Jordan Lake. One of the Fledgling Bald Eagles – I don’t know which one – got way too close to one of the osprey nests. Dad osprey was quite upset about that and decided to make sure the young eagle left the area. The inexperience of the Fledgling Eagle sure showed up as it ended up tumbling through the air. Both birds came out of the episode just fine.
Jordan Lake. H&G bald eagle nest. That is one very large chick! Probably a female because the adult in the nest with her is dad Hershey. At this point the chicks are adult-sized. You can see that this female bald eagle chick is the usual 25% bigger in size than a male.
Jordan Lake. H&G nest. One of the chicks branched today! He went from just trampolining up and down on the surface of the nest to finding his courage and he popped over onto a branch. This is the last learning step before the chick leaves the nest in his first flight in a week or so.
Jordan Lake. H&N nest. It was a very cold, windy, gusty, grey morning. That did not stop the bald eagle chicks in the nest from bouncing. Dad Hershey watched one of them get quite into the act of making big wings. Then he decided enough was enough and Hershey bailed out. #BEverettJordanLake #BaldEagle #HersheyBaldEagle #hawriver #jordanlakestatepark
Jordan Lake H&G nest. The bald eagle chick on the left has really gotten some air underneath his feet. He has bounced straight up into the air above the brim of the nest. Landed then jumped a little bit forward. Fought for his balance. Decided he had enough exercise for the moment. I called this trampolining. It is the next step before branching.
Jordan Lake. LL&H nest. I don’t know if there’s a second chick in the nest or not. The chick appears to be somewhere around five weeks of age… I don’t know the actual hatch date. Like all bald eagle chicks, this one is very alert to see what it’s parent is doing! I took this photo a couple of days ago in the sunshine and thought: you know, this gray morning we could do with some brightness and light. Enjoy!