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Featured Sanctuary Bird: Bald Eagle

Juvenile bald eagle photo by Arlene Koziol

Juvenile bald eagle photo by Arlene Koziol

This winter, thousands of bald eagles can be found fishing around dams in open water along the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. Many of these eagles are from northern Wisconsin, Minnesota or Canada. However, some bald eagles in southern Wisconsin are sticking aroud - setting up territories and nests.

At Goose Pond Sanctuary, a pair of bald eagles took over a red-tailed hawk nest located on top of a spruce tree in the yard of Roland and Lynn Manthe, 100 yards north of Goose Pond (see map). The eagles have been adding sticks to the nest and are frequently seen in the area.

Though Bald Eagles were once endangered by hunting and pesticides, they now are flourishing under protection. They are often soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food.

Bird watchers and photographers are welcome to visit the pair near Goose Pond, but we ask that a few guidelines be followed to keep the eagles comfortable: Please do not park near the nesting area - A small pull-off can be found on the east side of Goose Pond Road where the road intersects the pond.  Please use your car as a blind as walking up to the nest will likely result in the eagles abandoning the nest. Your cooperation is appreciated!

Please contact Goose Pond Sanctuary resident managers, Mark and Sue Foote-Martin with questions: goosep@madisonaudubon.org, 608-635-4160.

Can't get enough of eagles? Swing by our booth at Eagle Watching Days on Saturday, Jan. 18, or join us in Spring Green for our Eagle Roost Count on Sunday, Jan. 26! Learn more about the birds of Madison Audubon Sanctuaries in our featured archive.

Featured Sanctuary Bird: American Kestrel

Photo by Arlene Koziol; banner photo by Joshua Mayer

Photo by Arlene Koziol; banner photo by Joshua Mayer

North America’s littlest falcon, the American Kestrel is our Friday Feathered Feature. This colorful, acrobatic bird is exciting to watch in action - Kestrels are often found perching on wires or power lines, watching for prey. You can see one for yourself on North Shore road at ourFaville Grove Sanctuary near Lake Mills. 

Kestrels are experiencing long-term population decline. To support their habitat, we have added four Kestrel Nest Boxes at Faville Grove. For more on American Kestrels and information on building your own nest box, visit http://kestrel.peregrinefund.org/

To learn more about birds at Faville Grove, email faville@madisonaudubon.org, or plan your own visit using our Google Map

Featured Sanctuary Bird: Cooper's Hawk

Featured Sanctuary Bird: Cooper's Hawk

Each week, we highlight a special bird sighting from one of our two wildlife sanctuaries.

Learn something new (and find out how to spot these birds!) by tuning in at the end of each week for our Featured Sanctuary Bird - and find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via #FridayFeatheredFeature!