It’s Official: Bald Eagles Are Not Regular Birds

100% Beach Bum
100% Beach Bum
At The Northside College of Ornithology, one of the first things you learn is that it is useful to categorize birds in order to study them. Those categories are "Beach Birds" and "Regular Birds". Beach Birds are awesome and adorbz. "Regular Birds" are not important, so you can just ignore them.
At The Northside College of Ornithology, one of the first things you learn is that it is useful to categorize birds in order to study them. Those categories are “Beach Birds” and “Regular Birds”. Beach Birds are awesome and adorbz. “Regular Birds” are not important, so you can just ignore them. They are PEFA food.
All shorebirds, and our Coastal Raptors like Peregrine Falcon and Osprey are obviously not "Regular Birds". But recently at the Cape May Raptor Banding Project I was cornered and questioned about the inclusion of Bald Eagles in the non-regular bird category. It came up because I kept complaining that we were catching too many "regular raptors".
All shorebirds, seabirds, and our Coastal Raptors like Peregrine Falcon and Osprey are obviously not “Regular Birds”. But recently, in the Blind at the Cape May Raptor Banding Project, I was cornered and questioned about the inclusion of Bald Eagles in the non-regular bird category. It came up because I kept complaining that we were catching too many “regular raptors”.
I had to admit that while I have seen many Bald Eagles soaring over LBI and perching around Barnegat Bay, I never actually caught one hanging out on the front beaches of LBI, doing what you and I love to do.
I had to admit that while I have seen many Bald Eagles soaring over LBI and perching around Holgate & Barnegat Bay, I never actually caught one hanging out in the sand on the front beaches of LBI, doing what you and I love to do, which is  a prerequisite for being a Beach Bum Bird….
Until Today.
Until Today.
So while we have long considered Bald Eagles part of our "irregular" family, the opening photo of this post makes it 100% official.
So while we have long considered Bald Eagles part of our “irregular” family, the opening photo of this post makes it 100% official.
We <3 you Bald Eagle. You may eat all the regular birds you want when the fishing grows thin.
We ❤ you Bald Eagle. You may eat all the regular birds you want when the fishing grows thin. Just no shorebirds, please.
Did you know Bald Eagles eat burd? It's true. While they prefer fish, they are top notch scavengers. Here is a shot from tonight.... this Eagle fish unsuccessfully for about 10 minutes. On his return to the beach, he took a shot at this unfortunate duck.
Did you know Bald Eagles eat burd? It’s true. While they prefer fish, they are top notch scavengers and will eat just about anything. Here is a shot from tonight…. this Eagle fished unsuccessfully for about 10 minutes out at sea. On his disheartening return to the beach, he took a shot at this unfortunate duck.
Pergerine Falcon: Clearly a Beach Bum
Pergerine Falcon: Clearly a Beach Bum
Sorry Little Miss Dove. That's great that you're sitting on the beach and everything, but you're still a regular bird. Sorry.
Sorry Little Miss Dove. That’s great that you’re sitting on the beach and everything, but you’re still a regular bird. Sorry. (Editors note: It’s funny how a day comes together into a post sometimes… I shot this mediocre dove photo this morning, for no reason at all, several hours before catching the Eagle with his talons in the sand. I was annoyed at myself for doing so. But it was a “regular bird” on the Beach and thought maybe I’d find a use for it…. voila!)

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