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Bald Eagles Tending Young Eaglets

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In the Northeast, Bald Eagle eggs are hatching and the heads of the one-to-three chicks can be seen bobbing up and down, anxiously begging for a tidbit of food from one of their parents.  For the first two or three weeks, their mother stays with them 90 percent of the time, keeping them warm and tearing food brought by their father into little pieces that she feeds to her chicks.  Eventually food-gathering is shared equally between the parents, and is usually sufficient to produce a weight gain of 3 ½  ounces a day for male chicks, and 4 ½ ounces per day for the female chicks. (Female raptors are typically larger than the males.)  The chicks in these photos are approximately two weeks old and are covered with their darker, second coat of down, which comes in when they are a little over a week old.

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9 responses

  1. Cheron barton

    Have you seen the pic of local hatching?? Audubon has had a series of amazing videos!!

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    May 3, 2016 at 7:28 am

  2. Mary, Is this photo a current or stock photo? I wonder if you are reporting eaglets hatching based on historic average dates or if you have observed hatchlings this year? If this is a currently active nest, how endangered are the chicks by the current extended period of rain and cool temperatures? Thanks!

    May 3, 2016 at 8:12 am

    • Hi Stewart,
      Today’s eagle picture was taken within the last few days in Vermont. My guess is that the constant supply of food and the brooding supplied by parents doesn’t put the chicks’ at risk. I’ve seen them weather a snowy spring with no apparent trouble.

      May 3, 2016 at 8:28 am

  3. marianneblake

    Are those Windsor’s eagles?

    May 3, 2016 at 8:51 am

  4. Beautiful!!

    May 3, 2016 at 10:41 am

  5. J. Griffin

    Wonderful pictures of eaglets. Watching the Decorah Eagle family is also wonderful. Three fledged last year.

    May 3, 2016 at 10:56 am

  6. Leslie Goldman

    thats us!!

    On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 7:05 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” In the Northeast, Bald Eagle eggs are hatching and > the heads of the one-to-three chicks can be seen bobbing up and down, > anxiously begging for a tidbit of food from one of their parents. For the > first two or three weeks, their mother stays with them 90″ >

    May 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

  7. The continued success of the eagle’s return from the brink of extinction warms my heart and proves that if we care enough, we can help right this planet. Great photos, Mary.

    May 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm

  8. Sandy DeRosa

    My students loved learning about Bald Eagles. Many thanks!

    May 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

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