January 20, 2021
Photograph by John S.W. Spofford
Since the late 2010s, Bald Eagles have been spotted flying over Fishers Island. There have also been some sightings of prey being seized. Across their full range, fish make up a majority of their diet. With their numbers on the increase on the mainland, it is just a matter of time until they nest here and become a new top predator.
Research compiled from 20 food habit studies revealed fish comprised 56% of the diet of nesting eagles, birds 28%, mammals 14% and other prey 2%. (Stalmaster 1987).