The spike in bald eagles congregating at Lake Coeur d’Alene appears to be over for the season.
Scott Robinson, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, said only 67 eagles were counted in Wolf Lodge Bay on Tuesday, which was before the record snowfall hit the region.
That count is down from 127 tallied in the previous weekly survey and 88 two weeks ago.
Bald eagles from around the region are attracted by the kokanee that spawn in the bay from November through December.
A record 156 eagles were counted in December 2004. The highest counts usually occur the week before Christmas, but that trend appears to be off a week this year, Robinson said.