Sharing The Joy

Last weekend the second of Jim and Cindy’s two eaglets fledged from the nest. That departure means that the Treetop Palace has successfully finished its faithful service for another year. Jim and Cindy have now escorted the novice flyers deeper into the secluded confines of the well field just as they do every year at this time. For the next few weeks the busy parents will continue to bring food to the pair while their youngsters master the art of flying and learn to hunt on their own. For now, the nest is idle and silent.

Then, this past Tuesday, I noticed that the lower portion of the aerie has broken loose and is falling away.

Part of the falling portion may be what is left of the Great Blue Heron nest that Jim and Cindy used as a foundation in 2010 when they relocated to this tree. All but the very bottom of the nest blew from the tree on June 30th, a few years ago but our eagles began rebuilding it in early September of that year and it was restored to its full glory by egg-laying time in February. I have seen bored eaglets pull several sticks from the nest in past years and smaller birds like to nest in the lower portion of The Treetop Palace. Whatever the cause of this current issue, I am confident that Jim and Cindy will be able to repair the damage if needed. Life in the wild is wild…and very interesting to watch.

On Wednesday I was able to spend some time at Eastwood with a dozen or so students who were participating in the Raptor Camper program of the Glen Helen Raptor Center. Although the eaglets were no longer in the nest, the campers were able to actually view a real eagle’s nest through my spotting scope and their own binoculars as they learned a bit more about these amazing birds of prey.

An hour before the campers arrived I was privileged to meet with a grandmother and two of her young grandsons. I was quite impressed by the boys’ politeness and obedience. The eldest was eleven and an avid raptor fan. His enthusiasm reminded me of my own love for birds as a youngster. As we talked about Jim and Cindy’s history and habits, Cindy decided to make an appearance overhead. After making a few circles a couple of hundred feet away from our position she headed back into the well field.

The young man was thrilled (as was his grandmother and I)! The whole encounter made me realize again what a blessing it is to finally have eagles gracing the skies of Dayton again and how much things have changed since I was a child fruitlessly searching the skies, hoping to see our national symbol pass by. The events also renewed my appreciation for those parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other loving adults who invest their time and efforts in nurturing a love for wildlife in the children of today. So many boys and girls are growing up adrift in a virtual world of animated games and missing the thrilling, real-life adventures unfolding just outside their window.

Eagle watching is an excellent way to enjoy just one of those adventures and one of the greatest thrills of that eagle watching is simply meeting people, making new friends and sharing the joy.

Published in: on July 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Once again thank you Jim. It’s so nice to know how the eaglets are doing. Sounds like Jim and Cindy are going to have some hard work ahead of them. Diane

  2. They are up to the task Diane. One good thing about eagle contractors is that they never drop a tool all the way to the ground far below the project.

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