CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Volunteers tracking the fall migration of bald eagles at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory have counted a record number of the majestic birds.
Since early August, 195 bald eagles have been seen by volunteers who perch atop Peters Mountain in Monroe County. They use a former U.S. Forest Service fire tower at the crest of the 3,812-foot peak in the Jefferson National Forest.
The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/I6h8z1) reports that the previous record for bald eagles seen from Hanging Rock was 137. That number was reached in 2010.
Hanging Rock has been the site of annual raptor migration counts by West Virginia birders since 1952.
Expected to continue for two more weeks, this year's census also could produce a record number of golden eagle sightings.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com