Soar like an eagle
The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782. A large raptor, weighing between 8 and 15 pounds, nearly 3 feet tall and with wingspan over 6 feet, it is impressive and regal. They soar in solitude.
Bald eagles are found in Maryland year round. Most are concentrated along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, living near water resources and in forested, sparsely developed areas near rivers, wetlands and other waterways throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Bald eagles nest in large trees, either loblolly pines or hardwoods, usually at the edge of a wooded area where there is easy access and away from development. Many nests border active farm fields.
The Chesapeake region is also an important stop for bald eagles migrating from other parts of North America during spring and autumn.
Bald eagles mate for life and live up to 30 years in the wild. After hatching in April, they stay in their nests for 12 weeks, cared by both parents, the juveniles start to fly in June.
These eagles were recently spotted in a field along Route 301 south near Centreville.