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8/7/13 - An update from Scott Wise: The fledgling eagle shot was in the early evening on the 30th. I'd seen him/her in the same place the day before (on the osprey's old nest), but that was from the top of the hill where the distance was too far to get a good picture.

Then on Thursday (8/1) I stopped by the overlook and almost immediately saw one of the parent eagles take off from the nest area and head back toward the hill. She/he was quickly out of sight. Too quick to get any pictures. But then, . . . it was soarable, and just after grabing my camera I got the shots I have included here.

The sky made for a BEAUTIFUL background. Not quite as nice, I got another adult soaring eagle shot last Sunday (7/28). The sky and sloping hill created a nice contrast for the soaring adult. As things stand, it is still quite possible to get some great views of the eagles. And, as always, a good pair of binoculars (at least) can be very useful in the effort.


Scott W


6/30/13 - An update from Scott Wise: I observed one of the adolescent (?) eagles flying yesterday (Sunday June 30th at abt. 7:45 pm). So at least "chick" #1 has fledged!!!

I had a camera and got a couple shots of the young one after it flew to and perched in the dead tree (toward the hill from the nest) with one of its parents. Unfortunately, it was quite overcast and my DSLR (set on auto) snapped the pictures at too slow of a shutter speed and both shots are seriously blurry. I'll make another attempt, if the opportunity presents itself. I'll be sure to bring a tripod.

Scott C Wise

Bath Bald Eagle watcher

PS - I'll include a couple picts of the young eagles (from mid May and mid June). A month ago they were getting big, but now they are close to adult sized! I also found a nice pict of one of the adults in a pine near the top of the slope, just west of the observation spot.




4/11/13 - The first egg hatched on 4/6 and the second on 4/9/2013. The adults can be seen sheltering and feeding the chicks. One adult will always stay at the nest for several weeks.




3/26/2013 - The adult birds have been sitting on the nest faithfully since later last month. Given an incubation of 34-36 days, hatching should be within a week. Two eggs have been confirmed in the nest. A 3 year old immature Bald Eagle was seen today sitting in a tree near the river on the west side of the Cameron Rd. bridge. It is quite possible this was one of the two chicks hatched in our nest 3 years ago. We know its nest-mate was killed that fall on the highway.




3/2/2013 - Adult eagles remain taking shifts sitting on the nest. During one of the changes from one bird to another today, Brenda Todd saw an egg! So we have visual confirmation of an active nest. Given the 34 -36 day incubation, if all goes well, we can expect a hatchling at the very end of March or the start of April. Stand by for further reports.




2/25/2013 - Last Monday, Brenda Todd reported seeing two adult Bald Eagles in the big oak tree on the valley floor, near the nest. Both Brenda and I have seen Bald Eagles in the vicinity since then. Today, looking down on the nest from the overlook, there was evidence of fresh material added to the nest, and an adult Bald Eagle was sitting on the nest! While not yet conclusive, it looks promising for another attempted nesting this year. Stay tuned for further updates.




Pictures from Scott Wise 8/7/2013:
The sky made for a BEAUTIFUL background. Not quite as nice, I got another adult soaring eagle shot last Sunday (7/28). The sky and sloping hill created a nice contrast for the soaring adult. As things stand, it is still quite possible to get some great views of the eagles. And, as always, a good pair of binoculars (at least) can be very useful in the effort.


The fledgling eagle shot was in the early evening on the 30th. I'd seen him/her in the same place the day before (on the osprey's old nest), but that was from the top of the hill where the distance was too far to get a good picture.


Thursday (8/1) I stopped by the overlook and almost immediately saw one of the parent eagles take off from the nest area and head back toward the hill. She/he was quickly out of sight. Too quick to get any pictures. But then, . . . it was soarable, and just after grabing my camera I got the shots I have included here.


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A series of pictures from Scott Wise 7/3/2013:
Looks like the Eagles are in charge of the Osprey nest at the moment.


Both the young eagles perched in the dead tree. One is slightly blocked by the tree.


May be the more adventurous sibling walking with wings out stretched along a branch in the dead perching tree. He/she had to fly a few feet to get to that branch.


Further along the branch. Look at those out stretched wings! And to think these two young eagles were small balls of grey down just 3 months ago.


The more timid sibling finally (attempting) to follow his/her bolder sibling back to the nest.


Timid sibling approaching the nest. Notice that bold sibling is already there waiting. I'm not sure if that is a cheer or jeer that bolder sibling is giving - but his bill is open for one reason or another.


Slightly out of order. It is of timid sibling imitating its brother/sister by also taking a walk along a perching tree branch. That happened before she/he attempted flying back to the nest.


Timid sibling back at the dead tree perch. She/he flew back there after his failed attempt at a nest landing.


Also out of order. It is a bit fuzzy shot of bold sibling on final approach to the nest. This occurred after the Along the branch shot as described above.


bold sibling at the moment of touch down at the nest. It's also a tad fuzzy, but good still for documentation purposes.



From Scott Wise 6/30/2013:



From Brenda Todd 4/9/2013:


From Anne Keddy 3/31/2013:







From Brenda Todd 3/31/2013: