New Nest Report

We were able to visit the eagles yesterday and evaluate the progress that they are making on the new nest. We were impressed. Twice.

As the pictures above illustrate, Jim and Cindy have been busy. This nest was completely nonexistent a couple of weeks ago. They seem to spend the mornings working on the nest and then enjoy the warmer hours of the day fishing, perching and dancing together across the autumn skies. The nest is clearly visible from Eastwood Lake MetroPark, if you know where to look. (See my earlier posting if you would like some pointers on where to get the best view.) But as the nest grows in size and the leaves flutter to the ground, it will only become a more prominent feature of the wellfield treetops. The nest is indeed located in exactly the same fork as last year’s nest which was destroyed by that late-June windstorm. It is still much smaller than the June nest, but then that nest had seen two years of renovations and Jim and Cindy still have a few more months to work on it. This newer version looks as if the construction is not quite up to code.

As I mentioned, we were impressed twice. They are working on a second nest as well. It is in the same tree that Jim and Cindy used in 2009 when they had taken over a Red Tail Hawk’s nest. The Red Tails were not done with their home yet but Jim and Cindy didn’t seem too worried about that fact. Bald Eagles typically work on two or three nests each year so this second nest came as no surprise to us. Unfortunately for the Great Blue Heron population, this nest is right in the middle of their rookery of 32 nests. They had relocated the rookery after Jim and Cindy evicted them from the sycamores near the 2011/2012 aerie. I don’t expect the eagles to use this second nest since they have been successful in fledging 5 eaglets from the primary nest in the past two nesting seasons. These additional nests serve as emergency back-up locations should the primary nest, or the tree holding it, suffer major damage.

We were not able to locate their third nest which had been in another large sycamore tree much farther back in the wellfield. It too may have been blown away by the windstorm as it was roughly in line with the old nest and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The windstorm also destroyed an outdoor stage behind the museum which led to the cancellation of the annual Tattoo event that had been scheduled for that evening.

I had a very reliable report of two adult eagles flying over a home in Kettering, Ohio, just south of Dayton, this afternoon. The location was far from any body of water and the eagles eventually moved on. While there is a chance that it was Jim and Cindy out for a jaunt, it was very possibly another young adult pair looking for unclaimed territory to call their own.

All in all, we are very pleased by the progress Jim and Cindy have made in such a short period and we are eagerly anticipating the 2013 nesting season that should begin in late February or early March!

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Published in: on October 11, 2012 at 5:00 am  Comments (3)  

3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I’m impressed that Jim and Cindy have made such progress! It’s like they have their own Extreme Home Makeover show and we are the audience watching and cheering them on. Thanks for this update, eaglejim! Polly.

  2. I am looking forward to their, “Move that bus!” moment!

  3. Me too! Keep us updated with all the construction on the tree house! Thanks eaglejim. Polly.


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