Bald Eaglets Are Visible

Bald eaglet

One of the true spring delights in the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is the mating and reproduction of bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).  Our expert birder, all-around naturalist and former FODM president Ed Eder captured a bald eaglet on the Haul Road trail nest on April 4, 2019.  Observers believe that there are three active bald eagle nests in Dyke Marsh this year.

Bald eagletAbout the new chick, Ed wrote, “It is approximately three weeks old and mobile enough to stretch above the nest rim. The eaglet still has gray-white down and its contour feathers will not start appearing for another two weeks. Up to now only one offspring is visible, but another could still be hidden, so it is premature to rule out other chicks.” 

Many people are stopping on the trail to observe the nest.  The recovery of the bald eagle in the lower 48 U.S. states, after being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, is a conservation success story nationally and in Dyke Marsh. Photos by Ed Eder.