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Doug Moyer has been watching a pair of bald eagles on his property for 23 years. The big majestic birds are very active this time of the year, and eagle watching is great since there aren't any leaves on the trees. Eagle eggs will start filling the nests later this month though March before hatching in April, which will keep prime eagle viewing through early spring.

The Ohio DNR has been watching the population closely ever since bald eagles were added to the endangered list. Wildlife officials often make visits to this nest to check up on the birds.

Doug Moyer recalls one day when a DNR official climbed up to the nest to investigate, "well at one point the gentleman climbed up there and found a few cat collars in that nest so apparently fifi was food for the eagles at one point." Whether it is small animals or lots and lots of fish, the food supply is abundant in northwest Ohio and it means the population is once again soaring to new heights.

Wildlife Communications Specialist Marry Warren said, "the eagles are doing very well in Ohio. Last year there were over 200 nests and that is in 62 counties so it is really spread out." Bald eagles are no longer on the endangered list and more of the birds live in Ottawa, Huron and Sandusky counties than anywhere else in the state.

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