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Red fox- the birds are black-billed magpies live mostly in the far north west especilly in winter because they dont migrate.The eagle looks to be a Golden eagle. Bald eagles dont have white under wing.. The Golden eagle has feathers down their legs to their feet instead of bare legs.

 

Ive seen magpies as far east as Manatoba.Bald eagles migrate south and are seldom seen north in winter.

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~ When you look at that it isn't hard to picture the Eagle and other raptors as the living ancestors of T-Rex, and Velociraptor! On the Science channel the other night they have proven by fossils in China, that the therapods (two-legged dinosaurs) like T-rex, and Velociraptor, had feathers! they have fossils of therapods (in China) with the outline of feathers on them. The reaching, and grasping movement of the forearms evolved into the reaching grasping movement of flight... (same exact motion.)

 

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A Great Comeback

 

Bald eagles disappeared from the Channel Islands in the mid 1900s, poisoned by DDT. Chemical companies flushed the pesticide into the ocean via the Los Angeles sewer system until it was banned in the early 1970s.

 

For more than 20 years scientists tried to reestablish the birds on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. But the lingering effects of DDT made the birds’ eggshells too thin to hatch without human intervention. (That changed this spring, however, when four chicks hatched on Catalina Island, the first known chicks to hatch on Catalina without human assistance in more than 50 years.)

 

In 2002, the National Park Service began introducing bald eagles to Santa Cruz Island, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Sixty-one chicks — around 12 per year — were reintroduced during the five-year program. The first group of eagles is just now reaching breeding age.

 

The two chicks born on Santa Cruz Island in 2006 were the first chicks to hatch unaided anywhere on the Channel Islands since bald eagle restoration efforts began. With the 2007 births on Catalina and Santa Cruz Islands, biologists are hopeful that DDT levels in eggs have sufficiently declined. One thing is certain: these historic births, which have captivated eagles’ fans around the world, represent a turning point for the future of the majestic bald eagle in the Channel Islands

 

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