Bald eagles spend winter on Lake Texoma

By: Sophia Wurz Email
By: Sophia Wurz Email

POTTSBORO, TX - Our national bird is spending the winter right here in Texoma, and those who frequent the lake say the formerly endangered American bald eagles are growing in numbers.

Lake residents, like Gerald Diegle are thrilled to be living next door to the American Bald Eagle.

"I think it's just awesome, it's part of our heritage,” Diegle said.

To more than 300 million Americans, the Bald Eagle is symbol of freedom and prosperity, and for years now, dozens of the majestic birds have made Lake Texoma their winter home.

"The eagles didn't start coming in here, for us to get to really watch them until about 10 years ago, 11 years ago, and it seems like every year, there seems to be more coming back," said former Lake Texoma eagle tour guide JB Webb.

Since facing extinction just decades ago, the bald eagle population has stabilized, and Webb says the population has continued to increase over the past ten years.

"It's quadrupled, quadrupled. It used to be we'd see three or four out here in little mineral, and now you'll see six, ten," Webb said.

Each year, from December to March, the eagles perch in the bare trees along Lake Texoma's shoreline and soar across the water in search of food.

"It just reminds us of what our country's all about, and we see the bird on postage stamps and everything, and here we have them right in our own neighborhood all winter long, and it really is fun to go watch them," said Diegle’s wife, Mary.

The couple says they take pride in sharing their land with the American icons.

"Our symbol of our country is freedom, what have you, and to have it out here where we can go out at any given time, during the cold weather and see them is just really phenomenal to me," Gerald Dielge said.

He says the feeling is worth braving the cold, especially for those who haven't yet experienced it.

"They're missing something really majestic, if they don't take the time to go and just at least investigate the bird."


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  • by Steven Penn Location: Denison on Feb 13, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    On 2/10/11 at 3pm, I saw one fly over Butterfly Cove heading SW. Very cool.
  • by BUBBA ROY Location: BONHAM on Feb 1, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    THIS AINT NOTHING. OLD MAN JENKINS HAS BEEN SELLING THIS TYPE OF BIRD AT BONHAM TRADES DAYS FOR YEARS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE GROUNDS. I WILL TELL YOU THOUGH THIS BIRD AINT NO BETTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE WHITE LEGHORN. IT AINT ANY GOOD TO EAT AND ITS EGGS ARE HORRIBLE. IF I WAS YOU I WOULD JUST BUY COUPLE OF QUALITY LEGHORN FOWL OFF OF OLD MAN JENKINS AND FORGET ABOUT THIS BIRD.
  • by scott Location: denison on Jan 31, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    i have seen one at waterloo lake in denison
  • by J. Ashcroft on Jan 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    Let the eagles sooooaaaaaarrrr....like they've never soooaaarred before....
  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    A pair have been nesting in our neighborhood (on the OK side) for the last couple of years. You can usually spot them flying around dusk. The sound they make is fairly unique, if not a little obnoxious.
  • by Lee Location: Sherman on Jan 31, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    Where can we see the Eagles on the lake? I love to watch them sore and fish. What a wonderful bird!
  • by Duke Location: Texoma on Jan 31, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    The Burn's run and the cut areas are good for eagle watching
  • by Scalawag Location: OK on Jan 31, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    I've seen em' on Hugo lake before. Pretty cool.
  • by BLKBRD Location: Sweet Melissa on Jan 31, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    I heard they taste just like chicken. LOL
  • by Bueford in the Machine on Jan 31, 2011 at 08:35 AM
    I must say I've eaten my share of wildlife and even though the Bald Eagle is more tender than the California Conder it lacks the tang of the Spotted Owl.
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