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Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

March 06, 2014 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was another arctic day on March 1, with temperatures in the low 20s, but that did not deter a dozen people from meeting at the Saugerties Lighthouse parking lot for a chance to view bald eagles. Sponsored by the Woodstock Land Conservancy, the walk, led by local naturalist Steve Chorvas, was proof of the extraordinary lure and appeal of the majestic national bird. Indeed, the sight of a bald eagle soaring above the river on its powerful, plank-like wings, easily identifiable by its large size and white head, was a rarity as little as ten years ago. But now more than a dozen inhabit the local river shores — Chorvas counted a total of 15 bald eagles in Ulster County during a bird count in January — and the folks swaddled in hats, scarves, coats and gloves were hopeful of catching a glimpse.
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