Activity at the Damaged Nest?

As the cooler weather descended on the Dayton, Ohio area and brought our nighttime low temperatures into the upper 30s, our local Bald Eagles were facing some challenges. One was the annual trespassing by wandering pairs of young adult eagles searching for nesting areas of their own. I will post more on that challenge soon.

Another challenge was deciding where to build the aerie for the 2013 nesting season. This was pretty much a moot point prior to the late June windstorm that violently amputated the tops of 3 neighboring sycamores and devastated the nest that they had called home for the last 3 nesting seasons. They are showing interest in that large sycamore tree and the same sturdy fork that faithfully supported the damaged aerie. We are encouraged by this behavior as the video cameras and other infrastructure are already in place for our live-feed internet broadcast. Watching their recent behavior in defending their territory against other passing eagles, we are certain that the new nest will be within the well field. Based on their recent success in fledging 5 eaglets in the last two years from the old nest, I am hopeful that they will rebuild on that same faithful fork. As the above pictures clearly show, it will take a few years to restore the aerie to its former glory.

Published in: on September 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Lets hope that the eagles will rebuild in that tree or one close by. Do both Jim and Cindy work side by side to build a new aerie? Thanks eaglejim for this new post!! Polly.

  2. Yes they do Polly. Usually Jim will find a large stick, or harvest a branch from a tree, and fly to the nest with the stick in his talons. There he leaves the stick with Cindy who weaves it into the nest. Sometimes Cindy finds a stick on her own and sometimes they work together weaving the sticks into the nest. On one occasion Jim placed the stick and Cindy immediately relocated it as Jim watched. He moved it again and Cindy moved it back. Jim then walked away, walking all the way around the rim of the nest to a position behind Cindy, where he moved the stick an inch or two and then promptly flew off, apparently satisfied that he had had the last word. (I can identify with that scenario.) They then “carpet” the center of the nest with evergreen, moss or clumps of grass before the eggs are laid.

  3. I’ve learned so much in this past year from your posts and all the pictures that were taken. Jim and Cindy are like an extended family and I can tell by the passion in your posts that you can’t help but love them! Stay safe, Jim and Cindy!! Polly.

  4. I love the way you have helped us keep up with this beautiful Eagle.
    Thanks so much.

  5. Thank you for following our blog. We love to share the excitement of their daily activities. The eagles meet challenge after challenge with determination and hard work. They can teach us much.

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