Recreation Dr across from Landstown Elem School Va Beach, VA. This Power Line Tower is used by a pair of bald eagles during the winter months as a daytime perch to forage for fish in pond below tower. Their nest is 1/2 mile away.
Look for 2 adults on the nest. The adult pair will show pair bonding behaviors such as vocalizations, aerial sky dances, and the male feeding the female fish. You may see the pair copulating, which typically begins 14 days before laying eggs.
Females will lay 1 - 4 eggs at a rate of one egg every 1 - 2 days. After laying, incubation starts. Look for adults taking turns sitting low in the nest incubating eggs. The incubation period can last 35 - 43 days.
Chicks hatch ~39 days after incubation begins. Look for adults bringing food to the nest and making "head bows" into the center. Chicks typically can't be seen until they are 2 - 3 weeks old, so feeding behavior is the only way to know chicks are there.
Around 4 weeks after hatching, look for the heads of chicks to show over the rim of the nest, particularly when adults bring food to the nest. Other times they lie flat and are harder to see. Count the number of chicks in the nest before they learn to fly
Chicks begin flying around 7 - 8 weeks old, and are still fed by the adults. Count the number of chicks who have successfully fledged the nest and are observed flying.
Chick Last Observed
4 - 10 weeks after fledging, chicks begin leaving the nest area to migrate south, once they have learned to fly and feed themselves. Record the date that the last chick left the nest.
Look for signs of nest failure like adult abandonment, adults no longer incubating eggs or feeding young.
The nest is gone!! This morning it was there, but there are 4 work trucks in the parking lot and the nest is gone. I saw an osprey bringing sticks trying to build it back. Why would they destroy the nest? It has been there for years.
I'm not sure when the osprey arrived. I saw a bird on the platform a week or so ago. But yesterday I heard and saw one on the nest, (the nest is pretty skimpy looking). This morning, I saw one hovering over the lake looking for food while one was perched on the nest platform. Another one was noisily flying over the parking lot at LES. Yay, spring!