Weekly Nest Notes: Eating, Sleeping & Growing

2020-04-15 01:31:08 GMT

Harriet and M15 have their work cut out keeping E15 and E16’s needs met as they approach 2 weeks old. Harriet did her share bringing fish and prey to the nest. M15 used his hunting skills to provide food for hungry Eaglets. There were interesting items delivered to the nest including a pet toy squirrel that Harriet mistook for real. The de-furring never ended in anything but fluffy stuffing. M15 seemed to want to offer it food while the E15 and E16 climbed over and snuggled with it.  All seemed perplexed with the belated April Fool.

Harriet and M15 have been especially cautious in keeping their territory secure. With the warm weather E15 and E16 are exposed in the nest as Harriet or M15 stand by to offer shade or quick cover for protection. Inquisitive Eaglets have explored the nest and ventured to the railings for a peek at the world and a nap where it is breezy and cooler. E15 and E16 are typical nestmates with older E15 being more dominant. E16 has learned that ducking and dodging bigger sibling works out well. Waiting until E15 is fed makes easier mealtimes for E16.  Their sparring sessions will even out as soon as E16 catches up in size. Toughness, courage, and craftiness are essential lessons for young raptors to learn. Their survival depends on it.

Harriet and M15 relish in their efforts at this second chance to rear a Family. They are perfectly in-tune with each other and their responsibilities. M15 displays his eagerness to join in the feedings, and at times feeds Harriet who in turn feeds the Eaglets. Harriet trusts M15 to care for E15 and E16 while she is off on her free time. Harriet remains on the nest to tuck their Babies in and M15 stands guard over his precious Family on the treetop perch overnight. E15 and E16 will continue to eat, sleep and grow under the watchful eyes of exceptional Eagle Parents. Nest Notes by dadsjazzHeader photo wskrsnwings from SWFEC camera

Video Highlights

Ground Video by wskrsnwings

Video by JCsEagleCottage (from SWFEC cameras)

Video by Lady Hawk (from SWFEC cameras)