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Return of the Eagles


Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, November 12, 2001

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures of early November 2001, Bald Eagles can again be seen soaring over the Root River Bluffs of the Lanesboro region. Their arrival, as much as the now leafless trees, a clear and dependable sign that winter is soon to come. In fact, Eagles only rarely grace area skies in the warmer months of spring and summer.

In the seven or eight years spent observing regional birds, I have noticed that the annual return of Eagles to Lanesboros skies seems to coincide almost perfectly with the southbound departure of the last of our Turkey Vultures. With the exception of a brief period of one to two weeks with some potential for overlap, exactly the opposite sequence of arrival and departure events seems equally true in springtime as well. In other words, if Eagles are present it is unlikely you will see Vultures and vice versa.

Although the white head and tail of adult Bald Eagles makes their identification relatively easy, it is conceivable that juvenile individuals, which do not obtain white head and tail feathers until the age of four or five, could be mistaken for the similarly sized Turkey Vulture particularly when in flight. When gliding, however, Vultures typically hold their two-toned wings in a distinctive V-shaped arc known as a "dihedral." Eagles, on the other hand, generally soar with flattened wings and present a readily recognizable straight silhouette against the sky.

The Osprey or Fish Hawk is the only other regional species likely to be confused with the Bald Eagle. Ospreys occur only sporadically in the Lanesboro region, however, and their bodies appear distinctly white when viewed from below. Eagles in contrast, whether adult or immature, invariably have dark torsos.

With recognition now out of the way, more attention can be focused on trying to explain why Eagles and Vultures only rarely occur simultaneously in Lanesboros skies. Obviously, the two species are not in some way mutually exclusive, as Vultures and Eagles successfully co-exist in many portions of eastern North America. If not competition, what is it then that makes things different here in Lanesboro?

Understanding why Turkey Vultures leave in the first place presents little problem, as like many other migrant birds they simply head southward to spend winter in a warmer, more temperate climate. Certainly their featherless heads, an adaptatio .....
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Berries for Winter Birds

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Virginia CooperMonday, November 12, 2001

More than just winter interest, you can add color to your landscape and feed the birds by planning ahead and incorporating berries into your garden plan.

There are lots of plants that have grea ..... 
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Jeg er Norsk-I Am A Norwegian

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"Ich bin ein Berliner" is what John F. Kennedy said when he went to Berlin, Germany. He meant to say that he was one with the people of that city, but to the Germans it came out as, "I am a doughnut." Although I am no ..... 
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The other battle in Afghanistan is for food

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Monday, November 12, 2001

While the United States attacks Taliban-held positions in Afghanistan, there is another critical battle underway in the central Asian country: how to feed the millions of people without food.

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To the editor,

We are thankful for the courageous leadership of our government officials in this difficult time, and for the restraint they showed, not responding with a knee-jerk reaction, but working to build a wide coalition of nations.
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To the Editor,
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To the Editor,

I just heard on the radio that many charities are noticing a decrease in revenue, one reason being the downturn of the economy.

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