Written By: Jim Wright for Duke Farms and Conserve Wildlife Foundation
Our 2015 nesting eason story thus far: The female Bald Eagle has laid two eggs this season, on 2/16-17/15 and 2/20/15. Incubation takes approx. 5 weeks. You can view the nest on streaming video here.
“Below this fall at a little distance a beautiful little Island well timbered is situated about the middle of the river, in this Island on a Cottonwood tree an Eagle has placed her nest; a more inaccessible spot I believe she could not have found; for neither man nor beast dare pass those gulfs which separate her little domain from the shores.”
Fifty-five years later, Capt. William F. Raynolds, of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, reported that there was still an eagle’s nest in a cottonwood tree on the island.
Another government expedition reported an eagle nest and an eagle perched nearby on the same island 12 years later. “The sight of this eagle was to me one of the most peculiarly pleasant incidents of our reconnaissance.” reported an engineer named Thomas P. Roberts.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, “The largest bird’s nest was built by a pair of Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), and possibly their successors, near St. Petersburg, Florida, and measured 2.9 m (9 feet, 6 inches) wide and 6 m (20 ft) deep.
“It was examined in 1963 and was estimated to weigh more than two tons (4,409 pounds).”
The park, now Indian Lake State Park, is located in Lakeview, Ohio.
And they do have a maple sugar festival next week.
Got a question or suggestion? E-mail Jim Wright at email@example.com
Jim Wright writes “The Bird Watcher” columnist for The Record and the Herald-News. He is the author of four coffee-table books about wild places, and the deputy marsh warden of the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, N.J.
Next week: The Duke Farms Eagle Cam
Yesterday: Eagle Nests — the Big Picture.
Last week: The Duke Farms Eagle Nest Itself.
Three weeks ago: Bald Eagle basics.