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:
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!
We head for Norfolk, Virginia, and are delighted to spy an eagle on Breezy Point at the US Naval Base looking stalwart and regal.
With his second shot, Ted is able to capture the amazing “eagle eye” in action with its retractable lense.
“I think the mom is older and the dad’s younger and new to this,” Ted decides. At any rate, the male is seldom “home” or near the nest.
During our past few visits, both adults have vacated shortly after our arrival so we leave, too, hoping our observation point, over 200 feet away and across the river is not threatening them.
Mama is looking neither sleek nor well-groomed. She’s often at the nest no matter time what time we drop by. Papa appears intermittently and looks as if he’s attired in a newly pressed tuxedo, a regular dandy.
A baby in the nest! One eaglet! Maybe two? One or two babies, whichever, Mama and Papa Eagle are proud as punch. We observe them watching their nest, shoulder touching shoulder, a couple of lovebirds!
After a windstorm we see just one eaglet but keep hoping a smaller sibling is hiding in back of the nest. We bring our friend Deb to have a look-see.
Today is April 18th. Where has time gone? We took a trip to Connecticut. Then, after a quick turn-around in Baltimore, we were off to Norfolk and the Outer Banks. All this matters not. What about the eagles?!
Mama must have been cleaning up egg shell. That had to be the white Ted saw in her beak. Upon our return from Connecticut, we could hardly believe our binoculars…..