One of the consequences of the successful recovery of the Bald Eagle is that there are now more...Bald Eagles! This has been evident over the last few weeks as the resident pair has had several interactions with other Bald Eagles. On Feb. 2nd a visitor to the garden caught this following photo as an unattached adult eagle was chased fom the area by the male as the female watched from the nest.
On Feb. 7th a pair of eagles were noted by observers at the garden. These birds were escorted off by both the resident birds.
All of this culminated today with three incursions at the nest itself by an adult male. Mature unmated eagles will try to take over the nests of established pairs, requiring extra vigilance. In each case the trespassing eagle was driven off.
*Photo courtesy of Andy Mueller©