The Bald Eagles at the St. Vrain Power Plant in Platteville, Colorado laid their first egg of the season sometime last night or early this morning.
When I checked in on them around 10:00 this morning, one of the eagles was sitting in the depression they had carefully created in the nest.https://amylaw.blog/2019/02/10/eagle-cam/
I wasn’t sure she had an egg there, but she didn’t move for a very long time.
Just as I was getting ready actually get to my work, the eagle stood up. I was able see the egg just to the side of her tail.
Moments after she stood up, the other eagle returned, with a branch in it’s beak.
The stick needed to be placed in just the right place.
I was surprised at how much they dragged that stick around, and that they didn’t hit the egg.
Excel has two cameras on the eagle nest at St. Vrain. The rest of these images are from a different perspective, because I switched to the other camera.
The stick was repositioned several times, and some of the branches trimmed with a quick snip of the beak. Finally, it was in a good spot.
The eagles touched beaks, and one, presumably the male took off. I have no idea if the beak-touching is a frequent thing, or was just for Valentines Day. Sorry. A little anthropomorphizing.
The remaining eagle fluffed the nest a little, rolled the egg, and settled in
Most of the egg-brooding is done by the female. She has 35 days to go before this chick hatches out. Bald Eagles lay between one and three eggs, so we’ll have to keep watching to see if more eggs appear.