Bald eagle 'a major attraction' in Baker

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Baker resident Cindy Caroll photographed this bald eagle, which she spotted near Ritz Food Store on Florida Highway 4 in Baker. The protected bird has become "a major attraction" in the rural area, she said.

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Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

BAKER — A national icon has graced this rural north county community.

Several residents, like Cindy Carroll, have been lining up to see a bald eagle in Baker. They recently stopped near Ritz Food Store on State Road 4 to watch and photograph the bird.

"(The eagle) seems to be a major attraction in the area these days," Carroll said. "It was a rather large bird and it looked quite healthy. It was pretty."

Motorists on Sunday pulled over to see the bird of prey, and excitement affected traffic flow, Tara Geiger, the store's assistant manager, said.

"One person actually called the (Okaloosa) Sheriff's Office about the traffic," she said.  

Josh Copeland, who works at the store, said the bird has made several visits to his family's nearby property.

But that's not the only sighting, he said.

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