Next time you go to ShopRite, park near the trees.
After hearing about them from Wendy at Crickleberry Cottage Conversations, I headed over to ShopRite on Rt. 59 across from the Palisades Mall this afternoon to pick up some grapefruit, but also to check the "four bald eagles" that she reported seeing. To my amazement they were clearly visible from the west side of the rear parking lot. The female was probably on the younger side (5- 6 years old or younger) because she didn't have her adult plumage yet and was still sporting a brown and white speckled breast and dark head and wings.
Two other males were flying around several hundred yards away. Eagles often mate for life, so I'm wondering if there is some competive courting going on here.
It's easy to see why the eagles would like being in this location. It's a marshy area and is probably full of their favorite prey - gulls, ducks, rodents, fish and snakes. But it still amazes me that they would feel so comfortable around the suburban hustle and bustle. In situations like this, I can't resist flagging down my fellow shoppers who are oblivious to it all, looking down at their carts, futzing with their grocery bags and keys, or circling the lot looking for a spot closer to the entrance. "Over here in the back! You gotta see this!" (I'm the crazy lady whose grapefruit are rolling around the parking lot.)
I've learned so much about these amazing birds this year by following the Urban Hawks blog, as well as Marie Winn's. To have them so breathtakingly close and easy to observe is such a gift.