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LLANO — The first of October means two of the most popular residents are back home.

That’s the American bald eagle couple, which lives off Texas 29.

"They’ll start working on the nest and adjusting to it," said Dale Schmidt, the wildlife technician for Llano and San Saba counties. "They’ll keep the same mate. It’s the same pair coming back to the same nest every year. If another bald eagle flies by, they’ll chase it down."

He wondered if the eagles would return because of the low water level of the Llano River. But the flow is back, which means the eagles will have food and water for the next several months.

"Parts of the river dried up," he said. "There were dead fish in the river. There’s always going to be dead fish left in a hole."

The river also will draw fowl, turtles and other food sources for the eagles, Schmidt said.