Welcome Home Hanover Eagles!
January 10, 2022
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With the arrival of the new year comes the excitement of eagle breeding season, one of the first signs of emerging life ahead of spring. We are delighted to welcome the Hanover eagles home, as well as our dedicated community of nest viewers, and our team at HDOnTap. This season we will post weekly blogs on Mondays, written by raptor ecology specialist Zoey T. Greenberg, who will work closely with our Marketing and Content Curator Kate Alexander to help us understand the inner workings of eagle life in the Hanover nest.
Last season, the first Hanover egg was laid on February 2nd, followed by another egg three days later. One hatchling emerged on March 13th and became H313 among other affectionate names. The second egg unfortunately never hatched. By the end of April, H313 had developed into a strong, fully feathered youngster, capable of tearing fish into small chunks. After several weeks of wing-pumping and jumping around in the nest, H313 spread their wings and fledged on May 30th. In 2019, when the Hanover parents last raised two eaglets together, they fledged on June 18th and 30th, respectively, roughly a month later than H313’s fledge date. As we can see, the breeding timeline for eagle’s does not follow the exact same pattern each year. What will this season’s eagle calendar look like?
This season we will try out a new format for receiving questions! At the end of each blog, we invite you to comment your questions about the Hanover eagles and/or bald eagles in general. Zoey will write some blogs that address your questions, and some blogs that delve into events at the nest, as per usual. She will also cover breeding chronology such as when to expect hatching based on when eggs are laid.
The Hanover parents are already sprucing the nest up with straw and hay, demonstrating their continued interest in the site. They are clearly annoyed with the great-horned owl who is lurking around, made apparent by their harsh vocalizations and aggravated body language when the owl is about. What happens when owls take a fancy to an eagle nest? Tune in next week for more on the dynamics between owls and eagles, and the complexities of territorial aggression between raptors. Until then, Happy New Year, and welcome back all!
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