Harriet and M15 spent the week adjusting to what they perceived as the loss of their two babies. E17 and E18, at five days old, were rescued by CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) with permission for treatment for eye infections. Harriet and M15 returned to the nest through the day and each evening. They added some nesting materials and worked on strengthening their bond. Last Season they did much the same after the loss of precious E14 and non-viable egg. Harriet and M15 spent time accepting the loss, and in their desire to procreate, they produced two more eggs about 38 days later. Hope was that E17 and E18 would be ready to come home before Harriet and M15 set their sights on more babies.
E17 and E18 were recovering well, and CROW re-nested them seven days later. Harriet perched on the attic branch watching over her territory that morning. The bucket truck arrived and approached the nest tree with E17 and E18 on board. Harriet wanted to defend her nest, but flew off around the pasture and out of sight. E17 and E18 were carefully and quickly placed back in the nest. Hope was that Harriet or M15 would return immediately to find that their babies were in the nest. All were anxious to see the reaction of Mom and Dad.
Harriet and M15 are amazing Eagle parents. Harriet arrived on the nest a few hours later and seemed very surprised to see E17 and E18, who doubled in size. She looked around, and being an exceptional Mom, went right into tending to her babies. She gently checked them, fluffed up the nest, and provided shade for them. E18 quickly scooted to Mom as E17 slept in the comforts of the nest. Dad may have been a little nervous on his first sighting and time alone with his babies. They are all making their way and getting reacquainted with their routines and activities. E17 and E18 are establishing their roles in their environment and are thriving. Welcome home, E17 and E18! Nest Notes by dadsjazz
Ground Video by wskrsnwings
Video by JCsEagleCottage (from SWFEC cameras)
Video by Lady Hawk (from SWFEC cameras)