Bald Eagles Back At Turtle Bay In Redding California

by Larry Jordan on November 2, 2008

Bald Eagle photo courtesy of Greg Barnett and Record Searchlight

Both Patriot and Liberty were spotted close to their nest in a cottonwood stand Monday afternoon near Turtle Bay off Highway 44 in Redding, California, according to Teri Lhuillier, one of the eagles advocates.  This eagle couple raised a pair of eaglets last year despite the construction on the bridge spanning the Sacramento River amid great controversy.  A webcam has now been installed so we can all watch the action if Patriot and Liberty decide to use this nest for their next year’s brood.

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Thomas November 4, 2008 at 4:04 am

This is amazing conservation effort, good luck to you to see them nest again


Larry November 4, 2008 at 9:26 pm

@Thomas this is a truly amazing story as CalTrans, the California Department of Transportation, had placed a cone over the eagles nest back in November of 2007 to try to deter them from nesting here. The reason was they didn’t want to take the chance that they would be disturbed during nesting season by the bridge construction (see When the eagles didn’t take their bait, they decided to let them come back to where they had successfully bred for two years in a row, 2006 and 2007. I’m sure, even with the construction, they will breed here again this coming 2009 season.


Di January 18, 2009 at 10:16 am

Hi Larry,

Just wanted to mention that my husband and I had the most remarkable experience Tuesday afternoon as we saw our first, here at our home in Oregon! He sat on the very tip of the fir tree for about an hour; so comical is the closeup as he looks like a little ole man. We wonder if we’ll see him again.

We thought you might enjoy seeing it.


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