Tiny winter visitor – the ruby-crowned kinglet. While waiting for the bald eagles to decide if they were going to fish the Haw River this morning, I had the delight of watching one of the birds I call “itty-bitties”. These are birds that are very small and tumble through the branches and bounce about their day looking for hibernating insects and the occasional left-over winter berries for their meals. There are 2 species of kinglets that visit the Jordan Lake Neighborhood for the winter. There is the ruby-crowned-kinglet – the red-patch on his head is there to signal when he is upset and the patch flairs. Then there is the golden-crowned kinglet – I’ll have to see if I can get a photo and show you. The hummingbird is the only bird smaller than the kinglets – so I am indeed talking “tiny itty-bitty bird”!
Jordan Lake bald eagle Ranger Nest update: the nest survived the wind, but the nest tree is severely damaged. I got word Saturday night about the damage to the nest tree and that only 1 parent was seen. Before dawn this morning, I dashed to the lake hoping to see both parents. Mates often switch off incubation duties at dawn or visit the one on the nest then and the early hour would probably be my best chance to see both eagles. At 7:37 AM Dad Ranger brought a fish to Mom Ranger who had been on the nest when I could first see the nest in the early light. My sigh of relief could probably be heard all over the lake. Since Mom is incubating, I take that to probably mean at least 1 egg has survived. I have started the slideshow with a view of the nest from last Sunday so you can see that both uprights were snapped off in the storm. You can see one arm of one of the uprights laying across the nest behind the eagles. It took me a good 15 minutes to find a view point as my usual observation point is now flooded by more than 50 feet of lake. I will keep y’all updated. PS: H&G nest is intact – we are watching to see if the parents there are ok. At First Nest none of us can see the nest because there too there is more than 25 ft of lake between us and the observation point – I do know that at least 1 of the parents there is ok, but it was too far away for me to know which one. The winds and rains have been hard on the bald eagles but they are tough and resilient!
Kate was on a mission to feed her chicks this morning while dad Petruchio waited in the nest with their family. She left her perch about 1000 feet from me and she was in a hurry. From the time she passed me, caught the fish and went past me again, passing back towards the nest, the trip took her all of 20 seconds. I watched Kate catch two more fish in the next 15 minutes. Those chick(s) were well-fed this morning.
A 3-year-old bald eagle caught a fish in the Haw River, just below the riprap of the dam. An adult bald eagle decided it wanted the youngster’s fish. The adult eagle tries a couple of tricks to get to the 3-year-old’s catch. Hope you enjoy the action.