Jordan Lake. An incubating bald eagle – one sitting on eggs – occasionally just has to stretch their wings. That’s a dangerous maneuver. If it is wintertime (bald eagle’s normal temperature is 99.5°F ) and the parent is off of the egg(s) even briefly the eggs will die because they quickly become chilled. This is dad eagle at First Nest. From the time he leaves the nest until he gets back and settles in on his eggs is 43 seconds. We need to keep this in mind when we’re thinking about the Shelter 8 nest. Because intrusions of any kind, human or otherwise, that keep the parent off the nest too long can be fatal to the eggs (which haven’t been laid yet at Shelter 8).

Jordan Lake. First Nest. I had not seen any eagles at all anywhere near First Nest for at least six weeks. Then I was sent a text that said an eagle was in First Nest. Indeed there was a female in the nest and eventually we saw the male out flying. These photos were done this morning in the rain and so they are not the clearest at all. It looks like the female is incubating eggs! I will have to wait to get a very good photo of both parents before I know for sure whether or not they are Kate and her mate. Stay tuned!

Jordan Lake. There are three days left until 21 December and the beginning of winter. Kate is making the most of the last of the autumn weather. She is one magnificent bald eagle!

Kate Bald Eagle

Jordan Lake. Today I was out with Captain Doug and friends and we came across Mom Kate from First Nest. Seeing her pant really brought home just how hot and humid it has been. Birds do not have sweat glands so they keep cool by perching in the shade, panting and hunting food in the early morning and late afternoon.

Mom Kate

Jordan Lake. Bald Eagle First Nest update. The nest has been RAIDED. An immature bald eagle managed to invade First Nest on Friday and consumed its newly laid eggs. In the photo you can see the head to the left and the left shoulder and some of the tail of the immature bald eagle. I did not get to see the actual intrusion so I can’t tell you how it unfolded. Yes, bald eagles will raid other bald eagles’ nests of eggs and chicks. Please remember, nature is not cruel, she is harsh. Both parents seem to be OK. I checked again this morning just to be sure so I could let y’all know at least that small bit of good news. I will continue to watch the nest.