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SWFEC Nest Notes: building a home and securing the territory

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M15 and F23 perch on the attic branch. (photo courtesy of SWFEC camera)

M15 and F23 are ramping up the nestorations. They added many sticks and soft nesting, making the nest larger by the day. When M15 delivered a huge bromeliad/air plant, F23 seemed baffled by the addition as she tore it apart. F23 lay in and got a feel for the nest bole for the first time. M15 makes many checks of the bole throughout the day. F23 is taking more interest in processes that go into building a home for their future.

M15 and F23 are more united in securing the territory, flying in to flush out a visiting young Eagle. They alert and warn away any perceived intrusions. Nightfall in the nest tree finds a Great Horned Owl pair exploring the nest. They are making themselves at home, bringing their catches, and even taking a leftover fishtail. They seem to miss M15 and F23 by minutes in the early morning as they fly off to their daytime perch. Owls take over existing nests, so this beautiful nest looks very inviting. M15 and F23 will need extra vigilance in keeping their home owl free. They can accomplish this by laying eggs first and protecting the nest.

M15 and F23 have become closer and more comfortable with each other. F23 accepted a fish from M15 as a gift and stayed in the nest to eat. M15 stood watch as she finished her meal. She later took another fish and flew off to dine elsewhere. She will eventually come to trust M15 to protect her and meet her needs.They are getting in tune with each other as F23 participates on more levels. All hope is for M15, F23, and possibly Eaglets to have a calm and successful Season. Nest Notes by dadsjazz

Ground Video by wskrsnwings

Early Appearance By F23 ~ Cameos By Red-headed Woodpecker-Wood Storks-Horses 10.24.23

Video by Androcat (ground and captures from SWFEC cameras)

SWFL Eagle Cam 10-23-23. Ground + Cam Coverage; M15 & F23’s Impressive Monday Nest Work!

SWFEC 10-25-23. GHOW male brings food gift, female is a no-show. Both owls visit nest tree earlier.

SWFEC 10-25-23. GHOW male brings a 2nd food gift🎁, female is a no-show. Both owls in nest tree earlier.

SWFEC 10-25-23. M15’s Unclaimed Food Gift; F23 Close-ups & Branch ; M15’s Nest Tests 🥰

SWFEC 10-26-23. M15 Harvests a Huge Air Plant! F23 Flies Branch Missions. Mating! + The Herd! 🐴

SWFEC 10-27-23. Hootfest in the Pine as the GHOW pair visit 2X, late on 10-26, early AM on 10-27.🫣

SWFEC 10-27-23. Male GHOW Brings Prey to the Nest Twice in 25 Minutes; Female arrives 2nd time.

SWFEC 10-27-23. M15’s Huge Trouble Stick; F23 is the Snap Happy Queen ; + Close-ups 🥰!

SWFEC 10-28.23. M15 Delivers Two ABC Fish Gifts for F23! + Watching Behaviors.

SWFEC 10-28-23. Young Eagle visits the nest tree, flushed by M15 & F23. + 10-19-23 visitor eagle.

SWFEC 10-29-23. The Fish Gift, The No Show, The Double Dip Bath, & The Heist! (Owl takes fish tail)

Video by Lady Hawk (captured from SWFEC cameras)

SWFL Eagles ~ F23 Lies In Nest FIRST TIME 💗 Two Matings, Morning & Evening For M15 & F23 💗 10.23.23

SWFL Eagles ~ EPIC 2 Hour Nest Building! 15 Sticks & Grasses! F23 Brings In A Pine Broom 😲 10.23.23

SWFL Eagles ~ Evening Solo Visit For M15 💗 Lies In Nest waiting & Looking For F23 💗 10.24.23

SWFL Eagles ~ Great Horned Owl Brings Prey! 😲 Both Owls In Nest Tree Hooting! Owl To Nest 10.25.23

SWFL Eagles ~ M15 Brings In Pink Meat Food Gift! 😊 F23 Is A No Show! F23 Stick! Starlings 10.25.23

SWFL Eagles ~M15 & F23 Tug-O-Stick Discussions! Guess Who Wins? Big Stick Energy & Teamwork 10.25.23

SWFL Eagles ~ Great Horned Owls Visit Nest For 2nd Time In A Night! Territorial Hooting! ♫ 10.25.23

SWFL Eagles ~ M15 Brings A Bromeliad To Nest! F23 Tries To Help 😂 Bickering While Shredding 10.26.23

SWFL Eagles ~ Great Horned Owl Male Brings A Food Gift 🎁 Two Overnight Nest Visits! Hooting 10.27.23

SWFL Eagles ~ Stick-capades! Squabbles & Nipping Over Stick Placement! F23 TAKES M’s Stick! 10.27.23

SWFL Eagles ~ M15 Brings In TWO Fish Gifts For F23 🐟 🎁 Beautiful Closeups Of F23 💗 10.28.23

SWFL Eagles ~ M15 & F23 Flush A Juvenile Eagle From Nest Tree! 😲 10.28.23

SWFL Eagles ~ Great Horned Owls Nightly Visits To Nest Continue! Duet Hooting! ♫ 10.28.23

SWFL Eagles ~ M15 Brings In A Fish Tail 🐟 F23 Is A No Show! M Leaves Tail & Takes A Bath 🛀 10.29.23

SWFL Eagles ~ The Tale Of The Fishtail 🐟 Female Great Horned Owl Takes M15’s Fishtail! 10.29.23

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