Monday, November 9, 2009

Beth, Squeaker & The Eagle




Beth worships this ball. 

Today we were walking along the levee on the Carbon River.  I have been taking the dogs on their walks two at a time rather than all four at once.  This time I had Beth and Ranger.   Beth was in Heaven chasing her squeaker ball.  Ranger was in Heaven sniffing and  peeing in the bushes.

As usual I would throw the ball as we were walking at a nice clip, Beth captured it, then squeaked and squeaked and squeaked.

Today we learned one other species is intrigued by this ball. 

As Beth was obsessively squeaking her ball I heard a very loud "SCREEEECH" right above my head.

I was confused...

Then I heard it again, "SCREEEEECH" this time closer...

Strangely enough the 'screech' sounded amazingly like the darn ball.  Just louder, longer, a bit gravelly and for some reason airborne. 

I looked up.  Swooping approximately 20 feet above my head was a very large bald eagle. 

I saw his eyeball peepers.

He saw my eyeball peepers.

I saw what he was looking at...one Border Collie laying on the ground squeaking her ball over and over and over again.

I calmly asked Beth to leave it...which she did.  I picked the ball up and put it in my pocket and called the dogs close. 

The eagle was entirely too curious for my taste.

As we walked back to the car, he followed us...flying from tree to tree...



Watching....





The Bald Eagle was easily as  big as Beth...if not a tad bigger.  The salmon run on the Carbon has been record numbers - good eating for all of Orting's bald eagles.  The salmon habitat restoration and conservation efforts have increased the amount of nesting pairs of bald eagles in our area..  They are plentiful, healthy and oh so majestic. 

Thankfully a Border Collie wasn't lunch today. *whew*

Here is a neat video of a nesting pair of bald eagles filmed less than 1/2 mile from my house.






10 comments:

The Thundering Herd said...

We think the Eagle is really cool, but we are glad he did not swoop down on Beth.

Sarah said...

yikes, i've heard stories of them swooping up border collies. i'm glad nothing bad happened. if i see them flying over me, i always pick up jane ... i don't think i'll take a squeaker ball on runs again though.

Lynn said...

Scary, but cool that you live in a area like that. Hubby and I went on an Alaskan cruise and saw our first bald eagle (and 2nd, and 3rd and...) in the wild. We were thrilled!

(Hi Ranger!)

Emma Rose said...

Holy Cow! Good thinking Mom, to pick up the ball and bring the dogs in close. Whew! You have such calm in a crisis. Lot's of practice with all those kids?

Kisses,
Emma Rose

amy said...

I am sure the bald eagle would have totally freaked me out with his/her
stalking!

Diana said...

My dog loves those squeaker ball too. I always worry that the hawks are going to pick up my Chihuahuas. Diana

Lauren said...

WOW - that is quite a story!!

BCxFour said...

We went back to the river today. There are several eagles hanging about. They are not in the least bit interested in the dogs - without the squeaker going. They are happy eating all the salmon - no worries about them swooping down and picking up one of the dogs.

gvmama said...

LOVED the video...thanks

PoochesForPeace said...

I'm glad your dogs were safe. That being said, I've always thought Bald Eagles were just amazing. They make my heart flutter, and it's so nice to see that video of them in the wild because the only one I've ever seen is at the Columbus Zoo :( Lucky you.