Old Golf Course Nest - LE091 - Cape Coral FL 2019 - 2020

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Old Golf Course Nest - LE091 - Cape Coral FL 2019 - 2020

Post by SueB » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:45 am

This is a new topic for one of the two nests I am monitoring in Cape Coral, FL. I began watching this nest back in October, 2019, and saw the two adults around the area and had seen one of them seeming to be incubating an egg or eggs back in December, but recently had not seen evidence of any chicks hatching......until today. I've decided to set this topic up since I am now able to see the one eaglet....that's all I think they have as I did not see another head pop up in the last couple of weeks and I had really never seen any fluffy white heads. I guess I wasn't lucky enough to be around the nest when they were up, or the nest is deeper than it appears to me.

Here is a map showing where the nest is. This Golf Course nest is the asterisk in Blue. The red asterisk is the Caloosa school nest, and the green asterisk is the SWFL (Harriet & M15) nest, just showing these as a reference. All three nests are within 1/4 mile of the Caloosahatchee River, and both this nest and the Caloosa School nest have fresh water canals right nearby. This Golf Course nest also has a pond within a few hundred yards of the nest.
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This nest is built on a platform to what I like to call a Power Tower (cell tower)....not sure if someone put this platform here just for the eagles, but I've seen other similar towers in the area that do not have this platform so not sure why this one does.
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This is the top portion of the tower where we had seen one of the adults perched...hard to see but they are there
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Re: Old Golf Course Nest - LE091 - Cape Coral FL 2019 - 2020

Post by SueB » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:56 am

2/2/2020 - We had stopped at the nest on Sunday and had seen an adult on the nest...and I thought I saw movement to the left but wasn't able to get a good look to confirm it was an eaglet at that time
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This was the day that we saw the adult up on top of the tower and it looked like a young eagle had flown by and the adult flew off. At that time the adult was not on the nest platform but then all of a sudden, when our eyes were off the nest, the adult appeared....so not sure if it was the same adult or not.
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Re: Old Golf Course Nest - LE091 - Cape Coral FL 2019 - 2020

Post by SueB » Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:13 am

2:4/2020 - because I wasn't satisfied with our visit on Sunday I decided to go back again on Tuesday. When we first got there, no adults were around, but something moved on the nest so we stayed around for a bit and finally an adult came to the nest...and up popped an eaglet!
Here's a picture pointing out the nest platform, and the adult and eaglet up top....adult is on the left, and the little thing on the right is the eaglet.
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And the eaglet flapping their wings
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Here's a short video from yesterday which shows when the eaglet was doing its wingers.....sorry for all the talking but this is my way to know when things happen in the video....or I just get excited about seeing them, lol.

:vid: Old Golf Course - One Eaglet

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Re: Old Golf Course Nest - LE091 - Cape Coral FL 2019 - 2020

Post by JudyB » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:30 am

Wow - what big wings! Great job spotting the little one, Sue!

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Re: Old Golf Course Nest - LE091 - Cape Coral FL 2019 - 2020

Post by Sandy_W » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:59 am

My goodness, Sue. Interesting the adults chose this small platform for their nest. Wonderful to see an eaglet in the nest.
“Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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Re: Old Golf Course Nest - LE091 - Cape Coral FL 2019 - 2020

Post by SueB » Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:21 am

Sandy_W wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:59 am
My goodness, Sue. Interesting the adults chose this small platform for their nest. Wonderful to see an eaglet in the nest.
Thanks Sandy! I haven't been able to get any good pictures the last couple of weeks but yesterday did see the eaglet....I actually missed it at first because one of the adults was sitting at the nest and the eaglet was sitting right in front of them. This nest is a distance even with the binoculars that I have, which are pretty good, but was hard to distinguish there were two there. Finally was able to tell and actually rode around the neighborhood to another side to confirm that yes, the eaglet was still there....a little shorter than the adult so still very young.

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