Thursday, February 14, 2008


It seems only right to comment on the topic of ‘love’, given today is Valentine’s Day. Our local love bird bald eagle couple has been active recently. They are often in or on the nest, which implied to me that they had eggs there. However, I saw them yesterday both sitting in a treetop, k-i-ss-i-n-g. Okay, maybe not literally kissing, but they did seem to nuzzle and sit ever so close to each other on the straining top branch of the tree.

According to eagles choose a mate for life. The pair equally defends the nest territory during breeding season. That is now for us in the PNW. Interestingly enough, last week I saw a mature bald eagle flying in formation with an immature bald eagle briefly. They parted ways, both soaring at almost the same height until the immature eagle flew out of sight. Perhaps there was a subtle warning given by the mature eagle…since then, I haven’t seen any other raptors in the area.

I’ll be keeping an eagle eye out, and the telescope handy, looking for signs there are eggs in the nest within the next month. Exciting times here at the Gardener’s Roost!


  1. Awwwww... that's sweet. Literally 'a peck on the beak,' as they say!

    Hmmm... or maybe the immature eagle was a young one from a past brood saying hi to his/her parent? It takes 5 years for them to 'go bald' as I recall.

    I wonder how long it takes for the eggs to incubate. Do you know?

  2. Wouldn't that be sweet if one of the youngsters came a-calling...'boomerang' babes in the animal kingdom!?

    Absolutely correct--maturity is 4-5 years, and they can live to be 30 years old in the wild.

    The incubation period is 35 days. I can hardly wait for the big day!

  3. Enjoyed the photo of the 2 eagles on the dock. You do get to view some wonderful things.

  4. Thanks! No question about it--life on and around the lake offers nonstop, awesome viewing experiences.


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