Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Video Of Eagle Nest Activity At Talaris

Last month the Laurelhurst Blog staff reported that the eagle nest, in a large tree just off of 41st Avenue NE on the Talaris property, has been filled with activity.

The Blog staff continues to receive eyewitness accounts of the goings-on:
We have been actively recording the eagle activity since before the first pair built the nest.  They started roosting in the area the summer before they built the nest.  Historically they have laid their eggs the last week of March every year, so we are on watch now.
The "intruder"  bird seen in March, was likely a chick from the previous year.  I saw it the other day near the occupied nest whistling for food.  The second adult, presumedly the male, was near by and ignoring the pleading.  If it had been a stranger there would have been a fight, which we have seen in the past.  The male bird is the nest "owner", this time of year he brings food offerings to the lady, who dines in,  to win her favors.   Once the eggs are laid, takes several days, the pair trade off keeping things warm. 
We counted 4 eagles at 2:10 PM on the 20th of March. 
On April 1st, I captured what I could from the video on my phone. There was one in the nest, then this one flew in. There's a younger one perched by the nest, while another one circled around. So, we saw 4 at one time.  I'm guessing that the branches are going to be leafing out, so it's going to be difficult to see the nest soon. 
There's a tree on East Laurelhurst Dr. where a couple has mated over that past 3 years. Very entertaining for the neighbors! I have an awesome photo from February last year (shown above).

Here is the video:

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