Thursday, May 25, 2006

George And Martha

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An American bald eagle

Martha flew some ninety miles to reunite with her mate George. This mating pair nests near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge spanning the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland.

Read about George and Martha here.

15 Comments:

At 5/25/2006 7:29 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Is the bald eagle population expanding nationally in Virginia or is the Parks Department placing bald eagles in hopes of bringing them back?

 
At 5/25/2006 7:44 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

That is a fantastic story! Bald eagles are such handsome creatures!

 
At 5/25/2006 8:02 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Crusader,
VA has had a natural increase in the population of these eagles since the 1990's.

In fact, the species is scheduled to be removed from the list of endagered species--if such hasn't already happened.

Brooke,
The story of George and Martha has been big here in the local news.

Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird. Glad that the bald eagle was chose instead!

 
At 5/25/2006 8:40 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

That's a good story.
I remember learning in school about Benjamin Franklin proposing the wild turkey as our national bird.
It just wouldn't be the same..

 
At 5/25/2006 8:45 PM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

Yeah, Ben called the eagle a scavenger and fish eater(it is!) He wanted the wild turkey because it was clever, bold and he felt it exemplified the American character better. Plus he disdained the European use of eagles in heraldry! He wanted to get away from that monarchal thinking!

tmw

 
At 5/25/2006 9:35 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

The eagle also was part of the symbolism of ancient Rome. Our Founders saw a parallel between the Roman republic and the American republic.

In my Blogger files, I have an article about the American bald eagle. I never published that particular piece, in part because I need to resize the accompanying photo. Maybe I can get around to resizing the picture and posting the piece, which contains some good info about the history of the American bald eagle as a national symbol.

 
At 5/25/2006 11:46 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

HEHE! Now "Wild Turky" is a nationaly popular drink...

 
At 5/26/2006 2:07 AM, Blogger kevin said...

Ben was a smart guy but...I'm going to have to go with the eagle on this one.

 
At 5/26/2006 9:10 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Thanks for sharing AOW. Long may she fly!

 
At 5/26/2006 2:53 PM, Blogger Esther said...

George and Martha have been huge news -- they've even reached us in Los Angeles! :)

 
At 5/26/2006 5:06 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

Beautiful birds.
Love them

 
At 5/26/2006 5:43 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Esther,
I've been missing many news reports of late because of my work schedule. The story of George and Martha made it all the way to CA? Nothing like a good love story!

Missing Link,
Occasionally, when we cross over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, we see eagles in flight over the Potomac. What a sight!

The wild turkey wouldn't have made the heart soar like the sight of eagles in flight.

 
At 5/26/2006 5:44 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Brooke,
Wild Turkey Bourbon? That was Aurora's drink of choice in Terms of Endearment. Remember that little scene?

 
At 5/27/2006 11:32 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Never seen it!

But being so close to the Kentucy border, there's Wild Turkey and Maker's Mark in every place that sells liquor!

 
At 5/30/2006 11:49 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Maker's Mark... mmmmm

 

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