SALEM — A North Salem couple walking their dog yesterday morning spotted a bald eagle perched in a tree.
Rich Girard ran home to get his camera and snapped a photo of the majestic bird. His wife, Christine Lutts, posted the photo on the Facebook page of a local organization, The Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery.
“It went viral,” she said.
Although eagle sightings are rare in this region, eagles apparently are not.
“They breed right here in Massachusetts,” said Michael O’Connor, a spokesman for Mass Audubon. “So, seeing an eagle in Massachusetts is, of course, a great sighting, and it’s kind of a testament to what conservation organizations across the state have done bringing that species back. But it’s not outlandish that you would see one.”
There have been several sightings of eagles in North Salem over the past few weeks. Lutts said she has seen the giant birds in flight.
“There was a pair flying around Kernwood (Country Club) mostly,” she said.
Another Salem resident sent an eagle photo to The Salem News earlier in the week that he took out the window of his home on Everett Road in North Salem.
Lutts declined to say precisely where this photo was taken to avoid a flock of curiosity-seekers descending on the neighborhood.
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