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Of Eagles Passed, Present and in Our Midst

  Bald Eagle perched in a tree I was scrolling through Netflix yesterday, killing some time and mulling blog post ideas. I came across a documentary about The Eagles. It is sadly just a week since the announcement of the death of Eagles founding member, Glenn Frey. I came of age in the early seventies and The Eagles were one of my bands. So I watched the show and learned more than I needed to about the band and the members. The early seventies was a long time ago, but that music is still great. RIP Glenn Frey. Last week, while driving west on Sylvania Avenue, near Camp Miakonda, between Corey and Holland-Sylvania roads, I was dive-bombed by a real, honest to goodness Bald Eagle. It swooped down from above, flew over my car and appeared to make a pass at some roadkill in the center lane of the street. We jabbed the brakes, and the great bird flapped its wings - the span of them was wider than the car we were in - and cruised just above car-top level in front of us, for maybe 50 yards before climbing above the trees again, heading north. There were no Bald Eagles in Metro Toledo in the seventies - other than a pretty mangy one I remember being caged at the Toledo Zoo. In fact, raptors of any kind were rare sights. Over the past couple decades though, big birds like Red Tailed and Sharp Shinned hawks are commonly seen along the highways, on fence posts and in the trees. Peregrine Falcons have nested in downtown Toledo buildings. And news of Bald Eagle's nests started to appear in the local media. Not long ago, a big deal was made that there were six - SIX - eagle's nests established along the Lake Erie shore and Maumee River. There may be more than that within the city's limits today. So those Metro Toledo schools that have the majestic eagle as there mascot have a bit more localness to hang on to. Notre Dame, Toledo Christian and Clay high schools have a symbol that actually resides in the area. There are no panthers or polar bears running wild in Metro Toledo. And no school has adopted the white tailed deer or Canada Goose so far. Photo credit: Creative Commons some rights reserved -┬áBill Evans, 50th Space Wing multimedia photographer