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Friday, March 02, 2007

Nesting Bald Eagle

Today I did some birding in the Breeding Bird Atlas "latilong" (the area covered by one degree of longitude and latitude that is used for atlas surveys) that contains Fremont County and checked on a long-standing Bald Eagle nest. According to the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas , the earliest date that Bald Eagles were found on the nest was Feb 27 so I thought it was worth a try. Indeed I found a Bald Eagle sitting on this nest.

Yes, this is an awful photo of that Bald Eagle on the nest, but it does show the humongous size of the nest and the eagles white head is visible (yes, that's what the arrow is pointing towards and all that dark area beneath it is the cup-shaped nest). But the photo ain't bad considering that this nest is located about a quarter mile off the road on private property. This nest, like many in Colorado, is in a large cottonwood tree and is more than 50 feet above the ground.


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