Jordan Lake. First Nest. Bald eagle chicks soon begin to exercise their wings and chest muscles in anticipation of eventual flight. I call this exercise “wing wapping”. As you can see the exercise can get quite vigorous. At one point the chick that is wing wapping is annoying the other two chicks.

wing wapping exercise

Jordan Lake. Watching the triplets. The three chicks are doing a lot of preening as they molt feathers. The big chick actually does a little bit of wing stretches! The smallest chick is behind the biggest chick but you can still see it occasionally. The middle chick is to the right hand side of the nest.

Jordan Lake. First Nest. All birds keep their nests extremely clean. Kate is gathering up new nest lining to replace the soiled material that she and Bard carried out and dropped far away from the nest. Video starts with a few slides to show you how Mom Kate is gathering up the materials and then I caught her flying off with a whole bundle and landing in the nest where you can see both parents and the chicks.

Kate Gathers Nest Lining

Jordan Lake. First Nest. “Oh drat,” I said, “please Mom Kate don’t go around behind the trees.” I sighed. Then I got home and started to look through the day’s photos and well, maybe I should not have said drat at all. Mom Kate makes a fine sun-catcher in the fog.

Jordan Lake. First Nest. Yesterday had intermittent rain showers. 1st photo the biggest chick has rain splatters all over her dark brown feathers. 2nd photo she got mad and shook the rain off because eagles really do not like getting wet. 3rd photo: all three chicks and mom Kate. I included a photo to help you locate all four birds.