A bald eagle spotted on the roadside in Natick last week made headlines. Bald eagle sightings in Southborough are less unusual, but they’re still rare. I, for one, have seen plenty of hawks and herons and other birds flying around town, but I’ve never spotted an eagle.
My Southborough reader George is one of the lucky ones who has. Not only did he spot an eagle hanging out at the reservoir the other weekend, he had his camera handy to capture the scene.
George said it’s wasn’t the first time he’d seen an eagle in Southborough:
A few years ago a deer died on the ice where the water flows under White-Bagley and birds fed on the carcass. A young eagle fed there for a couple of days. I have also seen other eagles flying by. They are migrating or moving to warmer climes this time of year so, if one looks, it is not that unusual to see one or two. Eagle numbers have increased considerably in the past 20 or so years; various states have helped to increase eagle numbers and in MA they were introduced at the Quabbin Reservoir and now there are nests in many places across the state.
Here’s a close-up of the eagle in all its glory.
How about you? Have you seen eagles in and around Southborough?