CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Two bald eagles made an appearance on a satellite dish outside the 22News building Monday afternoon.
The two eagles have been known to fly in and out periodically throughout the year outside the 22News studio off of Chicopee Street.
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.