Devra Cooper of Los Osos has recorded a rare sight: a bald eagle at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos.
The eagle has been there for several weeks, Cooper said, describing the encounter as a wonderful experience. The preserve is operated by the Morro Coast Audubon Society.
Holly Slettland is the preserve’s manager and has been working there for the past eight years. This is the first time a bald eagle has been reported there. The abundance of birds in the preserve may have been what attracted the eagle, she said.
"It is relatively rare," she said. "I’ve never seen one in the in the preserve."
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The bald eagle is the national symbol of the United States. It is considered an uncommon visitor to San Luis Obispo County, mostly in the winter.