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.

Jordan Lake, Bald Eagle First Nest: Mom Kate still has not yet laid her eggs. 1st photo Kate is in nest (see her tail to the left)and Petruchio is flying in. 2nd photo Kate has jumped up to branch above Petruchio (look for her yellow feet). 3rd photo Petruchio leaves and Kate watches him go. Tomorrow I will check again…

Jordan Lake. Mom Kate has not yet laid her eggs. This morning I listened to the two of them chattering for 2 hours in the trees, but I could not see them. Then out of the trees burst Petruchio and right behind was Kate. They dashed across the Cove and disappeared. I will be checking again tomorrow.

Jordan Lake: Kate and Petruchio, like all bald eagle mated couples, go through the rituals of courtship every year as a way to affirm their relationship. Here you can see Petruchio (closest to you) and next to him is Kate. They are talking loudly to each other… bald eagles love to chatter! Also note that Kate (as is true of all bald eagle females) is much larger than Petruchio. This is the beginning of this year‘s courtship. I surely hope that I can catch more of the sequence to share, but, only time will tell us that…