Live Westminster, Colorado Bald Eagle Nest!
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Thanks for watching the 2019/2020 nesting season!
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Bald Eagle History:
Since January of 1993, a mated pair of Bald Eagles has been nesting on the northwest side of Standley Lake. When the eagles were first observed building a nest, Standley Lake officials closed off access to the area so the eagles would be undisturbed in their attempt to nest. Bald eagles usually mate for life and reuse nest sites. Because they are sensitive to human disturbance, it is imperative that the area remains closed to protect the nesting habitat.
In 1996, the eagles successfully produced their first pair of offspring. They have continued in that success for the last 21 consecutive years, producing two eaglets each of those years, except in 2015 and 2017 when they were successful in raising three eaglets! The eagles have been using that same nest for 24 years, until this past year when they decided to build a new nest just to the east of their old nest site.
They usually lay their eggs in the first weeks of February. Incubation lasts for a period of approximately 35 days, at which time one to two nestlings will hatch. These nestlings will first leave the nest in late May to early June, approximately 72 days after hatching. Both parents take care of the young eagles even after they leave the nest. The young will leave the area sometime before October or November, either on their own or when the parents force them out.
Season Summary: TBD
- September 8, 2020 - Early snowfall on the nest, one eagle seen roosting in the nest
- September 22, 2020 - Both Dad and F420 are seen in the nest
- October 22, 2020 - Both Dad and F420 are seen moving sticks around in the nest, leaving and returning with sticks several times
- February 27, 2021 - First Egg laid
- March 2, 2021 - Second Egg laid
Season Summary: This was an eventful season, 3 eggs were laid. Late in the incubation period the female eagle was attacked by another female eagle. After this incident the egg laying female did not return to the nest and "Dad" took over the incubation responsibilities. One egg hatched and "Dad" tried his best to care for this egglet, trying to get the eaglet food on his own while trying to survive himself. Unfortunately, the eaglet did not make it. The unknown female eagle was seen frequenting near the nest area at that time and even joined "Dad" in the nest a few times moving around the eggs, but not consuming them. The remaining eggs did not hatch. However, the female eagle and "Dad" began to bond and tolerate one another. At the end of the season a few mating attempts were made.
March 1, 2020 - First Egg Laid
March 4, 2020 - Second Egg Laid
March 7, 2020 - Third Egg Laid
April 6, 2020 - Intruding Eagle attacks nest, Mom leaves the nest
April 7, 2020 - Male eagle returns to nest with an unfamilar female eagle
April 10-11, 2020 - Mom has not returned to the nest, Male eagle incubates the eggs
April 12, 2020 - One Eaglett hatches in the nest
April 14, 2020 - It is believed the Eaglett passed away
April 17th, 2020 - The unknown female eagle has been seen around the nest, the male has begun to tolerate her presence near the nest
April 20th, 2020 The female eagle is known as F420, F for female, 4/20 for the date she enters the nest, she has begun to move sticks around in the nest
April 21, 2020 Dad and F420 are seen together in the nest and breifly for a mating attempt
April 22, 2020 Dad and F420 are seen copulating and the female brings a new stick to the nest
April 24, 2020 Dad and F420 are joined at the nest, Dad brings F420 food to the nest to eat, the two eagles work intently on building the nest leaving and returning with new sticks
May 8, 2020 Dad and F420 are seen regularly working on the nest and copulating, they make a few visits to the nest but for the remainder of the summer with no young eggletts to tend to, the pair are seen perched on many spots in the park near the nest
Past History Timeline:
Photo Credit: City of Westminster
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