Oysterville’s Eagle Tree

Jun 26, 2013 | 1 comment

Eagles3It’s not everyone who has an eagle tree in their neighborhood.  Those of us who live in Oysterville, at least those who live at the south end of town, are lucky that way.  There is a tree to the north of Merchant Street, maybe half on Gray’s property (the old Tom Crellin place) and half on the County right of way, where eagles hang out all year long.

They aren’t there every day, of course.  And often it’s only one.  Never more than two.  But they are there regularly enough that I check out their perch periodically if our chickens are free-ranging in the garden.  Fortunately, I think there are enough tasty meals on the tide flats and in the meadow beyond our house to keep the eagles happy.  Thus far, anyway, they have never bothered our girls.

Even when the eagles circle overhead, coming in for a landing on their favorite branch, our chickens don’t give them the time of day.  I sometimes think that the pathetic little squeak that is the eagle’s call was designed to fool the critters below.  Those eagles certainly sound harmless enough!

DSC_0299_JPGTheir tree is the most easterly of the eighteen Monterey Cypress trees that were planted circa 1900 along the middle stretch of Territory Road.  Tom Andrews, who then owned the Crellin house, brought them up from California as seedlings and planted them along the road in front of his house and on around the corner at the south of his property.  For over a hundred years they have thrived – actually far better than their brother and sister trees down in their native habitat of Pacific Grove south of the Bay Area.  Speculation is that it’s our splendid precipitation.

The trees have become a distinctive feature of the Oysterville streetscape.  Their canopy stretches across territory road, providing a protective umbrella against the winter rains and the summer sun.  Their gnarled trunks with their distinctive bark draw both amateur and professional photographers from far and wide.

Eagles4But the eagle tree is my favorite.  I think it was my favorite even before the eagles discovered it but, truth to tell, that was so long ago I don’t have a clear memory of it.  I like it because one of its main branches begins almost at ground level, stretches up alongside the trunk and then branches off to gracefully  canopy  the lane.  Somehow, it just invites you to take a walk toward the bay, passing under its protective, outstretched arm.

I doubt that’s why the eagles chose that tree.  I think they are mostly concerned with the view from on high.  But, whatever their reason may be, I’m glad to be in agreement with them that it’s a special tree, indeed.  I’m sure Tom Andrews would be pleased as well.

1 Comment

  1. April

    This IS a very special tree and I seriously hope that nothing happens to threaten the health of that magical tree. I am watching this very closely from my “perch” too 🙂

    I have heard that someone wants to cut off what they call a “limb” ( it is actually an integral part of the tree trunk not a mere limb) due to it “endangering” their house (a house that doesn’t even exist, plus the person was aware of how the tree sits when they bought the property). Really, the tree is not endangering their house (that does not exist yet) since it would fall in north east direction.

    If that part of the tree trunk is cut off, the tree WILL die and the Eagles that we enjoy so much will not have a place to perch.

    I have seen juvenile Eagles in that tree so there may even be a nest up there. If that is so, any damage done to that tree would endanger those federally protected birds. Why would any logical person want to do that?

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