In contrast to the morning of Jan 15 when both adult eagles came to the nest early in the morning, stayed about 30 minutes and then left until late in the afternoon, this morning Jan 16 has been very busy at the NBG nest. Both adults arrived about 6:40am and at 6:52 mated (copulated) on the front branch – also known as the “love branch”. They both then made several flights to bring in sticks and pine straw which they tucked into the nest. About 9:10 the male left. At 9:40 he returned with a gull that he likely caught at Lake Whitehurst – the first brought to the nest this season – which he began plucking. At 9:43 the female who was on the front branch flew to the nest. The male left. For the next 45 minutes she fed on the gull. At 10:27 the male returned and ate the few remaining scraps that the female had not devoured. They both then did a bit more nest arranging, after which they returned to the “love branch” and copulated again. The male left and the female hung around until about noon, then she too left. Busy morning!!
Note that the pile of feathers in the nest will help provide cushion and insulation in the pocket of the nest for the eggs we all expect within the next couple weeks.