Last Day

  • Today is our final visit to the eagle’s nest. We’re delighted and amazed to see Mama tenderly feeding her baby. Although large in size, the eaglet does not tear into the food its parent brings to the nest. Instead, Mama carefully feeds the eaglet bite by bite from her beak to his (or hers!) In October when we return, we don’t expect to see our Eagle family here. Safe travels to all!

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Lush Foliage

We’ve progressed from sparse, new foliage to richer tones of green and fuller growth. Since our view of the eaglet is diminishing, we venture to the other side of the river for one last look before we head north for the summer.

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Spread Eagle

It’s not easy being an eaglet … especially without siblings. Junior is usually alone when we visit and asleep but today, Ted catches the eaglet flapping about the nest and we are amazed at the breadth of his or her wingspan. Junior’s parent watches with an eagle eye to make sure the young one doesn’t stray (or spill!) from the nest.

Stink Eye

Another day, Ted sets up his monopod on the rock directly across the river from the nest. Junior’s dad is not so sure we are harmless. Perhaps because we have brought a friend with us, Papa roundly scolds us.

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Home Again!

We’re delighted to be back in Maryland but totally amazed to see our fuzzy eaglet has sprouted real feathers and is nearly as large as Mama.

Where is the male eagle? We don’t see him during two visits.  I find a helpful site online with answers to some of our questions about Eagles:

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/www/critters/eagle/826572782.html

Do Eagles mate for life? Yes.

How long do Eagle eggs take to hatch? About 35 days.

We read that Eaglet feathers are brown as soon as they start to appear at about 5 weeks. Eaglets can be fully feathered by 9 weeks.  Although our Junior is looking sturdy and healthy, I worry to read only one in 10 eaglets normally survives to adulthood.

We’re pleased to note that Junior is adapting to his world and observes protocol by shooting excrement over the edge of the nest.  Way to go! Good job!