during the annual fall-winter congregation at the northeast corner of the lake. That's up from zero birds counted last Wednesday by U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

The winter gathering of migrating bald eagles peaks in mid-December at Lake Coeur d’Alene. (File)

Bald eagles slow to show at Lake CdA 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual winter congregation of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene has not yet started, according to biologists who surveyed the north end of the lake on Wednesday. For decades, the eagles have provided a popular wildlife-viewing attraction as the birds are...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014


A two-day-old bald eagle chick stretches on a nest about 150 feet above the ground near Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Craig Goodwin)

Two-day-old bald eagle chicks active in nest

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "I love the little wings and the open mouth," says Spokane Valley pastor and photographer Craig Goodwin, back from a North Idaho birding adventure. "The eaglets are two days old." Goodwin says he's found great bird photo situations including great blue herons...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

A bald eagle snatches a spawned out kokanee from the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene in January 2014. (Jaime Johnson)

Poor visibility postpones CdA eagle survey

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The weekly survey of bald eagles gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene was postponed today because of poor visibility caused by the incoming storm. Carrie Hugo, BLM wildlife biologists, said she saw enough eagles to believe that the eagle numbers are still high....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Soaring high: A bald eagle wheels patiently high above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday during the annual gathering of eagles in December to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. Though fewer in number than in other years, several birds were feeding Friday near Higgens Point on Wolf Lodge Bay with others stationed around Beauty Bay. (Jesse Tinsley)

Eagle count soars to 129 at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual bald eagle gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene continues to grow, with plenty of birds for viewing as "eagle ambassadors" gear up for the annual Eagle Watch Week activities during the holiday school break. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

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