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ISO Eagles at Lake Wilhelm

Ever since our first visit to Maurice K. Goddard State Park in Mercer County, PA a little more than a month ago (which I forgot to blog about!), I have wanted to make a return trip. Bob and I made that return trip today. As was the case last month, we drove to Maurice K. Goddard State Park in search of eagles at Lake Wilhelm. We saw lots of eagles during our first visit to the state park.  The eagles for the most part, though, were too far away for me to capture a good picture.  This trip we found three bald eagles–two adult bald eagles and one juvenile, but I am getting ahead of myself.

We left home around 6:30 am. For the next 1 ½ hours or so, we drove in and out of fog. The weather forecast called for temperatures in the low 60s, but it was a frosty 28 degrees when we left home.

We stopped for breakfast at Grantham’s Landing Restaurant in Sandy Lake a short time after 8:00 am. After placing our order, breakfast was served promptly and cheerfully. Bob ordered a bacon and cheese omelet with rye toast. I ordered two scrambled eggs, bacon, wheat toast and a side order of hash browns. I gave Bob two of my four slices of bacon and one of my two hash browns. Breakfast was delicious.

It was only a short drive from the restaurant to Lake Wilhelm. We stopped briefly alongside Lake Wilhelm Road and looked for Eagles. We didn’t see any Eagles, but we did see several Canadian Geese and red-winged blackbirds. There is an observation platform along Lake Wilhelm Road from which Waterfowl, Ospreys, Eagles and other birds can be observed.

_LG20067 4x6This is what we saw, while stopped alongside Lake Wilhelm Road.
I loved the reflections in the water!

_LG20076 4x6This is one of several red-winged blackbirds that we saw,
while stopped alongside Lake Wilhelm Road.

Leaving Lake Wilhelm Road, we turned left onto Creek Road following it all the way to Lake Wilhelm Dam. The area near the dam is where we saw the three Eagles. We saw great blue herons too.

_LG20081 4x6This is the view from on top of Lake Wilhelm Dam.

_LG20089 4x6Can you spot the Great Blue Heron?

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We saw three bald eagles.

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These three pictures are of the same eagle.

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On our way home we drove around Sugar Lake and made a quick drive through a small portion of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge near Guys Mill. We saw two fishers. One fisher crossed the road in front of us; the other fisher crossed the road behind us. We saw a pair of Canadian Geese too. Nothing unusual about that; they are everywhere!

_LG20130 4x6a Pair of Canadian Geese at Erie National Wildlife Refuge
I loved the reflection in the water!

 

Oh, I almost forgot.  We saw a cool-looking barn while driving through Cochrantan, PA.

_LG20124 4x6What a cool-looking barn!

We returned home around 2:00 pm, after a delightful Saturday drive.

8 Responses to “ISO Eagles at Lake Wilhelm”

  1. DeniseinVA

    A great looking road trip Linda. That is a great looking area, loved the old barn. I also loved the eagles. As for the Red-wing, I took some photos today too but they did not come out as good as yours. The sunlight really caught the glistening feathers. Beautiful!

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  2. Don Armstrong

    very nice,Linda. As you know,we went down there about three weeks ago. Didn’t see any Eagles by the dam,but saw a few in the open water,and the one photo that I got up by the nest. We also stopped at the ranger station and they were very helpful in telling us where to go. Glad you had a good trip !!

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  3. seniorhiker

    I can see why you wanted to return to this park. The scenery is beautiful, and of course bald eagles are always a treat to see.

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  4. Eileen

    Hello Linda, this is a wonderful park. I love the eagles shots. The Redwing is pretty too. Love the big red barn, great scenic shots.

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  5. treadway

    GREAT Photos of the eagles…so love seeing an eagle. Let alone more than one. And that barn is wonderful. One of the prettiest I have seen.

    Reply

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