I tagged along with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials and staff this week to confirm an active Bald Eagles’ nest on Chimon Island off the coast of Norwalk, Conn. The nest is visible from the coast with binoculars or a spotting scope, so we were all fairly certain of
what we’d see anyway, but the confirmation has officially been made. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife staff posted more signage on the island and placed additional barriers to protect the eagles, which are safeguarded by state and federal laws.
Chimon Island is part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.
The laws, of course, do not protect the eagles against annoyed
Ospreys, so a battle may be pending. The eagles have taken over a nest that has been used by an Osprey pair for the last four years. The osprey haven’t returned from South America yet, so it could get interested when they do.
The photos aren’t great, I know, but they are indeed the eagles off the coast of Norwalk.
Here are links to some stories I wrote for The Hour newspaper regarding the eagles.
Bald Eagles may be nesting on Norwalk Island
For the Birds: Have the eagles landed?
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirms eagle nest on Chimon Island
Back in the 80’s, one bald eagle spent the winter feeding from the Saugatuck River in Westport, and on a daily basis, folks from the fish market at Bridge Square would throw fish remains onto the ice just downstream of the Cribari Bridge and he eagle would come to feed. It was there for several days before heading back north with the coming of spring. – Dick