Eagle Fishing for Alewifes

American Bald Eagle

Each spring at several location along the Maine Coast, Alewifes . . . a small herring like fish migrate from the open ocean to fresh water ponds to spawn.  It is an incredible sight to see as millions of foot long fish move through streams and up fish ladders.

Birds also find the alewife migration exciting and its fun to watch Herring and Black-backed Gulls, Ospreys, Cormorants and Eagle feast upon the exhausted fish.

At noon today I drove over to the Damariscotta fish ladder and was thrilled to see a Bald Eagle fishing and tormenting the other birds.

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