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Bald Eagles Courting and Mating

Bald eagles begin their monogamous, lifelong partnerships with a spectacular courtship, involving vocalizations and acrobatic flight displays. According to Cornell’s Birds of North America Online, the courting birds, in what is referred to as their cartwheel display, “ fly to great altitude, lock talons, and tumble/cartwheel back toward earth” with the pair breaking off this display at the last moment to avoid collision with the ground. Yesterday, in Windsor, Vermont, an lucky bystander was fortunate enough to observe the culmination of this display -- a pair of eagles mating.

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  1. Philip Sjogren

    Mary,
    You have been going from strength to strength for the last few posts. The last woodduck I saw was about two years ago in Arlington, MA on the pond I used to live on. They are so vibrant.
    I have also meant to tell you that skiing in the backcountry in Southern VT a few weeks ago, I startled a snowshow hare out of his burrow.

    Hope you are well.
    Fondly,
    Andrew

    March 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

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