Apr 16 2008
My mother has been keeping me informed about a pair of bald eagles who are living their own Peyton Place at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia. Their nest has an Eagle Cam so people can watch the drama – and there’s been plenty of it.
This pair has nested at the Garden for seven years, but this year after the female had laid two eggs a 4-year-old intruder (female) arrived, chased away the resident female and made herself charming to the resident male. The eggs got too cold to be viable and had to be removed from the nest. After a brief fling, the intruder left and the original pair reunited.
It looked like life was back to normal after the orginal female laid two more eggs, but those eggs bit the dust too. Something scary made her jump around in the nest at night and she stepped on them. Oh no! They cracked! She ate them the next day.
She laid one more egg (her third try this year) and has been incubating it since March 22.
So you see, life can be complicated even if you’re an eagle.
Read more and watch the videos at:
- Eagle cam
- Coastal Journal by Mary Reid Barrow in the Norfolk Pilot Online
- Pictures, including the one above
- Wildlife watching in Virginia