SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Bald eagles are making a comeback in Northern California.

Experts say pesticide restrictions, habitat protections and the release of captive-bred chicks have led to the eagle’s recovery.

Bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007.

California and federal agencies don’t know how may nesting pairs are in the state.

But, anecdotal evidence suggests the count has grown since 2007 when there were more than 200 nests.

Pairs of the fish-eating raptors have been spotted at San Pablo Reservoir near Orinda, Del Valle Reservoir near Livermore, Calaveras Reservoir on the edge of Santa Clara and Alameda counties, San Antonio Reservoir south of Sunol, Lake Berryessa in Napa County and Lake Sonoma in Sonoma County.

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