An Eagles Nest in Tacoma: Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/JJhTU
On a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park, I was standing around the Northeast side, hoping to catch a glimpse of the majestic wolves that are rare to see in the park. It was sunset, and with no wolves in sight, the masses of people lining the road slowly started making their way back to their cars. I parked about a mile away, so the walk back was long. Luckily, I had the opportunity to chat with a young couple from Pennsylvania, who had made their first trip out west. We chatted about things to do and place to see and I asked my typical question, which is “what was the best thing you have seen so far on your trip?’ Without even thinking, they both replied at the same time, as cute couples often do, but their answer shocked me and made me come to a stop.
They replied “We saw a Bald Eagle in a tree above a river!”
This was said with the excitement I would use if I was describing seeing a bear chase down an elk, but they were that stoked about an Eagle. We discussed Bald Eagles for the next few minutes. I tried to be polite, but finally I blurted out that if I wanted to, I could see a Bald Eagle every day on the Olympic Peninsula without much effort. They looked at me in disbelief, I gave them my card and invited them out to the Pacific Northwest, promising that I would show them so many Eagles that it would blow their mind.
That is when I yet again realized we are lucky out here in the Pacific Northwest. Eagles seem to be everywhere in Western Washington. I see them at most bridges, over Interstate 5 and sometimes over my house. While not as commonplace as up in Alaska, Bald Eagles are pretty common out here. However, aside from up in the Skagit Valley, finding nesting pairs and a nest is much more difficult. Luckily, I stumbled upon a nesting pair, with a brand new nest, less than a half of a mile from a parking lot. All you have to do is go to Tacoma.
I know there may be some fear of travelling to Tacoma thanks to the 80s and 90s being best known for gangs in the area, but modern Tacoma is different. Tacoma smells mostly good, the water is clean, the views are spectacular and the people are more genuine, down to earth and willing to talk to you than their rivals to the north in Seattle. Tacoma has a bad reputation, but with majestic views and great parks like the one I will be describing, it will soon be known for greatness, with the 80s and 90s just a footnote in a great city history.
The name is slightly blush-inducing, but Titlow Park is sure to perk up your spirits. Located right along the Puget Sound, and just south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, this park offers some amazingly unique views. Once parked in the parking spaces provided, walk across the railroad tracks and be taken in by the serene scene of cormorants, kingfishers and occasionally seals, all appearing to be posing right next to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. With Picnic tables, spotting scopes and benches, this is an ideal place to take a break or bring your kids/dogs to explore.
With about a mile of trails, some in the woods and some on the beach, depending on the tide, exploring here is great for a myriad of reasons. From abundant sea life to beautiful areas to take lasting pictures, Titlow has you covered. Walk with your dogs on the beach, see porpoises, boats, and shore birds and of course, the reason for this blog, Bald Eagles. Located in the woods near a picnic area dedicated to the Girl Scouts in 1953, an eagle’s nest is visible.
Since this is a new nest, it appears that the young nesting couple of Bald Eagles is keeping close tabs on it, often squawking to keep threats away.
(Click this Link!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eagle making noise at Titlow)
Luckily, the entire tree is visible from the trail and one is able to watch these majestic birds. They appear to be nesting there for good, so expect babies this spring.
If you want to see eagles, take in a gorgeous sunset or enjoy a sunny day, all while in Tacoma, Titlow Park is the park for you. While 5 mile Drive is nice, Titlow offers views of the Narrows Bridge that can make every picture look like a professional took it. For more information on Titlow Park, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or shoot us a text or email.
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