Just before 6 pm this evening (June 2nd) Eaglet HE - the youngest of the three was hop-flying across the nest. This is typical behavior for young eagles and allows them to strengthen their flight muscles as they get closer to fledging. The eaglet overshot the rim of the nest slightly and dangled by its talons for a short time before releasing and dropping from the nest
Garden visitors watched the young eagle spread its wings and glide a short distance away from the nest. Biologists with CCB and VDGIF responded along with Norfolk Botanical Garden personnel. CCB & NBG staff were able to capture the young bird without incident. The bird is unharmed.
VDGIF & CCB biologists will return the bird to the nest tomorrow morning. Nuckols Tree Care will again volunteer their services to assist us. If all goes according to plan the bird will remain in the nest for a week or more - gaining the strength it needs to successfully take its first flight.