Eagle News – Some Good, Some Not-so-good – And don’t forget the Owls!

For all of you who follow the Bald Eagles on the county property near us here in Camp Florida, I’ve got some rather sad news to share.

Both Eaglets Last Week

The smallest of the two eaglets was found on the ground by a county worker on Monday. He notified the Audubon Rehab Center in Maitland, and they came to get the bird. It is currently at the rehab center, suffering with parasites and anemia. A team came today to check the nest to see if it would be safe to re-nest the eaglet here. Unfortunately, they determined that the other eaglet is too large and already branching, getting close to fledging, and it would not be safe to bring the baby back. They are currently looking for a nest with one or two eaglets that are 6-7 weeks old where they may be able to re-nest our little one. The problem is, our eagles were pretty far behind other clutches. Many eaglets have already fledged, but there is hope that someone, one of the EagleWatch volunteers who monitor nests in South Florida, will be able to provide some hope. If they can’t find a suitable nest, they will keep our eaglet until it is ready to fly, so it will be well taken care of no matter what.

Only One in the Nest Now – Branching

The bottom line is…our eaglet will not be coming home. The good news is that our remaining eaglet is doing well. We will keep a close watch on it and alert Audubon if there is any indication of illness. I think I said earlier that I would only think of giving the new male a name if these two eaglets fledged successfully. Well, right now I think he will just remain “intruder.”

But, if you love the Great Horned Owls, here are some photos of the owlets and the male and female adults.