Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Photograph courtesy of http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/

John Blakeman's exciting report from the Plum Brook Station area of Ohio follows--There is at least a chance that we may be monitoring more than one pair of Bald Eagles this season or at the least a few supporting characters in this season's Eagle drama.

My wife and I had to travel for two miles along the edges of NASA Plum Brook Station on our way home, down US 250. Just as we began to parallel the NASA expanse to the west, I saw a big Bald Eagle passing over the road, heading right toward Plum Brook. I was certain that it was one of the two PBS eagles. The nest would have been about 3 miles or so to the west.

But following the first eagle was a second one. Okay, the second member of the pair. Perhaps they had spent the morning hunting fish in the Lake Erie marshes 3 miles to the NE.

Nope, something was up. At least three more Bald Eagles trailed right into PBS. At least four of these were adults, a total of at least 4 whiteheads flying over the 8-ft PBS security fence, with at least one immature, maybe more.

What was that all about? I have no idea. Why were they all going into Plum Brook? No idea. Maybe one of the residents found a dead deer to munch on, drawing a crowd of neighborhood locals.

I'm going to try to run over to PBS this afternoon and take a quick spin around the place and see if anything new presents itself.

It’s probably not the case, but there is the outside chance that a new eagle nest might have been begun.

Last week, observers reported the first eggs in an Ohio Bald Eagle nest, about 25 miles south of me, along a tiny little creek out in the middle of nowhere. This pair always lay eggs in February and is usually the first pair to lay in the state.

The nesting season has begun, in earnest.

John Blakeman

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