Time Flies

Time is a funny thing. Each moment that we live is often a moment that we take for granted, or even waste. So much of life is spent longingly looking forward to a time when we are able to do this or that, and before we know it we are on the other side of the anticipated event and wondering where the time has gone. The future seems to crawl along at a snail’s pace while the past seems to rush away at supersonic speed.

This point was driven home in my heart today as I met with dozens of Beavercreek first and second graders and shared about our eagles. It seems like yesterday that my face was one of theirs, but it has been more than 50 years! Their faces were eager to learn, their eyes were full of wonder and their written questions innocent, poignant and thought-provoking. “Why do thay look so sloe in the sky?” “Why do they look mad?” “How old do they live up to be?” “How do thay swim?” “What is there pray?” “How do egols fly with out flapping” I fear that with the lessons learned through the passage of time we adults lose something very precious. We concentrate so hard on the facts and the answers that we miss the wonder of the questions. We can take for granted the beauty and mystery of Creation. Nature becomes too natural, the monumental becomes mundane.

May it never be!

But time moves on and our three eaglets are a testimony to its passing. Believe it or not, the eaglets each have all of their 7.000 feathers and the eldest of the trio will be 70 days old on Wednesday! This is significant because eaglets typically fledge the nest between 70 and 92 days of age. Time flies. We paid a brief visit to the aerie for a quick wellness check over the weekend and found Jim and Cindy well and all three eaglets looking very healthy, happy and extremely bored.


Faithful Guardian

Faithful Guardian

The big three.

The big three.

"What's all the flap about?"

“What’s all the flap about?”

Catching air!

Catching air!

As is typically the case when there are three eaglets, two were usually close together while the third, quite possibly the youngest, was always somewhere in the background. The two older birds seemed to by quite interested in learning how to use those beautiful wings. Although their flight path was vertical and they only cleared the rim of the nest by a foot or less, they were getting the idea. I suspect that it will most likely be a week or so before they begin to fly.

Jim arrived with a Red-winged Blackbird escort and proceeded to fly overhead making slow, low circles in the sky.

Jim's pesky Red-winged wingman.

Jim’s pesky Red-winged wingman.

He was looking somewhat soiled, as should be expected, and even nonchalantly scratched his chin on one pass.

If you've got an itch...

If you’ve got an itch…

Within the next few weeks he will begin the annual task of teaching his eaglets how to hunt prey. But for this moment he was contentedly patrolling his domain as I found myself marveling at his beauty and gracefulness.

Announcing his presence.

Announcing his presence.

His Majesty

His Majesty

Scanning his domain.

Scanning his domain.

I want to thank all of the children who have participated in my Bald Eagle presentations over the years, not just for their polite attention but also for sharing their wonder and curiosity with me. As I drove home from the school I pondered how many of these children were born in 2008, the year Jim and Cindy arrived in Dayton ending a long, 70-year drought of eaglelessness. May they never know a time when the skies of the Miami Valley are not blessed with the majesty of resident Bald Eagles.

Time flies, but if we are careful and watchful, we can embrace and cherish moments that soar!

Never lose the wonder!

Never lose the wonder!

Published in: on June 3, 2014 at 1:05 am  Comments (18)  

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  1. Beautiful Jim……I find myself getting a little melancholy when I think of how far they’ve come! But time doesn’t stop or even slow down for us. Or Eagles! Lol. The time will pass all too quickly and our babies will be gone. And then we wait. For a new year to begin and pray our Jim and Cindy stay healthy and well and then……….we start a new year all over again. God is good……..all the time!

  2. He is the definition of “good” Opal. Thanks again friend.

  3. Thanks for the update! I love learning about eagles and I am so thankful that they have been able to return to our area. They are evidence that our lakes and rivers are healthy enough to sustain the food source for them and their children. I look forward to pictures of their adventures away from the nest. Thanks for being my “eyes”!!

  4. I’m always amazed at the beauty of Jim & Cindy… And the little ones haven’t grown so fast. I truly appreciate your dedication on making it possible for all of us to follow Jim & Cindy and there adventures as well as their eaglets adventures. I do hope that the eaglets stay close to home when they are grown.

  5. Thank you Diane. I truly believe that we would all be shocked if we could see what a pristine wilderness really looked like and the abundance of wildlife that would have called it home.

  6. Thank you Tracy. I am glad you enjoy our postings. The next several autumns may tell the story of whether any of Jim and Cindy’s little ones will return to set up homes nearby and if Jim and Cindy are willing to share there territory. I believe there is more than enough resources to sustain two nests in the Eastwood area.

  7. Every time I see a post from eastwoodeaglewatchers in my in box, I smile even before I open it to read, because I know from experience how great the newest story will be. And this one did not disappoint. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with all of us. Your words paint pictures, create images, leave lasting impressions.

  8. Thank you Carolyn. We try to do the impossible and capture the beauty and thrill of the Bald Eagle to share with people yet to experience the blessing of seeing this amazing creature in the wild and to share our joy with those already blessed with that privilege.

  9. What another incredible year for Jim and Cindy!! Three, again…
    Can’t wait to watch their “flight schedule” and hope to see them personally. Have family visiting over the next six weeks.. We’ll be
    there to check them out. Thanks for keeping us up to date; as always.

  10. I can just imagine how excited you were telling those first and second graders about Jim and Cindy!!! And knowing that these little ones are learning from the best! (you).The nest does look very crowded and I have noticed that one of the babies is usually off by itself. The pictures you posted are just beautiful, and like all the other comments, I always get excited too when I see an email from Eastwoodeaglewatchers!!!!! Thanks for your ever present eyes and ears! Polly.

  11. My pleasure KeeKee. Our paths haven’t crossed lately. It won’t be long before they are flying again and if trouble comes, we hope to be able to rescue any eaglet that needs us and see that it is safely rehabilitated. I have emailed Betty at Glen Helen to make sure she is aware that we have three ready to fledge.

  12. Wow Polly! Thank you. I will have to revisit this comment the next time I have a bad day! Seriously, I do enjoy sharing with the children and they are always very sharp.

  13. What a beautiful writer you are. You remind me that we “civilized” humans have so much to learn from “wildlife”. Thank you!

  14. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures and a very interesting commentary.We enjoy each and every post.

  15. Thank you Carolyn. There is a beautiful balance designed into nature and I enjoy it so. We “civilized humans” often confuse busyness with fulfillment.

  16. You are welcome Marilyn. I hope to write a post about flying eaglets soon!

  17. Is there anything that can be done about the Eagle Cam 2? The last couple of days the camera has gotten really “cloudy.” With the stage that the eaglets are currently, I hope something can be resolved soon. Thank you for your help!

  18. I will make sure that they are aware of the issue Brad. I have noticed it too and I believe it is a condensation issue on the camera lens with all of this moisture. That issue usually clears up on its own in a few days.

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