Bald Eagle Nest Located near Lock and Dam 13 on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. (Near Fulton, IL)
Hope and Valor (possibly a new male)
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On a foggy October 22, 2012 morning, new cameras were installed at the nest. As the fog lifted, staff and volunteers noticed that another nest was being built across the marsh and south. One of the new cameras is now watching the activity from a long distance. Morning views will not be good due to the camera looking into the sun. The picture will get better later in the day. You will also notice a lot of camera movement on a windy day. Sorry, we can't do much about that.
Three adult eagles have been seen frequently at the nest site during the fall and still into February of 2013.
October - January 2013 - Nest building begins and continues.
January 22nd - Behavior indicates that they are sitting on eggs. 3 adults are still seen, however the third one doesn't appear to be around as much.
February 21st, Two eagles are in the nest and the third adult flew in and sat next to nest. Doesn't appear to bother the pair. Is it Valor? Has he been replaced? We don't know. The pair has certainly been on the nest more than last year.
March 1st - Hatching has occurred, unknown number of chicks at this time. Adults are busy feeding.
March 11th - Were able to see one chick for certain, with a possibility of two.
March 25th - Two chicks are in the nest.
April 17th - Two chicks are approximately 7 weeks old and doing well.
May 2nd - Two chicks are 9 weeks old and doing well. They will be fledging soon.
2004 nest & eggs destroyed by high winds
2005 nest & eggs destroyed by high winds
2006 one mate killed after flying into power line, other mate
abandoned nest & eggs
2007 two young fledged
2008 three young fledged
2009 one chick fledged but flew into a power line and died
2010 three chicks fledged
2011 Nest was moved to new location, webcam installed. 2 x 4’s added to old nest for stability.
2011 eggs laid, parents abandoned nest, tree blew down in June.
2012 Pair returned to old nest site, 2 eggs were laid on February 1st and 4th.
They hatched March 14th and 15th. Parents (primarily Valor) did not seem interested and the chicks were left along for long periods of time. 1st eaglet roamed to far and went over the edge on March 17th. 2nd eaglet roamed too far on March 19 and got majorly stuck. Hope worked for hours to help the little one but to no avail. Eaglet fell from the nest around 6:00 p.m.