The emblem of the US is usually found near water, feeding mainly on fish caught with its talons, or waterfowl, particularly coots, but will also eat carrion. It doesn’t obtain its white head and tail until at least its fourth year when it begins to breed. The call is a high-pitched whistle. Once the emblem of endangered species, numbers have increased so that winter sightings have become more common statewide, as are large stick nests built high in isolated trees. A pair has recently been observed here, possibly investigating a nest site.