The Third Eaglet Has Flown!

At 6:45 on the evening of June 26, the third and final eaglet of the 2012 nesting season spread its wings and took the plunge!

As it embarked on its maiden flight the avian world looked on in amazement. Every good seat was taken. Mom and Dad watched from their perches along the river. The other two eaglets were perched together in a large tree a safe distance away. Small birds occupied the wires and pole tops. Even a Great Blue Heron stopped its racket-raising long enough to find itself a seat where it could watch the show, insulated from the shock of witnessing such a historic event in person!

Its first flight was a large counterclockwise circle of about 100 feet in diameter back to the nest. During the awkward landing a few primary feathers on its right wing were bent a bit but no damage was done. As it sat in the nest, apparently exhausted from the thrill of it all, it took about ten minutes to compose itself. Then it hopped onto the nearby limb and raised both wings skyward as if to signal, “TOUCHDOWN!” Soon one sibling, then the other, flew into the nest to congratulate the new aviator and then they flew back across the open field to yet another tree.

This seemed to be the encouragement that the eaglet needed to attempt a second flight. Again it left the northeast side of the nest. Again it flew a large circular path. But this time we gasped as it crashed landed in the uppermost branches of a neighboring sycamore tree. The tree appeared to swallow the bird. After a few

minutes of watching the branches vibrating and a few quick glimpses of wingtips and tail feathers, the large tree belched the young adventurer back into the air where it found its way safely back to the nest.

All three eaglets have survived their first flights and are now safely flying to and from the aerie. One of the biggest threats to their health and survival is now behind them. Soon Jim and Cindy will lead them farther back into the protected confines of their territory. Then the real training begins. They have so much yet to learn and the world is a dangerous place, but learn they will. They have excellent teachers, each of whom have mastered every skill that the eaglets will need to learn to survive and prosper in the wild. They will be frequently seen above the waters of the lakes along Ohio Route 4 and in the area treetops. The Eastwood Eagle Watchers will keep watching the eagles of Eastwood, and what we see we will pass on to you for this is an opportunity to witness these wonderfully clumsy eaglets slowly transform into majestic Bald Eagles!

Published in: on June 27, 2012 at 5:48 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I have enjoyed this web site so much!! I became a fan after the eagles were hatched and have followed this site daily. I love eagles and the beautiful pictures of them. The photos are breathtaking!! I will continue to watch for up dates for this familyof magestic birds and future ones to come. Thanks for making my day!

  2. Thank you for the kind words Polly. They are magnificent creatures and a thrill to watch. It is hard to choose what pictures to publish here. Roger and I literally take several hundred pictures each time we visit the area. Not all of them are “keepers” but most are. Sometimes we just have to set the cameras down and take it all in while we catch our breath!

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