The bald eagle is very easy to spot with its brown body, white head & tail feathers. Bald eagles build their nests high in trees or on cliffs, and add to their nest size each year. It is possible for these large nests made of sticks, weeds and earth to weigh up to 1,000 lbs! Bald eagles eat carrion, waterfowl and fish. They are very large birds with a wingspan of up to 7.5 feet. They are truly a wondrous sight to behold in the northern wilderness and a favorite specie for nature photographers.
The Osprey, also called a Fish Hawk spots it's prey while hovering, and then dives feet first into the water. The Osprey's sharp talons pierce and lock into the fish, it usually rises into the air carrying the fish by its head. Osprey nest in dead trees, floating buoys or tall utility poles/towers. The nests, made of sticks, often contain miscellaneous debris that has washed up on shore, such as rope. These birds are 21-25" in length and have a wing span of up to 6 feet. The osprey has a large white head with a dark stripe through the eye, dark brown above and white below. Their wings are long and crooked in flight with dark patches at the bend. They spend their life near water as fish & Aquatic life are their main food source.
This forest loving bird is quiet and almost sedentary in behavior. In breeding season pairs are quite visible soaring overhead with their signature "p'deee p'deee" call. A smaller hawk, these birds average 13.5-19.5" in length. Their tail is broadly barred with black & white, with wings that are mostly whitish below. Their breast is streaked with brownish red bars.
The Broad-Winged Hawk survives on a diet of small mammals such as voles, mice, and chipmunks. They also eat a variety of frogs, lizards and insects.
They migrate south in the winter to places such as Mexico and Brazil.