Between 2005 and 2016, we had 11 straight years of Bald Eagle nest productivity resulting in 23 Bald Eagles raised at Duke Farms. During the middle of February 2017, our “winning streak” came to an end (or we’d like to hope – a “pause”) when a very dominant intruding female started making a play to replace the current female. The timing of the harassment by the intruding female interrupted the couple’s mating behavior of courting, bonding, and copulation.
The good news is that the couple seems to be back together and the interloper has moved away from the Duke Farms nest. The bad news is that it appears that this year, there will be no eagle chicks to watch grow up, fledge and join the Duke Farms Eagle Alumni group.
In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to get your eagle fix on:
- Keep watching the Duke Farms nest. Even though there are no eggs, it is still really interesting to see what kind of take-out food the couple brings into the nest (what’s the oddest thing you’ve seen?). And, there are still crazy things that happen like bold Red-tailed hawks that try and harass the couple.
- Check out other nest cams, like the DC Eagle Cam and the Decorah Eagle Cam.
- Also, follow the incredibly interesting nest story of the Trio Bald Eagle Nest at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The female was attacked by an intruder after she had eggs, and the eggs are currently being taken care of by two male eagles.