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Our Nesting Eagles

Bald Ealge Nest
An adult Bald Eagle on the Nest

I got a phone call from a birding friend that one of our Bald Eagle pairs started sitting on her nest last week. After work I jumped into my truck and headed over to see if I could find the nest again. The nest looked a little different from the last time I saw it because a windstorm damaged it last fall. After spending the winter rebuilding/repairing, the pair finally was able to get their eggs laid. Young should hatch in just over a month and the young will be fledging from the nest by mid July. I just love this time of the year.

Bald Eagle Nest
How I saw the birds with my spotting scope!


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32 responses

  1. I like that scope shot!

    I shared the wood frog video with my staff this morning. They all were in awe. Several are going to show their students. The kindergarten teacher’s theme this year is the Rain Forest. Her kids will love the video =)

    11 March 2008 at 8:23 pm

  2. Rondi – thanks and what an honor that you guys are showing my site to the kids! Makes what I am doing here even more important! Thanks for the smile!

    11 March 2008 at 8:38 pm

  3. The scope shot does look cool, normaly it does not look right with the black but it sure does here!

    11 March 2008 at 8:57 pm

  4. How far away are you from the nest Tom, this would be very cool to photograph, if I could photograph birds 🙂

    11 March 2008 at 9:11 pm

  5. How exciting! We also have an eagle’s nest about 35mi. down the road. I’ve been there 3 times to photograph. Wish I had a huge lens. They’re so neat to watch! Our nest also fell last year during a storm and the eagle’s had to patch it up. I’ve read that the nests can weigh up to 2 tons if they are used year after year!

    11 March 2008 at 10:10 pm

  6. Lisa at Greenbow

    It is great that you have an Eagles nest to watch. We have one that we look at weekly too. It is so exciting to see how their little family develops. Keep us posted on your nest.

    11 March 2008 at 10:16 pm

  7. That’s terrific! I’m going to have to head out and see if “our” eagles are nesting yet. We have some at the Erie National Wildlife Refuge and at Presque Isle that I saw last year. Things are starting to get exciting again.

    11 March 2008 at 10:22 pm

  8. Next time you scurry on over there, call or e-mail me ;o) I wanna see nesting eagles, too! Awesome, Tom. I think I need to work on making some connections down here.

    11 March 2008 at 10:45 pm

  9. How awesome is that!! I saw a bald eagle in the wild for the first time last month while we were in northern Michigan. It was so exciting for me!!

    11 March 2008 at 10:53 pm

  10. Mike Head

    Hi Tom! Are they in or out of the park?

    11 March 2008 at 10:59 pm

  11. this picture made my heart skip a beat, it was so wonderful.
    ~nita~

    11 March 2008 at 11:01 pm

  12. That is so cool!!! One of these days I will see an eagle.
    Yep great time of year.

    11 March 2008 at 11:12 pm

  13. @ YNJ – thanks and wasn’t easy to capture!
    @ Bernie – I was a very good distance away from these birds! I took it with my spotting scope and point&shoot camera! I couldn’t use any of the photos I took with the 400mm! I bet you would do great with birds!
    @ Barb – thanks and they are so wonderful to watch! Actually, as noted above, I couldn’t use my big lens with this! I just used my spotting scope!
    @ Greenbow Lisa – we have a few pairs in the area! Will try to keep updated with them but because of their location it is hard to monitor!
    @ Linda – thanks and these guys normally start early! I have in years past seen them mid feb sitting on an egg. They sure are!
    @ Mary – You have till June to get out here to see them! Or . . maybe you could just use some of your contacts down there! LOL
    @ Jessica – thanks and they are amazing to find! I can remember my first eagle . . . was Christmas day many, many moons ago! Thanks for sharing your find with us!
    @ Mike – I drove about 45 minutes away from the park to view this nest! It’s a good distance away and I might return sometime once all the ice melts, when the birds are good!
    @ Nita – thanks and so glad you enjoyed this!
    @ Toni – any time you decide on a road trip east . . . let me know and we can find you an eagle without any problems!

