Ranger Cove Bald Eagle Nest
Dad Ranger was telling the world that this was his tree, nest and eaglet.
I finally got to see a chick. The chick is about 3 weeks old.
There may be a second chick, but I haven’t seen it yet.
Dad Ranger and his chick.
Ranger Cove: Bald Eagle nest and Osprey nest
I was finally able to get to Ranger Cove!
Bald Eagle Nest
Ranger Mom was sitting on her eggs/chicks. The eggs may have hatched but I couldn’t be certain yet.
Ranger Dad did a fly-by, but was too quick for me to catch a photo of him.
The autumn and winter weather took down the osprey’s old nest. No problem.
The parent ospreys picked another tree and are hard at work on a new nest.
Here Dad Osprey supervises the delivery of a new nest stick by Mom Osprey.
I am not sure that I really want to know what Dad Osprey is saying about Mom Osprey’s apparent landing point!
Ranger Nest: has Egg(s). Hooray!
I found both eagle parents sharing incubation duties this morning.
Ranger Mom incubating the egg.
Ranger Dad stretching about 150 feet from the nest.
Ranger Mom and Ranger Dad trading nest duties.
Ranger Mom flying out to get a break from the nest.
Ranger Dad incubating the eggs.
Ranger Mom soaking up some sunshine.
All 3 of the Eagle Nests we have been monitoring together are mostly intact.
There is some damage to 2 of the nests. Please see my notes on each nest as to my best guess for future use.
We will know by the beginning of December if the parents decide to repair the nests.
Now to hope that Hurricane Michael doesn’t cause more damage.
First Nest – home of Kate and Petruchio
The surrounding trees and the nest tree appear to have lost some small branches.
I cannot see any major damage to the nest and its tree.
Remember, however, that I can only see one side – that is always true.
H&G Nest – home of Hershey and Godiva
Their nest, its tree and surrounding trees seem to be just as they were before the storm.
Ranger Nest – home of Mom and Dad Ranger
This nest and its tree had the most damage.
There had been a long branch to the left of the nest; it had fallen before the hurricane.
Some of the left edge of the nest appears to have been disrupted.
Some of the smaller branches of the nest tree have also dropped.
There will need to be a lot of repair by the parents and I will be watching closely starting in December to see if the nest will be reused.
Mom Ranger caused quite a ruckus at the nest …
eventually involving one of her fledglings, an irate osprey and herself.
This is one of the two fledglings from Ranger Cove, July 4, 2018