And they’re off!


It’s been almost a month since I last posted about the eagle chicks. A lot’s happened in that time.

May 20, 2019 One eagle has a dead rabbit pinned beneath it’s talon.

Before they can live independently, the chicks need to learn how to eat on their own. The parents have brought the chicks a rabbit to eat, but then they left. The chicks have to figure out how to get into the carcass on their own.

May 20, 2019 Eagle chick tugging on rabbit carcass

With those razor-sharp beaks, you wouldn’t think that would be a problem, but it seems to have stymied them here.

May 20, 2019
Eagle chick looking at the remains of the rabbit carcass.

They must have figured it out, because when I checked in a couple of hours later, the rabbit was pretty much eaten.

And so it went…they practiced flying, and hopping and tearing into prey…

May 25, 2109 Eagle chick tugs on sibling’s tail feathers.

…with an occasional tug on a sibling’s tail…

June 3, 2019 Adult bald eagle visits empty nest.

…until one day, there were no chicks in the nest.†

The chicks still come back to the nest, but I assume that it is only habit that brings them back. Because the cameras only point into the nest, we can’t follow them as they master flying, hunting and living their lives. But we can know that, from eggs to now (https://amylaw.blog/2019/03/26/first-bald-eagle-chick-at-fort-st-vrain-nest/), they have had a good start in life.

And we wish them well.

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1 Response to And they’re off!

  1. Wishing them a safe and long life. 🦅

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