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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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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

A quick snack: A juvenile bald eagle, which doesn’t yet have the coloration of an adult, throws its wings back and its talons forward, preparing to snatch a kokanee salmon from the surface of Lake Coeur d’Alene on Saturday. The gathering of migrating eagles peaks in mid-December as the birds gorge on the spawned-out kokanee that are plentiful in the lake’s Wolf Lodge Bay.  On the Web: Watch a video about the eagles’ annual journey at spokesman.com/video.jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley)

Bald eagle numbers may be peaking at CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The number of bald eagles gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene appears to have peaked or may be declining slightly after last week's record count of 259 birds in Wolf Lodge Bay. In today's survey, a total of 237 bald eagles -- 204...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2011


A mature bald eagle cruises above the cold water looking for kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene. 
 (Photos by Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

It's a record! Bald eagles mobbing Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles are mobbing Lake Coeur d’Alene in record numbers this week. On Thursday, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo returned from an eagle cruise boat tour and reported that eagles were "all over the place" compared to just...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011

Bald eagles are gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene to feast on spawning kokanee

Bald eagle numbers continue to soar at Lake CdA 

BIRDWATCHING – The season’s third survey of bald eagles congregating at Lake Coeur d’Alene found another big jump in numbers from the previous week. Today's survey found 112 adults (white heads) and 24 immature eagles (under 4 years old with dark heads) for a total...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011

A bald eagle is perched on a branch at Higgens Point above Lake Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. Birdwatchers and photographers gather along the lake's eastern arm this time of year to watch the eagles. The birds migrate through the region on their way south each December. (Kathy Plonka)

CdA bald eagle survey canceled this week

BIRDWATCHING -- The weekly fall/winter survey of bald eagles congregating at Lake Coeur d'Alene has been cancelled this week as BLM staffers are in training meetings. But the birds are there by the dozens, as you learned last week in this blog post followed by...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 23, 2010


A mature bald eagle cruises above the cold water looking for kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene. 
 (Photos by Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Bald eagles set record at CdA today

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- “I can hardly believe it myself, but the total today was 254, well over the record!” said Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist on Thursday after completing her weekly survey of bald eagles at Wolf Lodge Bay. In the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

The bald eagle at right drops a kokanee salmon back into Lake Coeur d’Alene near Higgens Point after the eagle at left began harassing it Wednesday. Birdwatchers and photographers gather along the lake’s eastern arm this time of year to watch the eagles feed on spawned-out kokanee. The birds migrate through the region on their way south each December.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Board CdA boats to view bald eagles

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A scenic boat cruise is one of the more enjoyable ways to view the annual winter bald eagle gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay.Here are a few options;Dec. 26-Jan. 2: Coeur d'Alene Resort 2-hour cruises start at 1 p.m. Cost:...

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