BOSTON (CBS) – A record number of bald eagles were spotted in Massachusetts during an annual winter survey, officials announced on Friday.
Federal wildlife officials observed 102 bald eagles, breaking the state record set in 2009. The largest concentration of birds (33) was spotted around the Quabbin Reservoir, while 11 eagles were spotted on the Merrimack River.
The total is in stark contrast to the count in 1979, when officials only spotted seven bald eagles in the Bay State.
The bald eagle was taken off the federal list of endangered and threatened species in 2007.