There was some skepticism when Bobby and Peggy Hewlett’s daughter Nandy came into the kitchen excited about what she saw outside.
Her dad said it was probably just a hawk Nandy saw by the pond near the couple’s home on 120th Street, west of Ray County Lake.
“I think she just said there’s an eagle on the pond,” Nandy’s mother recalls her saying. “She was so excited.”
Peggy estimates the eagle was no more than a half-block from the Hewlett home.
Although most Ray Countians have heard about – and the lucky ones seen – bald eagles roosting along the Missouri River, it’s less common for them to venture close to civilization.
When the Hewletts walked outside to see what the excitement was about, they were joined, Bobby said, by the family’s two Labrador retirievers. Still, the eagle stood its ground.
“I took these pictures and then when we got ready to leave and got in the truck, it was still there,” Peggy said.
The bird was gone by the time the family returned home.
– David Knopf, Richmond News