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Where was this photo taken? Probably way out west, in say Alaska or Washington state, right?

Nope. It was taken four hours ago, in Staten Island, in the city of New York, by a friend of mine. Click on it and see the detail.

These magnificent birds were once threatened nationally by pollution and the use of the pesticide DDT. They hadn’t been seen locally for over 100 years.

But then

the Clean Air Act passed in 1970
the Clean Water Act passed in 1972
DDT was banned in 1973

And then slowly, slowly, things got better locally.

The eagles came back. First to visit, then to stay. As of 2017, there were 426 breeding bald eagle pairs in NY State. There are surely more now.

There are also now many hawks and falcons, some of whom live on the towers of our mighty bridges.

And it’s not just the birds. Humpback whales are now seen just offshore in the Atlantic and occasionally in the harbor itself. Whale and dolphins watching cruises now leave from Brooklyn

Things continue to get better, much better.

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12 thoughts on “Bald Eagle Comeback

  1. Yes Phantom

    But don’t get Patrick started on DDT, he thinks it’s the greatest chemical ever invented and like many in Rightworld he has tried to destroy the memory of Rachel Carson for writing Silent Spring which got DDT banned in the USA.

    Of course the pro-DDT mob were all bought and paid for by the chemical companies that produced that poison. What a surprise. But many of the “eminent scientists” who opposed tha DDT ban went on to greater things in the sixties and seventies and eighties and nineties and this century as well. By a huge coincidence many of them also opposed action against restricting the chemicals that caused the ozone hole and action against acid rain and of course action against CO2 emissions.

    And I should add that in the 60s and 70s quite a few of them also callenged the campaign against tobacco smoking on the grounds that “the evidence is disputed”. Of course they were paid by the tobacco companies, just as they were later paid by the chemical companies and the fossil fuel companies. And you have to admit that their lies have worked pretty well. They held up action to restrict smoking for decades. They held up action to enforce the coal power stations to remove sulphur dioxide from their smoke emissions. And they are still fighting to hold up action against carbon emissions. And if you look it up, you will find the same “eminent scientists” in quite a few of those campaigns. Hello Fred Singer, denialist scientist for hire. And he’s not the only one with a badge for all of those disinformation campaigns, no siree.

  2. Yes

    And one of the other major positive steps Was the banning of the use of lead in gasoline / petrol here in the 1980s

    Very good for the health of children in cities, very good for the health of wildlife everywhere.

    Many of the usual suspects opposed that regulation. “ Too expensive “ they whined, “ too much government “ , they cried. Bla bla bla all the time

  3. Love this post, Phantom. I have a mated pair of Red Tail hawks living in my yard this year. It’s wonderful. Several ravens live nearby. Barn owls and Screech owls are all over the neighborhood. I love the birds, so nice to see the eagles and hawks making a comeback in cities like yours.

  4. I am making a concerted effort to get up early in the morning, and today I was outside the house at 5:30 am.

    How quiet it is then. You really hear the birds. I could hear two or three distinct types of chirping and now I want to learn to identify them

    Ravens are interesting. One would visit a friend’s sunny lawn every afternoon for weeks and weeks, same exact spot

  5. You would love my balcony. So many birds singing first thing in the morning, so many birds dancing through the trees.

    We have Nightjars here that sing all night in the summer. They’re super annoying.

  6. I saw my first Swallow on Tuesday. And we have Blackbirds and Thrushes and Blackcaps and Dunncks and Robins and all the Tits nesting near our back garden.

    So nothing rare or exotic, but hey, the pond is busy for sure. There’s a fat tadpole from last year and tiny ones from last month. And dozens of watersnails and I’m hoping for Newts. Life is getting on with it.

  7. Bald Eagles, meh! I see them by the dozen every fall hanging out with the crows eating road kill

  8. I must admit to being a johnny-come-lately when it comes to appreciating and tuning in to birds, but it is truly a joy.

    The BirdNET app, which helps you to identify birds by theirs songs, is incredible.

  9. Peter, on May 13th, 2021 at 1:40 AM Said:
    I saw my first Swallow on Tuesday. And we have Blackbirds and Thrushes and Blackcaps and Dunncks and Robins and all the Tits nesting near our back garden.

    We have, for the last three years had the absolute joy of watching a pair of Green Woodpeckers visit one of our bird feeding tables on a regular basis.

  10. didn’t someone do a post on this a couple years back….. gee I wonder who, but it is a nice post and a great picture.

    The Eagle Repopulation effort has been a tremendous success. two or 3 years ago (I’m just starting the first pot of coffee) about 2 miles from where I live is a huge preserve that one of the local pair of Eagles took up residence and I actually got to witness with my own eyes an eagle fishing.

    It swooped down and snatched up a nice bass less than 20ft from me, it was one of the most spectacular sites I’ve ever witnessed. I mean you see it on TV put to actually watch it right in front of you…..

    Good post Phantom

  11. Remember to click on Phantoms Picture TWICE….. to see full detail….

  12. There are many problems with the environment, but there is also a vast restoration well underway, in many places including here.

    Maybe more on this in a bit.

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