“Azalea Has Fledged”
The last of the three eaglets at the Norfolk Botanical Garden has fledged! Yesterday morning she was quite active hopping back and forth from the nest to nearby branches. At 6:51 am she finally made her leap, taking her first flight. Later that morning Azalea was found perched in a loblolly pine tree. She has been seen moving about in the Garden by observers and staff. We expect to see her return to the nest in the near future.
Young eagles remain in the nest are a and will associate with their parents and siblings for 4-10 weeks following fledging. During this time the young birds complete their development and begin to acquire the necessary skills to live independently. The nest will continue to be used a roost and feeding platform.
Once Azalea leaves the nest area we'll be able to track her movements with the satellite transmitter she wears. This will provide important information as to where young birds disperse and how they utilize available habitats.