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8/17/2012 - Last evening on our park walk, in the tree with bare branches below the overlook, were 2 adult Bald Eagles, an Osprey, and a Great Blue Heron, all in the same tree. Birds have achieved what eludes humans, peaceful co-existence. However, no sign of the immature eagle .
7/19/2012 - The juvenile eagle continues to be seen intermittently in the general area of the nest tree. Adult eagles are also seen occasionally although not necessarily with the juvenile.
6/27/2012 - On three separate occasions, three different days and different times of the day, no eagle was seen in the nest or any nearby tree. I have to conclude our chick has successfully fledged! Judging from past experience, once fledged the birds do not return faithfully to the nest area until next year when, hopefully , they try to raise more chicks. They may, on occasion through the rest of the year, be seen nearby, so keep watching. The new chick is likely to stay near one or both parents for its whole first year.
5/31/2012 - The eaglet is growing steadily larger and stronger. It walks around in the nest. The parent birds now leave it alone for extended periods of time. It shows no signs of fledging yet and probably will not fledge for another month.
5/16/2012 - The eagle chick will be six weeks post hatching on 5/19/2012. Right on schedule it is turning the dark brown color it will have throughout its first year of life. It is walking around the nest and occasionally stretching its immature wings, but it will likely be another six weeks before it will be able to fly.
5/9/2012 - The chick has been growing well. He looks to be three times the size he was at hatching. He is starting to darken in color. The chick can be seen walking around awkwardly in the nest. The parents, while never far away, seem quite comfortable leaving the chick alone in the nest for longer periods of time.
5/6/2012 - Hi everyone! I decided I'd better get up to Mossy Bank for one more photo opportunity with the eagles before the leaves finish filling out. One adult was tending the chick, who has grown alot, but my pictures of that are not that clear. However, the other adult bird was in a tree near the top of the cliff and near the overlook, so I was lucky to get a good shot of it. It's attached. Enjoy! Anne
5/3/2012 - The eaglet continues to grow! Parent birds are more confident this week, not being on the nest at all times, but never far away, usually in the nest tree. The warm weather may be a factor as well.
4/25/2012 - Went for our walk last night . When we got there one adult was on the nest snugged in...didn't see the other one. Then the adult got up and started eating something at first I thought it was feeding the baby and I looked and it was feeding itself. Then I spotted the grey little fuzz ball moving around and noticed it was also piecing on what the adult was nibbling. Then the adult decided to feed the little one while it was nibbling. Didn't see the other adult at all, it was around 7:15 pm when we left . When we left the adult had tucked little one back up under her and was moving nesting material around. Just glad the little one made it through this CRAZY weather...
4/25/2012 - The eaglet is growing well. It can now be seen with good binoculars as a grey baby bird. Both parents continue taking turns sheltering and feeding the chick. Brenda Todd has once again caught the action!
4/15/2012 - Hi everyone! I had an interesting experience watching the eagles this afternoon. I was there for about a half hour before the "activity" level picked up. Mom had been "babysitting" the nest all along. Then the male flew into a tree along the river and sat there a while. He flew over the river, lightly touching the surface and flew off with what I assume was a fish. Very smooth! He flew into a tree along the base of the hill where I couldn't see him for a minute or two. Then he flew to one of the nearby trees they often perch in for a minute and then to the nest. The 2 adults sat there for a couple minutes before the female flew higher up into the tree. The male pecked at the fish and then fed "Junior". So much fun to watch! I've attached a picture of the feeding. I'll edit a few more and send them a little later. Enjoy! Anne
4/15/2012 - Thanks to Brenda Todd, here is a nice photo of this year's eaglet and the proud parents taken 4/13/12. The chick will retain that light grey plumage for 5 to 6 weeks. During this time an adult will be continuously present. Adults will feed the eaglet 4 to 8 times/day, usually early mornings and mid to late afternoon. The adult will bring food to the nest, tear off pieces, and feed the chick.
4/8/2012 - Yesterday observers thought they saw feeding activity at the Bald Eagle nest. This morning, with better optics, it is confirmed that a single chick was seen taking food from an adult. Whether other eggs or chicks exist is still unknown but at least one chick has hatched and is feeding! Both adult birds were near the nest and were seen exchanging the duties of brooding. Also of note is that two Ospreys have returned and seem to be improving their old nest on the power pole by the river.
