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An eagle update


When we last left our eagles in Southeast, the two young ones were nest-bound, sitting and panting in the massive pile of sticks atop a white pine tree.

Today, I managed to set up my spotting scope in time to see an adult and one of the young fly away from the nest. The immature eagle was as big as his mom or dad and seemed to just step off the nest before unfurling its wings. I waited about 20 minutes but no one came back to the nest. Here’s a prior post on the eagles, with links to other information and the original story.

Young bald eagles apparently spend 4 to 12 weeks with their parents after they learn to fly, learning then how to hunt.

Looking through the scope, I noticed some climbing gear clipped to a branch below the nest. In an e-mail today, I asked Peter Nye, head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s endangered species unit, if they had visited the nest this year. He said no and that, as part of their standard operating procedure, they leave the gear in place for future climbs up to the nest. The DEC has known about the nest since 2006, when the parents raised one young. They raised three last year.

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2008 at 4:17 pm by Mike Risinit. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: bald eagle, Department of Environmental Conservation