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About the nest:
The nest is located at Big Bear Lake, California. It is about 110 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine tree that stands 120 tall. The nest is the current home for Jackie and Shadow, a local bald eagle pair.
Q-What happened to the eggs, where are Jackie and Shadow?
A-Jackie and Shadow had begun to leave the eggs unattended more often and overnight the last few days. On 3/15/2020, ravens came to the nest, they cracked the eggs open and ate the contents. From what we could see, the eggs were undeveloped and may not have been fertilized or something stopped any development early on. Jackie and Shadow have visited the nest a few times, but will be spending more of their time in other areas of the territory. We are still in the breeding season for this region and it is possible they could mate again; however that would be very rare considering how long they incubated the failed eggs. We do expect them to continue using the same nest next season but this is nature and anything can happen. We will continue to observe Jackie and Shadow to see what they have planned for the future.
Q-How do you tell Jackie and Shadow apart?
A-Jackie is larger than Shadow. Jackie’s beak is both longer and thicker from top to bottom than Shadow’s. Shadow has a few dark streaks at the end of his tail feathers.
Q-How can the eagles handle the cold temperatures, snow and rain?
A-Bald Eagles are well equipped to handle harsh weather conditions. They have down feathers against their skin that can hold in the heat their bodies generate. On top of the down, they have approximately 7000 waterproof feathers that can keep the wet and cold out and also helps keep the heat inside.
Q-Where do the eagles sleep at night and does the light bother them?
A-During nesting season, Jackie the female sleeps in the nest, Shadow sleeps perched in a tree nearby in case he is needed. The light at the nest is an infrared light, this light cannot be seen by the eagles or humans. It is only picked up by the camera, which enables us to view the nest at night. In the off season, both eagles sleep perched in trees within their territory.
Q-Where is Simba?
A-Simba left the Big Bear area in August 2019. There have been no reported sightings of him. He is out there exploring his big new world and fine tuning his young eagle skills.
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