Walked along the river for several miles and saw nothing special other than a few common mergansers bobbing in a stretch of fast water. Being mergansers, they would occasionally duck their heads beneath the surface or dive as they searched for fish.
On the way back to my parked car I saw an adult bald eagle landing on a nearby utility pole. The eagle was carrying prey, which at first I assumed was a fish plucked from the nearby river.
Looking through the telephoto lens as the eagle fed, it became obvious that the prey wasn’t a fish; the prey had a furry tail because it was a gray squirrel:
After a few minutes the eagle moved to another pole –
Did the eagle kill the squirrel, was it a roadkill, might it have been electrocuted, did the eagle take the squirrel from another predator? As so often happens in the natural world, there are more questions than the information at hand can answer.