Nora Wagner, Director, Programs and Strategic Planning
This morning we heard from a few Duke Farms eagle cam viewers that perhaps there was a new female eagle in the nest.
Our manager of stewardship, Charles Barreca emailed the state biologists to get their thoughts:
“Some of the viewers remarked that the nest has a new female. I zoomed in and she has dark spots in her tail and head, different from the “old” female. Viewers are also saying she is very dominant. I don’t recall this bird being in the nest months ago, is it possible she evicted the old female?”
WOW. WOW. WOW!
A dominant female taking over the female position in the nest?! Who needs reality television when nature is so amazingly entertaining?!
The state biologist quickly returned our email. To summarize her response, YES, it appears to be a new female. She possibly won a battle (!) or the previous female got injured or died in some other way. The new female appears to be approximately 5 years old based on tail, head and beak coloring. They have been mating away for the past few days.
It looks like we are at the beginning of a very exciting season!