Seneca eagles make strong showing

Although the state has discontinued tracking bald eagles, a few people in Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties have continued logging information to make sure eagles don’t lose ground.

“We know they’ve made their comeback, but it’s nice to know they’re continuing to do well,” said Linda Rose of Seneca County Park District, who is working with Debbie Haubert of Sandusky County Park District to watch nests.

And Wyandot County Commissioner Steve Seitz is keeping track in his county.

Rose and Haubert collect information from anyone who volunteers to watch nests and record it.

“We’ve got 10 in (Seneca) County, maybe 11,” Rose said. One has not been verified.

“And Sandusky County has 33 nests at this point,” she said. Sandusky and Ottawa counties have the largest numbers of nests.

“We know that Ottawa County is real close (in numbers) to Sandusky County, but we have no firm numbers this year so far,” Rose said.

Seitz said Wyandot County has 12 nests he knows about.

“I hear rumors of other nests, but those are the ones I found,” he said. “We have more nests than any of the other inland counties.”

Seitz said 62 of Ohio’s 88 counties now have eagle nests, but he doesn’t know if they are all in use.

Nobody is known to be collecting information on nests in Hancock County as a whole, but there is one near one of Fostoria’s reservoirs.

Ron Minard, a longtime eagle watcher in the Fostoria area, said the Hancock County nest near the Fostoria reservoir hatched an eaglet, but the young bird is no longer there.

“Something happened to it, but I’m not sure what,” he said.

He said the breeding pair at the Findlay nest, which he also watches, also was on eggs.

Nine out of 10 nests in Seneca County were incubating or brooding eaglets this year.

“There’s just one that we haven’t been able to get a good hold on yet,” Rose said.

The nest of unknown status is in Eden Township, along with two other Eden nests.

Others in Seneca County are located mainly along the Sandusky River and its tributaries.

Pleasant Township also has three nests, while Hopewell, Scipio, Seneca and Bloom townships each have one.

“They kind of run down the middle of the county where the main waterways are,” Rose said.

In Wyandot County, Seitz said 10 of the 12 usually active nests were active this year.

“I know one of our nests has failed,” he said. “But the rest were either hatched or close to hatching.”

The nests closest to Seneca County are two near SR 53 along the river and Tymochtee Creek not far from McCutchenville.

One is near Sycamore, and Seitz also watched one just inside Crawford County near Sycamore.

“That’s a brand-new nest,” he said. The former nest blew down last year.

Another is near Indian Mill on private land, and two are near Nevada. The Rebers Bottoms nest remains active along the river, and he said there are four nests in Killdeer Plains State Wildlife Area, but only two are active that he knows of. Another nest is on Tymochtee Creek near Upper Sandusky.

“I started watching eagles when I was 9 years old,” Seitz said. “I never dreamed I would see 12 of them in my county.”