See UPDATE re NOV 2: Report of possible eagle killed on US-27 near PP nest
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A neighbor from the Walden Lake subdivision adjacent to the Pembroke Pines eagle nest reported On November 2 at 10:01 AM:
"I wanted you to know that I think I saw an eagle on US 27 this morning about a mile frim west Pines Blvd. It was in the right hand lane & looked deceased. I saw a white head and it was a large bird. I called Florida Fish & Wildlife, but they were closed. So I called the Pembroke Pines Police Dept., they patched me through to a wildlife service number & I could only leave a message. I couldn't stop, because I had to get to work. I wanted to reach out to someone who I know cares about these eagles, and thought of you. Maybe you can find out something. I've lived here for 25 yrs & care about them, too. I hope I'm wrong. Maybe you'll see them both in the nest & let me know. I turned North onto 27 frim Pines Blvd. It was in the right hand lane. Maybe about a mile down. I can't recall the exact distance. I just thought it was close enough to their nesting area. So, northbound right hand lane."
I told her that we only saw the male on Friday (October 31) but have photos of both together on Sunday October 25. Since eagles often eat road kill and may flock with the vultures they are at great risk of being killed by motor vehicles. I promised to let her know whether or not observers are reporting both at the nest. They had not started renovating the nest as of this week, which is a bit late.
Of course it may have been an Osprey or even a Muscovy Duck, but this person is familiar with the Bald Eagles. If anyone has a current observation as to the presence of adult eagles at the Pembroke Pines nest, please reply.
UPDATE Re: NOV 2: Report of possible eagle killed on US-27 near PP nest
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Good news-- Phil, one of the eagle nest watchers who is a retired PP police officer went out and found the body of the bird. on right side of road south of Sheridan but I am not not sure how far north of Pines.
It was definitely an Osprey and not a Bald Eagle as he said he inspected it closely. In the meantime we had not yet seen both eagles at the nest at the same time. This morning the female was there but not the male.
This is a relief and we really appreciate our neighbor's concern about the eagles. It was great that she noticed this despite driving in traffic and being unable to stop.
After fledging, the main known cause of death for urban eagles is motor vehicle collision as they may join vultures eating roadkill.
Female (Jewel) at nest this morning. Nest is still in bad shape and shows no signs of restoration:
As the mate was not there for comparison, I judged it to be the female by her bulky ("bottom-heavy") profile and large head with strong brow and maybe a big-looking beak. A close-up shows that the gape of her bill extends well under her eye, characteristic of female Bald Eagles:
Re: UPDATE Re: NOV 2: Report of possible eagle killed on US-27 near PP nest
I also saw a large bird killed like that and I was able to turn around to check to see if it was a bald eagle and like you suggested it was a duck, so I moved it to the sided in the grass in case other birds wanted to eat it. This is good news that it was not an eagle, I know I start to get concerned when I don't see one of the adults for a while at the nest, so what I do is to start going to the nest at sunrise and dusk in the evening when they come home to sleep to make sure they are all okay. Sometimes it takes a while for them to show up, but for the most part they have been okay when ever I do this. I hope you see them both soon.
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