It looks like the eagle nest I spotted at one of the local reservoirs the other day may get some use this year. At least I hope that’s why a pair of adult Bald Eagles sat above the nest overlooking the marshy, but frozen landscape below.
As eagle nests go, this is a rather small one. The largest Bald Eagle nest ever recorded measured almost 9 feet across and 18 feet in depth! Putting this much effort into nest construction means the pair will use it for as many seasons as they can or until the tree falls over.
But let me back up in my story. I was strolling along the walking path at this reservoir park and heard the typical chattering calls of what I thought must be eagles (click here to hear the sounds recorded by Cornell Lab of Ornithology). I looked up into the nearest tree, the sky, all around, and couldn’t find them, until I got right under them and here they were. Not the greatest view from my ground perspective, but easy enough to tell they were eagles.
A quick 20 min walk brought me to the site from which I took the first photo above, and surprise — there were two full adults sitting there. So, where did that sub-adult bird go? Maybe there is actually more than one nest in this vicinity, but sub-adults typically are not breeders until they have attained their full adult plumage markings.
Hopefully, I’ll see something like this scene below at the nest site soon. This was taken last spring at a nest in Maple Grove near where my daughter lives.
The Minnesota DNR has posted a webcam above a Bald Eagle nest. Live feeds from the webcam of the nesting pair can be viewed here.