Posts Tagged ‘eagle’

Oh, What a Night!

Our living room window looks toward the west, over a highway, across a farmer’s field and on over to woods and a house.

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I usually sit by the window and eat my supper. The view varies.

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A tall wall of clouds added drama to this unusual view.

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Then the sun held it’s spot. The odd thing was there wasn’t a definite hard-edged to the sun’s shape.

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The sun seemed to emanate with slightly changing colors.

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It all seemed to stand still in its part of the sky’s landscape.

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Where exactly was the sun’s location? Apparently it created its own pattern and shapes of light.

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What was sinking in what?

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… and then an eagle soared by.

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I still don’t understand why the sun lacked a definite shape.

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The colors gradually faded as night approached.

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The Eagle Nest Tree

My best friend, Therese, went by the eagle nest recently and reported in to me that she’d seen an eagle in the nest. Seems the tree with the nest lost more limbs with a strong storm we recieved from hurricane Sandy. Buffy and I took a drive this morning to check it out.

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It did look a tad bare.

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No eagle sat in it or in any of the surrounding trees.

Last year I started a series of blogs with weekly trips to the nest.

IMG_9576 red 5 This is an old old picture, with obvious lack of quality. It does show how the tree looked before it lost one whole trunk.

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Both adults were in the nest January 26.

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I took this picture on March 27th this year while the tree was still leafing out.

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This picture was taken the same day.

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The eagle appeared to be feeding young. The date was April 10. I made 4 trips between April 24 and May 5 without seeing any eagles. I assumed a predator got the young while the adults were away.

Eagles mate for life. They will add to their nest every year, and will continue to use as long as the tree’s standing. The largest eagle nest on record was 9 1/2 feet wide, 20 feet high, and weighed over 2 tons! (I would’ve like to see that tree.)

Eagle facts: average life span up to 28 years in the wild, body size 34 to 43 inches, weight 6 1/2 to 14 pounds and wingspan 6-8 feet. Females are larger than the males. The young are 4-5 years before they have white head and tail.

We made a loop around behind an old abandoned mine. A large bird soared around in an area with a large field by the road and the mine off in the distance. It didn’t have white head or tail. It did hold its wings flat — an immature bald eagle. Vultures hold their wings in a vee (dihedral) when soaring. So that’s a good way to tell the difference between the 2 at a distance.

I do so hope the tree remains standing, and the eagles successfully raise young next year.