The meeting, the courtship, the preparations, solidifying the bond and beginning a family is all about timing. In Eagle life natural instincts dictate when such things occur. Harriet and M15’s beginning was interesting to say the least. Harriet was not looking for a mate when M15 arrived on the scene. The natural timing may have been off. Harriet was raising her eaglet E6 and waiting for the return of her mate Ozzie, who unknown to her was injured and in the care of a wildlife hospital. Over the months before and after E6 fledged and left on the journey to becoming an adult Eagle, M15 provided protection from many other interested Eagles entering the territory.
The meeting may not have been the most pleasant welcome for M15. E6 did not tolerate him and Harriet was less than cordial much of the time. M15 persisted, was constantly close to Harriet and defended the territory. These dedicated actions have endeared M15 to Harriet. Their courtship seemed long since nesting season was still a few months away. Throughout the summer months M15 followed Harriet and seemed to mimic many of her ways. He is a young Eagle and this may be his first attempt to bond with a female. It was time for his instincts to awaken. M15 has demonstrated his loyalty and dedication to Harriet. He is comfortable and familiar in their territory and defends it well. His nest building is better each day. M15 has been delivering fish and prey to the nest for Harriet who is very appreciative.
Harriet and M15 may seem to have taken a leisure approach in continuing to build their bond. No eggs have been laid at this point but all the indications look like they may be coming. As observers we watch and speculate about what is going to happen. Harriet and M15 continue on their course and the timing will be as nature intended. Nest Notes by dadsjazz