    11 March 2008 at 11:20 pm

  14. What a neat find! Do the eagles use the same nest every year if it’s not damaged and in need of repair?

    11 March 2008 at 11:27 pm

  15. Very cool! That’s so fantastic!

    11 March 2008 at 11:37 pm

  16. Neato – lucky you to have a breeding pair nearby!

    12 March 2008 at 12:02 am

  17. How wonderful!

    12 March 2008 at 1:21 am

  18. NatureShutterbug

    Awesome! It would be cool if you could set up a permanent cam there.

    12 March 2008 at 1:37 am

  19. floweret

    Hmms.. picture quite blurry but manage to see it sitting warmly on its nest, must be quite hard taking a picture with it sitting so far away!! Can’t wait to see its young(s)!!! =D!

    12 March 2008 at 3:09 am

  20. Marg

    Yay Spring really is coming!

    12 March 2008 at 4:34 am

  21. What a cool image through your scope! How exciting! Nesting eagles! WOW!

    12 March 2008 at 6:55 am

  22. @ Chicago – Yes, they do normally use the same nest year after year but sometimes change is something unusual happens. Thanks
    @ Liza – thanks
    @ Adam – we actually have many breeding pairs but where they are located it is hard to view them!
    @ Heather – thanks
    @ Nature Shutterbug – this nest is on private property and I don’t think I could come up with the money to do a webcam like this! Would be neat though!
    @ Floweret – this was taken with the spotting scope zoomed in, with camera zoomed in and then picture cropped! I was surprised I got any kind of image out of it!
    @ Marg – it sure is! Thanks
    @ Jayne – they are great birds for sure! Thanks

    12 March 2008 at 7:26 am

  23. It must be great to have Bald Eagles nesting near by. Hope you don’t get spoiled!

    12 March 2008 at 8:21 am

  24. Are you sure she’s not just loitering? Seriously, very cool to have a nest so close.

    12 March 2008 at 8:53 am

  25. I would love to have a bald eagle’s nest within sight. Nice photo.

    12 March 2008 at 9:07 am

  26. I am hoping that the Eagles are nesting around here too… our recent spotting gives me real hope!

    12 March 2008 at 5:16 pm

  27. @ Vern – its is great, we have multiple nest around us!
    @ Marty – thanks but the nest was a little distance away from the road! Camera could only capture so much!
    @ Joan – they are neat to watch!
    @ Rurality – you never know and sometimes very well hidden into the pines!

    12 March 2008 at 6:29 pm

  28. floweret

    haha, oh my.. which explains the quality of the picture! =] Am glad the eagle could still be seen =D

    12 March 2008 at 7:48 pm

  29. You know what? Last summer I found a nest just like this – with two fledgling Eagles in it. (I was in the boat at the time and my pups were going crazy) so…. true story… I thought no problem I’ll come back later to get some shots and see how things are going. The bridge fell in! (which of course made no boat access.) It’s been out of service for the last six months. I giggled myself at the irony! Finally a nest of eagles and I can’t even watch. I’m green with envy! However, I betcha a buck, the eagles over on Kamloops Island are pretty happy for the privacy.

    13 March 2008 at 2:41 am

  30. So cool, but I’m jealous. You get nesting eagles to watch while I must be content with phoebes. {{{Sigh}}}

    13 March 2008 at 12:12 pm

  31. I’m so STOKED about the nesting eagles! So psyched for you! That’s awesome. 🙂

    13 March 2008 at 2:37 pm

  32. @ Floweret – I was very glad that you enjoyed this and wish I had better quality!
    @ aullori – sometimes it startles you when you find something like this! Sorry to hear about that bridge and once its fixed . . I know where you will be going!
    @ marvin – I would love to see Phoebe’s right now! Last year a very large percentage of our phoebe’s died from an April snowstorm! I really do miss them!
    @ Lana – thanks and sure is fun seeing them nesting already!

    13 March 2008 at 9:31 pm

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