|A mated pair of Bald Eagles in our pasture.|
I have always admired Eagles but my first direct experience with one was when I lived in southern Wisconsin. I was a new mom and having a rough time living in the city where we lived. I just did not fit in and I spent too many hours crying to return home to the northwoods.
One cold January day, the winds were howling and it was -20F. To get the mail, which was my connection to the outside world in those days, I had to walk two blocks to the beginning of our cul-de-sac. So I walked down and got the mail and as I was walking back I saw in the sky a large dark bird floating. I looked up and called to it and the bird came down closer, so close I could see its yellow eye! I was flabbergasted and speechless as Eagles were not known in the southern part of the state at all! It then floated upward and headed off to the north. I stood and just watched until it disappeared behind the trees.
I knew it was an omen! I didn't know what it was but now I know that the Eagle came to tell me that I would soon be heading home! Five months later we bought our farm that we live in now!
Eagles are common here. And every time I see one I call to it. They are very curious and will come and fly close to see who you are.
A few years ago I had a mare miscarry her foal. What was of it I left out in the snow for the Eagles. They would come in and feed. I know a lot of people would be sickened by this but I saw it totally differently. I was giving my foal wings! This foal now flies in new generations of Eagles. It is my gift to them.
When we have dead calves I leave them out for the Eagles. The photo above was taken because we had a breech born calf that was dead. Now that calf has wings too. Nothing goes to waste. It is all good as as it should be.