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Bald Eagles Refurbishing Nests

3-13-14 bald eagle on nest IMG_8514Bald Eagles in New England are repairing and adding to their nests, even as snow and cold temperatures continue. They often reuse their nest year after year – a nest in Ohio was used 34 years before the tree blew down. Although most don’t reach the record-breaking dimensions an eagle nest in Florida did (9 1/2’ wide, 20’ deep, weighing almost 3 tons), they are impressive structures, averaging five feet and three feet deep. Typically eagles will choose one of the biggest trees in an area in which to build their nest. Because their nests will be used for many years to come, eagles often choose living trees (which will remain standing longer) in which to build them. The nest is usually located in the top quarter of a tree, just below the crown. Both male and female eagles collect sticks for the nest, either finding them on the ground or breaking them off nearby trees. In parts of Alaska and northern Canada where trees are scarce and short, eagles often nest on the ground.

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2 responses

  1. Frans Computer

    Mary

    The next time you visit your sister and Tony on Baril Lake, ask them to take you to see the Bald Eagle nest in Baril Bay of Lac Des Mille Lacs (about six miles away). My Father told me about eagles using the nest in the 1920s, I remember seeing eagles in it during the 50s, and I saw eagles in the nest three years ago.

    Best,

    March 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

  2. Amazing! I can’t wait to see it. It must be absolutely gigantic!

    March 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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