One Down…er…Up & Two To Go!

If you only see two eaglets in the nest on the eagle-cam it is because one has flown to the top of a tree several trees west! After yesterday’s brief storms blew down a tree in Eastwood MetroPark I was concerned about the condition of the nest and the eaglets. After looking at the eagle-cam and seeing only two eaglets I texted Roger who assured me that he had seen all three eaglets in the nest at 8 AM. Then he decided to check out the area in person.

There he found two eaglets on the limb next to the nest and one missing. That is when he caught a glimpse of a strange-looking “heron” in a neighboring Great Blue Heron nest. One eaglet had fledge and had made its way to  a tree several trees to the west, and there it was perched atop an abandoned nest. Jim and Cindy were faithfully keeping a protective eye on the youngster and had delivered food to the two eaglets still in the nest.

How about this interesting fact. Last year’s eaglets were 83 and 85 days old when they fledged. The oldest 2012 eaglet is 84 days old today, right in the middle of last year’s ages. We can expect the other two to fledge this week! Keep an eye on the eagle-cam to see if our flyer goes home and if its siblings decide to make use of those amazing wings!

Published in: on June 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. I thought so!! I was watching when one of the eaglets returned to the nest, but only saw two for some time. Very exciting!! I pray they will all fledge successfully.

  2. I am so excited watching these eaglets! I told my husband they need to fledge soon so that I can get on with my life….lol. All I want to do is watch the eagle cam. I hope all goes well. I was surprised to see the fledged eaglet return to the nest. Did it get to eat today?

  3. I understand your passion! This is reality TV at its best. It is raw. It is life and death. It is real.

    The nest is home. It is their comfort zone and their dinner table. It is not only reasonable that it would return but it is further comformation that it survived the first leap with no injuries. It also shows how the eaglet is mastering the ability to fly where it desires and negotiate the ups, downs and turns necessary to land in the nest and on nearby limbs. Additionally, its siblings see this progress and freedom exhibited first hand. If you noticed, Jim or Cindy brought food to the nest just after the eaglet fledged. I saw this same behavior last year. It is as if they were trying to distract the eaglets in the nest while they tended to the other eaglet, as if they were trying to discourage two eaglets from fledging at the same time. I admit that this is just my observations but they seem to show this behavior consistently. If you are watching when the next eaglet fledges, watch for a rapid food delivery. Of course the challenge is knowing that it is a different eaglet taking wing. Over the next week or two as all of the eaglets fledge, the returning flights to the nest will drastically decrease in frequency as Jim and Cindy will begin feeding the eaglets as they perch in the trees nearby.

  4. We were watching the cam a lot yesterday. The eaglet kept perching on a branch outside the nest and then in a little bit he would fly back in. It is exciting to watch. I worry about them as they go up and out. We will miss them when they are gone

  5. This is how they practice Joy, back and forth to that branch. It is also one of the reasons for the second camera being where it is. The old camera shows the nest nicely during incubation and brooding but when activity picks up and the leaves come out Camera 2 shows the flapping, hovering, hopping, arrivals and departures fairly well. Although the eagle cams will be deactivated after the eaglets are weaned from the nest, the Eastwood Eagle Watchers will continue to post occassional updates, here and with Boonshoft, throughout the year letting everyone know what Jim and Cindy are up to and where they may be seen. Also remember that in July and August we will have 5 eagles in the air as the juveniles learn how to fish and hunt and soar.

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