It takes a lot of nesting material to keep a bald eagle’s nest clean and insulated.
I am not sure which parent bald eagle this is, but he certainly has a large load of straw.
To collect the material, the bird finds rows of the straw on the shoreline or sometimes on a sandbar.
The eagle then flies across the patch, talons open, and snags the straw while flying.
Reminds me of a plane catching the tail wire on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
Rain and More Rain
Dad Hershey was soaked.
The two immature bald eagles just sat, hunkered down, waiting for the rain to stop.
This morning I saw the FIRST CHICK.
That is Dad Petruchio landing with a fish.
The chick is sitting in front of Mom Kate.
The chick is a spiky white fuzz ball with a shiny black beak, looking slightly to the right.
I have enclosed 2 copies of the same photo because it can be hard to see chicks at this stage.
The red arrow in the second photo is pointing at the chick.
H&G Nest: Has EGG(s)!!!
Mom Godiva is in incubation.
I believe she laid them between Friday and Sunday.
Here she is proudly soaking up the dawn light yesterday.
The cove suddenly erupted in Mom Kate’s high pitched angry alarm calls.
This time the intruder was another bald eagle.
I looked toward the main lake and there was Petruchio making a high speed dash for home.
Dad Petruchio had a fish for his family.
The two-year-old bald eagle wanted to steal the fish.
The dash was on as both raced toward the nest.
Eventually there were two two-year-olds and a three-year-old trying for the fish.
Petruchio made it to the nest and the screams continued.
Finally he and Kate stand side by side and watch the intruders fly out.
So far, the news is very good at the two nests that had human intrusions!
Dad Petruchio bringing a fish to the nest this afternoon.
Mom Kate on the left and Dad Petruchio on the right.
Kinda hard to see Kate – wind was blowing and she was staying tight on the chick(s).
Mom Godiva hasn’t laid her eggs yet; that’s her on the right.
Hershey seems to be singing a duet with her.
You can see the nest to their right.
As always, this nest is the furthest reach for my camera.
Thought I’d give you a wider view of the nest and the surrounding trees.
Do you see Godiva too?