Eagle watching has become a popular winter attraction in the Kentucky Lake region. These majestic birds were once considered an endangered species, but they are now making a comeback in the wild likely partly due to increased awareness and the federal protection once placed upon them. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they were officially delisted from endangered species list in 2007. While they are still off limits for hunting, they are still an amazing sight to be seen and something bird watching enthusiasts and ornithologists (those who study birds) flock to the Kentucky Lake area each year to see.
Staying at our resort puts you just minutes away from some of the more notable nesting grounds. Over the past few years, we’ve heard reports of them moving down our way so we are hopeful to one day see nests along our outer banks. According to the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, eagles typically begin nesting in our area around October. During this time, you may see them actively flying along the sore gathering sticks and other nesting material or hunting for their fish dinner. We’ve been told that this area is popular for the Eagles because of the more mild temperatures and miles of undisturbed shoreline along the Kentucky Lake and Cumberland River waterways. Female Eagles are known to lay their eggs from January through March, meaning they’re easier to spot sitting on their nest and tending to their young. The baby Eagles are typically strong enough to leave the nest in Spring (reported around April – July) so those who only visit us on the Summer months, often miss this awesome opportunity.
As prominent as an adult Eagle with their white feathered head is easier to identify, younger Eagles can be mistaken for other birds that inhabit our areas like the Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture or a Red Tail Hawk. That said, the first thing to do is to identify it is truly an Eagle. If you can take a picture and note your geographical location (or geo-coordinates) you can check with the local Nature Station and/or KY Wildlife office to both identify and help them record your find. They track the movement and migration patterns of these birds and having information on where they are found is helpful for their environmental research.
Depending on how adventurous you are, there are many ways you can encounter the Eagles in the area. We’ve heard people who are hiking the many trails discover nests as well as fishermen or folks on their boats who see them skimming the water for fish and taking it back to the nest. In all cases, be sure you’re dressed for the weather. Additional tools you might want to have handy include a set of binoculars, a field guide (available at the Nature Station), a water bottle, and maybe a camera to capture the moment. Additionally, you might consider these specific events hosted by naturalists in the LBL area.
For upcoming dates, check out the Event Calendar hosted on www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us Eagle watching is becoming a popular activity for LBL and the surrounding towns. We recommend that if you want to participate in one of these weekend events you make your reservations early. Use the link at the top of our page to check the availability of one of our condos or cabins at America’s Paradise Resort. We’d love to have you visit us and share your adventure with other guests.