Although the adult Bald Eagles were sitting on the nest at the Cayuga Overlook at end of March, by April sixth it was apparent that the nest site would be unsuccessful once again. Upon learning of an eagle nest at Ringneck Marsh Overlook on Oak Orchard Ridge Road, we wasted no time in setting up camp there. With the Ringneck Bald Eagle nest being three times closer than the nest at Cayuga, we had up close stellar views of two eaglets through Bob Hazen’s large telescope.
This may be the first Bald Eagle nest at Ringneck ever, but it was obvious the adult eagles didn’t act like rookies in protecting their young. The day we saw one eagle chase down a Canada Goose in the “No Fly Zone,” knocking it into the water, was impressive!
Despite cold temperatures and flying snow at Eagle Watch on the morning of Spring Into Nature, we finished with 87 participants, bringing the season total to 229. I’d like to thank Bob Hazen and Debbie White for pitching in to make this event very successful, and all the participants of course, for sharing their birding adventures.
So where will Eagle Watch be located next year? Who knows? I guess we’ll let the Eagles decide… Stay tuned!