2019 Bald Eagle Fledgling Summary for Jordan Lake
There were 13 bald eagle nests that produced 22 fledglings for 2019.
Here is a summary of the 3 nests that I monitored.
Ranger Cove Nest
The bald eagle fledgling has been practicing his landings, a lot.
I watched as he came up out of the reeds and headed for a tree.
There was assurance and precision as the youngster stuck his landing.
And the bald eagle arrogance was on display too!
The morning was hot and the bald eagle family was tired of the humidity.
As bald eagles sometimes do, Ranger Dad flew down to the swampy area of the cove and waded into the cool water.
Soon his two offspring decided that the morning was right for some play time at the pool.
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.
One of the Ranger Cove bald eagle chicks has fledged! The other chick is working toward its own first flight.
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.