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Story and photos by Billy Ortiz


January 22, 2016 (Lakeside) -- On January 21, 2016, I drove to Lake Jennings to look for the bald eagle I had been watching for the last couple days. On the 20th, I saw the young bald eagle with a fish and an osprey chasing it trying to take away its meal.

The young eagle is mostly dark feathers, except its head is mostly white. The adult has its full color: white head, white tail  and dark chocolate brown body. According to what I have been hearing around the lake (a reservoir owned by Helix Water District) the eagles have been hanging around for several weeks.



I have seen solo Bald Eagles here before, but not an adult with offspring. It’s a rare treat to see our country’s national bird in our East County!



Come take a look. You can park on the street and walk in, take a drive across the dam to the campground and back or pack $2.00 each to walk around the entire lake on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Bring a camera, they roost in the trees close to the road that runs along the lake.


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