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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    Maryland

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Bald Eagle

bald eagle in tree

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

According to the Breeding Bird Survey, Maryland has increased its bald eagle population since 1989. Habitats for these birds can be found in National Park Service sites in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including Oxon Cove Park.

Oxon Cove Park provides an excellent breeding habitat for the bald eagle. The Potomac River provides a food source of fish, waterfowl, and seabirds. Tall coniferous, deciduous trees, or cliffs near water provide a perfect nesting and roosting area for these birds.

Protection of existing nest sites and maintaining suitable habitat throughout tidal waterways are critical to the continued existence of the Bald Eagle.

Did You Know?

mt. welby

During the War of 1812, the Debutts family found three congreve rockets on the Mount Welby (19th century name of the Oxon Hill Farm property) grounds. The British Navy was not aiming at Mount Welby. They were sending a signal to other British ships anchored 20 miles away in the Patuxent River.