The Visitor “Bald Eagle”

Here is a picture of a visitor to our little ranch a couple days ago. The tree he/she is sitting in is about a 100 yards away between the house and our livestock pens. While I was outside taking pictures, it was eerily quiet. Our normally noisy roosters were completely silent while that eagle was perched in the tree above them. It was so great to see this bird hang out at our place for a hour or so. In the decade we have lived here, I have watched one eagle fly across the place, but this is the first one that stopped and stayed a while.

bald eagle sitting in a cottonwood tree prior to the leaves coming out in spring


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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4 Responses to The Visitor “Bald Eagle”

  1. I don’t know why but it is always a surprise how ‘tall’ they are, Great post!

  2. Lakes says:

    We have a pair that live on the neighbors property and fish the creek that separates the land. The creek does not freeze in the winter as there is a 2 ft. elevation difference between the two lakes and our lake has a spring. We keep binocs on the dining room window sill to watch them when they are fishing/hunting. We really need to get a better camera. I could get some great pics.

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