Yesterday I got to see Momma Kate from a very different perspective. A friend took me into the First Nest Cove on his boat. There was Kate perched not too far below her nest. All bald eagle pairs stay close to their nest all year around, even when they don’t have chicks or fledglings to raise. It was grand getting to see Kate!

2019 Bald Eagle Fledgling Summary for Jordan Lake
There were 13 bald eagle nests that produced 22 fledglings for 2019.
YAY!!!!
Here is a summary of the 3 nests that I monitored.
First Nest
fledgling Cacao
fledgling Caramel
H&G Nest
fledgling Light
fledgling Brownie
Ranger Cove
Ranger Gal
Ranger Guy

First Nest
Even if you ARE a bald eagle, some birds just don’t give you any leeway.
The eastern kingbird took great offense that Cacao flew too close to its nest.
The parent kingbird (about the size of a robin) promptly chased Cacao out of the area.
BTW I have seen kingbirds actually land on the backs of both adult and juvenile eagles.
Looks like a jet landing on an aircraft carrier.
Sometimes the kingbird gives the eagle a peck for good measure!  But, not in this series.

First Nest
 
Both of the chicks have fledged!
 
Kate is not too impressed with Cacao’s semi controlled crash landing.
 
 
While Cacao is trying to get the landing finished, Caramel comes zipping by.
 
 
Kate watches as Caramel makes a landing much further down the tree.
 
 
Just like any offspring, Cacao imitates mom even though Kate is still not impressed!

Jordan Lake: Bald Eagle Fledgling at First Nest
Caramel has fledged. I don’t know the exact date – the chicks were due to fledge starting April 27.
Dad Petruchio brought a fish to the nest and I could hear the young ones calling.
I don’t know yet if Cacao has also fledged. The lake is still too deep for me to get a decent shot of the nest.
And the sun was in the wrong place for a detailed look at the new flier.