Bald Eagle- Holiday Beach -Amherstburg
by A. Stewart
(Holiday Beach camper)
There has been at least one nesting pair at Holiday Beach for years.
In the spring and fall, when the leaves are off the trees, you can see how huge this nest is. We have a camp site off the marsh and frequently see them swoop by and catch a fish. With so many fish in the big marsh,you can see the eagles regularly, resting on a tree stump with full bellies.
A couple of years back, the male lost his mate. Next spring he had himself a young female (without a white head) and the chicks kept coming. When the chicks take flight, you can watch as the parents teach them to catch fish and play in the sky above.
There was a report of another pair nesting in the park but we have not yet found the nest. With such a big area it may take awhile. People come from all over to experience the annual bird migration from atop the viewing tower here at the park.
There are expert bird counters on duty in the fall and it is impressive to watch. In 1974 we had only one confirmed Bald Eagle sighting. In 2011 the count was 201.
Holiday Beach Conservation Area was also recently named by Audubon Magazine as the best place in Canada for Hawk Watching – third best in all of North America.