Fri., November 27, 2009 4:02am (EST)

Bald Eagles Return To Georgia Coast
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 5 years ago

BRUNSWICK, Ga.  —  
Bald eagle nesting season is underway on Georgia's coast.  (photo NASA Gary Rothstein)
Bald eagle nesting season is underway on Georgia's coast. (photo NASA Gary Rothstein)
Georgia is high into bald eagle nesting season and bird-watchers say, the outlook is good for eagle-spotting on the Georgia coast.

There were no known eagle nests anywhere in Georgia as recently as the 1970's.

In a sign of how the birds have come back, last year, the state had 126 nests.

A third of Georgia's nesting pairs settle on the coast, with the salt marsh providing abundant food.

Brunswick birder Debbie Mumford says, she's spotted several on roadsides.

"It's the first time I've really noticed an increase in them," Mumford says. "A couple of years ago, I never saw many eagles."

Jim Ozier of the state's Wildlife Resources Division says, what bird watchers on the coast have seen is mirrored in all parts of the state.

"During the earlier years, these nests were fairly isolated," Ozier says. "But what we're seeing more lately is they're starting to settle into areas fairly near some human development, right in people's backyards."

Ozier says, nests should have eggs by mid-December.

Eagle nesting season lasts through April.