Bird Lecture and Exploration

“Really? The bald eagle has 2 focal point in each eye? Whoa! There is a relative of the desert roadrunner that visits Jordan Lake each summer! Come and explore with Doc Ellen some of the most interesting, odd and take home facts about the birds at Jordan Lake. Be dressed for the hot weather and bring binoculars as the second half of the program will be outdoors as we look for eagles and oddities.”

For more information contact Doc Ellen via FB https://www.facebook.com/docellen/ or please email steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov.

Free admission.  Family friendly.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location: 
Jordan Lake State Park Visitor Center, directly off of Hwy. 64., 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC
Hike Length and Difficulty: 
Easy less then 1/2 mile

Jordan Lake Bald Eagle nest: H&G nest and Shadows
This morning Hershey, like me (see earlier post), found his own shadow.
His face was bisected by the leading edge shadow of his wing.
Hershey then flew out of the shadow on the next wing beat.
Flew into the shadow of his wingtip which cradled his face.
Flew out again.
The last I saw of him, his wingtip shadow was edging across his chest as he flew into the shadow of the tree at the bend of the shoreline.
He was headed toward his nest.

Shelter Osprey Nest
Ever have one of those days when you need to get the house straightened up?
You get started on rearranging things and then something is just not right?
That flight feather that has been annoying you decides it is going to be extra pesky.
Drat!  Stop the work on the house.  Pull the offending feather out!
Woooooffff!! Spit it out and watch it float away.  So, there!!!

Ranger Cove Bald Eagle Nest
Ranger Dad brought a squirrel to the nest this morning.
The squirrel was so heavy that Ranger Dad had to slide in sideways to the nest and slam on his brakes.
The unfledged chick was still in the nest and it promptly pounced on the squirrel.
This made the eaglet fledgling, who was up top on the right hand trunk, pretty darn mad.
So mad that he flew/fell/crash landed down into the nest.
Then it was a free-for all for possession of the squirrel.
 Ranger dad stayed out of the fight until he decided that he should be the one to parcel out the food.