Jordan Lake. I was sitting quietly listening for loons. From the trees across the lake from me came this 2-year-old bald eagle. My congratulations to her! She had beaten the roughly 50% odds that all eagles face in their first year of life… She lived to fish at two years of age. Oh, the intensity on her face!

Jordan Lake. A field ID mark on a fledgling osprey is all of the white points at the end of its feathers. They are quite distinct. I have also noticed some of this on fledgling bald eagles, and fledgling hawks. Not near as definitive but it is there. I keep asking the experts do they know why. So look at the neck and head ruff on the eagle and osprey and on the wings and see what you think.

bald eagle fledgling
osprey fledgling

Jordan Lake. A pair of adult bald eagles were perched quietly. One suddenly jumped up and flew over the peninsula. Then bald eagle screaming began on the other side of the trees. Captain Doug got us around the cove to find a fledgling bald eagle who was apparently in the adult bald eagles’ territory. There was about three minutes of fast and furious chase time. All three eagles seemed to be fine at the end of all of the chasing.

Jordan Lake. H&G nest. Dad Hershey collected a stick for his nest repair. Then a fledgling bald eagle wanted to see what the adult eagle was doing. I think that the fledgling bald eagle may well have been from the H&G nest this year. Dad Hershey most likely would not have tolerated an unrelated immature bald eagle that close and would not tolerate it by this December.

Jordan Lake. One should always respect one’s elder. The yearling bald eagle, on the left, dared the adult bald eagle over the right to have the (unseen) fish. The very brief bluff failed, royally.