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Thanks to the Friends of Kootenai NWR for their efforts in receiving a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the bald eagle camera was successfully installed in the tree in early September 2012. We are excited to watch and learn about our national symbol!

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2014 Nesting Season

February 22, 2014

New camera installed in tree to be more compatible with live internet streaming.

March 18, 2014

Camera is still down for water damage repairs.  A pair of Canada geese seem to have occupied the eagle nest! 

April 8,  2014

Camera is back online!  A goose is laying on 1 egg.

April 21, 2014

6 goose eggs in the nest!

May 1, 2014

 

Incubation is going well!  Expect to see the eggs hatch any day now!  Sometime between May 2-May 7th...give or take a day or two!

May 8, 2014

 

Five goslings emerged from the eggs!  Mama and sometimes Papa goose are on the nest watching over the young ones before they make the BIG jump, ~80 feet down to the ground and out to water to feed. 

May 9, 2014

All five goslings made the big leap this morning!  Mama and Papa led them to water and food!

Video of goslings leaping from nest  
 

 

 
 
 

2013 Nesting Season

March 2-4, 2013 

First egg laid in the nest over the weekend.  Not sure on exact date.

March 6, 2013 

Second egg laid.

April 15, 2013

About 42 days of incubation and still no signs of hatching. 

April 23, 2013

It is now past 50 days of incubation and it is very unlikely the eggs will hatch.  The adult pair has been vacating the nest for longer periods of time, but still come back to continue to incubate.  It may take some time before the adults realize the eggs are not viable.  There is enough time if they decide to lay another clutch, but we really don't know how likely that is.  In the meantime, it has been fascinating watching the daily activities of the adults.  They have dined on ducks, coots, and most recently a muskrat!

April 29, 2013

The eggs have been flattened and have disappeared from the nest.  We can now only hope the pair will lay another clutch and have a successful brood!  If not, we'll hope for a successful nesting season next year!

April 30, 2013

 
A Canada goose pair didn't waste any time moving in to the vacant nest!  She laid one egg, but one of the adult bald eagles came screeching back and it perched on the side of the nest!  We'll be anxiously waiting to see if the Canada goose pair will be able to raise a brood or if the eagles will kick them out of their territory!
  

End of the Season

 No bald eagle clutch was raised this season, but we remain hopeful that we will be witness to a new family next year!  Look for the adults to do some "housekeeping" in February and the eggs should be laid in March!

Background Information 

 

The bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is a bird of prey with a snowy-feathered head and white tail.  Both the male and female bald eagle reach sexual maturity around 4 years of age, at which time they develop the white head and tail feathers.  The average life span in the wild is about 28 years.  Bald eagles can have a wing span between 6-8 feet and weigh 6.5 to 14 pounds.  In birds of prey, the female is larger than the male. 

The nest is constructed of branches in a large tree near rivers or water. The eagle nest can be as wide as 9 feet and weigh up to two tons!  It is believed bald eagles mate for life.  Eagles lay 1-4 eggs about 5-10 days after successful copulation.  The eggs are a speckled off-white about the size of a goose egg.  The second egg is laid a few days later, followed by a possible third or fourth.  Incubation takes about 35 days and the duties are shared by both the male and female, but the female spends most of her time on the nest.  The eggs hatch in the order they were laid.  Eaglets break through the shell by using their egg tooth, a pointed bump on the top of the beak.  It can take from 12 to 48 hours to hatch after making the first break in the shell (pipping).  

Newly hatched eaglets are soft, grayish-white down covered with their eyes partially closed.  Eagles feed their young by shredding pieces of meat from their prey and the female gently coaxes her chick to take a morsel of meat from her beak.  The eaglets grow rapidly, adding 1 pound to their body weight every 4-5 days.  They will fledge (acquire the feathers necessary for flight) around 12 weeks after hatching.  From the time the parents build the nest and the young are on their own, takes about 20 weeks.

Last Updated: May 12, 2014
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