NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sightings of a bald eagle flying over Manhattan’s Upper East Side continued Sunday, adding to New Yorker’s hopes the bird may be looking to become a permanent resident along the Hudson River.

The eagle has been seen over the Riverside Park since earlier this month.

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“I looked up and sure enough, there was a bald eagle up in a tree about 20 feet above our heads,” said Jessica Turner. “It was my first time seeing a bald eagle in New York City. It was pretty spectacular.”

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Eagles tend to nest in heavily wooded areas close to water, and New York’s parks along the Hudson may be perfect, said Dan Garodnick, CEO of the Riverside Park Conservancy.

 

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There are 170 pairs of eagles known to be living in New York State. Once an eagle find a nesting area, they’ll maintain that for their entire 30-year lifespan.