Harriet and M15 spent countless hours protecting and incubating their cherished Eggs. They each took long breaks away from their nest duties possibly knowing that hatch time was approaching. They may also have sensed their workload will ramp up once eaglets arrive. Feeding and tending to their growing babies requires a lot of energy. M15 made sure the pantry was stocked with fish in anticipation of the new arrivals.
Harriet and M15 have realized their reward as E14 began the hatching process and completely emerged from the shell on December 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm. M15 was incubating at the time of the hatch and even took the half shell out of the nest. Once dried and fluffed up, E14 was raring to go and peeping away. Harriet came to the nest to see her sweet E14 and offered bites of fish. After a few wobbly, attempts E14 took in their first meal. Dad was eager to help feed the Little One, too. Mom and Dad both tenderly care for E14 and their precious egg together. E14 is feisty and focused on Mom and Dad’s actions, Eagle Eyes in the making.
Harriet and M15 are exemplary parents to their offspring and devoted partners to each other, sharing all the responsibilities for their family. They both have added sticks and grasses for the nest. Harriet hunted and delivered prey and M15 had tremendous success hunting and fishing. M15 fed Harriet as she kept E14 and the Egg shielded from rainy conditions. They both vocally warned a Sub-Adult Eagle flying too close to the nest tree. They weathered the passing storms and maintained security for their priceless cargo. As of this writing, all are awaiting the hatching of Egg 2. Nest Notes by dadsjazz.
Video by Lady Hawk (SWFEC cameras)