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 biologist Carrie Hugo in her first survey of the season.
Eagles were at Higgens Point and in the Beauty Bay area this week, she said.
For decades, the eagles have provided a popular wildlife-viewing attraction as the birds are lured from mid-November into January to feast on the spawning kokanee that stack up in Wolf Lodge Bay.
“It is not too unusual for the count to be very low (in mid-November),” she said.
The 2013 bald eagle count at Lake Coeur d’Alene peaked at 217 on Dec. 30.
A record 273 bald eagles was counted at Wolf Lodge Bay on Dec. 29, 2011.