Oh, What a Night!

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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.
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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 celeryfarm@mail.com. Some may be used in future posts.

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3 Responses to Oh, What a Night!

  1. silvestri erna says:

    Is this the same couple that was last year?? Poor mama!!! It rained so terribly hard last night!!
    Last year I was able to live stream right to the next and see them move, but I can’t seem to do that this year???

  2. Savta says:

    nerve wracking! glad she survived those events!

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