COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Each year, dozens of Bald Eagles heading south for the winter make a pit-stop along the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
This year, the birds are stopping by earlier than expected.
Bureau of Land Management officials blame a cold Canadian blast in October for the earlier than normal arrival.
Photographers who go to Higgins Point to get pictures of the birds said there are usually about 20 eagles on the lake this time of year. Right now, there are about 60.
BLM Wildlife Education Specialist Beth Paragamian said having the eagles here ahead of schedule is not a bad thing for the eco-system. The agency is curious to see if the birds will leave earlier too.