VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: The Eagle Has Flown

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

“The Eagle Has Flown”

They’re gone! The three juvenile eagles have successfully fledged from their nest. All three were first observed spending time in the branches of the nest tree on May 28th. This behavior is common in eagles prior to fledging, and there was therefore much anticipation that they might fledge on Memorial Day, as they did last year. The eaglets continued their branching behavior over the next few days, however, moving out farther and farther from the nest. In the early morning of June 1st, only two of the nestlings, along with their parents, were observed at the nest. The missing eaglet was spotted not far from the nest with one of the adults nearby later that afternoon – the first successful fledging from the nest this year. Her siblings were not far behind, though, for on the evening of June 2nd, they both left the nest within one minute of one another. All three have since been back to the nest for visits, and this will likely continue for several weeks. The parents will continue to provide food for some time in order to supplement the eaglets’ diet, while the eaglets develop their skills at scavenging and catching their own meals. Now that the eaglets have successfully left the nest, this will be the last journal entry for the year – thanks for following along!