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EAGLE EYE: Bird watcher spies American bald eagle roaming Woonsocket's skies

February 1, 2014

Neil Caswell, of Woonsocket, displays a photo of an American bald eagle he captured out the window of his fifth-floor apartment at Waterview Apartments, which overlooks Harris Pond. (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)

WOONSOCKET -- For hobby bird photographer Neil Caswell his new apartment overlooking Harris Pond has turned out to be like that box of chocolates Forest Gump’s mother talked about.

“You never know what you’re going to get,” he says.

From juncos and jays to waxwings and wood ducks, Caswell’s fifth floor perch at Waterview Apartments offers a bird’s eye view of an unusual assortment of avian visitors to Soucy Falls. The picturesque spot where the city’s backup reservoir cascades over a dam into a trout-stocked stream is a natural magnet for waterfowl and other birds, so much so that Caswell calls Soucy Park “Woonsocket’s Free Wildlife Refuge.”

Armed with his Canon SD digital camera, Caswell, 64, regularly strolls the grounds of the park to snap photos of fancy-looking ducks and other flyers.

But he didn’t even have to go outside to capture his most cherished images yet – a few frames of an American Bald Eagle.

For full story, see Sunday's print edition of The Call.

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