We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The population success of the American Bald Eagle in the lower 48 of the US (never in danger in Alaska) is an accomplishment to feel good about. It's now listed as "Least Concern."
This eagle, unlike the Osprey which ranges world-wide, is a North American sea eagle. Europe and Asia have their own sorts of sea eagles.
It's sort of amusing that the conservation successes of the Wild Turkey in the US parallel those of our sea eagle. Ben Franklin famously wanted the Turkey as the US' national symbol, but now it's just a bourbon.
I used to have a mating pair that lived behind my house until a hurricane blew away their nest and nearby development chased them away permanently. Gave them names: Ralph and Alice from the Kramdens of Jackie Gleason fame. Alice was constantly nagging Ralph. Fun to watch. Miss them.
When I first visited Maine in the 70's, all three birds were almost unheard of. The one well known osprey nest (in Pulpit Harbor) was a landmark. Now, all three are quite common in Maine, especially wild turkeys...
In Alaska they are like seagulls. Most of them hang out near the ocean. I have seen so many bald eagles in Juneau that there literally were no more perches for an eagle to stand on. Here on the West coast of the lower 48 we see lots of eagles too. In the winter a lot of eagles come down to Washington and Oregon to winter. In the Spring a lot of them stay for various reasons. Surprisingly these big powerful birds rarely cause problems.
I saw a bald eagle just east of Cambridge, Nebraska several days ago beside the highway. He was trying to fly off with a large piece of road kill but after getting about 30 feet in the air he dropped it. Yes. The animal was already dead. It was smashed. Anyhow, as I passed by he was circling back to the carcass.
When I was a kid, one never saw eagles or turkeys. Now turkeys are abundant, but the eagles are still somewhat rare.
However, what really puzzles me are the ticks. When I was a kid, I would play in the weeds and climb trees and never EVER saw a tick. Nowadays I can have ticks on me after walking through overgrazed pasture.