White-Tailed Eagles, Poland The White Eagle is the oldest of Poland's national symbols. It is its emblem, its coat of arms. Its origins are both legendary and historical. The bird landed on a nest in a large oak tree. Lech took the presence of the white eagle and its nest to be a good omen. He turned to his Lechitians and said: "Here will be the place of our permanent settlement which we shall call Gniezno (the old Polish word for nest) and the White Eagle shall be our symbol."