N.H. has good bald eagle showing

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire’s skies have a strong population of bald eagles, bird watchers said.

Biologists found 42 eagles during an annual survey and the numbers keep getting better, according to a New Hampshire Audubon report released Wednesday.

The group’s senior biologist said the number was surprising, given the mild winter.

“With so much more open water habitat available this year, we anticipated that the eagles might be spread out over a larger area Chris Martin said.

“But light winds and a lack of precipitation on survey day made it easier for our observers to spot the birds in the survey areas.”

Most of the eagles were found along rivers, large lakes and along the coast. Many of the birds come from Canada, where winter weather forces them south in search of open water.

AP-ES-01-24-07 1046EST

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