There’s a job for every season, and the eagles know that better than anyone. They can tell that the days are getting longer (so can I!) and they are suddenly busy with some important nest renovations.
I’ve checked out two nests this past week, and both pairs of bald eagles are hustling about, making sure that their nests will be sound and comfortable for the coming eaglets.
One of the nests is on one of my favorite backroads in all of Montana – heck, maybe in all the world:
The nest sits high up in a gnarled and twisted Ponderosa pine. It’s a brilliant spot for an eagle: not far from the Missouri River, but also near fields that are bursting with ground squirrels in the spring and summer. Last weekend the eagles were busy checking it out and bringing new sticks to shore up the walls.
The eagle in the pictures above was busy, busy, busy. It’s mate, however, was more concerned with keeping an eye on me from another tree:
I have high hopes for this pair. Last year they raised three eaglets, which is pretty unusual. I think they’re great parents. And they were handsome young’uns, too, don’t you think?
The second nest is right next to the Missouri, also in a pretty special spot:
These guys actually alternate between a couple of nests: last year they surprised me by going back to a dilapidated old nest that seemed in danger of sliding off the branch. This year, though, it looks like they have decided to move up in the world, and they’re fixing up a much nicer looking home:
They also were hustling around this past weekend. One partner flew back and forth with new sticks, while the second one fussily worked at getting the stick in just the right spot. It’s hard not to make the interior designer the female, but I’m resisting…
This pair had a couple of eaglets last year, and they were pretty entertaining to watch:
I’ll keep you posted on this year’s developments!