Cambridge would have been an extraordinary event. Now, however, there are many
eagles that appear in the area starting in the fall. I saw at least one eagle
four out of five outings down to the Rare Charitable Reserve lands, across the
Grand River from Cambridge, this fall. Rare (www.raresites.org) monitered these birds
over a decade's worth of winters, and last year 50 were spotted! The trails are now
closed to protect the birds-in the winter, conserving body heat is imperative
for any wild animal, and the closures allow space to do this.
However, Cambridge has a wonderful park system along the banks of the Grand,
especially in the burough of Preston, that provides terrific views of the
junction of the Speed River and the Grand, and the Rare lands beyond.
Waterfowl, hardy songbirds like the blue jay and cardinal, and other birds, like
woodpeckers, are often seen in the parks. I even heard the crazy chatter of a
belted kingfisher the other day! And maybe, just maybe, a huge bird with a
wingspan wider than you or I am tall, will glide past you, or see you from it's
perch in a tree. Perhaps you will see 2 or even more eagles in the same outing.
It is a sight, and an experience, not soon forgotten, no matter how many times
I see them.
Enjoy the winter wonders of creation, eh!
Uncle Travelling Dan