Lake Raystown Eagle count highest ever

Either the annual winter visitors to Lake Raystown in Huntingdon County are back, or nesting birds that call the 30-mile lake home have decided to stay-year around. More likely it is a combination of both scenarios. For whatever reason, the 2003 annual Bald Eagle survey conducted by staff of the Pennsylvania Game Commission counted an even dozen of the huge raptors on or around the lake, the largest number counted since the survey was started in 1990.
On Jan. 11, observers surveying a five-mile stretch of the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River below the dam sighted three eagles. The team traveling the 77 miles of lake shoreline by boat counted a combination of nine mature birds and juvenile birds.
“To the best of our knowledge, there are a total of five adult and seven immature Bald Eagles on or around Lake Raystown,” said Rob Criswell, Regional Land Management Supervisor and a member of the survey team. “From first results in 1990 when two eagles were sighted, to a ;ow year of 1992 when just one was documented, 2003 marks a highpoint in our survey.”