Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette couldn’t resist – when she learned a bald eagle was discovered visiting a llama pen at the High Park Zoo, she tweeted: “A bald eagle has landed.”
Indeed, a pair of the North American bird of prey has been calling High Park home for just over a month now. “They must have heard that (the city) budget committee voted to reinstate the (zoo’s) operating cost into the 2014 budget so the eagles feel safe in the park,” Doucette quipped.
The birds have been spotted around Grenadier Pond and the new children’s teaching kitchen. High Park Nature Centre spokesperson Mallory Parks says it’s uncommon to see a bald eagle in the park, particularly rare outside of the spring and fall migration periods, she said.
“In the three years I’ve been at the nature centre, I’ve never seen a bald eagle in High Park,” Parks said.
Bald eagles like forested and mountainous areas, places they can hide.
“The fact that they’re in High Park is awesome. They’ve been spotted on top of light posts and in white pine trees,” Parks said. “It’s easier to see them more than hawks or falcons because of their white heads.”
They do not cause any danger to park patrons. Be sure to look up if you’d like to see them, said Parks. A pair of binoculars wouldn’t hurt.
– Lisa Rainford