In what is surely stunning news, as reported by the Sacramento Bee, there are now eagles in the Parkway.
Two bald eagles are wowing bird enthusiasts at Lake Natoma, including one nature-loving photographer from Carmichael who has captured stunning images of the birds.
Susan Maxwell Skinner has been busy photographing the Lake Natoma eagles after hearing from others that the white-headed raptors were in the area.
“It’s been quite the quest,” she said. “Last Saturday, I spent 12 hours standing in one spot at Lake Natoma without water, food, shelter or a toilet.”
She has scoured the trails, lakeside and woodlands for the birds. She said that Negro Bar across the river from Folsom’s Sutter Street is a good place to spot them.
“However, there is no easy way,” she said. “They are enormous birds, but it is a huge area. If you are lucky, they get close to you twice a day.”
At the closest, she has been 30 to 40 feet away from the birds. The good news, according to Skinner, is that there is no way to confuse them with red-tailed hawks, white-tailed kites or turkey vultures.
“They are huge for one thing,” she said. “Imagine Vlade Divac’s wingspan.”
Judy Farah, who has lived on the bluffs above Lake Natoma near Negro Bar for 14 years, said she was thrilled when she saw a bald eagle on Easter Sunday.
“I love raptors and birds of prey and seeing them on the American River Parkway,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to see a bald eagle in the wild, but thought I’d have to go to Oregon or Alaska. I couldn’t believe when I went for a walk on the trail and saw this big bird with a white tail on it flying by.”
Capt. Mark Jeter, a warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said he has received other reports of eagle sightings at Lake Natoma. While long inhabitants of Folsom Lake, eagles at Lake Natoma are more rare.
“Lake Natoma could be a relatively new thing,” said Jeter. “The species is doing very well throughout the continent. They are expanding into areas where they have not been in a long time.”