Jordan Lake. Shelter eight update. Gate is still open. Still no eggs. Top photo is Dad Pitch. I don’t know what he is staring so intently at! Bottom photo is Mom Loblolly very regally perched in the sunshine. My thanks to all who continue to try in so many ways to get the gate closed and bring as much safety as possible to Loblolly and Pitch.

Jordan Lake. An incubating bald eagle – one sitting on eggs – occasionally just has to stretch their wings. That’s a dangerous maneuver. If it is wintertime (bald eagle’s normal temperature is 99.5°F ) and the parent is off of the egg(s) even briefly the eggs will die because they quickly become chilled. This is dad eagle at First Nest. From the time he leaves the nest until he gets back and settles in on his eggs is 43 seconds. We need to keep this in mind when we’re thinking about the Shelter 8 nest. Because intrusions of any kind, human or otherwise, that keep the parent off the nest too long can be fatal to the eggs (which haven’t been laid yet at Shelter 8).

Jordan Lake. First Nest. I had not seen any eagles at all anywhere near First Nest for at least six weeks. Then I was sent a text that said an eagle was in First Nest. Indeed there was a female in the nest and eventually we saw the male out flying. These photos were done this morning in the rain and so they are not the clearest at all. It looks like the female is incubating eggs! I will have to wait to get a very good photo of both parents before I know for sure whether or not they are Kate and her mate. Stay tuned!

Jordan Lake: Loblolly has still not laid eggs; gate is still open. This is how I prefer to see Loblolly – flying out over the lake to go fishing and not flying away from intruders. Here is the contact information for Representative Reives, mailto:Robert.Reives@ncleg.gov and his legislative Assistant Veronica Green mailto:Veronica.Green@ncleg.gov main phone: 919-733-0057 Jordan Lake is in his district. I would also ask that you follow this link https://www.ncleg.gov/Help/Topic/27 to the web site where all the NC legislators are listed to locate your local legislators in your own district and email or call them to let them know your concerns. Thanks for all the support of Loblolly and Pitch!

Jordan Lake. Loblolly has not laid eggs yet; gate still open. Interference sensitivity charts for a bald eagle breeding season has egg laying as the most critical point in time. Juvenile eagles keep an eye on bald eagle nests because they like to rob the nest of eggs or chicks. The parent eagles know this and guard their territory even before eggs are laid. Loblolly and Pitch have the added hardship and stress of human visitors being allowed to get too close to their nest and disturbing the natural sequence of being a parent eagle. There were people in the shelter area when I took these 2 photos. None of the three eagles got anywhere close to the shelter parking lot – they avoided it. Photo: Loblolly on left, Pitch on right, 3-year-old bald eagle in 2nd photo.

Loblolly and Pitch
3-year-old bald eagle

Jordan Lake. Every winter I have come to expect to see 4 to 6 American white pelicans here on the lake. They showed up a couple of days ago and I finally got to see them yesterday. I became fascinated that in their flight sequences, when they are not beating their wings, and simply soaring … they often all do the soar pretty much at the same time. A serene flight.