For those of you who did not know, last Saturday was Eagle Day. Never heard of it? Shame. Well to be honest, neither did we. In fact, we found out about it on a bike ride home from my parents’ new house in Kaysville. Heading out toward Kaysville on Glover Lane in Farmington, we kept noticing car after car driving out into what we presumed was farmland. Having no idea what was going on, we shrugged it off. On the way home, however, we noticed a sign. The sign had an arrow pointing west, giving us directions to “Eagle Day”. Although it was getting cold and late (it is a miracle we have been able to ride at all in mid-February), we decided to go check it out anyway.
Apparently if you follow Glover clear out you gain access to the Farmington Bay bird refuge. Who knew? Also, Salt Lake City is apparently a huge crossroads for bald eagle migrations. Eagle Day is all about celebrating the eagles’ arrival each year around this time. The parking lot was surprisingly full – apparently everyone knows about Eagle Day. They had sp0tting scopes set up so the visitors could see the eagles, or you could opt to walk around the boardwalk for better views. They had actually spotted 150 birds on Saturday!
It was getting cold, so we didn’t stay long, but it is always humbling to find out about a little nook in our world that we didn’t know existed. We will definitely be going back to spend a little more time checking out the wildlife.
Oh, one more thing. If you are interested in checking them out for yourself, go in the morning. They hang out in the valley in the morning, scavenging for food. In late afternoon and evening they fly up into the canyons to roost in the trees. They have already been here about a week, and will be here for a couple more.
I know it’s not a great picture, but you can actually see them through the spotting scope. Not bad for an iPhone picture, right?
The cold set on very suddenly, so Bree borrowed a coat from my family. Look at how small she is!