Bald Eagle Spotted on Autumn Day Canoe Trip

So I walk past the kitchen to check on my son, and our exchange student.  They are both heads down over their electronic devices.  Nothing new there!  One is on his iPhone, while the other is on the computer.  They have been going at it for a while now and I feel a bubble of frustration peculating up inside me.  I can’t help it!  It’s a beautiful autumn day outside.  Don’t they see that?  I’ve have had to work at my desk all day.  They have a choice.  I don’t!  And this is what they choose to do with their time?  There won’t be too many more days like this one.  Finally, I can’t help myself:

“Okay.  That’s it.  We are going outside.  I don’t care what we do but, we are going outside.  It’s your choice.  We can go for a walk along Indian Crossing Trail or we can take the canoe out on the pond…”

Groans can be heard but, the two agree on the canoe.  Great!  We can get out on the pond before the sun sets and get a twilight paddle in before dinner time.  I grab the life jackets, oars and camera and we head on out.

Heading north, coming around the peninsular that is my neighbor’s yard, we sight a huge formation of geese.

A Gaggle, a Skein, and a Wedge of Geese - Red Mill Pond
A Gaggle, a Skein, and a Wedge of Geese – Red Mill Pond

Did you know that according to Wikipedia, the collective noun for a group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight, they are called a skein, a team, or a wedge; when flying close together, they are called a plump.

We head north.  I am secretly hoping to see some of the cranes.  They are so elegant but, unfortunately they are nowhere to be seen.  Then we see it – one of the bald eagles.  It’s definitely an adult because we can see it’s white tail.  It flies directly in front of us and makes a long graceful arc, heading south along the length of the pond.  There’s no question who the apex predator is in these parts!  What a grand presence this majestic creature conveys.  We are awed.

Bald Eagle over Red Mill Pond
Bald Eagle over Red Mill Pond

Although the eagle seems far away, he is actually quite close to us.  If you click on the photo, you can see a full size view of the picture.

In the next few days, I will try to upload some more photographs from this excursion…

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