Easter Eggs

Observing the behavior of the Bald Eagles over the past few weeks has been positive.  While last year the eggs were deemed non-viable and the nest marked as "failed," this year appears to be promising.

Although the nest is 263 yds away from my viewing area, to avoid disrupting one of their "sensitive" times, I've only been staying for short visits. 

The timing of my visits has been calculated based doing the math and experience and has paid off.  Not only have the adults been in the proper incubating position (sitting low), I have also seen them rotate the eggs (reach down to turn the eggs), swap (where the incoming adult takes over incubation relieving the outgoing adult for a few hours), and settle down on the eggs, back end first, and rocking sideways.

While all of this may sound silly, these are all key behaviors indicating the incubation of eggs.  It all began on or around 03/14 which would estimate hatch to be on/around 04/17 (based on a 35 day hatch).

Resorting only to my scope, bean bag, and cell phone for the time being, I've scaled back on equipment for now.  

However, from hatch to fledge (mid-Apr-mid Jul), I will increase my photos/recordings to share with the organization I volunteer with for a presentation.

seeing, saying, sharing...

Easter Eggs



Happy Easter 🐰🐣 to you and the Pres from us, JP, and we hope it’s a wonderful celebration!
MadSnapper said…
I did not know they move the eggs around, so this means more flying eagles by the 4th of July. yay
Inger said…
This is so interesting. I hope all goes well for the eagles and that we will see the young ones take flight in the summer. Happy Easter to you and your family.
Good job, JP. It's exciting to watch any birds tend their nests and especially so for the big ones. Happy Easter!
Ann said…
Sounds like this will be a good year for the Eagles.
Happy Easter
Ginny Hartzler said…
This last photo is so sweet! Instead of Easter bunnies and chicks, you have Easter Eagles!
Stewart M said…
I think a lot of chores would be neglected if I had eagles to watch!

Lets hope they have a good year!

Sorry for rather long silence, things have been a bit crazy here.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne
Those are great Easter eggs to be monitoring. I'm happy to hear all of the signs are positive so far.
Breathtaking said…
Hello, :=) This was so informative. I didn't know about the rotation of the eggs, thank you for sharing, and lets hope all goes well.
It must be so interesting to be observing this nest so closely! Thanks for sharing your observations
Hootin' Anni said…
How exciting, how wonderful. To witness this in real time must be so fulfilling.

Thanks so much for sharing these.

~Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'
Rambling Woods said…
I know that there are nest cams that people watch year after year but I know there are failures and nestlings that die and what a miracle when they are able to fledge....

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