Track 4: Bald eagles

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One of Cape Breton's famous bald eagles

Adapted and abridged from the Cabot Trail Companion.

You can listen to this entire track here.

Cape Breton is a superb place for birdwatching: it's an important stop for migratory birds, and home to several rare species, including Bicknell's thrush, a shy relative of the robin who lives in those stunted spruces on top of the Highlands.

But there's one bird that's far easier to find. You don't even need to get out of your car to spot these guys. Like the whales and the moose, they're one of the true thrills of a stay in Cape Breton.

Dave McCorquodale — biology professor and co-host of the CBC radio show The Bird Hour — tells us more about the bald eagle, including its feeding and nesting habits ... and gives us a clue as to why Benjamin Franklin actually opposed its adoption as America's national symbol!

Be sure to park up when you arrive at Cape Smokey Picnic Area, to enjoy the spectacular ocean view, and a clifftop trail where you stand a good chance of seeing eagles soaring on the updrafts, watching for their next meal.


Links

If you'd like more information on this section of the tour, the following links may be of interest. Because we have no control over external sites, if you find a dead link please let us know!

Hinterland Who's Who: bald eagle
http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=27

Birds of Nova Scotia: bald eagle
http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/nature/nsbirds/bns0086.htm

Cape Smokey Provincial Park
http://www.canadatrails.ca/hiking/ns/capesmokey.html

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