- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - More than 70 bald eagles have been counted in a midwinter survey at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in central New York.

The Auburn Citizen (https://bit.ly/1MY0MSU ) reports that spotters counted about 30 juvenile bald eagles in just one tree on the edge of a pond.

Montezuma spans about 11 square miles of wetlands between Rochester and Syracuse. It’s a significant spot along the Atlantic Flyway and provides crucial habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds.

The midwinter eagle count was conducted Friday morning. The final tally of 77 bald eagles far surpassed last year’s record of 43.

The Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey takes place in more than 40 states between Jan. 4 and 18. It’s a joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey and hundreds of volunteers.



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