The Eagle Pairs are Busy
Early February is an exciting time for Bald Eagle nest watchers like myself in the Northeast. All the pairs at the nests that I watch are now busy getting ready for the season. They are fixing their nests, reestablishing their bonds with their mate, and removing younger eagles from their territories. It seems that Eagles have a romantic side too. Usually, most of the eagle pairs have eggs in the nest for Valentine's Day. Who needs flowers when you can give little ones instead?
Eagles do have some time for some fun too! The female in the above picture in particular was ready to take a ride. At one point, The pair flew down on a thin ice sheet on the mostly unfrozen creek. They loudly chattered at each other until the male flew off to perch in a nearby tree. The female stayed on the ice sheet and like one of those "magic carpets" at airports rode the sheet up the creek. She started out right under the nest and by the time she was done was at least a 100 yards upstream. I guess this is public transportation for eagles. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the nesting season.
|A male perched by one of the other nests.|