Jordan Lake, Bald Eagle Nest report: First Nest

One of the chicks has branched. This is a very important exercise for the chick as the next step is to fledge. The chick is standing almost directly behind the big branch at the right edge of the nest. You can see some flickers as the chick decides if it is going to take that next step … up … This is called branching and the eaglets use these small upward flights, above the nest, to get muscled up for flight. Doing these first little leaps, using the nest as a safety net, are very, very important.