CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A bald eagle was spotted resting on a satellite dish outside the 22News building Friday afternoon!
The bald eagle made a surprise guest appearance on 22News at noon during Kelly Reardon’s weather segment. You can send any photos or video of bald eagles you see in western Massachusetts to email@example.com!
According to Mass.gov, as of 2018 there are 76 territorial pairs of bald eagles identified in Massachusetts. Bald eagles were listed as endangered in Massachusetts before 2012. They are currently listed as special concern in the state. Bald eagles were removed from the Federal Endangered Species List in 2007.
MassWildlife told 22News that western Massachusetts is actually a great habitat for bald eagles.
“The Connecticut River and the Quabbin Reservoir are tremendous habitats for them,” said David Paulson, an Endangered Species Biologist. “We have sites here in Springfield, Chicopee, and all across the state including Cape Cod. Last year, we had our first chick hatch on Cape Cod in over 115 years.”
Bald eagle’s mainly consume fish but if they’re not available they also eat smaller birds and other species.