Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River. The morning was grey and a little chilly. All of a sudden a bright sportster arrived! Our smallest falcon, the American Kestrel. He zipped in, landed for a heartbeat and zipped out over the dam. Whoosh! I worry about the kestrels as their reproductive capacity has dropped in the last 10 years or so, due to herbicides and pesticides. If you should spot one, would you send me notification of date, time, gender and a crossroads? I have been trying to get a sense of how many are still here in NC. I used to see them on the fence lines and power lines on a daily basis … now I am seeing them a couple of times a year.

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: Valentine’s Day 2021. Sometimes I glance away from the birds and find that the environment that is Jordan Lake has both a surprise and a delight for me with a natural message … a  blessing for all of you and me too with a heart that is 100% Creator-sculpted.

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: Remember the ruckus yesterday when the 3-year-old bald eagle knocked the 2-year-old eagle off the preferred branch? The 3-year-old got to spend 27 minutes on the favored branch. Then an adult bald eagle decided the branch was now its sole perch. Another tumble in the chilly wind!

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: the weather was changing this morning at the riprap, getting grayer, cloudier and wind was starting to pickup.  All factors that stir eagles into fishing and fighting.  Eagles get a charge out of knocking each other off of a branch. The two-year-old on the left was happily minding his own business when a 3-year-old decided it wanted that particular perch.  Lots of screaming and one tumbling two-year-old but no one was harmed.  Well, maybe the two-year-old’s arrogance factor was paled a little bit … for only a moment, I am sure!

Jordan Lake: Big Pine bald eagle nest.  My first glimpse this breeding season of BALD EAGLE CHICKS!  Big Pine nest is one of our new nests, established this year.  Mom’s tail is to the left in the nest and you can see a sliver of her white head feathers against the big upright limb at the center of the nest rim.  The TWO chicks are to the right of the limb that is hiding part of mom.  One chick is right against the upright limb and one chick is much easier to see with its fuzzy light grey head just above the small slanted limb. The chicks are probably 2-3 weeks old.  Yay!  Chicks!!