Bald Eagle

You're probably thinking "we have bald eagles here?" Back before DDT which caused egg shells to be extra thin and not able to be incubated causing the decline of the bald eagles and placed them on the endangered species list, there was a year-round nesting pair that called Laguna Beach their home. Once DDT was banned is most products, bald eagles were able to recover and be taken off the endangered species list, although they are still federally protected as are their feathers so if you see any feathers lying around bald eagle habitat, don't touch it, it is an automatic felony to possess a bald eagle feather no matter how you obtained it.

In recent years, there are 2 confirmed pairs of bald eagles that have been returning during winter and been being monitored by us from approximately November until April. We have also observed more bald eagles that seemed to be passing through and stopping by to rest for a few days. By giving out their approximate locations, it is requested that you please do not disturb them in any way, please enjoy them from a distance that does not alter their natural state. One pair spends their winters at Irvine Lake and the other near Santa Ana River Lakes, both which have plentiful stocks of fish which are their primary diet, they will also prey on other birds.

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Bald eagles calling at Irvine Lake