VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Just How Big Is That Nest?

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!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

“Just How Big Is That Nest?”

Tree climbers from Nuckols Tree Care accessed the bald eagle's nest at the Norfolk Botanical Garden today to help band the young eaglets. All three of the nestlings were in fine shape. You can read more about the banding by biologists from the Center for Conservation Biology here.

While up at the nest the climbers were able to collect some data about the size of this nest. The nest is approximately 64 inches across and 32 inches deep. The inner bowl of the nest (the portion the chicks occupy right now) is 36 inches wide. This is actually somewhat small compared to other nests in the region. The overall size of the nest is determined in part by what the tree will support. The adults regularly add nest material to replace pieces that may fall away. Regardless of the size of the nest - it has been more then enough to successfully raise many eaglets. This year marks the fourth time this pair has had a three egg clutch, making them one of the most productive bald eagle pairs in the region.

Photo courtesy of Joe Foreman