Still no Mom Ranger. Dad Ranger spent the morning waiting, calling and occasionally chasing off immature eagles. I know all of us are worried about both parents. Ranger Dad will continue to guard the nest – bald eagles are very territorial and visit their nests all year around, even when they don’t have a family of young in the nest. Bald eagles use the same nest each season. For that reason eagle nests and eagle nest trees are as highly protected as the bird itself. We will continue to wait and see what happens over the next few days.
Ranger Cove Bald Eagle Nest
Ranger Dad brought a squirrel to the nest this morning.
The squirrel was so heavy that Ranger Dad had to slide in sideways to the nest and slam on his brakes.
The unfledged chick was still in the nest and it promptly pounced on the squirrel.
This made the eaglet fledgling, who was up top on the right hand trunk, pretty darn mad.
So mad that he flew/fell/crash landed down into the nest.
Then it was a free-for all for possession of the squirrel.
Ranger dad stayed out of the fight until he decided that he should be the one to parcel out the food.
Ranger Cove Nest
Ranger mom showed up with food. I couldn’t decide just what the food was.
The two chicks got into a fight over who was going to eat and mom was stuck in-between them.
Extracting herself from the melee, Ranger Mom quickly went down east in the cove and glared at the world.
It didn’t take long for the chuck of food to be consumed and the chicks went to waiting for the next meal.
Ranger Cove Osprey Family
I got to the cove to find Dad osprey sitting on one branch to the left of Brother Piper on the right.
They both looked at me, checked me out and then ignored me.
They sat there for more than 10 minutes. Once in a while Piper would look hard at Dad.
Finally Piper got tired of just waiting around and he left. Dad Osprey kept watching life flow by.
It was not until Dad Osprey took flight 12 minutes later that I realized he had been standing on a fish!
No wonder Piper kept looking hard at Dad.
As Dad took flight I heard Broken Feather. She got to the nest as Dad did with the fish.