While the Mate Was on the Nest?
Late this afternoon I was traveling down a highway when an out-of-position blotch of white caught my attention. There it was, perched majestically on a strong horizontal branch nearly two-thirds up the tree, watching the world go by. The adult eagle seemed to be enjoying the warmer (in the 20’s) weather as was I.
As I watched and photographed the eagle, I wondered if this bird was the mate of another eagle I spotted sitting in the middle of a two-year old nest. Since the distance between this bird and the other eagle in the nest was only a couple of miles (as the eagle flies), it is quite possible I saw both him and her of the eagle pair. It could be that this bird is associated with a different nest too. I will never know.
What I do know is that the bald eagle population in our area appears to have grown. It takes little effort to find a bald eagle for those venturing out of communities. Often I see multiple bald eagles in the same area. Their recovery has been dramatic and for that I am thankful.