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Eagles flock to Fraser for salmon feast

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A young bald eagle snatches some fish by the Fraser River near Mission.

Photograph by: Nick Procaylo - PNG, The Province

Eagle watchers on the Fraser River near Mission on Saturday counted up to 5,000 of the mighty birds congregating for a huge banquet of salmon carcasses.

David Hancock, the organizer of a boat trip on the river, said he counted 2,717 eagles from shore before the 11 a.m. launch.

By the end of the day, they had spotted 4,500 to 5,000 eagles, said his assistant, Karen Bills.

Because of low cloud cover, "instead of soaring high, they were flying really low. The trees were just filled with them and they were all over the flats."

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Eagles swarm into B.C.'s Fraser Valley

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Posted: Dec 9, 2011 8:57 PM PT

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2011 8:18 PM PT

One of nature’s wonders is again manifesting on the Harrison River in B.C.’s Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

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CBC News - Eagles swarm into B.C.'s Fraser Valley


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An Eagle Wonder of the World - Right Here!

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The Chehalis-- Harrison Eagles have done it again!

It is hard after 60 years of following bald eagles and other raptors around the world to be awed by something so different, so excessive that it is truly record setting, but the eagles of the Harrison--Chehalis flats have done it again.

On our Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, boat tour up the Harrison River the scene had been almost perfectly set.  As we drove up to Kilby, I stopped at my regular eagle counting points along Harrison Bay -- just over 650 eagles already along the beach and trees.   But as we approached Kilby to get aboard the Fraser River Safari Tour boat I could already see several dozens of eagles soaring and streaming in long lines -- just taking advantage of the beautiful sunny day -- a day for eagles to soar and soar and soar.

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Just Look at All Those Eagles!!

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The following photo was submitted by Christian Sasse taken Wednesday morning, Nov. 30, at Harrison Hills, BC on the Chehalis/Harrison river estuary.  Click picture twice to see full size.
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Come on out and see them for yourself.  David Hancock will be the guest tour guide on the Fraser River Safari again this Sunday but that tour is sold out and even has a wait list for cancellations!!  However there is one more scheduled tour and it is Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. so don't miss out.  Call Jo-Anne toll free 1-866-348-6877.

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Quick Update to HWF Followers -- RE Harrison Eagles

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WARNING -- book soon!!!  Dec. 4th trip already full.  Nov. 26 and Dec. 10 seats still available.  As some of you still following our site, even at this "non-eagle-breeding season" know, the incredible gathering of eagles at the Harrison is growing by the hour.  Jo-Anne of the Fraser River Safari Tours, whom I always go out with on the river, reported even more eagles yesterday than on Sunday -- the day before.  Her shot of about 86 eagles in two trees says it all.
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