kill an eagle, go to jail
That's the sign I'd like to make and drive into the ground out in front of that big old nest over there in the fencerow...except that I fear I may be too late. It has now been two weeks since either one of us have seen anything of the eagles and I have a very bad feeling growing in the pit of my stomach. I don't want to sound overly reactionary, but I have feared for their safety here ever since they arrived, and especially since they decided to build right next to the highway. Initially I thought that this location might actually increase public awareness, like getting the local gradeschoolers to "adopt" the birds and do reports on their progress. But it is the ignorance and narrow-mindedness of others that has me concerned. There have been all the quiet joking comments about how much each one of them cost the taxpayer (?) but that is where the joking ends. I have had more than one well-meaning neighbor pull up to me while I was out in the yard and ask if they could shoot my hawks. One actually told me he was "waging war" on them because of the lack of rabbits and quail to hunt. I told him in so many words where the war would be if he did anything to harm any of "my" birds. This is not a rare thing here. Hunters and farmers can and do shoot anything they see as a 'threat' to their hunting, their stock, you name it. And if they will shoot a hawk, realizing that they are protected, they would shoot an eagle if they thought they could get away with it. ANd this is easy enough to do given the fact that I think our area only has something like two or three conservation officers to patrol thousands of square miles.
A local paper has plans to run a story about the birds and I called to make sure they included the usual blurb about protected species and all, and I asked if anyone had actually gotten recent photos...no one could tell me anything with certainty.
My husband was asking me if it was possible that the female was actually on eggs in the nest and therefore hidden from sight, and that we were just not there to see the male coming and going. I don't know.
I only hope this is the situation but I don't think it is. Where aRE THEY??