Can anyone tell me please why tere was a wild ambulance yesterday in front of the nest like around 4 to 5 PM? there anything wrong with one of the eaglets? because i know that the oldest already is presume to be fledge, anyway today around 7:30am i stop by the nest and no parents were at the nest only our eaglet girl along poor little girl her sister should wait for her so they can be together soaring jijijijijiji
It was a false alarm. The eaglet was seen perched in a small shrub near the fence and it flew in towards the nest tree out of sight. Photos of it flying showed no signs of injury, but some people were concerned that it may have have possibly been injured in some manner, so the police were summoned and they called the wildlife ambulance. Several people were authorized to enter the area and found the eagle roosting 10 feet off the ground and flying freely.
The eaglet's behavior was normal. Although their first flight can be risky, if uninjured they may not be able to fly directly to the nest but can work their way up by "laddering" from one branch to another. It may take them a couple of days to get back to the nest, but they are driven by hunger to return. The parents will lure the eaglet back to the nest with food.
Unless there is evidence of injury there is no need to panic when an eaglet disappears upon fledging. Aside from visible signs of injury, other evidence may be distress calls from a fixed location. As is the case with any newly fledged bird of any species that is found near the nest, it should not be disturbed. Although folks may think the bird "fell out of the nest," it likely flew voluntarily but lacks sufficient skills to fly efficiently. As has been the case with the eagles, the fledgling will be under the watchful eye of the parents.
Thanks for the update , I was there yesterday between 4:45 and 6 pm did not see any presence of the eaglets but did see Pride and Joy roosting over at the melaleuca trees . I just went by at 11:30 am I saw one eaglet on a branch over the nest . No signs of anyone else .
Thanks for the update Ken, so i presume that Honor the biggest sibling did came back to the nest yesterday cause i beleaved she left on thursday or friday? i lost track of them and i only see her little sister glory at the nest lonly beacuse she has not fledge yet right glory?
12:30-1:30 on Sat. Adult dropped some kind of prey in the nest for the single baby in the nest, but it wasn't interested. After about 5 mins a fledgling flew from the nest area, towards the power lines and back to the trees about 50 feet to the west of the nest and out of sight. There was brief "crashing" sounds, but they didn't seem to indicate falling. The nest appeared empty, but within 5 minutes there was another baby in the nest. I could have been mistaken, but I'm pretty sure that the nest was empty for at least a brief period- I did not have binoculars, so could have missed one if it was sitting in the back. At some point the second adult appeared and all seemed relaxed. There were a few bouts of babies vocalizing, at times there were clearly 2 babies vocalizing at the same time- the one in the nest and the other off to the east and out of sight. Both parents were hanging out and did not seem agitated at all.
Thanks for the updates. I was unable to get out to the nest (I have discovered that I do not have enough time to be "retired." How did I ever get anything done when I was in the world of work?). Keep an eye on the eaglets as much as possible, but don't get too anxious when they are out of sight for a day or two.
During the next month they will gain hunting skills by following their parents to foraging areas, and if our observations over the past 8 years have served as a guide, they will soon take up roosting and sleeping off the nest in areas within their parents' territory. Around June they will migrate north where the water is cooler and the fish are nearer the surface and easier to catch. This is the nature of wild creatures, even if they are raised in the disturbed suburban habitat.