COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho-- Bird watchers were busy the week of Christmas when Bald Eagles gathered at Wolf Lodge Bay to feast on Kokanee Salmon.
The Bureau of Land Management joined the Idaho Fish and Game to host the Eagle Watch. Bald Eagles come to the bay this time every year.
“"One of the only areas left on the lake with the good gravel beds that the Kokanee need for spawning. And that's why the concentration is over here." said BLM Biologist Carrie Hugo.
The birds filled their stomachs and photographers filled their memory cards.
Bird watcher John Johnson said he enjoys the event as much as the birds do.
“"I never get tired of seeing them, and it's always exciting when they come down out of the tree perch to snag a kokanee." Johnson said.
This year Hugo said she counted nearly 130 Bald Eagles. Even though that number is 100 less than last year’s count, she’s not worried.
“"My theory is they're up on Ponderay,” Hugo said. “And there's some anecdotal evidence that goes with that. The Kokanee spawn on Ponderay gets better every year."