Harriet and M15 are adapting to Eagle life after the passing of E14. This is a different journey for Harriet over past nesting seasons that have been observed. In two previous seasons, there was a loss of an Eaglet leaving an Eaglet to be cared for. Since the second Egg did not hatch, Harriet and M15 have to adjust to a nesting season with no babies to raise. They are hard-wired to perpetuate their species and this is new territory in fulfilling their purpose.
Will Harriet and M15 try again for eggs and young? Some actions look as if they are starting the season over. They stay close to each other, soar the skies together, engage in frequent bonding, and protect their territory. They have brought many sticks to the nest working on the nest rails and grasses for the bowl. They each flew to the nest with food and prey.
While Harriet is usually in her fertile period for a few weeks in November, some female Eagles have been known to go in and out of fertility throughout the season. Other documentation has seen eggs laid again immediately after eggs were lost for various reasons. Not much information shows Eagles to have another clutch after the loss of Eaglets. In nature, there are no absolutes. There are many questions from those who have watched Harriet and M15’s behaviors over these weeks. As of this writing, everything witnessed is new and lessons will be learned as more will be revealed. Nest Notes by dadsjazz
Ground Video by wskrsnwings
Video by JCsEagleCottage (From SWFEC cameras)
Video by Lady Hawk (from SWFEC cameras)