Jordan Lake Bald Eagle Nest report: The Big Pine Tree nest has a new fledgling. He looked like he might have gotten wet in a fishing attempt. Sure appeared to be upset because he had no fish and was now wet to boot!
Jordan Lake: Lady Lake and her mate Heritage, at the LL&H Bald Eagle Nest, successfully fledged their two chicks this week. Here they are, out and about and exploring the lake … my, my oh my!
Jordan Lake: the lake hosts several species of flycatchers. In these photos you see two of them: a Tree Swallow on the left and a Great Crested Flycatcher on the right. Both of these species are cavity-nest breeders and will compete for the same abandoned woodpecker nest cavities. Both species also compete for the same flying insects. In the first photo the great crested flycatcher has nesting materials in its beak. There was a lot of competition for who got the best cavity for their nest … ultimately they both used the same tree with their nest cavities about 90degrees and 8 feet apart.
Jordan Lake, Bald Eagle Nest report: H&G NestOne of the chicks at the nest tried hard to impress Dad Hershey. Dad dutifully watched the chick bounce, but quickly went back to doing other nest-keeping chores. The chick is not yet properly branching, when it steps up on the branch to the left of the nest. Soon though, it will be much higher above the nest in proper branching mode.
This morning Captain Doug and I watched Captain Mom swoop past and catch a small fish. You can see the fish in the water just in front of her approaching talons in the first photo. Like the great mom she is, she promptly took it to the nest for her chicks.
Jordan Lake: often when I am out monitoring bald eagles, I have time to watch other birds too. This pair of eastern bluebirds have selected a tree cavity for their nesting season. I am always delighted when I can find a cavity breeder such as the eastern bluebird using a natural tree hole for their nest placement. Don’t get me wrong … the bluebird population was saved in part by the efforts of many a birder who placed bluebird boxes about their property and gave these thrushes a place of safety for their families. Natural cavity or bluebird box: these small birds make use of what they can claim for their home!