Earlier this week I was checking out one of the Bald Eagle nests I’ve been watching, and I spotted these two sitting on a branch a couple of hundred feet from the nest. At first I thought it was a Golden Eagle hanging out with the mate of the Bald Eagle who was sitting on the nest, which would be pretty odd behavior. Not something I’d seen before, at any rate.
But once I got closer I could see that the bigger one was not a Golden, but was most likely a second year juvenile Bald. Could this be daughter sitting next to dad? I know female balds are larger than males, but this one looks so much bigger!
As I watched, there was a commotion in the pine tree next to this dead snag, and “dad” flew away. Once he left, another young eagle decided that the spot on that snag looked pretty darned tempting, and he (?) decided that a little territorial bullying was called for.
A little sibling bickering?