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Weekly Nest Notes: Heading Upward (Jan. 14, 2020)

Harriet and M15 continue nurturing E14 on their fast track of growing strong and tall. Close to 4 weeks old, E14’s wingspan is nearly 2 feet and their little tail wiggles at almost 2 inches long. Upward and outward is the direction of E14’s stature as they are over a foot tall, weighing 5 to 6 pounds with a beak and feet that are almost fully grown. E14 is now able to be viewed from the ground with head and wings at times above the nest rails. Sleep and nourishing food deliveries by Mom and Dad enable great growth spurts. E14 excels in all areas under the care of devoted Eagle parents.

E14 has accomplished many milestones and is working on more. E14 gains balance and strength scooting around the nest and taking a few steps. Getting control of their big feet and scratching an itch is a welcome benefit. E14 preens their new thermal down which encourages the progression of juvenile feathers beginning to emerge. E14 slept in the nest overnight by themselves with Mom and Dad perched above keeping a watchful eye on their not so little baby.

E14 curiously explored the nest looking for items of interest. E14 picked up and moved sticks and nesting with their beak and nibbled on food items imitating Mom and Dad.  E14 bravely slept on the nest rails enjoying the cooler breezes. Time spent there builds courage and allows E14 to learn the boundaries. Moving into the next growth period, E14 will gain more strength to begin standing and walking upright. They will start to engage the coordination of their feet and beak for self-feeding. E14 flap, flap, flaps their spreading wings as they build muscles for a future flight. In a few short weeks, E14 will be close to adult size. Harriet and M15 focus on enriching their sprouting E14 keeping them safe, secure and satiated as they head upward and onward. Nest Notes by dadsjazz.  

Video Highlights

Ground Video by wskrsnwings

Video by JCsEagleCottage (from SWFEC cameras)

Video by Lady Hawk (from SWFEC cameras)

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