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Yard MD blog: Bald eagles are nesting

Eagles in the Fox Valley begin to nest, despite a cold start to spring

Mar. 18, 2014
 
Bald eagles in the Fox Valley have begun to nest. Here, the head of a female on eggs is barely visible above the rim of the huge, stick nest along the edge of a farmfield near Black Creek.
Bald eagles in the Fox Valley have begun to nest. Here, the head of a female on eggs is barely visible above the rim of the huge, stick nest along the edge of a farmfield near Black Creek. / Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

In this winter that never seems to end, wildlife in our area continue the circle of life, despite the fact that it looks and feels more like February than March.

Great horned owls have been nesting for over a month now, while bald eagles are just beginning to sit on eggs.

Local nesting pairs began repairing their huge stick nests last month and females are now sitting on eggs on several nests in and around the Fox Valley.

Bald eagle nests are nearly impossible to miss, especially in winter and early spring before trees leaf out with summer foliage. These giant structures, made of sticks and small logs, are deep enough to hold a full-grown man.

In several locations throughout the Fox Valley, eagle pairs have been observed repairing nests earlier this month, while in the last week or so, females have taken up egg laying duties and can be seen atop their nests.

In the world of eagles, the mate is never far away. Often, the male can be seen standing guard nearby in trees along the forest edge.

Many eagle watchers in our area count the days from the moment they see females on the nest to anticipate when the first young will appear. Bald eagles incubate their eggs for approximately 35 days.

Rob Zimmer: 920-419-3734, yardmd@postcrescent.com

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