3/30/2012 - On Friday, March 30, 2012 Anne took a photo at the nest revealing the presence of one or possibly two eggs. Watching the birds sit, they seem a bit more restless, frequently looking under themselves, as if something were happening there. Judging by when they first started sitting continuously, hatching could be very soon. Stay tuned for more frequent updates.
3/28/2012 - As of this afternoon, 3/28/2012, all is well at the eagle nest. The birds continue to sit steadfastly. There has been a rumor that the nest was attacked by crows, but there is no evidence of such an attack, and such an occurrence is most unlikely. If all goes well, it may be as early as next week that we can expect an egg to hatch! Stay tuned.
3/12/2012 - An adult bird has been consistently sitting on the nest since the very end of February. Incubation is 34-36 days, so late in the first week of April, if all goes well, we may have chicks. One to three eggs are laid, a few days apart. This insures some will be hatched earlier, some later. If food is plentiful and the parents are good providers, more than one chick may survive. It is not uncommon that not all chicks survive. Stay tuned for further updates.
3/6/2012 - Again in 2012 the eagles are back at the same nest. An excellent view of the nest is from the lower overlook at Mossy Bank Park. The road to the overlook pavilion is not open until 5/1/2012. Before then, anyone may park at the access road gate and walk in. From the overlook pavilion, facing the Village of Bath, walk to the far left (west) side of the open area and take the steep trail down to the Green Trail(Look for directional signs as seen to the right). Turn right and the lower overlook is obvious a short way along on the left. BEWARE, the trail and overlook entrance is steep and can be slippery, and the lower overlook has no railing for protection! Advance to within 15 feet of the edge and look down onto the flat fields in the direction of Haverling High School, which is easily seen in the distance. In the fields at the base of the hill are several large oaks. The tree farthest out in the field from the base of the hill holds the nest in the upper left crown of the tree.
This site will update activity at the nest periodically. As of 3/6/12, one adult has been sitting on the nest and the other is often seen in a nearby tree.
4/21/2011 - On the morning of 4/21/11, it was first noticed that the adult Bald Eagles were no longer continuously sitting on the nest. One adult was seen to land at the edge of the nest, look into the nest, then fly off to perch near-by. After a short while it flew away, and later on the afternoon of 4/21/11, no eagles were seen in the area. There was not enough time for any hatchlings to be left alone and survive, so it is very likely that this season's nesting attempt has been a failure. As of the morning of 4/23/11, the Bald Eagles have not returned to the nest. An adult bird was noted this morning perched in a near-by tree. After consulting some bird experts, and without going into the nest to learn more, there is not likely to be an explanation why nesting failed. The nest will be monitored periodically for further events, and reports recorded at this site.
The Ospreys have had considerable difficulty constructing their nest due to the persistent high winds and bad weather, but this morning, 4/23/11, a bird was seen at their nest, and considerably more nest material has been placed , so we are still hopeful for successful Osprey nesting.
4/14/2011 - The female Bald Eagle is still sitting on the nest. This morning she was observed to lift herself up and look under her breast. This could mean an egg has hatched or is near hatching. The male sat in a near-by tree.
Also of note from the overlook is that both Ospreys have returned and are busy constructing a new nest atop the same power pole that they used in previous years near the river.
3/31/2011 - As seen from the overlook yesterday, the female Bald Eagle continues to sit on the nest without interruption. This is a good sign she is incubating eggs and things are going well.
3/15/2011 - In 2010 a pair of Bald Eagles appropriated and augmented a Red-tailed Hawk's nest below the overlook at the park. They successfully raised two eaglets. Sadly, one juvenile was killed, and the adult male injured, by a truck on I-86 at Bath late in the summer of 2010. The male was rehabilitated and later released near the Park.
The pictures at the right taken by Brenda Todd in 2010 show the Bald Eagle (at top), the Bald Eagle and a local Osprey (middle), and the male Bald Eagle with talons open defending his nest site from an Osprey(bottom). This aerial encounter was captured when the Ospreys first returned to their long established nest site along the river. The eagles had been nesting for several weeks by that time. Happily, the birds worked things out and both the eagles and the Ospreys successfully raised their chicks despite nesting a mere 480 yards apart.
From Anne Keddy 5/6/2012:
From Brenda Todd 4/25/2012:
From Anne Keddy:
From Brenda Todd: Went for a walk this afternoon and we have one baby...it was out peeking at the world today..Saw poppa bring in some food and then went and tormented the ospreys', then came back. So we have one....
Eagle nest pictures by Anne Keddy:
Eagle pictures by Brenda Todd:
Look for this eagle sign at the trail: