SWFEC Nest Notes: Words for The Week- Wings, Wings, Wings

2022-02-28 19:49:45 GMT

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E19 and E20 have grown to striking stature, becoming impressively strong and courageous. They move freely around the nest in search of treasures or morsels of food. They stand and flap sprawling wings on top of the nest rails, balanced and secure. They have their sights set on upper branches as their magnificent wings catch the wind lifting them higher and higher. The nest seems to be getting smaller as they flap, hop and jump from place to place. They bump into and off of each other and tussle for their own space in the nest. E19 and E20 may soon find themselves reaching a higher perch in the nest tree with the freedom to exercise their wings with ease.

E19 and E20 are keenly aware of their surroundings taking in all the activity. Harriet and M15 move among the branches of the nest tree and pique the interest of E19 and E20. They observe as Mom and Dad fly to a nearby snag and the pasture pond, possibly hoping to join them there. E19 and E20 tracked and struck defensive postures and vocals as a Sub-Adult Eagle circled and attempted to land in the nest. E19 and E20 are learning and practicing behaviors that will be critical for their survival in the wild.

E19 and E20 are on a fascinating pace as they morph into accomplished young raptors. They play as youngsters and appear to snuggle together one moment, then forcefully compete for an incoming meal. They experience independence by tackling food items, self-feeding, and sleeping alone overnight in the nest. Harriet and M15 offer unwavering support, lessons, and examples in their efforts to prepare E19 and E20 for passage to their lives as majestic Eagles. Nest Notes by dadsjazz

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Header photo by Anja Edleman (captured from SWFEC cameras)

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