1 min readBy Published On: February 12th, 2015Categories: News4 Comments on Bald Eagle in Southie?

Southie might have a new resident – a bald eagle.  On Thursday morning, CIS began getting reports of bald eagle sightings along the beach in South Boston.  Here is a picture one Southie bird spotter sent us.  The photo is from far away but if you look closely, it looks like a bald eagle with its brown body and white head!  

According to the website defender.org, bald eagles live near bodies of water in Canada and Alaska.  Maybe this guy took a wrong turn somewhere and thinks he’s in the Arctic tundra – easy mistake these days!

Grab some binoculars and head down to the beach and go bird watching!  Be on the lookout in trees and in the sky.  When flying, the bald eagle very rarely flaps its wings but soars instead, holding its wings almost completely flat. Its hooked bill, legs and feet are yellow.

Let us know if you see him!  #SouthieEagle

Thank you to Karen Regan for sending us this photo!

Southie is no stranger to wildlife.  Other species caught in Southie?  Coyotes, snowy owls, hawks, black crested night crane, don’t forget the elusive mola mola.



  1. Liz February 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    That's definitely a bald eagle. Bald eagles are migrating down here for the winter more and more in recent years. We also have bald eagles in Medford/Arlington at the Mystic Lakes, as well as in places like Lawrence. Anywhere there is a large body of open water. Pretty cool!

  2. astrid February 13, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Bald Eagles are categorized as "winter visitors" to this part of the East Coast. Considering how things are going….he'll be here for  a while! 

  3. andrew February 13, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Its definitely not a bald eagle.  definitely just a dirty seagul.  don't even come looking, don't come to southie.  it's cold and snowy and we don't need more people.  definitely don't even check for yourself i just checked and it's a seagul.  i know my birds too and its not a bald eagle. 

  4. Eyewitness February 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I've seen bald eagles as far south as Manchester, NH, so I wouldn't be surprised if one is visiting us. It's definitely NOT a dirty seagull; seagulls have webbed feet and would have a heck of a time gripping a branch with them.

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