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Eagles at Wanahoo appear to have eggs

Early March is a decisive time for Bald Eagles in Nebraska. If a pair is serious about nesting, they are at or have surpassed the egg-laying stage and have hunkered down for the month-plus-long incubation period. Sometimes, likely young pairs, may “play house” and build a nest but never follow through on actually nesting. Lake Wanahoo’s Bald Eagle nesting pair is established so it does not come as a surprise they appear to be on eggs. I visited the nest and viewed it from the breakwater bridge Saturday, 2 March. This location offers a nice view but is obviously outside the exclusion zone implemented to protect the eagles from human disturbance. I do not actually know if there are eggs in the nest or not, but an adult constantly sitting in the nest, as depicted in the photographs below, is solid indication.

Finally, I will make a plug for the Wanahoo Eagle Extravaganza set to take place Saturday morning, 6 April. It will essentially be an eagle viewing party with spotting scopes set-up and a couple activities for kids. Hopefully, there will a couple of “fluffballs” in the nest by then. Fluffballs = chicks.

The photos below show the following 1) the Lake Wanahoo Eagle nest from a distance, 2) a close-up of an adult on the nest, 3) the mate in a nearby tree, 4) a close-up of an exclusion zone sign, and 5) the nice assortment of waterfowl present at Lake Wanahoo on Saturday, 2 March.

About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

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