So anyways we were driving along Cajalco (pronounced Ca-hall-co). Cajalco is the two lane highway in and out of our community. We were driving along the stretch next to Lake Matthews Reservoir. I noticed there were dozens of flocks of birds near the lake's edges. Lots of ducks, lots of geese, and lots of sea birds. It made sense, the day was usually stormy and the flocks were probably landing here at this sanctuary to prepare for the bad night of weather ahead. The weather was cold, windy and rainy. We were talking about all these birds and the sheer volume we were seeing. Just then I spotted an unusally large bird. It's body was dark and it's head, neck and tail feathers were white. The beak and feet were yellow. It was just taking flight from a large boulder that was directly on the lake's edge. The bird caught my eye because of it's size and my first thought was - I've never seen a bird like that around here. I turned to take a closer look and then I noticed a second one also following the first by taking flight from about the same spot. It was obvious, these two were a couple. Then it hit me. I was looking at two American Bald Eagles.
I never expected to see these birds in this area. I had never heard of them here and I've lived in the Inland Empire since '87. I couldn't believe my eyes. I started shouting at my husband to look at what I saw, then he saw them too. Now I'm sure those of you who live in an area that has these birds doesnt think this is a big deal, but we dont see this bird in this area.