Environment & Science

11 bald eagles spotted at Southern California lakes

File: A bald eagle as seen on October 2, 2015 in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
File: A bald eagle as seen on October 2, 2015 in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
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Eleven bald eagles were spotted during an organized count at sites across Riverside and San Bernardino counties over the weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service says bald eagles commonly migrate south to spend their winter vacations around the region's lakes, feasting on fish and ducks.

A group of about 100 eagle-eyed volunteers and agency staff participated in the counts at several lakes on Saturday. Two adult bald eagles were seen at Lake Perris and a pair of adults was also observed in the Lake Hemet area.

Five eagles were spotted at Big Bear Lake and two were seen at Lake Arrowhead.

Experts say peak numbers of bald eagles usually come in January and February. The next scheduled counts are Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 11.