Written By: Jim Wright for Duke Farms and Conserve Wildlife Foundation
An incredible storm with high winds passed through Hillsborough last night, and folks watching the nest after dark got quite a show, including the nest tree swaying in the breeze and the female Bald Eagle protecting her two eggs in what DF eagle watchers call a ‘Mombrella.”
Yes, that’s right. As of 6:50 this a.m., the egg count was still at two.
It was a Francis Scott Key-style dawn’s early light. So proudly (and relievedly) we hailed that our nest — and the symbol of our country — was still there.
Included here are a photo of the Mombrella, a sample of the weather reports, and a shot this morning of the nest tree surrounded by water. There were reports of flooding in the area.
There is still a possibility that a third egg could arrive today.
Jim Wright writes “The Bird Watcher” column for The Record. He is the author of four photography-driven books about natural areas, including the New Jersey Meadowlands, and Pennsylvania’s Hawk Mountain.
Eagle questions? E-mail Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some may be used in future posts.