Weekly Nest Notes: Perfect Timing is Everything

2018-12-04 16:38:02 GMT

Harriet and M15 execute perfectly timed exchanges almost like a dance as one leaves the nest and the other arrives. They have become an efficient incubating team. There were a few cooler evenings and breezy days over the week that required continual brooding of their Eggs. It may seem as if those hours spent on the nest are tedious ones but Harriet and M15 instinctively time the moments they rise up to roll the Eggs keeping the developing Chicks at an even temperature. M15 delivered beak and talons full of grasses and moss to the nest and they each work the new materials in making the nest bowl fluffy and fresh. He also brought a large air plant for Harriet which provided many hours of entertainment for them moving it from place to place as they incubated.

Harriet and M15 are on constant watch and sound the alert to any unwanted passers-by. They make their presence known to the neighboring Eagle pair. Many times when Harriet and M15 fly off to the boundaries of their territory they cause a scattering of egrets and other birds in their flight plan. At other times they have been observed soaring the skies with vultures and wood storks. M15 delivered fish and a squirrel for Harriet which she devoured quickly as he incubated.  M15 was observed eating on one of the snag trees and arrived at the nest tree another evening sporting a very well filled crop. More food will be delivered to the nest as hatching time nears. The halfway mark to Eaglets is just about here.  Harriet and M15 carry on in their duties effectively with their goal of producing healthy offspring on the horizon. Nest Notes by dadsjazzHeader Photo: Lovely Harriet taking time to preen. (Sharon Dunne)

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