Spotting a bald eagle in South Carolina is a rare occurrence. In 2016, SC Dept. of Natural Resources (SCDNR) monitored over 350 bald eagle nesting pairs.
According to the SCDNR website, eagles nest in every state except Hawaii.
South Carolina ranked twelfth in the nation in terms of the numbers of nesting bald eagle pairs in 2005. In 1977, there were 13 occupied nesting territories in South Carolina and by 2005 the state's population increased to over 200 pairs.