I stopped by one of the Bald Eagle nests this weekend to see if there was any eagle activity. I wasn't disappointed by what I found. There was at least 4 juvenile/subadult eagles in the area fishing in the river and fighting with each other. Included in the group was the above first year. First-years Bald Eagle often get confused with Golden Eagles because of their almost all brown look. The heavy bill of the Bald Eagle helps to identify them. See my Which is Which? post for more and the Which is Which?-answers here.
Could this be the same eagle that I watched last season and fledged from the nearby nest? It is tough to say(without a band) for sure but fledged Bald Eagles, even after the adults leave, often stay in the area for a time during the summer/fall. Before reaching adulthood, young eagles are usually very nomadic. Do you blame them? They have this new skill of flying and they use it to travel a lot before settling down in adulthood. I guess they have that in common with humans in their late teens and early twenties.
Read more here and about the drama at this nest during the last breeding season. Happy fall and birding! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.