Arkansas: Eagle count way down — Birds may be eating from massive fish kill


Army Corps of Engineers Keeps Eye On Eagles In Arkansas, KSPR, January 6, 2011:

Thursday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began conducting their annual eagle count. ...

We counted a handful of mature birds and just one juvenile between Barling and Ozark.

Last year we saw 14 eagles on the same stretch of the Arkansas River. This year we only saw 5, but keep in mind it was much colder on the Arkansas River it was better fishing weather for them at that time.

"We were out here one year and it was just as cold as could be ice on the river and we saw almost 70 birds,” Bradford explained. ...

But Bradford says the recent die off of drum has wildlife officials puzzled. Although it's possible that eagles might eat the dead fish, it's not yet cause for concern.

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