SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A bald eagle was spotted along the Springfield Riverwalk on Sunday.

22News viewer Michael Sprintz sent a photo of the bald eagle. Sprintz said the eagle is somewhat shy and could be the occupant of one of two nearby nests.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Bald Eagles aren’t actually bald, but at five years of age, their head and tail feathers turn white, which is an old meaning of the word “bald.” 

As of 2018, 76 territorial pairs of bald eagles are identified in Massachusetts, according to Mass.gov. Wintering bald eagles are known to use trees that are over 12 miles from their feeding areas for roosting at night, protected from the wind by other trees or land topography. Adults can live up to 30 years old, however, mortality is high among immature bald eagles. They are currently listed as a special concern in Massachusetts.

If you see a bald eagle in your community, you can share it with 22News by emailing reportit@wwlp.com!

Photo sent to 22News of a bald eagle in the area of the Oxbow in Northampton.