Shawn said he had seen three bald eagles in the vicinity, two adults and an apparent sub-adult. Just the day before, he had seen one of the adults and the sub-adult locking talons and somersaulting through the air in the incredible mating ritual that Bald Eagles do. Birdcouple would love to see this someday!
He'd also seen eagles scooping up large swatches of grass and flying away into a stand of tall trees. There must be a nest in there! Sure enough, we found it without too much trouble. This photo was digiscoped using a Canon point-and-shoot camera pressed up against the eyepiece of our Zeiss scope:
This bird looked like it did not want to be messed with. Shawn asked us if this was a normal time for Bald Eagles to be constructing nests and mating. We weren't sure. But it took us about 3 seconds surfing the Internet to find this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service chart, which shows that in January in the Chesapeake Bay region, Bald Eagles indeed are building nests and laying eggs. Love learning new stuff about birds!
And Shawn started his life list on Sunday! We were able to add a few more to his list. He has the bug, and we suspect that soon he will be out chasing rarities with us.