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Bald Eagles Nesting

4-9-15  bald eagle and nest 069In the Northeast, Bald Eagles seek out the tallest trees around in which to build their nests. In certain locations in Alaska, coastal California and northern Canada where there are no trees, Bald Eagles will nest on the ground. When building a nest in a tree, eagles will usually build it in the top quarter of the tree, just below the crown, on limbs capable of supporting a large nest. Sticks from the ground are collected up to a mile away from the nest or are broken off of nearby trees. Additional materials are regularly added to the nest throughout the year, including daily additions during the breeding season (see photo).

Many live eagle cams can be found online (in Minnesota, one chick, one egg – http://mnbound.com/live-eagle-cam/ ; in Georgia, older nestlings: http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/ ; in Pennsylvania, very young chicks: http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles ), giving the viewer a window into the incubation, birth and growth of these raptors. Depending on the location of the nest, one can see every stage of development, from eggs to hatchlings to all-but-fledged nestlings. In New England, eggs are soon to hatch, if they haven’t already. (Thanks to Marianne Blake for photo op.)

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3 responses

  1. Susan Holland

    What a fantastic photograph!

    April 9, 2015 at 8:11 am

  2. Cinny MacGonagle

    Great daily blogs, Mary. Thank you! You can watch the 2 chicks hatched March 27 and 30 on the EagleCam at Duke Farms in NJ. http://dukefarms.org/en/Stewardship/WildlifeCams/eagle-cam/

    April 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

  3. I love nest cams. They offer a view that would be impossible for us otherwise. Last year I was addicted to the Hellgate ospreys out in Missoula, MT. I found such peace watching them.

    April 10, 2015 at 12:35 pm

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