Bald Eagle on nest: Essex County #1

March 6, 2016 in Bald Eagle

CF2C2426-001Always a lovely sight to observe the female Bald Eagle incubating her eggs at the nest. Looks like eggs were laid around Valentine’s Day….and hoping they will hatch around St. Patrick’s day….stay tuned!

Bald Eagle nestling

June 24, 2014 in Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle nest in northeast Essex County along the Merrimack has 2 chicks this year.  Stopped by on a warm late June afternoon and observed the eaglet panting in the warm heavy air.  Like dogs, eagles don’t have sweat glands. They control heat by panting, radiation through their unfeathered legs and feet, and perching in the shade.

Bald Eagles – 2 chicks!!!!

April 26, 2014 in Bald Eagle

The recent posting on the Bald Eagle pair in Essex County included a series of copulation sequence photos.  It was unclear if this was part of a post egg hatching ritual for this pair of Eagles.  Although a posting was made on April 1 that made mention of a likely feeding process, no chick was observed during that observation period.

A late visit to the nest provided an opportunity to observe an adult perched on the rim of the nest under cloudy conditions.  The adult then flew off to the northeast.  Every effort was made to look for any sign of a chick. Nothing is sight…..and then to my delight and surprise, a wing and then the dark crown of a chick head appeared.  Great news for the breeding effort this year.

A few minutes later, moved to another vantage point, looking for a better view of the chick.  This effort afford another terrific surprise with the sighting of second chick int he nest!  WOW!  Low quality photos of 2 chicks, one with head raised and other just showing its shoulder.  Stay tuned!!