2017 has been an eventful year for the resident Bald Eagles; not only has this been the year of no eggs, but recently the remains of an unknown Bald Eagle were discovered under the nest. As most can remember, there had been an interruption in the resident couple’s mating season due to an unknown female intruder. However, age, sex, and cause of death of the remains cannot be confirmed at the time.
What we do know is that no bands have been recovered with the remains—although this does not confirm that the remains do not belong to the either of Duke Farms’s resident eagles. An active observer of the Eagle cam has also informed us that at least two eagles (not yet identified as the resident male and female) had been recently spotted in the nesting area before the recovery of the remains.
Staff at Duke Farms has informed the appropriate authorities, and will be working with Kathy Clark—Eagle biologist at New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife Endangered and Nongame Species Program—to solve this mystery.
Since the Eagle cam is up and running once again, you can help, too! Make sure to keep watching the nest, and any developments of this pair’s activities.