Favorite Tree: "Eagle tree" falls at Ronald Bog

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The "Eagle Tree" standing tall in 2008

Story and photos by Martin DeGrazie

It seems everyone in their life has a favorite tree. As a kid our family had a beautiful large Rainier cherry tree that adorned our front yard.

The tree was visibly leaning. 

As an adult my favorite tree lived across Ronald Bog from us. I learned to look at the tree as soon as I came out of our back door, sometimes missing the eagle right above my head in my own yard. 

I frequently took pictures of the tree, especially when I could capture its reflection in the still waters. 

Eagles built a nest but didn't stay

Birds would always flock to this tree. In 2023 I had mixed emotions when the Eagles started to build a nest in it. I considered purchasing a better camera to take pictures of baby eaglets but I was concerned for the other wildlife on Ronald Bog. I love all the critters in the water and did not want to see them disappear. 

Alas, my concerns were unfounded, as the eagles abandoned the nest. Canadian geese would enter the nest every now and then. This spring they were up there so much, I was afraid they would sit on eggs up there themselves. 

The tree is now lying in the water

This past weekend while I was out of town this beautiful tree fell into the water. 

I can't tell you how many times I looked over there and wondered if it was leaning more. We've had three trees fall into the water from our lot on the other side of Ronald Bog.

The stump was shattered

The silver lining is the tree in the water is a nice landing spot for other critters in the bog. Eagles, otters, turtles and other animals will all use it. But, I will miss it. 

I haven't been to that side of the bog in a long time and I am really impressed at all the new growth trees. They have really shot up. I expect we will see much more wildlife at Ronald Bog in the coming years. The end of an era, but a new one is on the way.


Anonymous,  April 24, 2024 at 9:32 AM  

beautiful post my favorite veeery large tree also fell this year it's very sad climate change will forever change this land many articles on pnw specific permanent effect to our trees

Anonymous,  April 24, 2024 at 12:25 PM  

Thanks to Martin DeGrazie for 'Favorite Tree: "Eagle tree" falls at Ronald Bog' (SAN 24Apr24). On Scholten Dairy Farm between Lynden & Sumas we had our own 'Eagle Tree'. A dozen Bald Eagles often eyeballed our breakfast from a poplar tree. Happily, people can spot more birds in Shoreline Heritage Museum's Miyawaki Forest. See you at 1st of 3 focal events, Language of the Forest, at the Forest on Saturday, May 4, 2024 10 am - 12 pm. Prof Dana Campbell will pose the question: Do trees communicate with other trees? Activities for all ages include placing the bilingual signs by plants in the Forest. There will be refreshments.

Best - Bruce & Martha Scholten (in nearby Edmonds)

Kean Engie,  May 2, 2024 at 1:44 PM  

The City of Shoreline plans to remove 274 trees along N 175th from I-5 west to Stone Ave N
Email or Call Shoreline City Councilmembers sharing your concern about our urban tree canopy.
Subject Line: June 3 Council Meeting
Email: council@shorelinewa.gov
and copy: agendacomments@shorelinewa.gov
• Safety and well-being for all
• 7-foot wide sidewalks or less
• Retain mature trees
Mayor Chris Roberts: 206.391.2733 croberts@shorelinewa.gov
Deputy Mayor Laura Mork: 206.801.2207 lmork@shorelinewa.gov
Annette Ademasu: 206.801.2204 aademasu@shorelinewa.gov
Eben Pobee: 206.801.2201 epobee@shorelinewa.gov
John Ramsdell: 206.801.2205 jramsdell@shorelinewa.gov
Betsy Robertson: 206.801.2206 brobertson@shorelinewa.gov
Keith Scully: 206.801.2202 kscully@shorelinewa.gov

Anonymous,  May 8, 2024 at 6:47 PM  

Oh no. Have they said why they plan to remove 274 trees?

Anonymous,  May 8, 2024 at 6:49 PM  

I was wondering what had happened to The Eagle Tree. Very sad how many of our trees are dying/falling. I've had more native trees fall the last few years than all the other years since I bought my house, combined. :-(

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