My idea was simple and quite logical actually. I would go into the woods early while one adult is away from the nesting vicinity, leaving me with only one adult. I would not linger if the adult show signs of stress. I would be gone by the time the mate returned. Oh, in case you didn't know, you can tell by the pitch and sound of the cry emitted if they are feeling stressed or nervous. Listen and observe.
Hoping that I could spot the Eagle chick branching (because it is already 9 weeks old), I dressed accordingly...tick proof pants tucked into my tall boots, my camo hat and shirt sprayed with bug spray. Grabbing my camera, the folding stool and my weapon of choice...a small pair of pruners (for invasive species, of course...LOL!)
Admittedly I sat at the edge of the clearing rather than in woods at my regular spot since the nest vicinity is totally blocked and has been for quite some time. Besides, at the edge of the clearing, I can hear everything going on....the single chirp of the adult upon my arrival, the deer snorting, stomping and blowing at me non-stop for twenty minutes, and the rustling of the brush around me as well as all the birds beginning their day.
Here's a quick pic of the chick (aka eaglet) branching (climbing out on a branch adjacent to the nest) where it can stretch it's wings and become acclimated to it's
It will fledge between 11-12 weeks old, which is when the adults will teach it how to fly, navigate the trees and obstacles, soar, ride thermals and most importantly...HUNT and survive.
Oh, just a few more things to say today...
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY....
may it be a safe and fun one for you!!
Oh and then I spotted this hen taking a walk down memory lane so I did too.
After all, today is my anniversary!