Last Updated on June 23, 2022
Approximately 20,000 bald eagles live in British Columbia; the high salmon stocks in this region account for the bald eagle’s important presence. One morning we went to Crescent Beach to go beach-combing. We could not believe our eyes as we wandered down the beach. We came upon SO MANY eagles all around us, there to feast on the goodies left behind when the tide went out that morning. It was an incredible sight and one that will forever be etched in our minds.
About Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach in Surrey, British Columbia (an hour outside of Vancouver) is a great place to enjoy a sunny day. The beach is clean and well-maintained, and the water is full of seaweed but refreshing. The sand is perfect for building sandcastles or relaxing in the sun. And if you get tired of swimming or sunbathing, there is always the option of exploring some trails nearby. Crescent Beach is an ideal spot for a summer day trip. So whether you are looking to soak up some sun or spend some time in nature, be sure to check out Crescent Beach.
Bald Eagles Are Important To British Columbia
Any visit to British Columbia would not be complete without seeing a bald eagle. These birds are not only a symbol of the province, but they also play an important role in the ecosystem. Bald eagles help to keep ecosystems healthy by eating sick and weak animals. This helps to keep populations of other animals in check and prevents the spread of disease.
The World’s Largest Eagle Migration
Every year, eagles from all over North America migrate to the coastal regions of British Columbia. These majestic birds come to feast on the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, dining on everything from fish to rodents. While the exact timing of the eagle migration varies from year to year, it typically begins in late October or early November. For birdwatchers, this is an exciting time of year, as eagles can be spotted in many different areas across the province. In addition to watching for eagles in the wild, there are also several eagle-viewing tours and festivals that take place during the migration season. So if you’re lucky enough to be in British Columbia during this time of year, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these incredible creatures.
Our sighting at Crescent beach happened during the summer, so even if you are not around in the winter for the eagle migration, there are still chances to have some incredible viewing.
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About Bald Eagles
Bald eagles are one of the most recognizable birds in North America. With their striking white heads and powerful wingspans, they are a true icon of the American wilderness. Although they are most commonly found near large bodies of water, bald eagles can also be found in woodlands and even urban areas. These adaptable birds have been on the rebound in recent years, thanks to conservation efforts. Previously in 2009, there were an estimated 70,000 bald eagles living in North America. Today, the population is said to have tripled to 300,000!
Adult bald eagles have white heads and tails, dark brown bodies and wings, and bright yellow legs and bills. Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails. Their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white. It takes about five years for a bald eagle to change its appearance into that of an adult.
If you are lucky enough to spot one in the wild, it’s sure to be a memorable experience.
Where To Find The Eagles
We saw these eagles a bit of a way down from the popular beach strip. When you enter Crescent beach from the main entrance (by the restaurants), turn left. If you find yourself walking towards the Blackie Spit pier, you have gone the wrong way and will need to turn around.
Walk down the beach along the rocks when the tide is out. If you take the time to walk down far enough, you could see a crazy amount of eagles along the beach, and also find an incredible location to search for starfish and other sea life for viewing. It is a magical part of the beach!
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