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PHOTOS: Young Bald Eagle Spotted Near Kettle Creek Nest

Toms River resident shares photos she took Sunday

Another generation of bald eagle is circling the communications tower near Kettle Creek, where a nest has been home since early 2011.

Toms River resident Donna McKnight says she's been watching the nest and saw the youngest addition trying out his wings Sunday morning.

"I was fortunate enough, to see the baby eagle learning how to fly today," she said yesterday. "He didn't go far, just up and down, 10 to 15 feet."

She caught the young eagle with its wings outstretched, emerging from the nest and catching the Sunday breeze.

"The wind was just perfect for him," said McKnight.

is atop the tower on the Brick/Toms River border, off Old Hooper Avenue near Kettle Creek. State environmental department officials said that with bald eagle populations on the rise, the majestic bird is off the .

Wendy Barczak June 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Very cool!!! I saw a full grown bald eagle fly over my house in Brick, off of Rt 88 east near Walmart 2 years ago, and have been keeping my eye to the sky ever since!!!! Wendy Barczak
Resident June 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
In a related story, the EPA has now made Kettle Creek off limits to boaters to protect the wildlife.....................................................
Bill Storm, June 04, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Right place at the right time. Great Picture. Hope you get some more
Dave June 04, 2012 at 09:33 PM
That is a Turkey Vulture not a Bald Eagle
J P M June 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Is the bird really a turkey vulture ??
Comfortably Numb June 04, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Its not a turkey vulture. Its a young Bald Eagle. The young don't get their white heads until 4-5 years old. I drive by this nest twice a day and usually see at least one adult up there.
GaryR June 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
That little guy must have ventured a bit further as I saw a similar bird over by Cherry Quay about a week ago...flew right across the road about 10 or 12 feet off the ground....awesome sight to see.
Greg June 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Gods majestic creation ! <>< http://blueroan1.lbbhost.com/MajesticEagle/MajesticEagle.html
Not So Dumb June 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Awsome display of our Country's National Symbol
leslie June 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
As stated the nest has been there since 2011 and it is indeed a blad egle nest with young ready to fledge. The young have dark feathers and start changing for the next 5 years until the white tail and head turn white. this is the 2nd set of young the adults have fledged. And it is indeed beautiful and majestic !
Joseph A. Lypowy June 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Last week I saw a large bird standing alongside Fischer Blvd. near the open space researve just South of Boston's. I assumed it was a wild turkey because it was huge and too big to be a crow.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) June 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Just uploaded some more photos that Donna sent over. If you have photos of your own to share, feel free to post them to this gallery or to the Neighborhood Gallery: http://tomsriver.patch.com/pics
J P M June 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Thanks for the Info. About the white heads taking about 4 to 5 yrs. go Eagles. (birds). Giant fan.
J P M June 05, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Are those hawks I see flying around any area of trees. Looking for prey or vultures ??
Maryann June 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I saw him....that was a turkey vulture--certainly not as pretty
lisa June 09, 2012 at 08:04 PM
the hawks are in point boro, those are soo baby eagles! i've been watching since they were born, & they won't get their white heads for another couple of years..

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