Bald Eagle Heaven – Harrison Mills, BC


When not out riding my other love, other than my partner and dogs is wildlife.  Bald Eagles especially.  If you have been following this BLOG you will know this about me…Leslie.

Every year between November and early January Bald Eagles show up along the Fraser River in and around Harrison Mills, BC located about an hour East of where we live in Maple Ridge.  The reason thousands of eagles and many other birds like it here is because of the abundant amount of salmon.  The Chelahlis Flats is an important wildlife and fish habitat.  Spawning salmon arrive in the Fall and the Eagles have feast eating the carcass’ of the dead fish.  David Hancock, a Biologist studies this area and has a love and passion for eagles.  I know David and he recently was quoted saying that we might have the largest concentration of eagles in one area in the world.  Even more than Alaska now.  This years count has been over 7,000 eagles. 

When I was out today I probably saw a  thousand within about a 1 mile radius.  So many you find yourself just twirling around in circles as they fly over your head and land on the sand dunes in the river.  I took 2 of my dogs with me today while Cheryl went Christmas shopping.  It was about 3 degrees Celsius out with a wicked wind down by the water.  I also got showered with eagle  poop…hope it is good luck.  ;-)

Here are some of the pics I took today on my eagle outing.  It is always a treat to not get out this way each year but to have a beautiful sunny and cold day to eagle watch is a bonus.  Just going to post pics with captions….most of the Eagles were quite a ways out in the river…

Juvenile Eagle with a Salmon

what's left of the salmon

Eagles usually do not hang out with one another

The hang in groups because there is enough food for all

eagles Mate for life

Eagles will only seek a new mate if something happens to their partner

wing span can be up to 7 ft

beautiful and graceful

Females are larger than males

Not unusal for an Eagle to fly 250 miles in one day

Sandpiper Gold Course great viewing area

Younger eagles also known as Juvies wait their turn

View from the golf course

The flats are surrounded by mountains

This is why they call us Beautiful BC

Eagles love to fly in thermals

Adults get their white head and tail at about 5 years of age

this guy was posing for me

Nice little bridge that takes you to the 8th hole

streams cut through the gold course leading to the Fraser River

Sandpiper has cottages and restaurants too

Water was low today

Nothing left but bones, this is why the eagles are here

keeping an eagle eye out

Some sub adults do not know how to hunt yet, this is like free food

there are groups of many eagles like this all over

Cedar logs are sent down the river for sorting and to mills

lovely

crisp cool day

in flight

Juvie

Majestic and this one is sleeping, notice the eye

An eagles feathers are not waterproof like an Osprey

I think this was a pair

Eagle poop on my camera

the eagles were on the move today probably cause it was nice out

Many adults around

I did not see many a live salmon in the river

Another majestic bird if the Trumpeter Swan

When an eagle flies over your head you can actually hear their wings cutting the wind

Seagulls, Swans, Crows and Eagles

More groups

golf course

more in flight

We have had a dry December so far and cold

Gorgeous golf course

more views

not a lot of snow yet

Sometimes I have seen about 30 or more flying together

Had a quick bite at this pub…a well known biker hang out in the summer…bit of a dump..

On my way home

Trumpeter Swans mate for life too

another graceful bird

That's it!

Great day, hours of viewing pleasure and because it was a Monday hardly anyone else out there.  I almost had the Eagles to myself.  Priceless.

Almost forgot, I was walking under an evergreen and almost got a direct hit with an eagle poop shoot but manage to only get somewhat hit…got the hair, jacket and camera but could have been a lot worse.  ;-)

eagle crap

could have been worse eh?

13 thoughts on “Bald Eagle Heaven – Harrison Mills, BC

  1. Awesome birds and very nice pictures. We have a milder climate but you sure have some very nice compensations. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Great captures of the Canadian Bald Eagles….young and old. The Harrison is on of the great places in the country to view Eagles. Thanks for posting your beautiful pictures.

  3. The bridge in one of your photo’s leads to the 15th Tee @ the Sandpiper Golf Resort not the 8th tee & the Bed & Breakfast is call Rowena’s Inn On the River just incase anyone was wondering. The restaurant is called the Rivers Edge & has a great selection of casual west coast menu items & uses mostly local ingredients…it is a fantastic place to have a soup & sandwich when in the Harrison Mills area! Also if you check in @ the Sandpiper Golf Course Pro Shop they will give you a complementary map of the walking trails that lead you through the golf course & trees to the shores of the Harrison River for great viewing & picture opportunities! Other that that I really enjoyed your photos & being a local resident I am glad that you enjoyed your time in the Mills! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    • Great factual info….I go out there ever year…most times I try to take the Fraser River Safari boat tour but not meant to be this year…The resort is also romantic…you forgot that! ;-) Thanks for stopping by..how did you find this BLOG? Leslie

  4. nice blog…nice place you live..beautiful out there…we ride all the time in the area on and off road…well, thanks for stopping by and finding us on Google…today is a very busy day on this Blog…over 2500 hits…love this stuff. :-)

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