Harriet and M15 greeted the morning and each other on the old cam tree in the pasture bright and early on October 1, the first official day of the 2016/2017 Nesting Season. They were in full work mode that day adding sticks and grasses to their nest. Over the last few years it seemed as if the Seasons had no definitive end or beginning. Harriet and M15 have worked steadily since the end of August rebuilding the original nest that started disintegrating and eventually collapsed. This may be a symbolic undertaking for Harriet and M15.
The loss of the nest may have closed the chapter on Harriet and her former mate Ozzie who was also sadly lost. The renewal and strengthening of the bond between Harriet and new mate M15 becomes cemented. Although they raised a clutch together last season, constructing a nest together from scratch also further builds their dedication to each other and the continuing of their species and to their territory.
M15 has displayed great instinct and has matured tremendously over the last year. He arrived in the pasture as a young energetic but seemingly inexperienced and awkward male Eagle. He stayed the course and won Harriet’s attention and devotion. They raised two eaglets and dealt with adversity over the season.
The joy in watching Harriet and M15’s bond grow is like watching the nest being built. Where there was nothing, a branch was brought in. The branch did not stay, so they tried another branch and then another. Some branches stuck and some fell away. They did not give up and the branches began to mesh. The nest was forming and the work continued. Some days the pace for building was rapid and then there were days of rest. The foundation was there for both their nest and their bond to blossom. The progression of it all has been amazing to behold.As the journey continues, we can be encouraged that the way of the Eagle is well and thriving in the pasture that is home to Harriet and M15.
Nest Notes by dadsjazz
Nesting Material Delivery Photos- by Donna McMurrer
Ground Video by wskrsnwings
SWFEC Cam video by Lady Hawk
SWFEC Cam video by Uta Grobe
Photo by Marie Dean