Guntersville has some famous bald eagles that bird enthusiasts have nicknamed over the years based on their nesting activity.
A pair of eagles at South Sauty named Sam and Glory returned to the nest this week, eagle photographer Al Reese said.
And another photographer, George Goff, said hed seen Thelma Lou and her mate in the vicinity of a well-known nest at Guntersville Dam. Thelma Lou was one half of a pair named Barney and Thelma Lou that nested for years at the dam.
Barney died awhile back and Thelma Lou took up with a new mate.
Mr. Reese is very excited about the return of Sam and Glory at South Sauty. He had an interesting encounter with them last week.
I observed Sam as he brought in grass and a new limb as he worked to revitalize the nest after Liberty, Faith and Bell (last years baby eagles) had left it in a shambles before they flew the coop this summer, Mr. Reese said in an email
I guess all of the hard work had made Sam hungry because I also noted he had a large fish in the nest that he munched on. Unfortunately, I did not see him fly the fish into the nest.
When I returned to the nest after eating breakfast, as I drove up, I saw one of the adults on the nest. Then, I noticed one of the young juvenile eagles and an adult perched in different pine trees across the road from the nest.
Another juvenile flew directly past where these two birds were perched. Suddenly, the adult on the nest flew over and gave chase to the other adult, which immediately flew off.
As they flew across the pasture, I looked up to discover either Sam or Glory sitting in a pine tree just outside the nest. I am uncertain who the third adult was, or where it came from. But it was obviously an intruder. A short time later, both of our eagles were back near the nest.