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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Other Visitors

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!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

“Other Visitors”

So far this year we've had a number of visitors to the new Eagle nest. The Great Horned Owl has been at the nest at least two nights.


A Grey Squirrel investigated the nest and left before becoming a meal. Looks like it carried away some dried leaves to line its own den with.

Crows have investigated the nest on multiple occasions. Crows are naturally curious and investigate their environment regularly. Crows are potential predators of the nestlings of many species, but Eagles are generally able to drive them away

Most surprising was the picture below....This picture was part of series taken when the male returned to the nest with food for the female (a small gull). Such food gifts are common during courtshhip and mating, and help to strenghten the bond between the two . Upon closer examination we were surprised to see that a Red-tailed Hawk had followed the Eagle to investigate it's kill. The Hawk was quickly driven away...you can see it tumbling backward out of the nest. The Hawk was unharmed...and potentially a little wiser about where it looks for a meal.