A beautiful Bald Eagle has often been seen in the Hiawassee area.
Keep your eyes open around Lake Chatuge, and maybe you’ll see him, too!

About Bald Eagles

• Bald eagles reach full maturity in four to five years.

• The female bald eagle is 35 to 37 inches, slightly larger than the male.

• Wingspan ranges from 6 to 7 1/2 feet!

• Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph.

• Several eagles soaring in a thermal together is described as a kettle of eagles.

• Bald eagles weigh from ten to fourteen pounds.

• Bald eagles have 7,000 feathers.

• Wild bald eagles may live as long as thirty years.

• The bald eagle is a strong swimmer, but if the water is very cold, it may be overcome by hypothermia.

• Hunting area varies from 1,700 to 10,000 acres.

• All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight.

• Once paired, bald eagles remain together until one dies.

• Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs.

• The 35 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female.

• Nesting cycle – about 20 weeks

• Today, there are an estimated 9,789 breeding pairs of bald eagles.

• Eagles molt in patches, taking almost half a year to replace feathers, starting with the head and working downward.

• The bald eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted.

• Causes of death – Gun shot wounds, electrocution, poisoning, collisions with vehicles, and starvation.

June 28, 2007 – The Department of Interior took the American bald eagle off the endangered species list.