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Bald Eagles flying high at Prime Hook Refuge By Michael Short Bald eagle populations are on the upswing at Prime Hook Refuge. As many as nine eagles have been spotted in the last few weeks at the refuge, an unheard of number for a species that was con- sidered endangered only a few years ago. Prime Hook Refuge assistant manager George O'Shea said that there are three adult eagles, and the rest are immature birds, which often do not have the trademark white plumage on the head and tail. "I go out every morning and my eagle is there," O'Shea joked. The eagles, some of which may have been attracted from other states, have probably been drawn by the huge numbers of snow geese and ducks at the refuge. That's the equivalent of setting a dinner table for the eagles. There is a nesting pair of eagles at the refuge and a second nesting pair at Bombay Hook, but it is un- usual to see more than three or four birds at Prime Hook Refuge. O'Shea reported seeing eagles since late November, often along area roads. Most of the birds wilt probably migrate north again when the snow geese and ducks leave. Ken Reynolds, of Delaware's Fish and Wildlife Divsion said eagles nor- mally migrate south and are often passing through Delaware now. It's unusual for them to stop and stay this long, he said. "They will leave here like snow geese do when when it is time to get back to their nesting areas .... [In Delaware] in general, they are holding their own." Reynolds said that eagles still face loss of habitat, residual pesti- Slam Continued from page 1 "lt;s nine of the top 25 high school basketball teams in the country. It's more than 1,000 vol- unteers doing everything from taking team's and their staffs on tours of the local area, to handling more than 250 press people cre- dentialed for the games. It's an Atlantic City show band - Cheers - playing from an elevated stage, adding excitement at half time and between games. And it's the Ban- baz Brother from Persia - or some place like that - flying in from Ve- gas to perform aerobatics and bal- ancing acts with daggers in the middle of the gymnasium on Sat- urday night and Monday night," said Jacobs. "And it's the Cape Band Boosters making thousands of dollars by running the conces- sion and souvenir stands." Tickets for the event are $45 for the whole tournament or $15 for each day - if they are available. "The locals are the hardest peo- ple to irnpress with how big this Continued on page 16 cide quanities and other problems as they try to rebound. Eagle pop- ulations are rebounding slightly in Delaware, but they are hardly common. "They are not just coming out of the woodwork," he said. The presence of so many birds is encouraging, but few of the birds are expected to stay and nest or raise young in Delaware, he said. The birds are still listed as threatened, which is considered one classification below endan- gered. "I think it is great to see," said O'Shea, who reported that the ea- gles make the waterfowl popula- tions very nervous. "I think what a lot of it is is a lot of ducks and geese. There is a big concentration of birds here and they are here to take advantage." Eagles like to feed on fish, but they are opportunists. While ducks or geese are not their first choice for dinner, the waterfowl are abundant, the hunting is easy and a goose dinner won't be passed up. There are approximately 149,000 snow geese found in the Prime Hook area, more than half of the Delaware population of 235,000 birds. There are also abundant ducks, especially black duck, gadwall and greenwing teal, and the area has the largest popu- lation of ducks in the state right now. An aerial survey of waterfowl in Delaware last month found 13 bald eagles in Delaware. Nine of those eagles were found in the Prime Hook area, according to surveys done by Tom Whittendale of Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife. IRAs OPEN, TRANSFER, ROLLOVER, ] Anthony Egeln .....  ] New Devon Inn 645-7710 00Edwardlone$ Serving lndividualestors Sine* 18 7, Happy REHOBOTH OFFICE SALESAGENTS Betty Anderson Karen Barwick Allison Bateman Rob Burton Linda Conley Camilla Conlon Chris Corrado Lou Cristaldi Joseph Crowley Jack Daggett Wanda Davis Walter Deakyne, II Norma Lee Derrickson Edgar Downs Ronnie Drake Sharon Emerson Cheryl Fruchtman George Gibson Joe Hill Suzanne Landon Bryce Lingo _ Bill Lingo Carol Lynch Bob McCulloch Charles Pollard Pat Riebel Amy Schrader Mary Lou Sheehan Norman Sugrue J.T. Tubbs Maggie Webb LEWES OFFICE SALES & RENTAL AGENTS Betsy Alwood Kris Battaglini Fred Carlsten Debbie Costello Linda Davis Carolyn Fox Marilyn Art Harris April Irelan Dale Jenkins Wayne Leathern Holiday REALTORS John E. Lingo, Jr. John E Lingo, Sr. Kenneth Lingo Chris Long Joe Marshall Gary McCrea Jackie Moody Barbara Nowakowski Cathy Reed Paul Townsend Carolyn Turner REHOBOTH OFFICE RENTAL AGENTS Sheila Davolos Andrea Drebing Adriane Gallagher Gretchen Haag Derrick Lingo Susan Mills Kelly Spalaris Ponda Weakly