Bald Eagles flock to Cheney Reservoir

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Cheney State Park, Kan. -- Bird watchers, both the avid and the occasional, are getting an opportunity to see hundreds of bald eagles in one area.

Bald eagles are flocking and feeding on fish from the ice on Cheney Reservoir east of Wichita.

Pete Janzen, a director with the Wichita Audubon Society and co-author of "The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots," says seeing double digit numbers of eagles this time of year can be expected. But Janzen says it's noteworthy though not unprecedented to see hundreds in one area. Janzen says he counted nearly 300 at Cheney on Sunday.

It's getting the attention of casual bird watchers like Antonio and Brenda Balderas of Wichita. The couple say they occasionally see eagles from their home in the Riverside neighborhood along the Arkansas River. But Antonio and Brenda Balderas say it's an experience to see so many eagles in one spot.

Antonio says, "You know they're magnificent birds. Like I say, they're beautiful. So that's the reason we came over here and to see if we could see more."

Brenda says, "We don't see that many in one grouping. It's kind of awesome to see that."

But Janzen says the eagles will likely soon start migrating north again to their nesting areas once they get their fill of fish from Cheney lake.

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