Thursday, December 17, 2009

Local Resident- "Baldy"

"Baldy" is the name that I have given to our local Bald Eagles. Because I cannot tell them apart and I know there is more than one, I just call them all Baldy. I have seen Baldy at least once a week for the past month right out my window here at the Museum. Some weeks, I have seen one or more of them each day. Over the past few years there has been more and more eagles spending time in the winter here on the Mohawk. I still find it exciting each time I see one.
As a historian, I can't help but wonder if these wonderful birds were all around 100-150 years ago? Was it common for those who lived in Northside to spot eagles on their way to work in Cohoes each day?

Lock 4 on Old Champlain Canal

Lock 4 is full of water! Apparently, the Canal Corp has opened the valves on the dam to allow more water flow into the Old Champlain Canal. This will help keep the water levels up near Lock 2 on the Barge Canal this winter.
Lock 4 is located right in front of the Museum.