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Rare: Dozens of bald eagles roosting on Polk County tower

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

It is a thrill to see a bald eagle in the wild. Polk County employees going to work at the sheriff's office or emergency operations center in Winter Haven are feeling beyond exhilarated as a result of what they're seeing.

Dozens of bald eagles are roosting on a nearby communications tower.

Members of Florida Audubon have counted as many as 60 at one time.

Reinier Munguia, who heads the local Eagle Watch program, is thrilled.

"An animal that was on the endangered list, and we almost lost them back in the 40s. Now, to bring them back and be so successful? That's an accomplishment," he told FOX 13.

The birds begin roosting at sunset. Then at sunrise they leave to go feed at nearby Lake Hancock or the county landfill.

Even though Reinier sees the population growth as a good thing, he said there is a downside to the birds sleeping on the tower.

Normally, they would be spending the night in trees, he said, but destruction of the habitat is making that harder and harder to do.

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