By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published May 11, 2010

Dickson County residents Tracy Robertson and her husband Stephen had just sat down for supper when they saw a large bird fly across their front yard.

The bird, a bald eagle, roosted in a tree close to a pond in their yard stocked with catfish, bass and bluegill.

“Around here, that was our first bald eagle sighting anywhere outside of a protected area,” said Tracy in early April.

Since approaching near extinction in North America, the bald eagle has made a resounding comeback in Tennessee, and is now exploring the lands and water bodies within Dickson County.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency documented 130 nesting pairs of bald eagles in the state last year, with about 70 percent of those pairs producing offspring that fledged.

Though no nests have been recorded in Dickson, TWRA biologist Polly Rooker noted six nests in the general area, including one at Harpeth River State Park.

“I keep getting reports of birds over there (Dickson County),” said Rooker. “I had one lady who called and she kept seeing two birds close to her house. We just haven’t been able to find a nest.

“I don’t doubt in the least that they’re there,” Rooker added. “They’re along the water, and they’re back off of the water. So, more often than not you’ll see two birds without seeing the nest structure.”

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