Bald eagles are not usually sociable. They tolerate a mate and their chicks. Sometimes in winter, bald eagles will congregate around a food source, but argue about it. Once a chick has fledged, the parents will provide it some food and protection into the fall, but then the fledgling is on its own. I have watched, once or twice a year, an eaglet (starting its first or second year of life) make a trip back to its home nest and be briefly tolerated by the parents. On March 26, 2020, I finally got to record one of these encounters. Kate and one of her chicks are visited by the 2019 male fledgling from First Nest. Eventually Petruchio took exception to the visitor and chased it away. I sure am glad I could show you this uncommon bald eagle event!
Captain Doug and I went cruising the lake in his boat, looking for the fledglings and parents.
All the nests have now fledged their chicks and so its hard to find the families.
The two fledglings at the H&G Nest of Godiva and Hershey.
One fledgling is just to the left of the nest, at nest brim height.
The other fledgling is way to the left in the photo and near the top – it is small so look carefully.
At First Nest we could see the nest was in good shape, but didn’t see the fledglings.
We rounded the corner to find Mom Kate looking at something way up high and ignoring us.
At Captain’s Nest we hit the jackpot and found the family at home.
This photo has both fledglings in it.
One up high over the nest and the other fledgling you can just see the roundness of the top of its head at the nest brim.
Captain Nest Dad coming in for a landing.
Captain Nest Mom, being imperious and a joy to see.
The bald eagle chicks at First Nest got to watch Dad Petruchio make a raid! The neighborhood was noisy!
A note about Keeping ALL of Us Safely Together: Please check back on Monday … I am working on a Keeping-In-Touch plan if the coronavirus keeps us from the lake …
H&G Nest has TWO chicks.
Kinda hard to see, but the two dark lumps at the brim of the nest and between Mom Godiva and the trunk are chicks.
Dad Petruchio at First Nest seems to be as confused about the way the world is atilt as we are.
One of the chicks at First Nest … BIG isn’t it
Both of the chicks at First Nest
From left to right is one of the chicks and then Dad Petruchio;
see what looks like a piece of typing paper above Dad and where the chick is staring… that is Mom Kate’s tail.