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Weekly Nest Notes: A Window Into Eagle Life (Feb. 17)

Harriet and M15 have been working diligently, fortifying their nest with many branches and sticks over the weeks. The Nesting Season has taken a new direction after E14 passed away and their Egg 2 didn’t hatch. This part of their journey is unknown and each day presents new lessons. There is some documentation of nests where Eagles laid a new clutch after eggs or very young hatchlings were lost. The time frame for more eggs ranged from about 2 to 5 weeks after the loss. Harriet and M15 are approaching the end of this period, but there is still no sure indication of what will or won’t happen.

These are some thoughts and observations: at first, they were only bringing sticks not soft nesting materials. They then started to arrive with moss and grasses. M15 was not getting in the nest bowl. M15 began digging in and lying in the bowl, testing the fit. Food was not being delivered as much. Then prey and fish began showing up more and more. They engage in frequent bonding and mating, they stay close to each other, and Harriet has been dominating and demanding. Harriet lay in the nest overnight under the full moon and also stood in the nest for a long while several times. All watched intently and wondered if Harriet was laying an egg. She then rose up from the nest and fooled us as she has before. Many of these behaviors are usually observed before egg laying in October and November.

Harriet and M15 are dealing with the sudden end to their Season. They are programmed to take what life throws at them and carry on, which is crucial to their survival. They have intense devotion and dedication to each other and a strong desire to procreate.  We have a remarkable window with intimate views of their daily activities. We have no idea what the coming days will bring.  All hope is for the very best life for this beloved Eagle Pair. 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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