SWFEC Nest Notes: Flawless Flights, First Baths, and Finding Treasures

2022-03-28 21:56:34 GMT

E19 and E20’s journey from hatch to fledge (first flight) seems to have flown by quickly. Since realizing the freedom of flight last week, they boundlessly explore the far corners of the area.  E19 performed nearly flawless flights with steady and controlled take-offs and landings. E20 cautiously took short flights around the pasture and eventually expanded upward and outward. E19 and E20 discovered snags and trees in the area and the fence along the driveway and looked for more.

E19 and E20 ventured to the pasture pond, which until now had been a distant view for them. They seem to have tested the water there sooner than past siblings. E19 was eager to dive in, take first sips and dips, and have a refreshing first bath. E20 gingerly walked along the pond edge, started with a bottom dip in the shallows wetting their feet and beak, then splashing in for a perfect first bath. E19 and E20 spend their time at the pond flapping, hopping, tumbling, and finding treasures to carry around. All activities add to their exercise, agility, and enrichment.

Harriet and M15 give their inquisitive E19 and E20 their independence and space to roam the territory while keeping a close watch over them. Juvenile and Sub-adult Eagles are on the move this time of the year and are looking for an easy meal. The travelers equate a nest with food, causing them to buzz by and even land in the nest tree for a look. Harriet and M15 convey the message that no free lunch is available.  E19 and E20 will remain in the area to hone their skills and instincts. Harriet and M15 ensure that E19 and E20 will carry the necessary tools for success as they become majestic Eagles. Nest Notes by dadsjazz

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