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Located in a 100-foot tall Douglas-fir tree, a camera located directly above the nest has been providing an excellent view of a pair of eagles setting up their household. We are fortunate that they chose to come back to this nest this year; a bald eagle pair usually establishes a number of nests in different areas and may choose a different site each year. Starting a number of weeks ago, we began to see fresh materials brought to the nest, the appearance of one, and then two adults. A few weeks ago, we spied one egg. A few days later, there were two! The female is taking good care of those eggs; she does most of the brooding, but the male sometimes shares those duties. There's always the possibility that a third egg may arrive, but that does not appear to be the case this year. Incubation lasts about 35 days, and then the nestlings are cared for about 8 to 14 weeks. The eaglets will not all hatch at once, and often the youngest will not survive. Once they have fledged, their parents may continue to feed them for about 6 to 8 weeks. In the meantime, when the flight feathers start emerging, the eaglets begin exercising their wings and can "helicopter" and rise a few feet off the nest by 8 weeks (high entertainment).  Because their body mass is approaching that of the adults, they dislodge nest sticks when they contact the nest.  Sometimes the basic platform remains, or it may blow away completely.  When the breeding pair return the following year, they often rebuild the nest at the exact location.  Young bald eagles do not fully develop their parents' characteristic white head and tail feathers until they are about four to five years old. Until then, their feathers are a mosaic of brown and white. The young birds spend the remainder of the summer, generally six to 9 weeks, learning to hunt. They may be fed by their parents until the first winter, but have little other contact with them.  Then they are on their own.

We extend our appreciation to the landowner's invitation and cooperation to share the unique views and interactions of a dramatically situated bald eagle nest.

Public contributions help make improvements to the WildWatchcams for public wildlife viewing and scientific observations. We appreciate your support expressed by your frequent cam viewing. You may also help by sending a tax-deductible donation to:

WildWatchCam
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600 N. Capitol Way
Olympia WA 98501-1091



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American Eagle Foundation
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