Discover The James Blog - Entry #1, December 19, 2010

There is something magical about the James River.  With all the diverse interests that people have today, the James has something for everyone.  For me it's a combination of fishing, nature, history and all the wonderful people who love it.  My new dream is to keep a continuous journal of the James to share with anyone interested in what is happening out on our River ... year round.

As stated in the headline, this is my first official blog entry.  Today it's about bald eagles.  On a recent eagle tour I noticed something interesting in the behavior of the resident bald eagles.  Resident bald eagles are territorial, and will defend their territory with very aggressive flight patterns.  But ...

The extreme cold weather we've been having has pushed a high number of migratory eagles onto the tidal James River area.  This winter population of migratory eagles fly south in the winter months, coming in from as far north as northern Canada.  With the influx of migratory eagles, the resident eagles have seemed to back off a bit on the defense of their territory.  Perhaps temporarily accepting the fact that there are a high number of birds and are backing off on defending their territory.  It is very interesting to see this happening.  I will keep posting on this. 

On another note, the River's water temperature has dropped dramatically, and ice has formed in many areas of the river.  The last few days has offered a good bit of sunlight so much of the ice is breaking up.  Lots of ice chunks in the river now in some areas.  -- Capt. Mike 12/19/10

The photo's story?  My wife and photographer extraordinaire, Lynda Richardson, took this photo.  It is the newest image added to my website. You can see it on the Custom Tours page.  I believe it's an image of Baba or Pops, who live high in a pine tree on a nest just downriver of Deep Bottom Boat Landing.  Baba & Pops are resident birds and were the first ones to be named from the Discovery Barge II-- Photo by Lynda Richardson