While walking his dogs Nov. 8, Grandview Heights resident Bob Imber heard an unusual noise.
"I was walking along the alley between Hope and Willard (avenues) and I heard this cackling noise coming from above," he said. "I've seen red-tailed hawks in the area and I'm used to hearing that familiar squawking sound they make, but this was something different. This was no squawking sound."
When he looked up, Imber was amazed to see two bald eagles resting in a pine tree.
"That's something I never would have expected to see in Grandview," he said.
At first, he thought the birds might be turkey buzzards. That notion changed when he saw the birds fly away.
"I saw that wingspan, how they were gliding, and I knew that wasn't any buzzard or hawk," he said.
Imber grabbed his camera and started shooting.
"They looked like they were nesting," he said. "It was a magnificent sight."
Imber said he once saw about a dozen eagles nesting in a wooded area near Bozeman, Montana.
"But that was Montana," he said. "I never thought I'd see an eagle, let alone two, in an urban setting like Grandview."
However, Karen Norris, assistant wildlife management supervisor with the Ohio Department of Resources, said eagles aren't uncommon in the Grandview area and likely have been nesting nearby for years.
"Our office on Dublin Road is right across from the Scioto River and I am used to seeing them all the time, throughout the year," Norris said.
"We believe there are eagles nesting along the Scioto River, but we have not been able to locate the nests," she said. "They've been spotted all along the Scioto River corridor.
"It's not too surprising that people are seeing them in Grandview," Norris said. "It may just be that people haven't noticed them before now. With the leaves gone from the trees, they are easier to see."
While they remain protected, bald eagles no longer are considered an endangered species, she said.
"At ODNR, we don't even track them the way we used to when they were endangered," Norris said. "It used to be, if someone saw an eagle, we wanted to locate that bird and record its sighting."
The eagles may come into Grandview looking for a source of food, including rabbits and other animals, she said.
Once they find mates, they will begin laying eggs in February or March, Norris said.
Grandview has a lot of wild species visiting the community, including red foxes and coyotes, she said.
"People just aren't aware that they are around them, and the animals often don't want to be seen," Norris said.
Since Imber posted his photos on the Grandview Heights (Ohio) U*S*A Facebook page, other residents have indicated they have spotted eagles on Woodhill Drive and Cambridge Boulevard, among other sections of the city.
Imber said he will keep his eyes and ears open when he's out walking his dogs.
"After this, who knows what I might be able to see?" Imber said.