The first egg was laid in a snowy nest at about 2:15pm on Sunday January 31st. Eagles (and many other birds) will often delay incubation until all of the eggs are laid. This helps ensure that the young hatch more closely together - keeping the youngest hatchlings from being too disadvantaged. Even in relatively cool weather the eggs remain viable for some time without incubation… a nest...
Both adults stopped by the nest briefly… captured on the video below.
Snow Day in Norfolk
The snow storm that is moving across the mid-Atlantic is dropping significant snowfall on the Norfolk Botanical Garden. While this pair of eagles don’t often deal with this type of weather - bald eagles are extremely well adapted to cold weather and snow. Their feathers are great insulation - trapping body heat and keeping the birds warm and dry. The insulation works so well that its not...
After spending two evenings (1/25 and 1/26) in the nest, the female spent last night roosting elsewhere. This morning finds both of the eagles resuming nest construction. You can see the male eagle bringing a new stick into the nest this morning.
Injured Eagle to Wildlife Center of Virginia
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries personnel coordinated the recovery and transport of a bald eagle injured near the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Below is a summary from the Wildlife Center of Virginia where the bird is currently receiving care. To see pictures of the eagle at the Wildlife Center of Virginia view this story at...
A strong rainstorm is moving through the area this morning - causing the eagle cam feed to go down again, we are still able to access the camera directly and will check in on the eagles through the day. The eagles have not been to the nest this morning - they are likely hunkered down and waiting out the storm. Here’s a short video clip from yesterday to provide a morning eagle fix.