The amount of life on the creek these past few weeks has me longing for spring and many hours out on the water. Over the past few years we have regularly spotted bald eagles soaring over Ayers and Trappe creeks. No matter how many times I see them it is always a thrill, especially when you see them diving in for a fish or an eel.
A couple of weeks ago we had our first glimpse of the eagles in over a month. It was definitely worth the wait. As the ice on the creek began to melt the hungry eagles were ready to go fishing. We watched for over 30 minutes as 7 Eagles soared and dove over the creek! There was one mature eagle (full white head) and 6 juveniles (chocolate brown with white mottled into their coloration).
Scientific note for my Jersey Girls – As the juveniles mature over 3 to 5 years the head and tail feathers gradually turn white. The beak and eyes will turn yellow. By the fifth year they will have dark bodies, white tails, and the emblematic pure white head.
The other excitement has been a couple of otter sightings. I love the otters, they always seem to be having fun. Even just swimming down the creek they exhibit a sense of playfulness. We do tend to see them more in the colder months, but come join us for a paddle this spring and maybe you will see the otters at play.