Monday, March 2

Bald Eagles Wintering Along Grand River

This bald eagle has been wintering along the Grand River in Cambridge, Ontario. At one time bald eagles were in abundance along the Grand, but then they died out. Some blamed the pesticide DDT, and that's possible because DDT caused the shells of bird eggs to become thin. Birds that were affected include eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and pelicans.

This past weekend, there was a piece in the newspaper about eagles. It seems that one of the trails here had to be closed temporarily to protect bald eagles that are in the area. Trail users have been asked to avoid the area in hopes that the eagles will have a productive nesting season. Eagles are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Well, it seems the eagles are back from the brink. This article explains that in the early 1900s, there were two hundred pairs of eagles nesting in Ontario between Ottawa and the Lower Great Lakes. During the 1950s, we used to see the odd one gliding the air currents, but they were a rare site. By the 1970s, the eagles of the area weren't producing any young. This is when the DDT theory came to light, for it was a common pesticide for farmers during the 50s and 60s.

I've seen bald eagles along the river for a few years now, especially south of Brantford, Ontario on the Six Nations Reservation. A few weeks ago, I saw one west of Brantford right along the Grand River in a trail area.

The trail that is temporarily closed in our area will remain so until June, in hopes that the eagles will nest and produce young. I'm hoping this is the case. It would be wonderful to see more eagles gliding over southern Ontario.

In other news, I've been writing web content and working on my children's writing course. When I posted a few days ago, I was having trouble getting the story for the second assignment to flow together. Well, I now have my first draft done, but it still needs a lot of work. It is a story based on historical fact. I've got a month to work on it and I figure that in two weeks, it should be polished to send to my tutor. Before that time, it will be rewritten several times, tightened to make it the right word count and then polished to shine. Here's hoping that I can get it right.

Food for thought. As a writer, I never thought much about whether I should be called an author or a writer. It was just something that never crossed my mind.

On Saturday, the boys and I went to get our haircut. We were talking about a story that Jordan suggested I write. The idea is great. It's just putting it together. So, Brandon asked me, "Grandma, are you a writer or an author?"

I thought for a minute and said, "I guess I'm both."

It's hard to know what Brandon is thinking at times, but he asked, "Have you ever had anything published in a book?"

"I've had lots of short stories published in anthologies," I told him.

"Then you're both," he exclaimed. "I didn't know you were an author. I thought you were a writer because you write web content."

"You're a real live author?" Jordan asked. "I never thought I'd ever know a real live author. And you're my grandmother. Wow!"

I laughed. The boys know that I write for websites and to Brandon that meant I was a writer. To him, an author is someone who has their work published in a book. So if you didn't know the difference between an author and a writer, now you do.

These boys bring so much joy into my life. Their questions and the way they look at life is so unique and so much different than I did when I was young. They are being brought up in a different world and it certainly shows. At 13, which is Brandon's age, I loved to write and my dream was to become a published author. Back then I would have assumed that an author and a writer were the same thing, but I can see Brandon's point. The Internet has made a difference in the way kids view the world. I found this rather enlightening.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Please remember to do a random act of kindness. Even a smile can make a difference in the life of someone who is a little down on their luck. Be gentle. Be kind. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. I love eagles - what a cool picture! I also love the "author" story!

  2. I've been told that bald eagles have been seen at the catfish farm at the end of our road. I have yet to see one, though.

  3. Talking about Eagles Murphy and I was over at one of our friends.
    And there were a pair of eagles one was sitting in a top of a tree and the other one was circling around and making loud noise.
    I believe they will be making nest there and raising some eaglets.
    But I wish I had my camera with me and it is also a time I wish I knew how to do video clips.

    Coffee is on.

  4. That was awesome reading about Eagles, we don't have too many here, more hawks though. What's Brandon's dream I wonder?

  5. I think I like Brandon's definitions.

  6. 'and you're my grandma'..I love that are blessed..

  7. Good Morning Mary,
    njoyed reading a out the Bald Eagle. here hvave been a few found dead around here that has been shot. I do think it's a felony if you get caught killing one around here. It's been a long time since I'v seen one flying aound as well. I"m sorry to read about Meeko passing away. I know he was like one of your own kid and I know you will miss him teribly. I took you advice and did another post this morning.
    Take care my friend and ahave a great day. May GOD Bless you and yours.

    Karen H.

  8. Reading this post, and you saying that Brandon is 13, just dawned on me that in just three short days Dillon will be 13!!! Whoa. Time flies!! I was just going through albums the other day to scan some photos for Irene and was looking at Dillon when he was just a quickly they grow up.

    I love the boys analogy of author/writer.

    We lost our power yesterday due to construction in the neighborhood so this is the first chance I have to visit with you. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. It's always nice to have you come over and keep me company.

  9. Glad the eagles are back in your area. We awoke to 15 degrees on the hill this morning with a promise of the seventies by weeks end. I had not thought of shivaree until you mentioned it. My parents had one. One of the things I remember Mom telling us is the men would ride the groom around house on a chair or broom stick and he could not fall off and all the men got to kiss the bride. Peace

  10. Interesting info about the Eagles. I'm so glad you and the boys have such a lovely relationship-you are all 3 very lucky to have each other!

  11. You have also given us a little history lesson here, too. Pesticides are bad for the wildlife, no doubt about it.

    Brandon sounds like a young man very wise for his age with his definitions of writer and author. I like his thinking! You ar so blessed, Mary, to have those boys!

    Stop by and check out the snow we got Sunday night! It is light compared to what you get there where you live, but it was a major storm for our area, closing the entire area down yesterday. They are just not equipped to deal with snow here. But it was beautiful and fun! It is still melting today and will be for a few days yet! Then by Saturday our temp is to be 74 degrees! I am waiting for favorite time of year!

    How's the new puppy doing? Bet he's growing like a weed!

    ((( HUGS )))

  12. It would be great if the eagles would nest here. So far they just come for the winter and are usually gone by the middle of March. I know there are eagle nests on Manitoulin Island, but I haven't seen them.

  13. I think I told you that I seen one in the fall towards oshweken. I was amazed as I didn't think we had bald eagles in this area!! It was one of the most beautiful & amazing sights in nature that I think I have ever seen, as the Eagle was hunting at the time & was probably only 6' off the ground!! :O)

  14. So glad your Eagles are coming back! A few years ago, around Pray, Montana, we saw about 60 Bald Eagles just sitting around in some leafless trees. I'm fairly certain we had stumbled upon one of their nesting area's. It was incredible to see.

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  16. I see I have already commented on this that means I am all caught up with you again! I hate to miss anything, you know! LOL I did read them all but just commenting here and there. I get behind as I still work and it is hard for me to read them all every day, but I do try to catch up with a few every day.

    Enjoyed my time with you today, Mary! I hope you try a cortisone shot in your has always helped me to the point of 100% by the next day!

    ((( HUGS )))

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