Making Room in Siouxland, Stone State Park, Sioux City

27 Mar
Eagles perch in a tree top Friday, Feb. 10, 2022 along the Big Sioux River near Stone State Park in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Nature has a way of seemingly replicating life, even in Siouxland, although that might be a projection of sorts. Recently on an outing this winter I watched as young juvenile American bald eagles jostled with one another to find a perch in a tree top. Sometimes accommodating one another and sometimes not. But in the end they always seemed to make it work.

Eagles perch in a tree top Friday, Feb. 10, 2022 along the Big Sioux River near Stone State Park in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Eagles perch in a tree top Friday, Feb. 10, 2022 along the Big Sioux River near Stone State Park in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And there were many treetops to accommodate all of the eagles, juvenile and adult. But it seems everyone vied for the same treetop until they couldn’t. I couldn’t even guess if the drama was play acting or actual as the young ones felt their way in pecking order of the world, testing their own mettle and that of kin or neighbors. I was only glad I could watch and not participate.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Eagles perch in a tree top Friday, Feb. 10, 2022 along the Big Sioux River near Stone State Park in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

2 Responses to “Making Room in Siouxland, Stone State Park, Sioux City”

  1. ioofthesgl ioof.org March 27, 2023 at 7:22 am #

    Jerry,

    watches – watched

    not sure if you can correct once it is posted?

    Enjoy your post – the Eagles are great.

    Terry

    • jerrymennenga March 27, 2023 at 8:55 am #

      Terry, Hey. Thank you. Yeah, sometimes while typing those little grammatical points slip through. Hope all is well. Thank you for reading and following.

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